After nearly seven weeks of free agency, the Vikings just signed their third player, cornerback Lito Sheppard.
The transaction took place on the eve of the first round of the NFL Draft and many fans and draftniks will be scrambling to figure out what it means. So, what does it mean?
The short answer is “I don’t know.”
The long answer is the signing could mean a number of things. Lets take a look at a few of them:
- The Vikings don’t feel like they will be able to pull the trigger on a cornerback in the first round.
- The Vikings are not as taken with this year’s cornerback class as many folks might have suspected.
- This is a smokescreen and the Vikings are secretly hoping to land a top notch corner tomorrow.
- Asher Allen has not developed like many people had hoped.
- Cedric Griffin’s injury rehab is not going well and they expect him to miss considerable time.
- The Vikings simply wanted to fill out their roster (they lost three active players and have now gained three) before the draft which frees them up to take the best player available.
- The Vikings are less concerned with quantity of picks this year and may try to trade up.
- The Vikings feel their roster is nearly complete and may try to trade out of 2010 and gain some picks in 2011.
- The Vikings may expect to deal away one or more of their own players during the draft.
- Tim Tebow.
We’ll find out soon enough, I guess.