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.
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
|New York||6:30 PM|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|New Jersey||6:00 PM|
|SE Louisiana||7:00 PM|
|Missouri State||7:00 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||7:00 PM|
|Ark-Pine Bluff||7:00 PM|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|Alcorn State||5:00 PM|
|Ohio Valley||6:05 PM|
|Grand Canyon||7:00 PM|
|San Diego||9:00 PM|
|Long Beach St|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|