Malcom Floyd Rumors: Minnesota Vikings Still Interested but Ravens Closing Fast

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IAugust 4, 2011

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers watches warmups for the game with the Cincinnati Bengals on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 27-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports that the Baltimore Ravens appear to be the leader in the Malcom Floyd sweepstakes, with an offer they presented late Monday night that exceeds the $3 million the San Diego Chargers not only offered, but refuse to pay over.

This comes as welcome news for Ravens fans; not so welcome news for Vikings fans, while fantasy football fans are just chomping at the bit to find out where he lands.

Whew! And preseason is just around the corner.


The Breakdown

The Chargers recently added the oft injured ex-Rams receiver Laurent Robinson to a one-year, $685,000 deal who will compete for the No. 4 spot in the Chargers' pecking order behind Vincent Jackson, Patrick Crayton and Vincent Brown.

The deal hints that the Chargers are preparing for the expected exodus of Floyd, and intent to stand firm on their offer of $3 million and not a penny more.

The Baltimore Ravens are in an excellent position to make a run for the divisional crown, with only the Pittsburgh Steelers being the only competition standing in their way.

But the Ravens desperately need a deep-ball threat added to their roster if they are to turn this aspiration into a reality, and  Floyd is the best available free agent receiver left on the market.

Not to mention, Floyd would be reunited with his old offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

But the Ravens aren’t the only predators circling the prey as Judd Zulgad on Twitter reports the Minnesota Vikings are also interested—another team that desperately needs a deep-ball threat.

The Vikings need to replace Sidney Rice with another quality deep-ball threat if they are to help themselves keep up in the highly competitive NFC North.

But whether or not the Vikings can match the mysterious offer Baltimore slid across the table is left to be seen.

Regardless of where Floyd winds up, he should be in a great situation to have a solid 2011 campaign.

The Ravens could flirt with Floyd and Anquan Boldin on the outside with Maryland speedster Torrey Smith rounding out the three wide set while complimenting the air assault with their stellar ground attack.

The Vikings could also flirt with Floyd and Michael Jenkins on the outside with the explosive Percy Harvin in the slot while rotating Devin Aromashodu in on situational downs, alongside the obvious mention of Adrian Peterson.

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 15:   Wide Receiver Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers goes up for a reception during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Get
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The Chargers, however, could wind up retaining Floyd and feature Jackson, Floyd and Crayton like they previously have tried, but it isn’t exactly what Floyd wants.

In the grand scheme of things, Minnesota would be a better fit for Floyd since he would be the featured WR even over Jenkins.

The consensus is a decision could come as early as tonight or tomorrow, but then again, this situation could drag out for days.

Either way, it is looking more and more as if Floyd will only stay in San Diego as a last resort, or if the club agrees to pay more than the $3 million offered.

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