Three Hall of Famers who almost played for the Minnesota Vikings (Part 2)
July 13, 2020
Brian Urlacher – LB
During the early portion of the 21st century, the Minnesota Vikings had to deal with going up against Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher twice each season. It was never an easy task.
The All-Pro linebacker became a free agent during the 2013 off-season after 13 years in Chicago. When figuring out what to do next, Urlacher was reportedly considering deals from both the Minnesota and the Denver Broncos.
Eventually, the veteran linebacker didn’t sign with either team but decided to retire from the NFL.
The Vikings arguably ended up having the worst defense in the entire 2013 league. Minnesota gave up the most points that year and their pass defense couldn’t cover a sloth.
So would Urlacher make much of a difference for the Vikings in 2013? His impact might have been too significant, but he likely wouldn’t have been much worse than what they put out on the field.
Dan Marino – QB
In terms of quarterbacks, the Vikings didn’t have much stability under center after a 1999 season that resulted in Jeff George starting 10 games for them.
Heading into the 2000 season, its group of quarterbacks were led by an unproven passer in Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper seemed to have been going to step in and be the starter for the Vikings in this year, but the team also showed some interest in signing future Hall of Fame passer Dan Marino.
Marino spent his entire career being a member of the Miami Dolphins and during the 2000 off-season, he was going to retire or sign with Minnesota. In the end, the 38-year-old quarterback decided that his time in the NFL was finshed and he chose to retire rather than giving it one last shot with the Vikings.
It might be a tough decision for Marino to make as he was never able to win a Super Bowl during his pro career. Joining a Minnesota offense including playmakers like Randy Moss, Robert Smith , and Cris Carter could have been the perfect recipe for the veteran signal-caller to win his first-ever championship.
Luckily for the Vikings, Culpepper ended up playing well during the 2000 season and the team was able to make it all the way to the NFC Championship.
Three Hall of Famers who almost played for the Minnesota Vikings (Part 1)
June 20, 2020
During their history as an NFL franchise, the Minnesota Vikings have been the home for a number of players who were eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
During the last few decades, Minnesota has had some opportunities to add players to their roster who would eventually go on to be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But for whatever reason, the Vikings ultimately were not able to work out a deal with these future Hall of Famers.
Some of Minnesota’s recent history could have been altered in a big way if they were actually able to land some of the Hall of Fame talent they were going after. So who were some of these players that almost ended up joining the Vikings before their eventual induction in Canton?
LaDainian Tomlinson – RB
After a long and glorious tenure with the then, San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson was in search of a new team in 2010. Tomlinson was coming off a 2009 season with the Chargers that saw him score a total of 12 touchdowns, so he was able to draw a good amount of interest from around the NFL once he became available.
The Vikings were one of the teams who were interested in the talented running back and ultimately, his decision came down picking between Minnesota and the New York Jets.
Tomlinson met with the Vikings and they actually ended up offering him more money to sign than the Jets did. However, the running back recently revealed that New York was able to seal the deal when they gave him and his expecting wife a baby basket.
Tomlinson’s wife was in love with the Jets after their generosity and the future Hall of Famer really didn’t have any other choice than to sign with New York.
He ended up having a pretty decent season with the Jets in 2010 that saw him accumulate a total of 1,282 yards and six touchdowns. Tomlinson then spent one more year in New York before he decided to call it a career in the NFL.
It’s still crazy to think that Minnesota could have had an offensive backfield in 2010 that featured Tomlinson and Adrian Peterson. It definitely would have made life a lot easier for Brett Favre during his final season as the Vikings quarterback.
Minnesota Vikings News: Team submits plan to NFL for return to action
May 21, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings have officially submitted their plan to the NFL to begin their offseason regimen and prepare for training camp. Here’s the latest on the big news.
At this point in time, the Minnesota Vikings are ready to head back to the TCO Performance Center to begin their journey towards training camp and eventually, preseason action. Due to the current pandemic that has hit the world, teams across the NFL are allowed to submit their finalized plans to return to their training facilities.
If it gets approved, the Vikings will be able to head back to their training camp facility and at least get the wheels in motion that football is indeed on the horizon. It’s all about making sure all players, coaches, and everyone on the Vikings’ staff are able to do what needs to get done in a safe manner. The Vikings plan to do a mix of people that are physically working at the TCO Performance Center and some working remotely as they monitor the current coronavirus pandemic.
In the grand scheme of things, it’s great to see the Vikings take the right steps forward in order to hopefully bring some normalcy to the world. Vikings fans all across the globe are anxious and filled with hope that the NFL will continue as planned with training camp, preseason football, and the regular season all taking place.
Hopefully, there won’t be any suspended events or football games if NFL teams are able to follow all safety protocols and ensure that everyone is safe. Just like the start of every NFL training camp, if this gets approved, the only players that will be allowed to enter training facilities are those in rehab or seeking medical treatment to get ready for football activities. The rest allowed to physically be there will simply be employees that work in the operations/administrative parts of a team.
The NFL put better safety measures in place similar to restaurants and businesses in states that are slowly reopening in that no more than 50 percent of a team’s staff will be allowed in the training facility at any given time. This is a smart move so not only can social distancing be strictly enforced but it will help make keeping facilities clean and sanitized at all times even easier.
Overall, the Vikings are already ahead of the game and hopefully, will be on track to get their training camp program approved to prepare for the adventures ahead.
What the Minnesota Vikings can expect from Troy Dye this year
April 27, 2020
With the 132nd overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings picked up Oregon linebacker, Troy Dye. He is an experienced play-maker on the defensive side and can be a situational player in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Vikings has done a great job of pointing positions of need very early in the 2020 NFL Draft. This helped them to take more of a great pick as they added Oregon’s linebacker Troy Dye in the fourth round. Dye takes part in a crowded group of young Minnesota Vikings linebackers who will compete together for playing time on defense and special teams.
Minnesota Vikings has a lot of young hopefuls already in their linebacker space. Players such as Eric Wilson and Ben Gedeon are likely on their last opportunity to stick around. Meanwhile, DeMarquis Gates, Cameron Smith, and Troy Dye will be competing for early playing time.
Dye comes to the Minnesota Vikings with a variety of starting experience under his belt. During four years at Oregon, Dye appeared in 48 matches and recorded 391 tackles. Dye has shown that he can make plays against both the pass and run, and bring some versatility to his game.
The newest defender of Minnesota Vikings projects as a situational linebacker who can support in coverage from the jump. He is sound in coverage as well as has a ton of length in his favor when he stands at 6-foot-3. If new Minnesota Vikings senior defensive assistant Dom Capers plans to play Anthony Barr as an edge rusher a little more often, Dye can have the change to take his spot in coverage.
The fourth round of the 2020 NFL was a solid value for Dye in this draft class. What will he be able to bring to the table for the new-look Minnesota defense?