There is no doubt the Vikings will target a wide receiver in free agency, in the draft—or likely both.
Former Vikings defensive lineman Bob Lurtsema, who likely doesn’t have any inside information, believes Minnesota will sign free agent receiver Greg Jennings, according to David Shama of ShamaSportsHeadliners.com.
Lurtsema suggested there is a “70 percent chance” Packers’ wide receiver and free agent Greg Jennings will play for the Vikings next season. The Packers, with a stable of young and productive wide receivers, are believed to have minimal interest in the 29-year-old Jennings who missed games the last two seasons because of injuries and has seen his statistics decline. But Jennings’ age doesn’t bother Lurtsema who said peak years for NFL players are 28 to 33. He believes Jennings, who has 53 career touchdown receptions in seven NFL seasons, is just what the Vikings need.
For a team coming off a three-win season in 2011, general manager Rick Spielman was cautious with how he spent money in free agency last year, electing to sign lower-tier free agents such as tight end John Carlson. This year could merit a different approach, as the team is coming off a 10-6 performance.
Minnesota projects to be about $12.3 million under their adjusted cap for 2013, but can free up much more cap space by re-negotiating contracts with high cap numbers.
Two ex-Packers in purple and gold next season?
The Vikings would reportedly have an interest in free agent receiver Donald Driver if he does not decide to retire, according to Drew Smith of Green Bay station FOX 11.
Update: As mentioned above, the assumption is that Lurtsema is speculating, as no sources are mentioned. That said, he is the founder of Viking Update, a Vikings insider website.