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Connecting dots on Young doesn't work

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Super Bowl, Adrian Peterson, Vikings draft Updated: May 13, 2011 - 10:39 AM

The NFL lockout means that there is little football-related news to write about now that the draft is complete.

So it should come as no surprise that a story by a Houston television station this week that Adrian Peterson and Vince Young were working out together got some national attention. The only catch is that it means nothing.

Peterson always works out around the Houston area, and Young is quoted as saying, "Adrian and the other guys are here to work." That means other NFL players.

Young is going to be released or traded by Tennessee once the lockout ends, but there is no chance the Vikings are going to pursue him now that they have drafted Christian Ponder. Steve Wyche of reported that the Vikings have had no internal discussions about acquiring Young. The surprise would have been if the Vikings were discussing Young.

Minnesota could use a veteran quarterback to help ease Ponder's transition, but they don't need to bring in a 28-year-old (Young will turn that age on May 18) who would see himself as a long-term solution if he could win the job. I think bringing in a 34-year-old Donovan McNabb would have the potential to backfire for the same reason. 

The argument might be different if the Vikings were considered Super Bowl contenders -- as they were entering the 2010 season -- but that is no longer the case. This is a team that needs to get Ponder on the field as soon as possible, not hold him back because it has found another potential short-term solution.



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