Trade speculation and rumors
Running back Mewelde Moore is at the center of trade speculation coming out of Tampa Bay. With Buccaneers running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams out for the season, Tampa Bay reportedly called the Vikings to inquire about the availability of Moore.
The Vikings were said to have asked for a first-day draft choice (First-, Second- or Third-round) in return, to which the Bucs said, “No thanks.”
The Bucs have supposedly offered a sixth-round draft pick. The Vikings are holding out for a first-day pick. According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, “If the deal goes down, look for Tampa to surrender something like a fourth or fifth.”
However, with the trading deadline at Oct. 16, there could be additional discussions. Moore is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season. The addition of Adrian Peterson has left him odd man out for a role on offense. Bobby Wade has taken over his job as the team’s primary punt returner.
Perhaps the Vikings can induce a player of value as part of future discussions and/or a lower draft pick.
They will almost certainly lose Moore following the season and get nothing in return, so as long as Peterson and Taylor are healthy he doesn’t figure to see much action this season. It’s a bit of a gamble, but considering how far the Vikings are going this season they might be well served to get something in return now if they can.
Another report out of Tampa Bay suggested that the Bucs were interested in Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie AND running back Chester Taylor.
While that rumor makes great sense for the Buccaneers, no return compensation for Minnesota was even suggested.
Despite his struggles this season, the Vikings aren’t likely to give up a starting left tackle on a whim. The same can also be said of a 1,200-yard all-purpose running back.
There would have to be multiple first-day picks on the table for that one to even get a listen from the folks at Winter Park.
Wilf not wavering on Childress
The guy who ultimately writes the paychecks is still very much in the corner of his head coach Brad Childress.
Speaking at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Wilf gave his coach a vote of confidence.
“I know the people we have in place are the right people,” he said. “I have a very good relationship with coach Childress, as I do with many of the coaches, and they have my full support. I'm very confident that as time goes on, and everybody works together, we will [succeed]. I'm very comfortable with coach Childress and his philosophy. I'm behind him 100 percent.”
While Wilf would like to win sooner rather than later, his expectations are realistic.
“Our goal is to be consistent in the long-term,” he added. “We have a commitment to getting a team that is not built for a one-shot affair. We want to build a team that is consistent for many, many years to come, for decades to come.”
“This is an organization, that when we took over, it needed a lot of things, from a personnel director to coach to players. We're consistently getting better in all aspects”
CNNSI.com’s Peter King says, “I like [Brad] Childress a lot and think he’s a really smart guy. But this [Green Bay] was a one-score game for 49 minutes. It ended with the Vikings calling 43 pass plays and 22 run plays – even though they averaged 7.0 yards per rush and the Packers were clearly outplayed against the run all day.”
One player to keep an eye on in any continued trade discussions with Tampa Bay might be wide receiver Michael Clayton. Like Moore, Clayton is a fourth-year player who could be hitting unrestricted free agency and net the Bucs nothing in the future. After 80 catches for 1,193 yards and 7 touchdowns as a rookie in 2004, his productivity has waned significantly since then, in part due to injuries. Clayton was taken No. 15 overall by the Bucs and was a player the Vikings liked a lot at the time. He’s been in a form of the West Coast Offense in Tampa. Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar has LSU connections, where Clayton played in college. He’s a big receiver (6-4, 215) who might offer more long-term potential than Robert Ferguson. Just a thought.
Quote to note: “My God, is Adrian Peterson a great-looking running back.” – Peter King, CNNSI.com
Quote to note II: “Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson played great Sunday. Greenway has terrific energy.” - King
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