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Vikings sign former Jets lineman Vladimir Ducasse

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With the first wave of free agency come and gone, teams are beginning to enter fill-in-the-blanks mode.

So the Vikings are adding depth to their offensive line, with Adam Caplan of ESPN reporting they’ve agreed to a one-year deal with former Jets blocker Vladimir Ducasse.

The former second-round pick never lived up to expectations with the Jets — though who really lives up to expectations with the Jets? — but offers some positional flexibility.

As a sixth man for an offensive line solid at tackle, he could be a helpful part to have around.

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50 Responses to “Vikings sign former Jets lineman Vladimir Ducasse”
  1. mnjoemama says: Mar 24, 2014 1:03 PM

    Duuu, Du casse .. Du casse mich ! Skol Vikes

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 1:03 PM

    No team had an even CLOSE to as good free agency as the Vikings.

    We filled in the holes of our roster with all star capable players for a great price instead of overpaying flash in the pan players like other franchises did.

    No team is better at evaluating talent than us.

  3. emoney826 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:09 PM

    Why can’t these signed players every year even put you in the playoffs then? Ignorance at its finest.

  4. jayovalentine says: Mar 24, 2014 1:10 PM

    It must be bad that he has to sign with the Vikings…. Nobody else wanted him ? Without Peterson, the Vikings would be the worse team in the NFL.

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    Without Peterson, the Vikings were 2-0 last year and beat Philadelphia 48-30.

  6. vikingsfan4life says: Mar 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    Like many of Speilman’s signings (Wooten, Tom Johnson), this signing carriers zero risk. If the player doesn’t make the opening day roster, then their 2014 salary isn’t guaranteed. And since the players were signed to short-term deals, the guaranteed money is so small they can cut the player without much of a cap hit. However, if any these players pan out, we’ve got them under contract for a season or two at a bargain basement price.

    Good work Vikings.

  7. revischrist16 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:25 PM

    “though who really lives up to expectations with the Jets?”

    Revis, Mangold, Brick, Wilkerson, Coples, Richardson, Kerley, to name a few

  8. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:26 PM

    good for him… another decent pickup for the vikings! where as in green bay the signed a viking reject, the slow fat kid and a 34 past him DE, and they don’t even know who their starting center is yet! Ha! Pack! Ha!

    without Rodgers to packers are the worst team in professional sports in america!

  9. guitarfreak21 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:28 PM

    If Ducasse works out, we will have to call Zim Rumpelstiltskin!

  10. jayovalentine says: Mar 24, 2014 1:34 PM

    Still gonna end up 4th in North this season ! Skol

  11. arrow43050 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:38 PM

    I am a Jets fan and I couldn’t be happier to see Ducasse go, even though I always rooted for him to become what the Jets thought he had the potential for. He was a stretch when they drafted him and he is honestly the most consistently bad offensive lineman that I’ve ever seen play. Penalties all the time and always look completely lost, not to mention physically overmatched. This isn’t sour grapes from a Jets fan at having lost him, but rather a note to Vikings fans who think they have gained something. I have always liked the Vikings even if I never rooted for them, so I don’t wish them bad at all. Just that they got a really bad player today is all.

  12. dangerturtle says: Mar 24, 2014 1:39 PM

    To be fair to the Jets, “Hey Vlad, block someone” is hardly unreasonable expectations.

  13. waldoampere says: Mar 24, 2014 1:39 PM

    Wow, I can’t believe anyone signed him. There’s just not much that he’s capable of doing.

  14. skolisstupid says: Mar 24, 2014 1:40 PM

    Awesome.. Skol & ice fishing.

  15. jpb12 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:41 PM

    I’d like to know his Wonderlic score. Might be the dumbest man in NFL.

  16. dwhcic says: Mar 24, 2014 1:48 PM

    I smell a Superbowl for the greatest franchise in all of sports! SKOL

  17. cybersqueak says: Mar 24, 2014 1:58 PM

    Do the Vikings fans that post on here even watch football? As a Titans fan I understand wishing the best for a mediocre franchise, but you have to be a realist too. This team will have a hard time beating out Detroit for third place in the division.

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 24, 2014 2:00 PM

    The starting left guard this year will be Jeff Baca.

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:11 PM

    The Vikings have a long way to go till they improve to mediocre. They have finished in last place in three of the last four years.

  20. andreboy1 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:13 PM

    the weak get weaker

  21. micknangold says: Mar 24, 2014 2:21 PM

    Ducasse looked like a chicken with its head cut off most of the time. Seemed to have no idea who to block, and compounded that problem by just not blocking anyone – you’ve gotta hit SOMEBODY. He started to come around a little this year, but all in all he’s a mess. He’s a good extra linemen though, that’s a big ol’ body to downblock with. Good for the Vikings.

  22. source7769 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:31 PM

    lol this is a solid signing? i have seen umpires throw better blocks than this stiff.. viking fans after you see this guy on the field you will be wishing Suh would stomp on him

  23. shaggytoodle says: Mar 24, 2014 2:33 PM

    Vikings were 2-0 without Peterson, which is just another that trading him makes sense.

    For the long term its what is best for both of them.

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:41 PM

    Spielman signed him purely for how he handles his vodka. There are some big shoes to fill with the departure of Erin Henderson.

  25. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 24, 2014 2:41 PM

    I’m pretty sure the Vikings have 4th place in the division locked up solid (again).

    The Packers will win the division (again).

    The Bears should finish 2nd (again) but if the Lions’ new coaching staff can get the potential out of all the talent on their roster they could challenge the Bears for 2nd.

    Whatever the Bears and Lions end up doing, first and last are foregone conclusions (again).

  26. macneil4025 says: Mar 24, 2014 2:44 PM

    Vikings sign a future stud!! Super Bowl or Bust!

  27. GenXJay says: Mar 24, 2014 2:50 PM

    …another 26 year old FA with potential to fit in a different style/system…keep it going Spielman.
    meanwhile, cheesebay continues to stay the same or gets older…moldy cheese anyone?

  28. ncphinsfan says: Mar 24, 2014 2:56 PM

    While I would normally not come to the aide of the Jets… that comment about Draftees not working out: have you seen the Jets front on Defense? I think they were pretty good. Wilkerson, Coples (developing), Richardson. On Offensive line Mangold and D’brick Ferguson are tops and G Winters and RT Aboushi are very young but will be serviceable. I think losing Colon and Ducasse sets them back nothing.

    Trust me, being a Dolphins fan makes you very aware of OLines when you simply have the worst and could easily be a Playoff team if it did.

  29. iammrbinky says: Mar 24, 2014 2:57 PM

    As a Dolphins fan, I’m sorry to see him go. Vikings fans obviously have no clue who this guy is or ever saw him play. If he is on the final 53 I’ll be shocked.

  30. RexCanCoach says: Mar 24, 2014 3:17 PM

    Waldoampere said it best, there just isnt anything Ducasse is able to do well or even mediocre.

    Great size and no instincts. Most D linemen can run by him. Very dangerous to your QB health. Use him as camp fodder only – this is addition by subtraction for NY Jets.

  31. douchebigelow says: Mar 24, 2014 3:25 PM

    He must have been out of options, why else would anyone go to Minnesota?

  32. shaggytoodle says: Mar 24, 2014 3:33 PM

    GB signed one FA don’t forget Worthy, Hayward, Perry, and there upcoming draft class will keep them one of the younger teams in the NFL.

  33. shoreguy62 says: Mar 24, 2014 3:33 PM

    To all the Vikings fan,, Remember these words
    when the season starts, ” Holding Number 62 On the Offensive Line ” I can still hear those calls in my dreams. MARK MY WORDS.

  34. rcali says: Mar 24, 2014 3:41 PM

    Turnstyle Division II prospect that was drafted way too high when all there was at the time was potential.

  35. fwippel says: Mar 24, 2014 3:45 PM

    Not sure this guy makes the team. On the other hand, if he can play the guard position, he might start for the Vikings.

  36. gbmickey says: Mar 24, 2014 3:48 PM

    I would like to know his wonderlic score. He has to to be one of the dumbest men in the NFL.

    Is the conversation now on Speiladope? Based on what he did in Miami I don’t think a test is needed. History is repeating itself in Minnehaha. The test should be given to the crook owner.

  37. vikinganswer says: Mar 24, 2014 3:49 PM

    Worth a shot but i am expecting very little out him. Fusco and Johnson are more consistent. Maybe with some big time coaching he can turn into a decent player. Football smarts dont appear to be there. God gave him something to work with atheletically though.

  38. conormacleod says: Mar 24, 2014 3:53 PM

    Take it easy. If this was the Vikings only signing of free agency there would be concern. He’s a back-up, at best, and they have signed at least 3 new starters (just on defense). It’s a 53 man roster people, and about 80 men in training camp. This is neither a “good” signing, or a “bad” signing. Just a signing. For 1 year.

  39. shaggytoodle says: Mar 24, 2014 3:57 PM

    When your GM is awful at drafting, I guess you need to have a “great” free agency.

    The only guys he really hit on in the draft a guys that didn’t take much intelligence to draft like Kalil and Peterson. Then he trades a bunch of picks and goes “all in” on another pick.

    Lucky for the Vikings they will keep having easy choices cuz they draft in the top 10 this year, and will probably be there again next draft.

  40. dochighness says: Mar 24, 2014 4:23 PM

    Got a kick out of the Titans fan calling the Vikings mediocre. Dude’s been spendin’ way too much time down at Tootsies. In truth, Vikings were only a total of 97 seconds from consecutive 10-6 seasons, and a division title. In my mind, those 5 late losses occurred on the sidelines. Vlad may not be the answer at right guard, but I’m hoping Zimmer is the right man at the helm. Time will tell Vikes fans.

  41. gbmickey says: Mar 24, 2014 4:50 PM

    Wow you are delusional, 96 seconds from 10-6? Any fan say something like that. The only reason the Packers didn’t win 12 games is because Rodgers was hurt. Its easy just to throw things out there.

    To a logical observer you finished in last place because you had the NFL’s worse defense as well as a total fiasco with qb’s. Its as simple as that.

  42. elroyjetsson says: Mar 24, 2014 4:51 PM

    Ralph Kramden could get around Ducasse

  43. kmbnrb09 says: Mar 24, 2014 5:44 PM

    Some of you people ridiculing the Vikings are hilarious. Truth be told, we were within minutes of being a 10-6 team even with our QB carousel. Our defense was putrid and couldn’t take advantage of Rodgers and Cutler being injured almost half the season. Cover 2 doesn’t work in today’s pass happy league. We can always look back and say “what if?”, but we still wound up being in last place. I don’t see another last place finish with a competent coaching staff this season. I’d be satisfied with 9-7 in Zimmer’s first season.

  44. somethinghappeninghere says: Mar 24, 2014 6:52 PM

    And what’s with all the Vikings fans on here when an article isn’t even about the Vikings? Must be fun living in your mother’s basement when there is snow out on the ground and it’s freezing outside. And I used to root for the Vikings way back when…back when they won with a crappy QB (Joe Kapp)…

  45. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:25 PM

    Listen to all the hapless and tasteless little excuse makers.

    You wouldn’t finish last 3 times in 4 years if you had a decent football team.

  46. 92nick182govikings says: Mar 24, 2014 8:46 PM

    Hes just some guy to throw around in training camp.

  47. filthymcnasty12 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:58 PM

    Actually, I think the Vikings are going to have a much improved season. It pains me to say it, but my Packers are going to be in trouble soon. Probably not in the next year or even two, but the Vikings are really starting to make some great moves.

  48. vikeden says: Mar 25, 2014 7:02 PM

    Wow he’s been signed. Love my Vikes and alot of the moves we’ve made thus far and I know Zimmer has had great success with giving guys another shot and getting them turned around but this would be amazing if he makes it to 53 not saying the guys not a beast at run blocking but his pass blocking is scary. Second round pick is always worth a shot but if Coughlin couldn’t get him dialed in not sure Zim can.

  49. vikeden says: Mar 25, 2014 7:11 PM

    oops ment Rex

  50. whatjusthapped says: Mar 25, 2014 9:30 PM

    This guy was horrible with the Jets, I guess the last stop before you get kicked out of pro football altogether is the Vikings. Playing for a last place team is better than not playing at all.

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