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Vikings Rumors: RGIII, Randy Moss, Erin Henderson, Antoine Winfield

Robert Griffin III

Minnesota Vikings new GM Rick Spielman has maintained his support for QB Christian Ponder but he wasn’t willing to rule out the idea of taking another quarterback in this years draft.

Spielman said that they would considering taking someone that’s “too good to pass up,” per Jeremy Fowler.

The general consensus is that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are the only quarterbacks that would fall into this category. Minnesota holds the #3 pick in this years draft so if the St Louis Rams are unable to find someone willing to move to the #2 spot, the Vikings could be in a position to take Robert Griffin III or even trade out of the spot themselves.

It would really be surprising to see them take another quarterback in the first-round for the second straight year but stranger things always seem to happen and usually involve the Jaguars.

Continuing on with the subject of the Vikings plans for the #3 pick, GM Rick Spielman also mentioned that they will consider trading down if given the opportunity.

 “If they come to us, we’ll be prepared,” Spielman said, per Jeremy Fowler. “I don’t know what other teams are thinking right now.

Many feel that the Vikings will most likely take an offensive tackle with their first-round pick so USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowa’s Riley Reiff figure to be two players that the team would be considering if they choose to go that route. Other possibilities could include Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon and LSU CB Morris Claiborne.

 

Randy Moss

Vikings new GM Rick Spielman put an end to the early speculation that Randy Moss could return to the Vikings again this season.

Spielman simply said, per Tom Pelissero, “we’ll be moving on,” in regards to signing Moss.

The Vikings would be crazy to think that the Moss would be willing to apply himself more now that he’s been out of the league for an entire season, considering that they gave up a second-round pick for him and wound up releasing him just a few weeks later. Spielman is smart enough enough to know that the team needs to head in a new direction and bring back former stars isn’t going to get them back into the playoffs.

Antoine Winfield 

Vikings CB Antoine Winfield is reportedly ahead of schedule with his rehab for the broken collarbone that he suffered during last season. Winfield has no side effects from the surgery and “feels he could play today if necessary.”

Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press expects the Vikings to keep Winfield despite the fact that hes 35 and coming off an injury because he’s really the team’s best option at cornerback.

Erin Henderson

Fowler writes that LB Erin Henderson is most likely the team’s “most valuable in-house free agent.”

Henderson’s agent, Brian Mackler, expects to meet with the Vikings during the Scouting Combine to discuss a long-term extension. Henderson, 25, has already said that he would like to return to the Vikings next season and should be a relatively affordable option for the team.