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Vikings taking a look at Max Starks

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In July, the Vikings gave up on a left tackle who had weight and conditioning issues.  Now, the Vikings are taking a look at a left tackle who has weight and conditioning issues.

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Vikings will visit with free-agent Max Starks, who was dumped earlier this year by the Steelers.  Starks was attempting to recover from a neck injury that ended his 2010 season prematurely.

The Vikings cut Bryant McKinnie days after he showed up pushing four bills.  He has since landed with the Ravens, and he has started all three games.

The Vikings replaced him with Charlie Johnson, who has struggled at times.

Frankly, we’re not sure that beefing up the tackle position will help the Vikings not blow double-digit leads.  But it can’t hurt.

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29 Responses to “Vikings taking a look at Max Starks”
  1. nflfollower says: Sep 26, 2011 2:17 PM

    Interesting….but Charlie Johnson certainly wasn’t the reason they lost yesterday. May just be a move for depth.

  2. trigzter says: Sep 26, 2011 2:21 PM

    look at adam schefter’s tweet. make a randy moss post

  3. jimmysee says: Sep 26, 2011 2:24 PM

    For Max Starks — any job is better than no job.

    For the Vikings, that’s an uncertain proposition.

    (Though it should be mentioned that Howard Green, signed under similar circmstances last season by the Packers after being cut by the Jets — has worked out quite well for both Howard and the Packers.)

  4. firerosenthalthebastard says: Sep 26, 2011 2:26 PM

    Funny I woke up this morning thinking the Vikes were just a Max Starks away from the playoffs.

  5. tomthebombtracy says: Sep 26, 2011 2:26 PM

    Steelers were said to have two big concers about Maximum (Weight) Max.

    1. That his neck injury was possibly recurrent.

    2. Despite the fact that he had everything to gain being in a free agent, the only thing gained was a ton of weight as they him around town.

    What a good guy, though. Tremendous in the community. Hope he gets back.

  6. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Sep 26, 2011 2:27 PM

    That O-Line has been suspect for years. Might have been a good idea to draft Nate Solder instead of reaching for Ponder.

  7. bobcat2001 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:28 PM

    Maybe they are bringing him in to play QB. We ALL know the current QB doesn’t have it anymore.

  8. ednacrabapple says: Sep 26, 2011 2:31 PM

    If the Steelers don’t look at bringing him back, then he must be garbage

  9. bozosforall says: Sep 26, 2011 2:33 PM

    My guess is that the Vikings were cutting salary dead weight more so than actual dead weight (McKinnie). I seriously doubt that they will pay Starks anywhere near what they owed McKinnie for this season. Also, expect Johnson to be moved to RG or RT if he is replaced by Starks.

  10. gen129 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:39 PM

    Funny, I signed him in my Vikings Madden franchise three ‘weeks’ ago. Is your buddy Spielman a little slow on the uptake, Mike?

    Either way it’d be a good pickup – bump Loadholt over to guard where his size would actually be some use and put Charlie at RT where he’d probably do better because of his skill set.

    I’d agree with the above posts though, protection was definitely not the reason we lost yesterday…it might be time to bring in another former Steeler at the HC position…get the plane fueled up and polish the 20″ rims on the Escalade! (Here’s hoping the godawful rumor that Zygi’s considering promoting Singletary isn’t true.)

  11. tjacks7 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:43 PM

    Awesome. Now all we need is a real LT, QB, RG, C, a couple WR’s, two new safetys, a CB, a new head coach, and a new offensive coordinator and we’re right back in this thing.

  12. ppdoc13 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:45 PM

    given how well McKinnie has played for the Ravens, I wonder how much buyers remorse there is in Vikingland about cutting him.

  13. vikes8480 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:49 PM

    Is Max Starks going to help McNabb hit wide open receivers?

  14. tjacks7 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:51 PM

    ppdoc13 says:

    given how well McKinnie has played for the Ravens, I wonder how much buyers remorse there is in Vikingland about cutting him.

    ———————————————

    If he were with the Vikings, he’d be 400+ LBS, riding the pines. He needed motivation and unfortunately wasn’t going to get it in Minnesota.

  15. favreforever says: Sep 26, 2011 2:51 PM

    Vikings took a look at him. Marveled at his great size and girth. Walked around him poking his huge belly. Took pictures of him with a beach ball in his mouth, and with all the coaching staff lined up sitting on stomach, while he was stretched out on the ground. Then they threw him back in the ocean.

  16. vikesorgtfo says: Sep 26, 2011 2:55 PM

    A couple of things:

    First, McKinnie was cut for many more reasons than just his weight. He constantly embarrassed the organization and did not care about this team, or football itself it seemed. He’s doing well in Baltimore, which is good for him, but it wouldn’t have happened in Minnesota. Getting released and getting a wake up call was what he needed. The weight issue was just the last straw.

    Secondly, Max Starks would be a great move and an upgrade in 2 positions. He’d be an upgrade at LT and moving Charlie Johnson to perhaps RG would be an upgrade over Herrera. Charlie is strong but isn’t tall enough for tackle and has short arms. He’d be great at Guard.

  17. cannonballdookie says: Sep 26, 2011 2:58 PM

    Takes a look, “my god, this guy is so fat, and so slow”, moves along.

  18. beedubyatoo says: Sep 26, 2011 3:10 PM

    Can he play quarterback?

  19. Deb says: Sep 26, 2011 3:13 PM

    Any word on whether Max has dropped weight or is in better condition now than when he reported to camp for the Steelers?

  20. d1ckyd00 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:40 PM

    Whats sad about the McKinnie situation is that the Vikes never got any comensation for him, geez you would have thought they would at least try and trade him etc, another blunder on Vikes management, they are pretty bad in that regard

  21. stillerfan82 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:41 PM

    Yep thats what the Vikings need to turn their season around, Max Starks.

  22. squared80 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:06 PM

    Bryant McKinnie wasn’t just cut bcause he was overweight. It was simply the last straw in Minnesota. Terrible attitude from the time he was drafted. Terrible work ethic. Instigator of the Love Boat fiasco. Not a single fan in Minnesota liked the guy. We are weaker at LT because of his departure, but in the eyes of 99% of Vikings fans, it’s a blessing he is finally gone. Good riddance. We don’t care HOW he plays somewhere else, we’re just glad he’s gone.

  23. dtrb10 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:10 PM

    Until they get rid of Rick Spielman it will be this way. They don’t even interview a blue chip coach. Frazier sucks. Donovan McNabb is 1 and 9 in his last 10 starts. Forget that Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan ( both pretty damn good coaches ) gave up on the bum but here comes Rick & Leslie. We can do another Brett Favre 09. That isn’t gonna happen.

  24. prplpuzzetrz says: Sep 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    The good! The Vikings still have alot of talent at key positions.
    The bad! The lack of talent at the Most important positions will not be fixable this season! No matter who they attp to pick up. Schemes, the Vikings have gotten off to great starts in all 3 games this season. (WR all know the #’s) opposing coaches have made the necessary adjustments at half, the Vikings have NOT! This lyes the largest problem we face! It is excusable for a rookie head coach and his staff to fail to make proper adjustments for their 1st game, and hell, I will even give them 2. But for the 3rd straight game, to get outcoached, out schemed, and outplayed in the 2nd halvesof these games …. This is inexcusable, and I fear the ugly……….
    The ugly: It is already my take, that the players like coach Frazier, will stand behind him. But when it comes to intelligence, scheme, management and leadership? I’m afraid he is out of his
    League! I appreciate his balls for going for it in 4th and 1 late un the 4th, but then , bit giving it to arguably the best Back in the league, AP, that’s just downright foolish!
    I need to see some major improvements in the coaching front before I have any faith in the leadership!

  25. bleedgreen4life says: Sep 26, 2011 4:50 PM

    Us Eagles fans will pay for his airfare and hotel accomodations for a visit.

  26. dstep24 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:55 PM

    I thought you guys scoffed at teams that sign players recovering from injury.

    Anyone can change. I’m gonna dedicate this season to Max.

    Best wishes.

    XOXO

    -Sidney

  27. jayrams39 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:56 PM

    vikesorgtfo says:
    Sep 26, 2011 2:55 PM
    A couple of things:

    First, McKinnie was cut for many more reasons than just his weight. He constantly embarrassed the organization and did not care about this team, or football itself it seemed. He’s doing well in Baltimore, which is good for him, but it wouldn’t have happened in Minnesota. Getting released and getting a wake up call was what he needed. The weight issue was just the last straw.

    Secondly, Max Starks would be a great move and an upgrade in 2 positions. He’d be an upgrade at LT and moving Charlie Johnson to perhaps RG would be an upgrade over Herrera. Charlie is strong but isn’t tall enough for tackle and has short arms. He’d be great at Guard.

    *****************************************
    I couldn’t agree more.. he was similar to Randy Moss in Oakland. Then he got traded, and started playing at an unbelievable level.

  28. vikesfansteve says: Sep 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    Harvin & Shaincoe still drop as many as they catch. Berrian is a turd in the punch bowl. Loadholt is constantly bulled over & he is 7 ft tall 350 lbs. The D collapses, outscored 68-6 in the second half. AP 5 carries in the 2nd half for 5 yards. The secondary has trouble covering guys because the Vikings keep zone blitzing & the dude who would have been in position to stop the play is blitzing.

    So it’s a combination of a terrible swiss cheese secondary & awful coaching that has caused the 3 game loosing streak. The good thing is that can be fixed pretty easy.

    Maybe Max will help. 3 0-3 teams have made the playoffs. 0-4 has made it.

    The Vikings can right the ship & win lots of games. Small easily fixable mistakes. The secondary needs to step up & the blitzing needs to be stopped.

  29. pack13queens0 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:58 PM

    That team needs much more than an O-Lineman, but if he does sign I’m sure he’ll be excited for the team’s move to LA next season.

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