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.