While the Vikings were waiting for running back LaDainian Tomlinson to decide between Minnesota and New York, coach Brad Childress told our friends at KFAN that Albert Young is a candidate to serve as Adrian Peterson’s primary backup.
In that same discussion, Childress said that the Vikings aren’t interested in free-agent Brian Westbrook.
At the annual meetings in Orlando, Childress suggested that the door is open.
“He is a good player, and I have a lot of admiration and respect for
him,” Childress said, per the Philadelphia Daily News. “I do not know if we are far enough down the
free-agent trail yet, but he is certainly a guy that is on our board and
on our list, as are others. There is no interest as of right this
second, but do I respect his abilities, absolutely. I have a lot of
admiration for him.”
Possible translations? One, “We really don’t want him but there’s no reason to disrespect him.” Two, “We need to keep him in the mix if we don’t like what we see from Albert Young in the offseason or training camp.” Three, “Maybe no one will trade in front of us in round three or four while we’re planning to jump on a tailback who has squirted through.”
And, of course, 15 percent of you will believe Childress actually said one or more of those things.