Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com recently put out an article about the most interesting Restricted Free Agents available for teams to sign.
As we all know, restricted free agents can be tendered at various levels, and if a team signs a RFA to an offer sheet, the losing team gets some form of compensation depending on what level that player was tendered at. The lowest possible tender gives the losing team a draft pick comparable to the level that the player was originally drafted in. For example, if a team signed Darrion Scott to an offer sheet and the Vikings chose not to match the deal, whoever signed him would have to surrender their third-round pick to Minnesota, because that's where Scott was originally drafted.
One name, in particular, on this list catches my eye:
See that part in bold there? That's important. Copper was an undrafted free agent, and as the Saints tendered him at the lowest possible level, they'll get no compensation from any team that signs him to a deal.
Copper is a three-year NFL vet. He spent the first two years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before moving on to New Orleans this off-season. He's played 41 career games, mainly on special teams, but stepped in ably for the Saints after Joe Horn went down with an injury.
In those 41 games, he has 31 catches for 474 yards and 3 TDs. 23 of those catches, 385 of those yards, and 3 of those TDs came in 2006. He's got decent size (6', 205#), and seems to fit the mold of a possession-type of receiver, which the Vikings could surely use.
In my opinion, the Vikings REALLY need to take a look at this guy. We need as many WRs as we can get our hands on, and getting a guy with Copper's potential without having to give up compensation would be very good for us.
(Not that anyone from the Vikings reads this site, but I'm humoring myself here.)