As the Vikings make efforts to upgrade the talent on their roster, especially at receiver and in the secondary, here are five big-name free agents they might try to woo this week.
Why it makes sense: For an offense in need of a deep threat, Jackson's career 17.5 yards per catch average is appealing.
Why it won't happen: Jackson will have plenty of teams calling, most of whom are closer to a Super Bowl than the Vikings. Look for New England, Chicago and San Francisco to be interested.
Why it makes sense: He would bring physicality and swagger to an anemic secondary that allowed 34 TD passes with only eight interceptions in 2011.
Why it won't happen: Reports surfaced late last week that Finnegan was hoping to sign with the same team Jackson did -- which would come at a cost that the Vikings might not want to dish out.
Why it makes sense: Carr is talented, young (25), still developing and able to excel within the structure of a zone-oriented defense like the Vikings will run.
Why it won't happen: Having started 64 games in his four years in Kansas City, Carr might be looking for All-Pro-type money that exceeds his true worth. MARQUES COLSTON, WR
Why it makes sense: Has averaged five catches and 73 yards per game during his first six NFL seasons.
Why it won't happen: There's widespread belief Colston's prolific stats are largely because of his fit with Drew Brees in New Orleans' high-octane offense. All potential suitors -- and Colston himself -- will give that considerable thought.
Why it makes sense: Bottom line: He's a playmaker. Landry is versatile, instinctive against the pass and solid in run support.
Why it won't happen: Caveat emptor: Landry missed seven games in 2010 and eight more last season because of an Achilles' tendon injury.
|Kansas City - J. Guthrie||5:10 PM|
|Cleveland - T. Bauer|
|Toronto - D. Hutchison||5:10 PM|
|Boston - C. Buchholz|
|Chicago WSox - J. Samardzija||6:05 PM|
|Baltimore - U. Jimenez|
|Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi||6:05 PM|
|NY Yankees - C. Whitley|
|Washington - A. Cole||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - J. Teheran|
|NY Mets - R. Montero||6:10 PM|
|Miami - D. Phelps|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - J. Cueto|
|Pittsburgh - J. Locke||7:05 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - T. Wood|
|Seattle - J. Happ||7:05 PM|
|Texas - R. Detwiler|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Philadelphia - S. Gonzalez||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha|
|Colorado - K. Kendrick||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - A. Bradley|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|Houston - R. Hernandez||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|San Francisco - M. Bumgarner||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - C. Kershaw|
|San Antonio||9:30 PM|