Wootton ready to defer to Robison

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When the Vikings signed free-agent defensive lineman Corey Wootton, defensive end Brian Robison thought Wootton would be gunning for Robison’s position in the starting lineup.

Not so, says Wootton.

He’s the starter,” Wootton said of Robison, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “He’s established himself for how many years?  I’ve been watching him on film.  He’s a great player, so anything I can do to help the team I’m down with. . . .  I’m looking forward to being part of a good rotation.”

Wootton signed a one-year deal that reportedly pays $1.5 million.  With Robison making nearly three times that amount, it’s safe to say he still has a higher spot on the pecking order.For now.  As always, for now.

Until then, Robison may not be happy about a rotation.  He’s used to playing all the time, and the presence of Wootton may cut into that.

23 responses to “Wootton ready to defer to Robison

  1. The depth on our defensive line is beyond stellar this year.

    Corey Wooton constantly got double team blocked last year while being on the same team as washed up Julius Peppers who got single blocked and barely managed any sacks.

    While Corey Wooton was also very solid against the run with a +11.1 PFF grade, Peppers managed a -4.3 PFF Grade.

    Corey Wooton signed a contract with us on a just above veteran minimum contract.

    While Green Bay immensely overpaid washed up Peppers.

    This is the difference between a successful franchise and an incompetent one.

  2. Wooton IS gunning for Robison’s spot. Boils down to health.

    I like Rob, but If/When Wooton gets healthy, bye bye Rob.

    P.S. Big If

  3. I like our depth so far on the d-line to compliment zim’s rotation in the front 4, just need to add one more d-end in the middle rounds of the draft

  4. “Corey Wooton constantly got double team blocked last year while being on the same team as washed up Julius Peppers who got single blocked and barely managed any sacks.

    While Corey Wooton was also very solid against the run with a +11.1 PFF grade, Peppers managed a -4.3 PFF Grade.”

    Corey Wootton played DT most of the year last year. He is a decent player, but don’t expect anything more than decent.

  5. Ya, that’s the guy I want on my team, lacking self confidence to even think about being a starter.

    With the injury situation in the NFL, most teams sign these second line players thinking they can step in and start if the 1st guy goes down. Wooton obviously isn’t after a championship, that’s why he signed with the Vikings.

  6. While I do agree that the Vikings’ signing of Wootton is better than the Pack signing of Peppers, I’m not so sure why Corey would leave Chicago in the first place.

    From having a pivotal role on the Bears defense (I understand they were trash last season, but Wootton was solid and played different roles on the line besides his natural position), he left to a division rival to be a rotational player?

  7. These guys are always competing against an opponent for the win and their teammates for playing time. It takes a lot to come in from another club and start fresh as a solid teammate. whatjusthappened: Under the circumstances I think he said all the right things.

  8. Browns beat Vikings with backup QB throwing 3 INT’s… Hopefully they’re not on Primetime this year… AP will not factor in the game because their swiss cheese D will have them down 21-0 at the end of the 1st Quarter…

  9. I’ve noticed that Viking fans have a vile and seething hatred of the Seahawks and their fans now that they’ve won a championship. I used to think Viking hatred was just a Packer/border/inferiority thing, but it appears their real aversion is to winning.

    They hate others who won’t embrace the suck with them.

  10. god bless ‘Merica’s team. They have a dynasty in the making here with wooten and a clear top 5 qb in cassel. This just isn’t fair!!!!

  11. Love the gutless statement from Wooton.
    He’ll fit in well with the Vikings.

    Every single player should be gunning for a starting spot. They should be eager to get on the field as much as possible to make plays. It’s all about attitude. Winning attitude.

    Some might call cultivating a culture of winning nothing short of brainwashing, but at Winter Park, this sad commentary is a clear example of business as usual.

  12. Mcnasty its seriously getting old. Nobody cares. You post the same vile and hapless and tasteless comments. Just stop for your sake. You are embarrassing the packer organization. I bet your a proud ‘owner’ and proud ‘owners’ dont troll and troll and troll and live to bash the vikings when few people actually notice and care about your comments.

  13. As a lifelong Viking fan, I am not going to get too excited about winning the off-season again. We need to put up or shut up this year.

  14. wooton isn’t ever recovered from his injury yet , Peppers was lucky last year to play one down and then went gasping for the oxy on the side lines, Good luck guys .

  15. Another great move by the farm team; bring in ANOTHER guy who doesn’t want to compete.

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