Lito shuffles to Minnesota

A day after the Vikings learned that they’ll be facing the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees to open the season, the NFC runners-up beefed up their defensive secondary.

According to a league source, veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Sheppard visited the Vikings today, after several weeks on the free-agent market. 

He immediately solidifies a cornerback depth chart that features an aging Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin, who suffered a torn ACL in the NFC Championship Game.

88 responses to “Lito shuffles to Minnesota

  1. Time for the new/bandwagon Vikings fans to comment like they’ve been paying attention for years.

  2. pervert and chicken:
    now you can tell us about another great player you have.
    The rest of us will tell you that you have another has been. 9-7 at best.

  3. Minnesota welcomes Mr Softy to their city!!!!! Luckily you play in a dome – as Lito crumbles in cold weather!!!!!

  4. There will be quite a few Saints fans who are actually happy to hear this. One more horrid CB for Drew to pick on.

  5. What a great season opener! Tavaris is going to throw for 250 yards and run for 75+

  6. They need more this guy Lito = burnt toast :-). Terrible pick- up!! Vikings need a. QB ,source’s close to me says Brett”s not coming back!! You can’t belive what you just heard, this isn’t Detroit
    man

  7. Sooo the Vikings proly wont draft a CB in the first round now???? Let the QB questions start nowwwwww…

  8. At his age, and as injury prone as he’s been, I fear there may be a Breakdown Dead Ahead.
    /sorry

  9. i like the signing because it came pretty cheap and though leto is not fabulous anymore, he adds quality depth. it allows us to hold off on taking a CB with the number 30 pick which, in my opinion, kinda hints that we are planning on drafting a QB in rd 1. i still like mccoy a lot more then tebow but am really hoping that we don’t spend this pick on either and draft skelton in the 4-5 at QB. in this case i would say our logical first pic is on OL.

  10. Commonman: “ladies and gentlemen we got him”
    IALTO, on a serious note great addition, adds depth if we can keep in healthy

  11. Lito is a great pickup, especially for the price. No need to worry about drafting (and starting) a rookie while Cedric is out, and it adds depth to a spot they need it.
    Great addition.
    Irishgary: Put up or shut up? I’ve got a $1000 the Vikes take the over on your “9-7” pick. You game? Looking at the schedule, they go at least 11-5 if not better.
    mrlelli: Not only do the Vikes play in the Dome, they have 1 cold weather game on the schedule, which funny enough is in Philly, whom Lito will want to destroy. To bad by then he will be #3 on the depth chart.
    Saints#12: Your source must be a Packer fan. You honestly think that if the Vikings didnt know Brett was coming back, they wouldnt move on a single FA QB, or even McNabb OR Big Ben? Wake the f*** up!

  12. mrlelli says:
    April 21, 2010 6:58 PM
    Minnesota welcomes Mr Softy to their city!!!!! Luckily you play in a dome – as Lito crumbles in cold weather!!!!!
    ======================================
    No worries, the league made sure the Vikings wouldn’t have to spend too much time out in the cold. Pussies.

  13. @Franchise
    retard. how you wanna square up? You got squat and would need a loan for the 1K
    Not too confident with the 11-5 are you?

  14. LITO IS AWFUL.
    lito meet calvin johnson. 6’5 240 4.38 40 yd dash. tennis racket sized hands. 40 inch verticle.
    good luck.

  15. it’s silly to imply that the fact the vikings beefed up the secondary is because they’re starting out with the saints. dumbo. the vikings simply needed the help, ced grif is busted and might night be ready right away.

  16. Well that changes things for the Lions, they HAVE to draft a CB in this draft now (or sign PacMan Jones – Eeeeeeeek!)
    Not 100% sold on Lito Sheppard, but I sould suspect the ViQueens aren’t going to draft a CB with their first pick now! Could it be OT now?
    Or Linebacker?
    What sayeth ye ViQueen fans?

  17. Crap..
    They better still draft a Corner.
    Chilly is too in love with ex-Eagles. Maybe he should sign Andy Reid’s shit as well.

  18. Irishgay- STFU you jealous lil Packer fan. Enjoy two more Favre beat downs this season!
    If the Vikings,the best drafters and FA artists in the last several years took him….he has something to offer. Bet your ass.

  19. “Lito solidifies…”
    The only thing he solidifies is where the opposing QB will throw the ball.
    The last time Lito wasn’t completely fooled (i.e. left standing by himself with his WR 20 yards away) by a WR double-move or a QB pump-fake was 2006.
    At least the vikings fans wont have any parking problems… there will always be room for a few cars between Lito and guy he is covering.

  20. Football people know this is a good pick up for the Vike’s. If Tebow is there at 30 tomorrow lock it in, if not the pick is Jahvid Best. Just like I told Florio and Henry Lake.

  21. Don’t think he solidifies much. He is hurt often and has become a shell of what he once was. I would be surprised if he makes it out of training camp uninjured.

  22. JimmySmith says:
    April 21, 2010 7:33 PM
    Lito is step slow these days, over the hill, in other words, a perfect Viking signing.
    ———-
    Lito is going to have a field day with the Packers. Great addition which will further step on the throat of the Packer organization.

  23. # alldawayturntup says: April 21, 2010 7:50 PM
    LITO IS AWFUL.
    lito meet calvin johnson. 6’5 240 4.38 40 yd dash. tennis racket sized hands. 40 inch verticle.
    good luck.
    Oh man that’s some scary stuff.
    It might actually be somewhat legit if the Vikings hadn’t beat the Lions everytime since 01…

  24. And with the 30th pick of the 1st round, the Minnesota Vikings select… Tim Tebow, quarterback, Florida.
    Good depth signing by the Vikes.

  25. The tears of old men are the saddest of all to witness. And getting toasted like a blackened redfish 5 times a game will make ya cry. Sorry, Leto.

  26. Lito would have been a great sign for the Ravens. A 1-year $2m-ish deal would have given the Ravens a starting CB for the first 6 weeks while Fabian Washington and Ladarius Webb are probably going to be on the PUP list. He would have been a better option than a rookie CB starting, even though Sheppard is now a league average-to-slightly below average CB.
    I don’t understand this Ozzie.

  27. Lol! Since when is a 29 year old two time pro-bowler a bad signing? Especially considering he is going to be a backup. I know hating on the Vikings is popular around here but give me a break.

  28. # alldawayturntup says: April 21, 2010 7:50 PM
    LITO IS AWFUL.
    lito meet calvin johnson. 6’5 240 4.38 40 yd dash. tennis racket sized hands. 40 inch verticle.
    good luck.
    ——————
    Your entire team is awful. Nuff said. I like the move actually because it is very cheap. I also think this means that the Vikings take QB at 30 if Pouncey isn’t there.
    My bet says Florio will write 4 “QB to Vikings” articles tomorrow.

  29. Every time the Vikings sign a guy there’s 30 people on here ripping how it’s a dumb move and makes them a worse team and they’ll never make the playoffs again. Yet all they’ve done is get better every year and continue to make the division their whipping boys. Jealousy is ugly.
    He wasn’t signed to a 5 year $40 million contract. It’s a one year rent-a-backup for depth and insurance, and doesn’t hurt anything. Every team needs depth, and he’s as good a place to start as any. Better than gambling that you get a starter in the draft.

  30. Good signing. The Vikings secondary was a disaster last year. I still suspect they’ll want to address it in the draft, but for now, Lito;’s about the best stopgap measure on the open market. Not a star, but far better than what they had.

  31. pervert. You idiot the Queens are the team that couldn’t even get a pick in a few years ago. Who have you drafted. Favre, Allen, Sharper, Longwell.
    Moron, but keep posting and proving how stupid you really are.

  32. I said it 3 weeks ago, and this move is just another indicator that my source within the Vikes is dead-on…
    Tim Tebow to the Vikes with the 30th pick.
    Book it.

  33. I love the headline. Boz Scaggs! Lito used to be great for the Eagles way bag when but he got burned a lot later on and started to get lazy. He’s fragile and can’t tackle. The Vikings shouldn’t use him in anything more than nickel and dime sets.

  34. Lions fans: Hate to break it to you, but Lito is not on the field across from Calvin. That would be Winfield. Also, I’d worry more about trying to keep your QB upright than who is covering CJ.
    irishgary: I have more money vested around my wrists in watches than your car is worth. Also, go back, read, and try to comprehend 11-5 at LEAST. I understand you are slow being a Packer fan, but christ, try and keep up more than a 4 year old.

  35. “He immediately solidifies a cornerback depth chart…”
    He does? Wouldn’t you like to take a little more time to think about that?

  36. Nice pickup Vikings!
    Sincerely yours,
    Calvin Johnson, Nate Burelson, and Mat Stafford
    ———————————————–
    Nate Burelson —- you want to trash talk with Nate Burelson.
    As for little Matty Stafford, homeboy is going get his neck broken by number 69 —- who will then write the check!
    Nate Burelson?

  37. With Winfield, Griffin, now Lito, and Sapp, they have very good depth at CB.
    I’m sticking with the thought they are going to draft OL at 30.
    The only way I hope they go after QB is if Clausen falls to 30, or they get McCoy or Tebow in the 2nd.

  38. Did someone say meet Nate Burelson and Mathew Stafford? LMAO. SMH. “You can’t be serious” – John McEnroe

  39. @ franchise,
    Call pervert he is looking for someone to snorkel with.
    You have no money or sense….and the Queens have no NFL titles…..except losers.

  40. it’s a good sign. It gives Griff a chance to heal. I’m happy with Lito and Winfield with asher and sapp filling the nickel. If I know the vikes they could still add depth this weekend and plan for life without Griffen if he isn’t the same.

  41. I think Lito has a chance to make the team, but honestly it will depend on how quickly Griffin rehabs. If he comes back in time for camp, Lito will have a hard time making the team.
    Why?
    Because we have…
    Antoine Winfield – Elite.
    Cedric Griffin – Top tier.
    Benny Sapp – Solid.
    Asher Allen – Solid.
    And I’m betting we wind up with another guy in the first 4 rounds of the draft. Where does that leave Sheppard if everyone is healthy?
    Job hunting.

  42. @ irishgary
    I should tell you that drunk and dumb is no way to go through life, but not only are you a fudge Packer, but you are probably a ginger too.
    The Vikes may not have a Super Bowl title like the ONE that is in GB since ’61, but knowing since the Vikes have been around, they have owned the division more than any other team.
    Oh, and enjoy 2nd place again this year!!

  43. I’m hoping the Vikes pick Tebow, he could learn a lot under Favre and maybe turn into another Elway !! 🙂

  44. Ummm, since when did Lions fans start speaking up? Am I missing something here? I hate the Vikings, but to say that the Lions offense will be walking all over the Vikings defense is hilarious.

  45. # JimmySmith says: April 21, 2010 7:33 PM
    Lito is step slow these days, over the hill, in other words, a perfect Viking signing.
    **********************************************
    Jimmy, I haven’t seen you around since the Vikings swept the Green Gay Fudgepackqueers last year. I guarantee we will sweep you again, no problem.

  46. to all PACKER FANS
    JERMICHAEL FINLEY has not even had one GOOD COMPLETE season in the NFL at this point.
    year 1 he was VERY IMMATURE and not ready for the NFL
    Year 2 – he got 5td’s. Big Deal – same number as Terrel Owens and James Jones (your bust for a number 2 pick)
    packer fans should learn their place as the #2 team.
    what next – Greg Jennings is a top 5 NFL receiver? haha – stats dont play out to well for Mr. Jennings. you paid for a 2nd tier receiver.
    Come back with your trash when J Finley can put together a complete season – heck, bring your trash when Finley can stay away from the bong 0n a Saturday night.

  47. There’s nothing to indicate Lito’s ability decreased since his Pro Bowl years. After his injury, he was made obsolete by replacements, and ditto in the Jets.
    Now that he’s actually got a spot and a defined role, he will excel.
    People thought Charles Woodson was finished when the Packers were the only team that wanted him, and he became even better!
    Lito Sheppard and Antoine Winfield will become one of the top CB tandems in the NFL, mark my words!!!

  48. pervert. You idiot the Queens are the team that couldn’t even get a pick in a few years ago. Who have you drafted. Favre, Allen, Sharper, Longwell.
    considering that we’ve had 2 ROYs in the last five years i’d say we are doing okay. that, coupled with the fact that over half of our normal starters on a team that went to the nfc championship are guys that we drafted makes me think that we are doing more then okay in the draft.

  49. # irishgary says: April 21, 2010 9:31 PM
    pervert. You idiot the Queens are the team that couldn’t even get a pick in a few years ago. Who have you drafted. Favre, Allen, Sharper, Longwell.
    Moron, but keep posting and proving how stupid you really are.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah — geez last year’s draft was a disaster with that Harvin kid and Phil Loadholt, and Adrian Peterson man he didn’t work out at all.
    Moron, but keep posting and proving how stupid you really are.

  50. Lets keep it simple if the Vikes Win on Septembver 9th it just reiterates what we already know They are the Better Team Robbed by the Zebras & NFL Execs in the NFC Championship Just to get one more yeear out of Farve(Doesnt this match up prove Im right?)
    If they Lose………. WOW ………thats like believing the Saints were better last year…………Thats Funny!

  51. bluestree says:
    April 21, 2010 6:57 PM
    Lito…oh oh oh ohoh ohoh.
    Touchdown, Jermichael Finley!
    ==========================
    …and the Packers have narrowed the gap to 17 with a little over a minute to go.

  52. FriarBob says:
    April 21, 2010 6:59 PM
    There will be quite a few Saints fans who are actually happy to hear this. One more horrid CB for Drew to pick on.
    ———————————————–
    Does completing 55% of your passes for less than 200 yards in 4+ quarters really count as picking on? Those stats sort of off-set his 3 TDs in the NFC title game. Not too hard to throw a touchdown when given some great field position on turnovers like he was. It wasn’t like he was driving up and down the field on the Vikings.

  53. irishgary says:
    April 21, 2010 9:31 PM
    pervert. You idiot the Queens are the team that couldn’t even get a pick in a few years ago. Who have you drafted. Favre, Allen, Sharper, Longwell.
    Moron, but keep posting and proving how stupid you really are.
    ===========================
    If you’re going to insult people at least have your facts straight.
    The Vikings agreed on a trade with Baltimore, but the Ravens never got thru to the league to verify the deal in time. The Vikings went on to draft the same player at the 9 slot that they would have taken in the 7th – Pro Bowler/All Pro Kevin Williams (just got him cheaper that’s all).
    Perhaps you should take a comprehension course to fully understand the meaning of someone else’s posts. Pervy mentions the draft AND FREE AGENTS! Keep posting though and proving how stupid you truly must be!
    But since you asked…
    Pro Bowlers – Peterson, K Williams, Rice, Harvin & McKinnie.
    Solid starters & contributors (a couple of Pro Bowl considerations) Greenway, Henderson, Edwards, Griffen, Loadholt, Robison Allen, Johnson, Brinkley & Sullivan.
    As well as Pro Bowl free agents – Favre, Winfield, Hutchinson, Sharper & P Williams.
    Solid free agent starters & contributors – Longwell, Shiancoe, Berrian & Leber.
    Say what you will about championships, but this team has undeniable talent and has been slowly building a top level team with a nice blend of veterans and youth. Don’t let your hatred blind you.

  54. LMAO! You’re right Gary. They can’t draft for shit! Only 2 rookie of the years in the last 3 years. With nothing higher than #7 overall

  55. Antoine is a first class guy. As the best pure tackler in the game it’s time to move him to SS. He hits like a linebacker and covers like one too.

  56. I don’t know if irishgary is a cheeser or not, but not many teams have drafted better than the Vikes since 2006. Heck, compare the Vike/Pack drafts from 2007 — the Vikes have 6 quality starters from those drafts with 18 picks (not counting the Allen trade), while the Pack has 4 quality starters with 28 picks. Dude, you better verify that the pot you’re typing from is black before you trash our kettle.

  57. purpleguy says:
    April 22, 2010 10:04 AM
    I don’t know if irishgary is a cheeser or not, but not many teams have drafted better than the Vikes since 2006. Heck, compare the Vike/Pack drafts from 2007 — the Vikes have 6 quality starters from those drafts with 18 picks (not counting the Allen trade), while the Pack has 4 quality starters with 28 picks. Dude, you better verify that the pot you’re typing from is black before you trash our kettle.
    ===================================
    Purple:
    irishgay is a turd from waaaay back. yes he is a cheeser.
    I find it funny that TT is “steady teddy” and he “builds” through the draft, yet he, according to your stats, whiffs way more than he hits.
    I would take what irishgay says with a huge grain of salt he makes an ass out of himself regularly.

  58. @SpartaChris
    “No worries, the league made sure the Vikings wouldn’t have to spend too much time out in the cold. Pussies.
    Ok, lets look at this. At Jets in October = Cold. At Packers in October = Cold. At Patriots in Oct = Cold. At Chicago in November = Cold. At Philly in December = once again COLD!
    Your a complete moron, keep talking you idiot. Maybe go back to elementary school, get some geographic education. I’d like to see you call any Minnesotan a pussie, you will surely get the Jared Allen treatment…that includes me!
    This website pisses me off for this exact reason, its a great reference for up-to-date info but a horrible place for the most pathetic dumbass people around. Most of which come on here to make idiotic comments!
    SKOL Vikings!

  59. IrishGary –
    Wow…you really don’t know what the F you are talking about do you?
    Since Childress has been in the chair, here are the key draft picks:
    2006
    Greenway (better than Hawk or Simms chosen in front of him)
    Cedric Griffin
    Ray Edwards
    That’s three starters on a top 5 defense
    2007
    Adrian Peterson
    Sidney Rice
    That’s two pro bowl players
    2008
    Trade of first rounder and two thirds for Jared Allen
    Tyrell Johnson
    John Sullivan
    That’s two starters
    2009
    Percy Harvin
    Phil Loadholdt
    Two more starters
    Now, those are all players starting on a 12-4 team, not like, say, the Lions drafting someone and starting him on a 2-14 team, or the Bears doing the same on a 7-9 team. All in all, 13 of the Vikings starters were drafted by them (Add McKinnie, K. Williams, EJ Henderson to the above names) or signed as a college free agent (Herrera).
    Yes, the Vikings have taken advantage of the free agent market…Uh, so? Should they apologize for making use of all the tools available to them? It isn’t my fault that what ever team you root for doesn’t avail themselves to all of the open avenues of talent acquisition.

  60. LMAO @ IrishGayBoy
    See tool,Vikings fans are a team. I can be out fishing and Franchise jebdamone,DCViking,Tompadre,MulletMullitia,purpleguy,chickenragnarpartdeux.etc…hand you your fat ass on a totally dumb response you made to my post. Thanks guys….
    IrishGayBoy- don’t you wish the Packers were half as good of a team as Viking PFT’ers?????

  61. Pervy Harvin says:
    April 22, 2010 1:30 PM
    ….don’t you wish the Packers were half as good of a team as Viking PFT’ers?
    ————————————————————————
    The exaggerated namecalling that you and your cohorts inevitably resort to is indicative of small brains. All the jerks you consider to be “teammates” on this site were all cut from the same cloth. Ever since I was a kid it seems that people from Minnesota (particularly Viking fans) think their crap doesn’t stink. You all suffer from a tiresome superiority complex, which stems from the defensive posture you are forced to take from being repetitive losers. The (borrowed) definition below sums it up best.
    “The term superiority complex refers to an overly high opinion of oneself. It refers to the unrealistic and exaggerated belief that one is better than others. Those exhibiting the superiority complex have a self-image of supremacy. Those with superiority complexes may garner a negative image in those around them, as they are not concerned with the opinions of others about themselves. Those with a superiority complex may not take the time to polish their image, often to the point of flaw. They possess an artificially high self-esteem. Those with a superiority complex may speak as if they are all-knowing and better than others, but ultimately they do not care if others think so or not, and will not care if others tell them so. They simply won’t listen to, and don’t care about, those who disagree. Behaviors related to a superiority complex may include an exaggerated opinion of one’s worth and abilities, unrealistically high expectations in goals and achievements for oneself and others, persistent attempts to correct others (regardless of whether or not they are actually correct), and an overwhelming tendency to discredit others’ opinions.”
    Boy, does that hit the nail on the head. Packer fans laugh at idiots like you. They are a better breed of fan because we do not possess the desperation that you must feel….every year. And now you have the King of the Douches as your QB to boot! Long Live The King!

  62. Ambrose –
    If you look at this thread, Irishguy started calling the Vikings fans names, not the other way around.
    I guess starting the name calling is indicitive of being “a better breed of fan”. As is calling a franchise icon “the King of the Douches”.
    Stay classy.

  63. I don’t have a complex.
    I know I’m an a-hole.
    I just like ruffiling feathers and especially those of you packer fans.
    For you to think that I tie my well being and attitude on a sports team is laughable.
    Go back to talking football Dr. Freud. Pyschology is not your forte.
    This site is a palce to blow off steam and trash talk, nothing more or less.
    I pity people that live vicariously throuhg their favorite teams. It means that they have nothing else of importance, or do not have their priorities straight.
    I used to get really worked up and was pissed off for days when my team lost. Then, I grew up.( can’t tell that from my “persona” on here..lol)
    Complex? No. Asshole? Yes…and I’m good at it.

  64. The superiority complex actually comes from having low self esteem and overall disappointment with most things concerning the subject. In this case their Minnesota Vikings. They have to artificially pretend to act tough, make up things, engage in childish name calling when someone disagree’s etc. It does not matter that it is done on the internet. What the internet does is allow true feelings and emotions to be proclaimed without the potentially negative or embarrasing feedback from a live person. This is why they do not act this way in public and use forums such as this to express their true emotions. Anonymously.

  65. The Devil says:
    April 21, 2010 11:48 PM
    to all PACKER FANS
    JERMICHAEL FINLEY has not even had one GOOD COMPLETE season in the NFL at this point.
    year 1 he was VERY IMMATURE and not ready for the NFL
    Year 2 – he got 5td’s. Big Deal – same number as Terrel Owens and James Jones (your bust for a number 2 pick)
    ————————————-
    lol now this is a hilarious statement. He wasn’t even a full time starter in year 2, yet everytime he was in a game, he smoked defenses, including putting up 160 yards on the Vikings. You’ll see how good he really is this upcoming year when he’s a full time starter. He’s a future elite TE in the nfl. Anybody who says otherwise either knows nothing about football or they just hate the packers and need something to bitch about.

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