Vikings to Eye Two Stud Players This Offseason

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, makes a reception in front of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes

What route will the Minnesota Vikings take when it comes to 2008? There seems little doubt that they need impact players on offense to go along with rookie stud at running back Adrian Peterson, who himself could use more talent around him. The St.Paul Pioneer Press’ Charlie Walters is talking about the team looking at two star players that could come right in and upgrade the Vikings offense right away – QB Donovan McNabb or WR Larry Fitzgerald.

Both players would come at quite a cost, as each according to Walters would cost the Vikings up to two first-round draft choices. The better fit of the two would be Fitzgerald, as at 31 years old, McNabb is an injury or so away from calling it a career. Look at Steve McNair in Baltimore. He came to the Ravens with a long list of injuries, stayed pretty healthy for a season, and this year has been on the bench more than the field as he has been hurt a ton.

That’s why going with Fitzgerald, who is from Minneapolis, would be a better fit for the purple. This season he has 89 catches for 1238 yards and 8 scores. In his career, all with the Cardinals, he already has 319 catches for 4,373 yards and 32 scores. He can stretch the field in a heartbeat, and would provide that stud type of wide out the Vikings have not had since Cris Carter and Randy Moss roamed the field at the Metrodome.

Plus it’s the age factor. If you are going to have to give up a lot for a player, might as well go with the younger player. I know having a QB would be nice, but Fitzgerald is just 24 and could have 10-12 good years ahead of him, while McNabb at most may have two good years left. A lot of it will have to do with Tavaris Jackson, the teams current QB who has been struggling. Will he get better and force the Vikings to keep him around? Or will he fold, and make them go out and get another QB? That may be the biggest question when it comes to who the Vikings will focus on in this next offseason.


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