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.
|Philadelphia - K. Kendrick||6:05 PM|
|Washington - J. Zimmermann|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - S. Nolin|
|Minnesota - S. Deduno||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez|
|Atlanta - K. Medlen||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. Hefner|
|Chicago Cubs - S. Feldman||6:10 PM|
|Cincinnati - B. Arroyo|
|Cleveland - J. Masterson||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Lackey|
|NY Yankees - D. Phelps||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - R. Hernandez|
|Pittsburgh - A. Burnett||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - M. Estrada|
|Miami - T. Koehler||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - J. Danks|
|LA Angels - J. Vargas||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - L. Mendoza|
|Oakland - T. Milone||7:10 PM|
|Houston - E. Bedard|
|San Diego - E. Stults||8:40 PM|
|Arizona - B. McCarthy|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - C. Capuano|
|Texas - J. Grimm||9:10 PM|
|Seattle - J. Saunders|
|Colorado - T. Chatwood||9:15 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Lincecum|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|