Well, the Vikings haven’t completely shut it down when it comes to kicking the tires on potential free agents.
Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com was the first to notice that kicker Rhys Lloyd posted on his Twitter page that he’ll be visiting Minnesota on Monday (proving that, like us, Marvez desperately needs to get a life).
Lloyd will go to New York on Tuesday, but he didn’t say whether he’ll be visiting the Jets or the Giants. (Nick Folk recently visited both teams, and the Jets signed him.)
Lloyd is a restricted free agent who was not tendered by the Panthers. He can be signed by any team without compensation to Carolina.
Because Lloyd is a restricted free agent, signing him would not count toward the two unrestricted free agents the Vikings currently can sign given the departure of running back Chester Taylor and offensive lineman Artis Hicks.
The Vikings learned the value of having a kickoff specialist who can put the ball into the end zone on a consistent basis during the NFC title game, during which Thomas Morstead of the Saints routinely pinned Percy Harvin into taking touchbacks. Given that the Vikings also have a not-so-stellar coverage unit, the best way to lay the foundation for victory in the field-position battle is to force the opponent to start from the 20 after a score or at the start of one of the two halves.
Or, most importantly, to commence overtime.