Minnesota Vikings Finalize Deals With Karl Paymah and Glenn Holt

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 20, 2009

The Minnesota Vikings signed a Holt to a deal on Thursday. Unfortunately it was not the Holt you were hoping for. To sum it up, Torry Holt is still a free agent.

The Vikings signed former Cincinnati Bengal Glenn Holt to a one-year deal. Holt wentย un-drafted in the 2006 draft. He was signed in the preseason before the '06 season. He only caught one pass in his rookie year.

Last year he caught three balls for a total of 26 yards and one touchdown. These numbers are pretty awful because he specializes in kick returns. Last year he had 1,100 kick and punt return yards.

The Vikings need a true presence returning the ball. He's 6'1" and is only 24 years old. He could become a stud returner for Minnesota. Hopefully, he has the opposite destiny than that of Maurice Hicks, who was expected to be a great returner last year when the Vikings signed him. He has since been cut.

Minnesota also signed former Denver Broncos cornerback Karl Paymah. The former star at Washington State has 89 career tackles along with three interceptions. He rarely saw the field behind Dre Bly and Champ Bailey. A lot of his time was spent in nickel situations.

I am a big fan of the Broncos, therefore I got to know a little bit about him. He's 26 years old and has been in the league for four years. He has good size at 6'0", 195 pounds. Hopefully he can be an impact player in a fairly weak secondary.

There is a good chance that he could even compete for a starting job along with Antoine Winfield, who is sure to get one. It may be too early to tell, but I like to go out on a limb.

Surprisingly, these two signings could impact the draft for the Vikings.

First off, Minnesota likely won't draft Percy Harvin because he's a great kick returner. With the signing of Glenn Holt, the chances of Harvin being a Viking are slim.

Second, The Vikings have seven wide receivers on the roster currently. Will they all be there come training camp? I certainly doubt it. If they are, I doubt Minnesota spends a first-round pick on a wide receiver.

Third, there are seven cornerbacks on the roster right now. They include Derrick Roberson, Marcus Walker, Cedric Griffin, Marcus McCauley, Benny Sapp, Antoine Winfield, and Karl Paymah.

I expect Roberson to be signed to the practice squad, or to be cut. Will Minnesota spend a first-round pick on a pretty deep position? It wouldn't surprise me, but the chances have been slimmed down slightly.

I can now see the Vikings taking a long look at Peria Jerry, a defensive tackle out of Ole Miss. He's fairly small for a nose tackle, but he could add on a few extra pounds to play the position. Kevin Williams could also start at the nose tackle spot.

Another option is for Minnesota to trade up and look at B.J. Raji. Right now it seems like a creative idea, despite the fact that it is very far-fetched. Who knows, though? Am I right?

I would like for Minnesota to draft either one of these guys if they are there at the 22nd overall pick. I'm not a fan of giving up a lot to move up a few spots, but if the Vikings can give up a future pick in the draft to move up I'm all for it.

If you look at the Vikings mock draft I posted yesterday, you will think that I'm contradicting myself. Perhaps I am, but a lot has changed in just a matter of 24 hours. I advise you to take a look at the article. If you do or don't like it, let me know. All of your opinions are appreciated and taken into consideration.

So far it's been a slow news week for the NFL. I expect this weekend to be much more exciting. Will Jay Cutler be traded? Where will Torry Holt wind up? Do the Ravens plan to sign former No. 1 overall pick Orlando Pace?ย 

It's only a matter of time before we find it all out.


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