When I did my list of free agents that I thought the Minnesota Vikings should pursue a while back, the top name on my list was Kansas City Chiefs' cornerback Brandon Carr. One of the issues with that, however, is whether or not the Chiefs would use the franchise tag on him or on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.
However, with a move that the Chiefs made today, it appears that they've made their decision.
The Chiefs signed former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, according to our friends at Arrowhead Pride. While the terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it appears that the Chiefs are content to let Carr hit the open market and potentially use their franchise tag on Bowe instead.
ESPN's John Clayton is already speculating that the Vikings could be in the Brandon Carr business when free agency starts on March 13.
I'm wondering if the Vikings and Titans go after Brandon Carr because he fits better into zone schemes.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) February 20, 2012
As I've already expressed, I certainly hope that the Vikings make Carr a priority target, but there are plenty of other cornerbacks that are going to hit the market in a couple of weeks that would help this team immensely, too.