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Vikings can now sign one UFA

With running back Chester Taylor jumping from the Vikings to the Bears, Minnesota has now secured the ability under the Final Eight Plan to sign one unrestricted free agent.

In this context, an unrestricted free agent is a player with six or more years of service whose contract has expired.

But it doesn’t mean that the Vikings can jump into the Julius Peppers derby.  They are limited to the first-year salary paid to Taylor, with 30 percent annual growth.

The actual money available to the Vikings will depend on the structure of the four-year, $12.5 million deal that Taylor signed.  The smaller the first-year salary (and the term is defined broadly to include base salary, roster bonuses, signing bonus proration, etc.), the less wiggle room the Vikings will have.

Regardless, the Vikings now have the ability to jump into the free agency pool, and to emerge with one fish.
 

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56 Responses to “Vikings can now sign one UFA”
  1. VernonK says: Mar 5, 2010 2:16 PM

    Who thinks they go for LT as AP’s backup? Not only would it be a cool combo, LT could mentor AP in some of the finer aspects of the job.

  2. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 5, 2010 2:18 PM

    Who ever thought we would see Adrian Peterson and Ladanian Tomlinson on the same team? BOOK IT!

  3. rjh says: Mar 5, 2010 2:22 PM

    Mike, since Chester’s first yr he is guaranteed $7 million (per schefter) does that mean the Vikings can spend the same on a player even if the other yrs are for less money? Or does it go only by Chesters base salary?

  4. Flvikesfan says: Mar 5, 2010 2:23 PM

    Show me a shut down corner!!!!

  5. jwill007 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:24 PM

    LT?? Westbrook???

  6. halestorm74 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:24 PM

    Ryan Clark get a Winter Coat, you are heading North for the Winter.

  7. Big Stretch says: Mar 5, 2010 2:25 PM

    Great move for the Bears, Forte needed some help back there

  8. MNRunLeft says: Mar 5, 2010 2:26 PM

    Westbrook is the better fit, the real question is if he’s willing to play on the Metrodome turf with his bad knee and ankle.

  9. LSD says: Mar 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    LDT now a Viking, disgusting.

  10. danielcp0303 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    Can they sign some new hands for AP? They need an upgrade there

  11. jmskmi says: Mar 5, 2010 2:27 PM

    LT would not count an their one UFA as he was cut and they were free to sign him at any time. He falls into a different bracket but I am sure that either Westbrook or LT will be a Viking next season!
    SKOL!!!!

  12. tikyle says: Mar 5, 2010 2:28 PM

    LT can teach AD how to whine when he doesn’t live up to the hype and how to successfully pout while walking off of the field.
    I couldn’t resist.
    LT was a great player but the baby act the last couple of years was real disappointing.

  13. cmwilk says: Mar 5, 2010 2:30 PM

    SO if the report that Chester is getting 7+ mill year one is correct. This would really open up the options in free agency, that is if there were any free agents available.
    As for LT, I think Brian Westbrook is a better fit and if healthy would be equil to CT or better.

  14. Cameltoecleavage says: Mar 5, 2010 2:30 PM

    Teach him the finer aspects of the game? Like sitting out in playoff games when your team needs you the most? Or being the regular season warriors and choke artists and crybabys in the post season cuz somebody danced on your logo?

  15. NoRingsForYou says: Mar 5, 2010 2:30 PM

    Why does Peterson need a mentor? He’s not a rookie. He just needs to hang on to the ball.

  16. pstoo says: Mar 5, 2010 2:31 PM

    LT, AP, and Favre could form the Minnesota chapter of Chokers Anonymous. And Childress can finally add that trick play in which Favre hands off to LT, who promptly pulls his groin before dumping it to AP, who fumbles and then Favre picks it up and tosses a pick.

  17. mnmaverick says: Mar 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    LT with AD would be a DREAM.
    Vikes still need help at receiver and blocking. LT provides both.

  18. jimicos says: Mar 5, 2010 2:33 PM

    Jeff George is still available.

  19. Franchise says: Mar 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    I’d take Thomas Jones over both LT or Westy.
    That said, it won’t happen due to the fact Jones will go somewhere where he is “The Guy”.
    I do agree with FLvikesfan, get a cornerback.

  20. AllThat says: Mar 5, 2010 2:34 PM

    There is going to be a bunch of fumbles in ViQueensland this year if LT signs!!!

  21. JimmySmith says: Mar 5, 2010 2:36 PM

    If you can only sign one, check with Brent Favre and make sure you get his permission before the Vikings can make any moves. I am pretty sure Brent wants a Left Tackle to replace that p-licking, pipe smashing turnstile they currently have.
    Or maybe a defensive back that can grab some INT’s to offset the ones he throws (except in the last minute of Championship games, those the Vikings can do nothing about except to sit back and watch the other team kick the game winning FB)

  22. ampats says: Mar 5, 2010 2:37 PM

    Vernonk says that LT could mentor AP on some of the finer aspects of the game.
    Like what? How to sit on the bench and pout?

  23. cmwilk says: Mar 5, 2010 2:37 PM

    You know I was depating this one with someone the otherday. I love Chester don’t get me wrong but as I was saying, from a team standpoint this may be better for them.
    1. They will now be able to play early in free agency
    2. They can replace Taylor with someone of equil value ala Westbrook without penelty or using there free agent pass.
    3. They should receive an aditional compensatory pick next year as high as a 3rd rounder.
    while I really didn’t want to see Chester go, It may have helped the team more this year and next than signing him for another 4 years.

  24. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 2:38 PM

    If it came down to either of them I hope the Vikings sign LdT. Westbrook has already gone way past his mileage and his past injury’s would come into play considering the Vikes play indoors.

  25. hrmlss says: Mar 5, 2010 2:40 PM

    Maybe they can transplant LT’s hands onto AP’s arms and get 1 decent back. SKOAL gag puke

  26. mnmaverick says: Mar 5, 2010 2:41 PM

    They’ll get a corner in the draft and a DT too.
    AD and LT The Dream Team backfield.
    Reggie WHO? ROFLMAO!

  27. LarryBird18 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:42 PM

    I walk away from the bears deal extremely confused…They have a starter Matt Forte yet they go and sign a 30 year old running back to a large 4 year deal? Chester probably wont be the start either? Was that a pressing need for the bears? I guess they are fine with turning kick returners into receivers?
    weird, doesnt make any sense?

  28. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 2:43 PM

    AllThat says:
    March 5, 2010 2:34 PM
    There is going to be a bunch of fumbles in ViQueensland this year if LT signs!!!
    ——————
    Explain yourself right now.
    Here are LT’s stats for the past couple of seasons…go on, I wanna hear your explanation NOW! MORON!
    Season Fumbles
    FUM Lost
    2009 2 2
    2008 1 0
    2007 0 0
    2006 2 1
    2005 3 1

  29. fatso says: Mar 5, 2010 2:47 PM

    “LT with AD would be a DREAM.
    Vikes still need help at receiver and blocking. LT provides both. ”
    YEAH, One to fumble the balls, and one to cry about it!!!!!! hahahahaahhaa

  30. joneser says: Mar 5, 2010 2:49 PM

    Do the Vikings have any money? Last I heard they have no stadium after this year and probably going to end up in L.A. If I had the money I would buy them and locate them in Alaska without a dome!

  31. js136202 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:49 PM

    War people ending their posts with “book it” or “you heard it here first”. It does have one positive, anyone who ends their post with those phrases makes it clear to anyone reading that they’re mentally disabled.

  32. mnmaverick says: Mar 5, 2010 2:53 PM

    Chester fumbles more than AD or LT combined. We had him as a starter and found that out first hand.

  33. DiMuz24 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:56 PM

    Antrel Rolle?????

  34. DeBoe says: Mar 5, 2010 2:56 PM

    Chester Taylor going to the Bears won’t hurt the Vikings that much. L.T. ain’t comming here. They can draft an RB.
    The Vikings have got some issues this off season. They had better figure out if that “Mississippi Boy” Mr. Favre is coming back or not. My bet is that he is not. Guess we can always go out and sign Jeff George again. O Hell, who needs Favre or George! In Sage we trust.

  35. TitanPride says: Mar 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    LT, AP, and Favre could form the Minnesota chapter of Chokers Anonymous. And Childress can finally add that trick play in which Favre hands off to LT, who promptly pulls his groin before dumping it to AP, who fumbles and then Favre picks it up and tosses a pick.
    ————————————————
    Love it

  36. DiMuz24 says: Mar 5, 2010 2:58 PM

    Antrel Rolle????

  37. Midway Monster says: Mar 5, 2010 2:59 PM

    pstoo says:
    “LT, AP, and Favre could form the Minnesota chapter of Chokers Anonymous. And Childress can finally add that trick play in which Favre hands off to LT, who promptly pulls his groin before dumping it to AP, who fumbles and then Favre picks it up and tosses a pick. ”
    ____________________________
    HILARIOUS! I LOVE IT!
    GO CHESTER TAYLOR! SCREW THE FAGS IN PURPLE!

  38. Gregjennings85 says: Mar 5, 2010 3:01 PM

    They should go after Delhomme, as he’ll be their best option.

  39. Supersuckers says: Mar 5, 2010 3:02 PM

    I am sure Sir SingaLot is on the horn to mississippi right now.

  40. nodakvikes says: Mar 5, 2010 3:12 PM

    They could have signed LT or Westrbook anyways because they were released by their teams

  41. Michael Daquino says: Mar 5, 2010 3:15 PM

    The Vikings will go with RB Albert Young to replace Chester Taylor not L.T or B.W. Watch and see!!

  42. purpleguy says: Mar 5, 2010 3:22 PM

    Chester will be a good player for the Bears. It’s still wierd to give $7M guaranteed to a 30 year old back up running back when there already is a young RB in place with the same skill set. the Bears can sing the playoff tune again this off-season like last year, but the tune likely will be a bit off key, and certainly won’t be popular 2 years from now.

  43. DeathByPurple says: Mar 5, 2010 3:34 PM

    Everyone is a Vikings hater…I don’t want to even hear from a Packers fan (Ryan Grant) on anything that has to do with a running game.
    With LT, we will have 2 of the best running backs in the last 20 years not named Barry Sanders on the Vikings. All this hate is simple jealousy…I love it.

  44. Saint33 says: Mar 5, 2010 3:37 PM

    To those who think this means the Vikings NOW can sign LT or Westbrook. The Vikings always could, and they still can sign either one (or both for that matter) and still get an UFA
    players that become UFAs through the waiver system (ie. being released) are fair game for the final 4 teams, as are RFA who don’t get a tender. It’s just the short list of players that were scheduled to be UFAs that are limited to the Final 4
    Dunta Robinson is still available Viks, get on the phone!

  45. sand0 says: Mar 5, 2010 3:37 PM

    Viking fan and self proclaimed strategist here.
    I think the Vikings should draft or sign a strong young back to back up Peterson. If they do that, then I am fine with getting a Westbrook or LT as a 3rd down specialist.
    Chester was capable of being a 3rd down specialist as well as a decent runner when needed but we can’t expect to fill those shoes with just one back. That was an unusual situation and it won’t happen again.
    I just don’t want us to use LT, Peterson, and then Ian Johnson or Young because then we are one injury away from not being able to just run normal running plays with any fear factor.

  46. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 3:52 PM

    Gregjennings85 says:
    March 5, 2010 3:01 PM
    They should go after Delhomme, as he’ll be their best option.
    ————————-
    This is the most idiotic statement that…oh wait, its coming from a Packers fan so im not THAT surprised now.

  47. mixman34 says: Mar 5, 2010 3:54 PM

    Bunch of haters…. can’t blame you.. the MN Vikings are Fn AWESOME!

  48. favresux says: Mar 5, 2010 5:38 PM

    Hershel Walker is available!

  49. favresux says: Mar 5, 2010 5:51 PM

    Hershel Walker is available!

  50. jimicos says: Mar 5, 2010 6:15 PM

    mnmaverick says:
    March 5, 2010 2:53 PM
    Chester fumbles more than AD or LT combined. We had him as a starter and found that out first hand.
    ————————-
    Wrong.
    Peterson: 1 fumble every 49.9 touches
    Taylor: 1 fumble every 58.8 touches
    Tomlinson: 1 fumble every 126.3 touches
    Adrian Peterson has as many fumbles in 3 years as Chester Taylor has had in the last 7 years and LT has had in the last 8 years.

  51. jimicos says: Mar 5, 2010 6:18 PM

    Brad Johnson is waiting by the phone.

  52. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 6:22 PM

    favresux says:
    March 5, 2010 5:38 PM
    Hershel Walker is available!
    favresux says:
    March 5, 2010 5:51 PM
    Hershel Walker is available!
    ———————————
    Wow, you had to come back on here again and send the exact sample post TWICE!? 13 minutes was too long of a wait for you?
    FYI – If you want to attempt at being funny (twice in 13 minutes) you might as well spell the mans name right. Its Herschel, with a C. I will repost this again in 13 minutes so you get it ok. -

  53. Contra says: Mar 5, 2010 6:23 PM

    jimicos says:
    March 5, 2010 6:18 PM
    Brad Johnson is waiting by the phone.
    ————–
    So?

  54. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 5, 2010 6:49 PM

    how long has this been a rule?

  55. Randomjim says: Mar 5, 2010 9:34 PM

    There is talk about the Vikes being interested in a D back from the colts

  56. Mason222 says: Mar 7, 2010 4:34 PM

    Lets be Clear Vikes need Offensive Coordinatorse for outside of the Box Why they did not have a Wildcat for the Playoffs is unforgivable Tavaris Percy Harvin and AP on any 3rd and 5 would have been the Offensive Formation to use for Field Goal Poition at the end of NFC Championship Game. Been watching for 40 years Now,, that Game was Fixed Whens the last time after a Timeout Too Many Men in the Huddle was called? How about the 3 calls the NFL apoligized for? 5 Turnovers and you can still Win? I know who the Best Team in the NFL is and so do the Zebras They stopped them. We need to have a Two Quarterback Set next Year a Wildcat and NO DOUBT Farve will be BACK.

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