After reading a lot of interesting comments here on the Daily Norseman about how we should approach this offseason, I've decided to give it a try as a Vikings' GM, mocking Free Agency, Trades and the Draft.
All of this moves are based considering Favre will return.
Please comment on what you think are the positives and negatives of each of those and grade this offseason.
Resign Chester Taylor
Resign Benny Sapp
Resign Jimmy Kennedy
Resign Artis Hicks
Resign Greg Lewis
Tender Ray Edwards for a 1st
Tender Tarvaris Jackson for a 2nd
Release Karl Paymah
Release Fred Evans
Trade Ray Edwards for Atlanta's 19th pick.
Trade Tarvaris Jackson for Cleveland's 38th pick.
Trade Vikings' 1st compensatory pick and Bernard Berrian for Randy Moss.
Trade Vikings' 30th pick, next year's 3rd round pick and Darius Reynaud for Nnamdi Asomugha.
Trade Vikings' 62th pick for San Francisco's 79th pick and 141th pick.
Trade Vikings' 189th and 221th picks for Denver's 173th pick
19th pick - Bradon Graham (DE)
I know most of you must be wondering "why the f*** are we trading Ray Edwards for a pick that we'll use to bring another DE ?"
Well, I'll tell you why. Edwards will be in his last year under contract, and WILL ask, guaranteed, for a lot of money to stay.
So, why not trade him, a young but proven pass rusher to Atlanta, who happens to need a pass rushing LDE in the worst possible way and draft Graham, a monstruous pass rusher that is younger, and will ask for far less money ?
Alongside the Williams Wall and Jared Allen, he'll become a force to be reckoned in the first games.
38th pick - Maurkice Pouncey (G/C)
2009 best Center of the country. Getting Pouncey anywhere after the first round is a steal. An excellent Center, who can also play Guard. Will challenge Herrera and Sullivan for their spots, improving our O-Line.
79th pick - Tony Pike (QB)
Other than Clausen and Bradford, Pike is my favorite QB in this class. With a year to learn under Favre's wings, he has the potential to be our Quaterback of the Future.
93th pick - Jared Veldheer (OT)
2009 All-American Offensive Linemen. Another Mammoth Tackle to our roster. At 6'8, 313, he's huge and athletic, another great addition to the O-Line, in case something like last year's game at Arizona happens again. Can play at either LT or RT.
125th pick - Myron Rolle (S)
One of my favorite players in this draft. Would've been an early-to-mid first rounder if hadn't missed a year to study at Oxford.
People don't know how commited to football he'll be, so his stock has fallen drastically. Biggest steal of the draft.
141th pick - Erik Decker (WR)
A consensus first team All-Big Ten selection and one of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award. Hometown boy, has enough potential to be the second wideout for many teams. Would add quality depht.
157th pick - Pat Angerer (LB)
One of the nation's top tacklers with 135 stops, Angerer flourished into a better college linebacker than anyone expected. Now the NFL is downplaying him too, projecting him as no better than a fifth-round pick. At 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, Angerer can get a little bigger, but he always seems to find his way around the ball.
Compensatory Pick - Michael Hoomanawanui (TE)
Great blocker, can also catch in short/medium passes situations. Can also play FB if needed.
173th pick - Vince Oghobaase (DT)
Huge DT, yet another steal. Can learn and improve a lot under Phat Pat and K-Will.