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LaDanian Tomlinson (AP Photo)
LaDanian Tomlinson (AP Photo)
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Posted Mar 9, 2010
Viking Update


A big-name running back is scheduled to visit, the Vikings re-signed one of their own in cornerback Benny Sapp, who agreed to a two-year deal, and more.

Report: Tomlinson to visit Thursday

According to a SI.com report, veteran running back LaDanian Tomlinson will visit the Vikings on Thursday, according to a league source.

With Chester Taylor having signed with the Chicago Bears last Friday, the Vikings are looking to find a proven commodity to complement Adrian Peterson.

Tomlinson was released last month after nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers, and until only about a year ago was widely considered the only running back in the league better than Peterson.

But injuries hampered his effectiveness last season as his statistics dropped to just 730 yards rushing on 223 carries (a 3.3-yard per carry average), while he caught 20 passes for 154 yards.

Like Taylor, he will be 31 years old this coming season, and some scouts question how much he still has left.

That said, Minnesota would still seem to be the perfect fit for LT2, who would be a positive influence on Peterson, another reason for Brett Favre to come back, and the fact he's visiting would seem to suggest he understands his role with the Vikings.

Sources have speculated that he could receive a two-year deal worth $3 million per season with about $1.5 million guaranteed from the Vikings. Nothing is imminent, but how is Tomlinson not an upgrade over Taylor?

Sapp re-signs with Vikings

Cornerback Benny Sapp has re-signed with the Vikings, according to his agent Andy Simms, via his Twitter post on Tuesday afternoon.

Sapp played with the Vikings on back-to-back one-year contracts in 2008 and 2009. He became an unrestricted free agent last week and tested the market before re-signing with Minnesota. He received a two-year deal that runs through 2011.

Sapp ended up starting 7 of 16 games played last season with left cornerback Antoine Winfield bothered by a foot injury much of the season. He finished the season with 44 tackles, six passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

With Cedric Griffin coming back for a torn ACL, the return of Sapp is welcome to the Vikings. He has started and played in the slot as a nickel corner in his time with the Vikings will not need the additional time to become acclimated to the team's defensive system.

Because of Griffin's situation, the Vikings might still pursue another cornerback via free agency, but keeping Sapp was an important step toward shoring up their depth in the secondary.

Extra Points

It has come out that ex-Vikings safety Darren Sharper had surgery on his knee a couple days before free agency started last week. We have it on reliable sources close to Sharper that his knee was indeed in tough shape and that he simply may not be able to play again because of it.

Without question, Brett Favre has made a ton of money playing football, but he and his wife, Deanna, also give back to the community. Since 2005, the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has awarded $80,000 to the Children's Center for Communication and Development at his alma mater, Southern Mississippi.

Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson posted an interesting piece earlier this year about a wounded solider.

Behind the scenes the Vikings have beefed up their lobbying resources in their effort to secure a new stadium solution.

Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

 



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