Trying to prove his worth to a National Football League team (in his case, any team), Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Ex-Green Bay Packer wide receiver Robert Ferguson worked out with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday; he also received a physical while with the team to ensure that he isn’t damaged goods. Ferguson was also scheduled to fly to Houston to visit the Texans for pretty much the same reasons.
Ferguson’s agent, Brian Overstreet, told the Star-Tribune on Sunday that the Vikings have not yet extended an offer to Ferguson but expects to talk to the team some time today. Overstreet further added, “We’re not to that stage yet,” and that something should be completed with either the Vikings or Texans within “the next day or so”. There are some good reasons for Ferguson, assuming he passes physicals with both teams, to sign with either Minnesota or Houston.
First, why Ferguson should sign with the Vikings: he would quickly climb up the WR depth chart and already has a familiarity with the West Coast offense. Not to mention that Ferguson would get to play the Packers twice this season, which is a strong motivational tool for him. Now – why he should sign with the Texans: like the Vikings, the Texans are rather thin at WR. In addition, he would be a good fit on the Texans as he has had some big games in his career and the experience would be invaluable to a team that has yet to make the postseason. Lastly, but no less imprtant – he is from the Houston area and as such, may possibly take a cut in pay to play for his hometown team.
Personally, I think that Ferguson, once he passes a physical, will sign with the Texans. Granted the change of scenery will probably benefit him in the short-term, but the team’s owner, Bob McNair, is not afraid to spend money, unlike his counterpart in Minnesota, Zygi Wilf. Also – the Texans have a greater upside to offer Ferguson than does the Vikings. So more than likely this will probably be a case of who wants him more; I think the Texans will grab Ferguson.