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Lito Sheppard checks out the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings, who to date have signed a kickoff specialist and a backup defensive lineman, could be beefing up their secondary via a former first-round pick.

Per a league source, Sheppard is visiting the Vikings today.

Traded by the Eagles to the Jets last year, New York cut him before he earned a large bonus.  He recently visited the Lions.

The Vikings could use some depth at the position, given that cornerback Cedric Griffin suffered a torn ACL in overtime of the NFC title game.

Because Sheppard was cut by the Jets, the Vikings can sign him without regard to the rules of the “Final Eight Plan.”

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33 Responses to “Lito Sheppard checks out the Vikings”
  1. Contra says: Apr 21, 2010 3:27 PM

    Lets get it done Vikings! Get Lito so that maybe we can use our 1st rd pick for another position!

  2. Cannon says: Apr 21, 2010 3:29 PM

    I think the Vikes should wait until after the draft to make a move on Lito.

  3. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Apr 21, 2010 3:30 PM

    go ahead and sign him, so i can laugh each time Greg Jennings runs a 9 route right past him

  4. se18a29 says: Apr 21, 2010 3:31 PM

    Sign him…

  5. azdetroitfan says: Apr 21, 2010 3:33 PM

    ouch Lions. Shouldnt have let him leave the D. No chance now.

  6. Jack Factor says: Apr 21, 2010 3:34 PM

    Let’s see. Get traded to the Jets from the NFC for a season and then sign with the Vikes – seems to work lately.

  7. dolphinfiegl99 says: Apr 21, 2010 3:34 PM

    We Could Use U In Miami!

  8. JohnWayne506th says: Apr 21, 2010 3:34 PM

    I hope he signs with the Lions. Man do we need CB help.

  9. rob says: Apr 21, 2010 3:34 PM

    I think this is a great move if it happens. He’s obviously not a long term solution but he would allow them to move around (possibly up) for a QB like Clausen or use their first pick on another position. The draft is deep at CB but as you move back they may not be able to start right away so this could work out perfect.

  10. LIONPRIDE says: Apr 21, 2010 3:34 PM

    I wished he wouldn’t have left Detroit without a contract!

  11. Hauschild says: Apr 21, 2010 3:38 PM

    Lito……..oh, oh, oh, oh …..
    Shout out to Boz ….

  12. allday28 says: Apr 21, 2010 3:38 PM

    low risk high reward if they sign him

  13. MNSportsGuy79 says: Apr 21, 2010 3:39 PM

    Love this…opens the door to draft Colt McCoy at 30

  14. Hauschild says: Apr 21, 2010 3:40 PM

    Git ‘R Done!

  15. AllThat says: Apr 21, 2010 3:45 PM

    what does this ahve to do with Benny?

  16. mustbechris says: Apr 21, 2010 3:45 PM

    Lito’s not a bad player. He can start. He got a lot of work last year because teams threw away from Revis, but aside from his last season with the Eagles he was a solid starter his whole career and went to a pro bowl. I could see Childress making this move.

  17. Skin_Flute says: Apr 21, 2010 3:47 PM

    Big Ben[d over] is a Rapist.

  18. DeBoe says: Apr 21, 2010 3:49 PM

    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh
    Get’em signed Vikes.

  19. LarryBird18 says: Apr 21, 2010 3:50 PM

    Get it Done!

  20. MuskyHunter2542 says: Apr 21, 2010 4:01 PM

    Only a hick from Minnesota would say Git ‘R Done!

  21. chickenragnarpartdeux says: Apr 21, 2010 4:06 PM

    would be a nice 3rd corner once Cedric is healthy.

  22. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 21, 2010 4:15 PM

    Love it, like the previous poster said, allows us some flexibility with the first round.
    My choices:
    (In order of not bloody likely/realistic/slight reach)
    Jimmy Clausen
    Maurkice Pouncey
    Taylor Mays
    As always,
    GO VIKES!!!
    Redemption, 141 days to go and counting…

  23. SATAN567 says: Apr 21, 2010 4:24 PM

    Come on, Broncs. Why are we not looking at this guy? We have nobody to line up opposite Champ. Goodman is better suited for a nickle slot, Alphonso Smith is a bust, and if Ty Law ends up back with the team, he’s… well… pretty old.

  24. Ralph says: Apr 21, 2010 4:28 PM

    Hard choice…. go with Detroit… go with Minnesota. Chance to play on a cellar dweller…. chance to play on a SB contender… Gee, can’t see why he didn’t jump at a chance to sign with Detroit.

  25. mrlelli says: Apr 21, 2010 4:38 PM

    Lito is soft!!!! A dome is perfect for him. He got his money – that’s all he cares about.

  26. Ambrose says: Apr 21, 2010 4:45 PM

    Lido missed the boat
    That day he left the shack
    But that was all he missed
    He ain’t comin’ back
    At a tombstone bar
    In a juke-joint car he made a stop
    Just long enough
    To grab a handle off the top
    Next stop Chi’town
    Lido put the money down
    Let her roll
    He say, “one more job oughta get it
    One last shot ‘fore we quit it”
    One for the road
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh….
    He’s for the money, he’s for the show
    Lido’s a-waitin’ for another go
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh….
    He said, “one more job oughta get it”
    “One last shot, we quit it”
    “One more for the road”
    Lido be runnin’,
    Havin’ great big fun ’til he got the note
    Sayin’ “toe the line or blow it”
    And that was all she wrote
    He be makin’ like a beeline,
    Headin’ for the borderline, goin’ for broke
    Sayin, “one more hit oughta do it”
    “This joint, ain’t nothin’ to it”
    “One more for the road”
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh….
    He’s for the money, he’s for the show
    Lido’s a-waitin’ for another go
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh….
    “one more job oughta get it”
    “One last shot, and we quit it”
    “One more for the road”
    [Instrumental Interlude]
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh….
    He’s for the money, he’s for the show
    Lido’s a-waitin’ for another go
    Lido, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh….

  27. J Dub says: Apr 21, 2010 5:19 PM

    This move would just go along with the Vikings pholosphy of signing over the hill retreads from other teams. Why…cause Minnesota is such a great place to play.
    Lito stinks…hence why he is without a team. Does Chilly and Ziggy have Favre on the phone trying to entice Lito as well? Look how good it worked on LT…..

  28. JOldewurtel says: Apr 21, 2010 5:32 PM

    with Fabian Washington and Ladarius Webb both possibly out for the first 6 games of the year, Lito Sheppard would be a good pick up for the Ravens.
    With those two out, your left with Chris Carr, Cary Williams K.J. Gerard, Marcus Paschal to play opposite of Dominique Foxworth. And for people who don’t follow the Ravens, that’s a has-been KR and 3 practice squad caliber players. And I am not sure I would want a rookie CB starting from day one, even if its their 1st Rd pick. I am not sure why he is not a Raven.

  29. shiftyshellshocked says: Apr 21, 2010 6:49 PM

    Man, it wouldn’t hurt beefing up our secondary. For sure our weak spot. Go for it Chilly! Skol Vikes

  30. Commonman says: Apr 21, 2010 6:54 PM

    Done Deal 1 year for 2 million. Per Mark Rosen and Star Tribune.

  31. Route36West says: Apr 21, 2010 7:27 PM

    Hauschild says:
    April 21, 2010 3:38 PM
    Lito……..oh, oh, oh, oh …..
    Shout out to Boz ….
    Its LITO, LITO, LITO, LITO ……. Get your chants right.

  32. GB3Pack4 says: Apr 21, 2010 7:30 PM

    J Dub – You defeat your own argument when you mention “over-the-hill retreads from other teams”. You mean like those underachievers Brett Favre, Ryan Longwell, and Darren Sharper? Maybe you’re piqued because the Vikings regard your team as a farm team …

  33. The Curse of Bobby Layne Part 2 says: Apr 21, 2010 8:10 PM

    Azdetroitfan –
    you got that shit right!
    Looks like Mayhem and Schwartz’ plan backfired on them!
    Now we HAVE to come away with a CB, after creating a gaping hole at OLB…..
    I was thinking Devin McCourty with our second pick for several months….Then the Ernie Sims trade…..Then i was thinking Jerry Hughes or Daryl Washington of TCU, and they sign Lito Sheppard as a FA…..
    This could be a major debacle now!
    Well done Minnesota, wellllll done!!!
    Stupid Lions!

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