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Vikings add speedy former point guard

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With plenty of needs in the secondary, the Vikings are giving an opportunity to a guy for whom football was a secondary sport.

The team announced Friday that cornerback Nicholas Taylor has joined the roster.  As Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com explains it, Taylor attended Florida International University, but he didn’t play football.

Instead, Taylor was a point guard on the FIU basketball team.  He has since played defensive back in a low-level arena league.

On Wednesday, Taylor blazed the 40-yard dash in 4.34 and 4.27 seconds at the FIU Pro Day.  On Friday, the Vikings brought him to town for a private workout.

They presumably liked what they saw.

Technically, Taylor signed a reserve/futures contract, but he’s committed for three years.  He’ll join the team for the offseason program and, if all goes well, he’ll potentially have a shot at making the 53-man roster in training camp.

If that happens, it would be a story worthy of Invincible for a secondary that has been anything but in recent years.

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  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 16, 2012 4:38 PM

    The pieces are in place.

  2. throwitupdogg says: Mar 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    At least they signed somebody.

  3. 7ransponder says: Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Spielman, you have absolutely no clue what you’re doing, do you?

    How much you want to bet this means he’s not going to grab any more CBs in the draft? Instead, he’ll troll for “values” from other people’s practice squads after the season begins.

  4. vikesfan4life says: Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Spielman is an idiot. Sign an injury prone tight end and now a basketball player. Keep up the great work Rick.

  5. ty49er4life says: Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    Thought it was Charlie ward at first lol. Vikings are a joke

  6. upperdecker19 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    Bring in Charlie Ward while you’re at it.

  7. subzero00 says: Mar 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    I have no idea who this guy is but I can say with great confidence that this is better than the 25 million Carlson deal.

  8. vike4life says: Mar 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    Well, he can run…. That’s and improvement over Benny Sapp et. al.

  9. txbearmeat says: Mar 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    I said it earlier, and I’ll say it again:

    The Minnesota Vikings are going to be the 2010′s version of the the 2000′s Lions.

    They. Are. Pathetic.

  10. crackills says: Mar 16, 2012 4:54 PM

    Vicks do need a fast waterboy.

  11. cowboyhater says: Mar 16, 2012 4:57 PM

    …….at least he’s fast.

  12. mnajb says: Mar 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    Guys guys guys.. His contract is for about 18 bucks and a bag of high end potato chips. Less impressive specimens have made it to 80 man rosters.

  13. adantsa says: Mar 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    I don’t see how signing a guy who can run a 4.27 40 on the cheap could be a bad thing…

  14. mankato98 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:00 PM

    I don’t know if he can cover, but being a former point guard he hopefully has good enough ball skills to actually catch a ball that hits him in the hands…

    That being said, I hope they give him reps at WR too…

    THAT being said, this FA period has been really discouraging. This draft better be awesome…

  15. cursedvikingfan says: Mar 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    @txbearmeat, while it’s hard to brag about going 4-12, which is what the Vikings will most likely do, they aren’t bad enough to go 0-16 and I doubt that will happen for some time. Am I upset at a lack of any movement? Sure, so were Giants fans last year and look what happened? I can dream at least. So…..

    Get.Over.Yourself.

  16. edenprairieballer says: Mar 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    I didn’t know the Vikes were holding public tryouts. I am going to throw on my sweat shorts and head down to Winter Park and show Spielman what I got.

  17. 97tahoe says: Mar 16, 2012 5:05 PM

    I don’t understand why people are ripping Spielman here. As stated he signed a Reserve/Futures contract, so it really is not a gamble. I will give Spielman the benefit of the dought for now.

  18. jason1214 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    What? Drew Henson not available?

  19. prplpuzzetrz says: Mar 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    4.27?? Damn, that is one fast dude!! This would be fun to see if they can actually find a gold, not traditional Vikings fools gold

  20. apooster says: Mar 16, 2012 5:08 PM

    Is David Kahn running the Vikings now?

  21. realitypolice says: Mar 16, 2012 5:09 PM

    vikesfan4life says:
    Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM
    Spielman is an idiot. Sign an injury prone tight end and now a basketball player. Keep up the great work Rick.
    ================

    Yeah, drafting basketball players never works out.

    Ask the Saints (Jimmy Graham), the Charger (Antonio Gates) or the Chiefs (Tony Gonzales).

    Not saying this guy is going to work out, but it’s not like it’s never been done before.

  22. jimmysee says: Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    Latest news!

    Vikes sign Seabiscuit, Jr., a horse that runs a 2.3 40!

    “He’s never played football before, but he’s fast.”

  23. jimnsota says: Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM

    ALRIGHT SPIELMAN!! Lookout Megatron/Jennings/Nelson/Marshall….We got a women beater and a fricken point guard as are potential starting CB’s… Oh and I forgot about Winfield 7 mill this year he couldnt cover a new born…Next move should be to LA.

  24. alldayvikings says: Mar 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    After this free agency I just don’t know what to think anymore. I bet he messes up the draft too. My head is down……

  25. chillyball says: Mar 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    With the first pick of the 2013 draft, the Minnesota Vikings select…

  26. nflfollower says: Mar 16, 2012 5:18 PM

    Innovative thinking is rarely celebrated in its infancy.

  27. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:18 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:09 PM
    vikesfan4life says:
    Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM
    Spielman is an idiot. Sign an injury prone tight end and now a basketball player. Keep up the great work Rick.
    ================

    Yeah, drafting basketball players never works out.

    Ask the Saints (Jimmy Graham), the Charger (Antonio Gates) or the Chiefs (Tony Gonzales).

    Not saying this guy is going to work out, but it’s not like it’s never been done before.

    ======================

    You named three tight ends… thats one, specialized, position. Name another guy who wasn’t a tight end….

    Go ahead I’ll wait…..

  28. purpleblood12 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:20 PM

    The guy will cost them nothing, so its no risk and possibly big reward, what’s the harm. I see it as a smart move

  29. jason1214 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    John Carlson is much better than people give him credit for.
    This is another LOW risk move, I swear some of you are buying the “Free agents fix all” nonsense.
    If the Vikings add Schwartz from Carolina, and possibly get Ball/Landry, they will already be better than 2011.
    As I said in a previous post with $15 million in cap space (you have to leave 7-8 million in pool to sign draft picks remember?) They were not in position to spend wildly.

  30. xmgmx says: Mar 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    I love how everyone is going nuts because they haven’t laid down the big bucks for some of these guys. Most on here just love to hate, and actually think what they say means something, which is comical. As for the Minn. fans who are freakin out, just chill, there’s like two guys in this free agency who could be considered ‘worth the money’, and they are iffy too.

  31. rugdog100 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    MF just can’t write a Viking’s story without being a smarta$$. He had to add a sentence to the ending, with this one.

  32. fartdrift says: Mar 16, 2012 5:23 PM

    Why would so many have a problem with a low cost guy who runs a 4.27. As a pat fan I would be estatic

  33. bdoubleoey says: Mar 16, 2012 5:24 PM

    i dont know why people r raging on the Carlson deal. he’s only making 2.9 each year for the first 2, then 3.9 for the 3rd. and 4.9 the last 2 years. and 5 mill signing bonus. so its not 5 million a year for 5 years. and He is a good talent. 6 years younger then Shank and cheaper. and more athletic. his first 2 yrs stats r the same as Shanks 2 best years in 08 and 09. I didnt want to OVER pay for the WR’s out there. anyone who thinks different is an idiot. The DB is a very low risk, high reward. so take a breath Vikes fans.

  34. mburger13 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    how is it this guy doesn’t have to declare for the draft?

  35. txbearmeat says: Mar 16, 2012 5:27 PM

    Go ahead Cursed. Keep dreaming. Meanwhile, the reality police will be shouting at you across the St. Croix.

  36. mnmark says: Mar 16, 2012 5:28 PM

    Spud Webb is next!!

  37. contra74 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM
    Latest news!

    Vikes sign Seabiscuit, Jr., a horse that runs a 2.3 40!

    “He’s never played football before, but he’s fast.”
    —–
    They dont make helmets for horses…idiot.

  38. glenne81 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:32 PM

    is Matt Millen still available???

  39. conormacleod says: Mar 16, 2012 5:32 PM

    A team is 53 men deep, with more on the practice squad. But, everybody is up in arms when a team signs anybody but a Pro Bowler! The world needs ditch diggers and special teamers too!

  40. contra74 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:35 PM

    napoleonblownapart6887 says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:18 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:09 PM
    vikesfan4life says:
    Mar 16, 2012 4:44 PM
    Spielman is an idiot. Sign an injury prone tight end and now a basketball player. Keep up the great work Rick.
    ================

    Yeah, drafting basketball players never works out.

    Ask the Saints (Jimmy Graham), the Charger (Antonio Gates) or the Chiefs (Tony Gonzales).

    Not saying this guy is going to work out, but it’s not like it’s never been done before.

    ======================

    You named three tight ends… thats one, specialized, position. Name another guy who wasn’t a tight end….

    Go ahead I’ll wait…..
    ———
    Ray Seals – started SB XXX as a D-lineman for the Pittsburgh Stealers.
    Vince Papale – you better know the story
    Darren Bennett – Australian rules football players who ended up being a multiple ProBowler for the Chargers.
    Stephen Neal – guard for the Patriots who ended up with 3 SB rings never played college football because he was a wrestler.

    Are you still waiting…?

  41. gdeli says: Mar 16, 2012 5:37 PM

    Give him a shot and he may dazzle or flop in training camp. Great speed though, impressive.

  42. 7ransponder says: Mar 16, 2012 5:39 PM

    rugdog100 says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:21 PM
    MF just can’t write a Viking’s story without being a smarta$$. He had to add a sentence to the ending, with this one.

    ——————–

    That’s actually because MF is a Vikings fan (if you’ve been around here long enough, it’s easy to glean) and Vikings fans are forced into joking about their team to stay a fan ;)

  43. rubberinnertube says: Mar 16, 2012 5:40 PM

    napoleanblownapart6887…or whatever your name is…

    Eric Swann played d-line for the Cards for 10 years and never even went to college.

    It’s highly unlikely this kid will work out, but not everyone has to play college ball to be a pro. But you have an extremely difficult, if not damn near impossible task to get to the NFL without playing in college.

  44. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    contra74 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM
    Latest news!

    Vikes sign Seabiscuit, Jr., a horse that runs a 2.3 40!

    “He’s never played football before, but he’s fast.”
    —–
    They dont make helmets for horses…idiot.

    John Elway ring a bell? I bet Sarah Jessica Parker could squeeze her grill in one. I admire your Viking love but sometimes you need to chill.

  45. mattolikesthevikes says: Mar 16, 2012 5:47 PM

    I’m sad :( what’s going on with this team

  46. dougy1970 says: Mar 16, 2012 5:56 PM

    What really is pathetic is that this (non) story made it above the PFT Mendoza line.

  47. blizzard01 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:00 PM

    If it works out, great.
    If it doesn’t- no big deal.
    All you Vikes haters: enjoy your weekend. Sounds like you need a good one.

  48. cursedvikingfan says: Mar 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ooooh Tx, that was a deep burn. Did you write that one yourself? Lemme guess, you had help. Last time I checked there was nothing wrong with being a dreamer. I think there is a song written about somewhere. Oh well, guess it’s better than being a smug jerk. :D

  49. empireredd says: Mar 16, 2012 6:05 PM

    Julius peppers played college basketball

  50. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 16, 2012 6:08 PM

    He’s not a starting corner, he’s a possible special teams contributor if he makes the team. Every team signs guys to futures contracts every day. It just so happens this guy hasn’t played college football so it’s a little more interesting. And of course MFF thought it would be fun to tweak the Vikings fans and their detractors with this one.

  51. vike4life says: Mar 16, 2012 6:11 PM

    Has anyone thought with speed like that this guy might return kicks? I think we need one of those too. PR was terrible for must of last year and Harvin needs to have the KR load taken off him before he gets hurt.

  52. realitypolice says: Mar 16, 2012 6:15 PM

    @napolean:

    So you’re saying that tight end is such a strangely unique position that basketball players can learn to play that position and that position only.

    Basketball players can only be taught to run patterns and catch passes, but not to cover people and catch passes.

    Got it.

  53. btwicey says: Mar 16, 2012 6:19 PM

    With Rubio out he def does fill a need though….

  54. jimmysee says: Mar 16, 2012 6:24 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Mar 16, 2012 5:12 PM
    Latest news!

    Vikes sign Seabiscuit, Jr., a horse that runs a 2.3 40!

    “He’s never played football before, but he’s fast.”
    —–
    They dont make helmets for horses…idiot.

    ————————————————-

    Hey — Contra — you never heard of Alan ‘The Horse’ Ameche?

    You a football fan?

  55. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 16, 2012 6:24 PM

    Man you guys need to settle down. This is going to be a full blown rebuild weather you notice or not. The Vikes are NOT spending money, first clue, second…. our current roster… I love Allen but I hope Rick is smart enough to deal him for picks. JA is a beast but obviously can’t win games on his own, no point in keeping him.

  56. johnsticle says: Mar 16, 2012 6:35 PM

    I’m very… very interested in seeing how this will play out. What do we have to lose? SKOL!

  57. tombradysponytail says: Mar 16, 2012 6:49 PM

    Ha Ha Ha.

    My bad on all my prior comments about Spielman. he’s a genius.

  58. barneyrumble says: Mar 16, 2012 6:57 PM

    You can’t teach 4.27. You can teach body placement, eye contact, tackling fundamentals, but you can’t teach 4.27 speed. I personally hope the guy makes it and if the Colts or Bears had tried this, I would be saying ‘interesting’ not ‘stupid’ but that’s just me.

  59. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 16, 2012 7:10 PM

    cool off, people. this is just a guy that is going to try out for the team. they didn’t give him a megatron contract.

    punt returner, hopefully. kick returner if Harvin doesn’t do it as much.

    this is really no risk for the vikings. i like it.

    i still say go out and get some of those 6-10 nba rejects and have them try out for receiver. no corner could defend a guy that tall on a fade.

  60. zn0rseman says: Mar 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    People…

    Corners in Arena football have a much tougher job than NFL comers. So if the Vikings sign a guy who is a stud Arena corner with great size and a 4.24 40 time, why would you oppose adding someone with that kind of upside to the effing practice squad?!?

    Seriously, some fans are really dumb. Think for just a second instead of letting someone else think for you.

  61. lbpackfan says: Mar 16, 2012 7:23 PM

    “Corners in Arena football have a much tougher job than NFL comers”

    You’re kidding, right???

  62. vikingsinla says: Mar 16, 2012 7:36 PM

    Love reading all the PFTard remarks about how this guy has to be an NFL corner to make a roster.

    Evidently, they’ve never heard of kick or punt return specialists. Or multi-sport athletes.

  63. txbearmeat says: Mar 16, 2012 7:38 PM

    cursedvikingfan says: Mar 16, 2012 6:01 PM

    Ooooh Tx, that was a deep burn. Did you write that one yourself? Lemme guess, you had help. Last time I checked there was nothing wrong with being a dreamer. I think there is a song written about somewhere. Oh well, guess it’s better than being a smug jerk. :D
    —————————————
    Well, it’s not being a smug jerk if it’s right. I’m not claiming things others haven’t said. The Vikes are going to be terrible for a long time. They have roster holes everywhere, and everyone knows it. I know what that felt like – I grew up watching GB in the 80′s. Keep dreaming. Just remember that’s all the hopes ever were when you are watching Minnesoda get crushed by the likes of the Jaguars next fall.

  64. devikesfan says: Mar 16, 2012 8:17 PM

    I know the odds are stacked against this guy making it in the NFL, but I hope he can prove the doubters wrong and earn a roster spot.
    It’s always good to read about someone who did not take the traditional path into the NFL becoming successful.

  65. mjkelly77 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:36 PM

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot??? Desperation calling.

  66. icewalker946 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:45 PM

    btwicey says:
    Mar 16, 2012 6:19 PM
    With Rubio out he def does fill a need though….

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Bravo! I was thinking the same thing!

  67. 7ransponder says: Mar 16, 2012 9:34 PM

    I’ll gladly eat crow if this guy ends up excelling and making the roster.

  68. zn0rseman says: Mar 16, 2012 9:34 PM

    lbpackfan says:
    Mar 16, 2012 7:23 PM
    “Corners in Arena football have a much tougher job than NFL comers”

    You’re kidding, right???

    ——————–

    No. AFC CB’s have a much tougher time than NFL QB’s because arena football is structured to heavily favor the offense. Teams score 60-70 points a game, and receivers are allowed to already be at a sprint before the snap. Also, plays develop faster than NFL plays, requiring shorter reaction times. The only thing making the NFL better is the fact that the field is bigger and the talent levels at receiver and QB are higher… but there are 11 defenders in the NFL also, which offsets that. Regardless, AFL defensive backs have an extremely tough job, even compared to their NFL counterparts.

  69. bigal5888 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:09 PM

    As a Viking fan, I will admit I’m not a huge Spielman fan. I didn’t agree taking the fourth QB in the draft last year in the first round. But I’m not upset about this signing. What I’m upset about is this is all I’ve heard about the team all off-season. Well, except for Cook getting off, but you get the point.

  70. mediasloppy says: Mar 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    Typical Vikings fans and their list of complaints. Wilf has thrown more money at this team in one year than other owners have there whole time of ownership.

    The Vikings are starting fresh and before Wilf spends mega-bucks on free-agents he has a multi-million dollar headache of funding a stadium these same fans are also complaining about.

  71. mediasloppy says: Mar 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    ” Taylor said team officials told him his long-shot bid to make the roster will include a look at cornerback, punt returner and perhaps receiver, too.”

  72. jbvikes says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 PM

    Hey, the guy might be a pretty good return guy with the speed and the basketball moves. But please do NOT dribble this ball!

  73. bigal5888 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:28 PM

    Typical Vikings fans and their list of complaints. Wilf has thrown more money at this team in one year than other owners have there whole time of ownership.

    The Vikings are starting fresh and before Wilf spends mega-bucks on free-agents he has a multi-million dollar headache of funding a stadium these same fans are also complaining about.
    ——————————————————-
    This has nothing to do with Ziggy. There’s a salary cap, so he’s not spending more than anyone else. It’s a personnel issue, and with our personnel, we won 3 games.

    And as a Minnesota fan, heck yeah we want a stadium for our team. You obviously aren’t a Minnesota fan, so you don’t understand what it’s like to have a team taken away from you.

  74. skolvikesskol says: Mar 17, 2012 4:45 AM

    Calm down. Hes either a special team/tackling dummy for camp and cut… Or hes a diamond in the rough, makes the team, maybe special teams and becones a fan favorite and spielman looks like genius.

  75. holdsteady76 says: Mar 17, 2012 9:21 PM

    Low risk – low reward move.

  76. alreggie says: Mar 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    He’s fast and cheap. What more could you want?

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