With a team that nearly made it to the Super Bowl and an ongoing push for a new stadium and a quarterback who will be far less inclined to return for another season if he believes the team is regressing, the Vikings are going to do everything they can to at a minimum hold their position and at most improve it, right?
To date, wrong.
Running back Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Artis Hicks have left via free agency. Under the “Final Eight Plan,” the Vikings now have the ability to sign two unrestricted free agents, one to a deal based on the first year of Taylor’s contract and one based on the first year of Hicks’ deal.
They’ve done nothing. No visits have occurred, and no visits are scheduled.
On Thursday night, a report emerged that the Vikings are interested in cornerback Marlin Jackson. Per a league source, the Vikings have not yet attempted to line up a visit — even as Jackson heads to Baltimore and then Philly.
Maybe the Vikings are waiting for the market to soften. Maybe there’s no one they really want. Either way, this team that has moved to the brink of a championship is either going to get better, or it’s going to get worse.
So far, the verdict is “worse.”