With rumors swirling that either L.T. or Westbrook could be brought in if Chester Taylor leaves via free agency, Spielman was as shifty as a cornerback in a three-cone drill in dodging the questions and keeping whatever interest or lack of interest they might have in either close to the vest.
When asked if there was an interest in either player, Spielman went to his bag of tricks to give an answer while at the same time giving a non-answer.
"We stick to the same philosophy we've always had," Spielman said. "Regardless of positions, if there's a guy out there that can help, then we do it. If we can fill from within, then we do that as well. I don't think we ever not look at anybody that comes available, but you have discussions about it and you move on."
In the wake of Westbrook's announced release – it isn't official yet, but the Eagles have given him permission to talk to other teams – he has flatly stated he wants to keep playing and his agent intimated that three or four teams have already contacted him about potentially signing Westbrook. Were the Vikings one of them? When asked if the team had talked to the agents for either Westbrook or Tomlinson, Spielman was again wordy, yet vague.
"I will say that we look at everybody and we evaluate and we move on," Spielman said. "But we're early in this process. We plan on talking to Chester's guy and see where he's at."
One of the selling points on Westbrook that has been bantered about is his familiarity with the offense Brad Childress runs. It is essentially the same offense the Eagles have run during the entirety of Westbrook's career, half of those years spent with Childress as the offensive coordinator. In a final stroke of irony, when asked if Childress has spoken to Westbrook, Spielman was again unwilling to divulge anything remotely resembling the Vikings true intentions.
"No. I'll just keep all of our internal discussions internal," Spielman said.
Is there interest from the Vikings in either player? All we do know for sure is that the deadline for putting the franchise tag on players came and went Thursday and Taylor wasn't given the designation – making him an unrestricted free agent if a deal can't be struck prior to 11 p.m. March 4 Winter Park time.
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