Report: Vikings to pursue Marlin Jackson

With the Vikings strictly limited in their ability to sign unrestricted free agents, they’ll have to improve the team via other avenues.

As a final four franchise from 2009, they’re permitted to pursue any restricted free agents.  Of those, the best are the ones that have no restriction.

Enter Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson.  The restricted free agent did not receive a tender from the Colts, allowing the Vikings or any other team to snatch him up.

Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings are interested in Jackson.  As to whether that interest becomes action, stay tuned.

24 responses to “Report: Vikings to pursue Marlin Jackson

  1. What a surprise. Another force-fed Vikings story by Florio, the life-long Vikings fan. Lots of teams will be pursuing lots of players in the coming days. Yet, you keep writing Chester Taylor, Favre/Leno type articles.

  2. Why aren’t the Lions on this list. The guy can play when healthy and he is a star in Detroit(UM).

  3. I don’t think Florio is a Viking fan.
    He hates Favre, he laughs at Chilly, and he hates Tebow who could damn well be our next QB. As for Taylor, most Vike fans wouldn’t mind him leaving and many outside teams like him.

  4. Jackson was a starter on the Colts, yes he’s had a couple serious knee injuries but he’s got serious talent. Keep in m,ind he has to pass a physical before we sign him and we have a need at safety, not just co9rner, so if his knees have slowed him downn abit, he might be a good fiot at safety.
    Our safeties were horrible last year, both Williams and Johnson sucked.

  5. I laugh at people who accuse Viking fans of being bandwagoners. When you root for a team that has never won a Super Bowl in 50 years of existence, where is the bandwagon? LOL Speaking of a stupid assertion. Packers fans use that one all the time.

  6. Anyone who thinks Florio isn’t a diehard Vikings fan should listen to one of his appearances on Minneapolis’ KFAN radio show. He admits it.

  7. if you dont like florio covering the vikings all the time find your winnie ass another football site to get info from. good god man

  8. I agree I totally dislike the assertion of being a bandwagon fan. As far as Marlin Jackson goes he’d be perfect. He knows the system he’s only 26 and with 2 redone knees he will come cheap. Hopefully he could get us to the time when Griffin is ready to come back again. I think this would be a very wise move. By the way Florio is a former Vikes fan but since starting this site he has to show an unbiased opinion. He stated this on Paul Allen’s radio show on 1130 KFAN out of Minneapolis/St. Paul. So yes he was a fan but not anymore for professional reasons.

  9. They want Jackson because Griffin won’t be ready to come back from his injury until late September or early October. AND… when Cedric does come back, he might lose a step, so they may just move him to safety and get rid of Madieu Williams… which I love the idea of.

  10. Colts have a lot of available secondary guys, and I’m all for Marlin. We need the help, even moreso now since Cedric Griffin’s ACL.
    Sign Marlin, use a 1st rounder on another DB, and we can shore up the secondary, which is the biggest weakness on the team.

    He was really an unsung hero for our defense, playing extremely well on the outside when Winfield was hobbled, and we DIDNT even make a serious attempt at resigning him. Anyone that payed attention knows Sapp was excellent, im baffled at this decision.

  12. I hope the Vikings sign this guy, he is a loser going to a team of losers to continue the tradition of losing.
    In other words, a match made in heaven.

  13. Bob Nelson says:
    March 5, 2010 1:11 AM
    When your secondary is as bad as the viklings,
    they will take anybody.
    Says the guy whose team was torched for 51 in a playoff game!

  14. Jake Delhomme could be Minnesota’s backup plan to Favre not returning.
    I don’t know how similar the offenses involved were but if Delhomme can do it physically, he has the same mentality as Brett Favre. He takes chances and makes mistake when he intentionally presses becuase he feels he has to carry the team.
    In Minnesota, he could have a similar year as Favre did last year not having to carry the team. Jake hates losing.

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