Chart: Vikings' wishful thinking in free agency

  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 6:13 AM

WISHFUL THINKING

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.

VINCENT JACKSON, WR

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.

CORTLAND FINNEGAN, CB

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.

BRANDON CARR, CB

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.

LARON LANDRY, S

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.

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Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco 5 Bottom 13th Inning
Philadelphia 5
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington 7 Bottom 9th Inning
Colorado 4
Detroit 4 Bottom 8th Inning
Arizona 3
Houston 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Oakland 2
Baltimore 3 Top 7th Inning
LA Angels 0
NY Mets 2 Bottom 7th Inning
Seattle 1
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 89 FINAL
Seattle 71
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