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I definitely get where you're coming from, but how often has a guy who's shown this little amount of drive for the game, multiple incidents of misconduct and poor judgement amounted to anything?

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2 minutes ago, RpMc said:

I definitely get where you're coming from, but how often has a guy who's shown this little amount of drive for the game, multiple incidents of misconduct and poor judgement amounted to anything?

Probably more times than Vikings-drafted kickers...

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1 minute ago, wcblack34 said:

Probably more times than Vikings-drafted kickers...

The kicker comment was tongue-in-cheek as I'm vehemently against draft specialists; it would still be a better use of assets than flipping a pick for Wilson is the point I was trying to drive home.

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2 minutes ago, RpMc said:

The kicker comment was tongue-in-cheek as I'm vehemently against draft specialists; it would still be a better use of assets than flipping a pick for Wilson is the point I was trying to drive home.

My comment was also tongue-in-cheek also...

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When Wilson is cut I would consider bringing him in for a tryout and maybe signing him to the offseason roster if he looked decent. He would have to fight his way onto the practice squad from there and ideally some day prove to be reliable enough to trust with a spot on the 53 man roster.

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4 hours ago, VikeManDan said:

His twitter handle is @_LayZay_

Go figure haha. 

Amazes me how someone like this even gets drafted. How was any of this not identified? Now I realize this is a pretty rare and extreme example of a miss but there are a lot of scouts that deserve to be fired. Unless he’s really good at faking it during interviews. 

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2 hours ago, vikingsrule said:

Amazes me how someone like this even gets drafted. How was any of this not identified? Now I realize this is a pretty rare and extreme example of a miss but there are a lot of scouts that deserve to be fired. Unless he’s really good at faking it during interviews. 

Quite frankly it’s not that hard to fake it for only a few months. Especially when you’re basically being coached by an agent every step of the way. 

And you never know how money is going to affect someone. Especially when they’re handed a check for a few million dollars. 

Now, I seem to remember effort concerns attached to multiple outlets’ scouting reports. So, Tennessee’s scouting department should have known. However, you always get those coaches who seem to think that they can change someone.  

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Nick Martin was released by the Texans, was way overpaid and was not worth what they paid for him.  Has started 62 games in four years on the Texans.  Played mostly center but if he sits around and no one signs him, and that contract would not have to be picked up by anyone else, I would be more than just interested in picking him up at a decent price.  

Interior OL do not come around like him often if he could be gotten cheap.  I think he could be a very good guard and really playing him at center is playing him out of position.  If his price point is on the lower end around $4-$5 mil a year he could be one of the best cheaper options around in the NFL.  

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On 2/27/2021 at 12:19 PM, Ozzy said:

Nick Martin was released by the Texans, was way overpaid and was not worth what they paid for him.  Has started 62 games in four years on the Texans.  Played mostly center but if he sits around and no one signs him, and that contract would not have to be picked up by anyone else, I would be more than just interested in picking him up at a decent price.  

Interior OL do not come around like him often if he could be gotten cheap.  I think he could be a very good guard and really playing him at center is playing him out of position.  If his price point is on the lower end around $4-$5 mil a year he could be one of the best cheaper options around in the NFL.  

Yeah I wouldn't mind that.

I would rather see us draft a lineman though. We have like 90 4th round picks might as well use them up!

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Hope they keep O'Neil at RT and have Ezra penciled in for LT now.  Attack free agency, however its certainly possibly they get no tier 1/2 guys and you sign a tier 3 OG. 

I'd look to see what OL options are at 14.

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11 hours ago, CriminalMind said:

Hope they keep O'Neil at RT and have Ezra penciled in for LT now.  Attack free agency, however its certainly possibly they get no tier 1/2 guys and you sign a tier 3 OG. 

I'd look to see what OL options are at 14.

I share your concerns that they may get no tier 1/2 guys in free agency. Eveidence suggests that the team isn't even considering them.

If the team was counting on free agency to replace Reiff it would be foolish to release Reiff before the legal tampering period opens next week where they can assess whether they would get a replacement. They didn't need to decide on Reiff until March 19th. Since I do not think the Vikings are that foolish, my conclusion is that the release of Reiff does not depend on a tier 1/2 free agent replacement.

Rick Spielman is still in charge. We better brace ourselves for another Rick Spielman offensive line. 

Something like an untested T for which hope can be sold to the fans, hope and a prayer OG, Bradbury with no contingency plan in for the possibility Bradbury can't work his way up to being average, tackle conversion project OG, and one above average player for the other tackle spot.

Time will tell which names Spielman fills into the blanks for those job descriptions. The line will probably stink and be a huge factor in the Vikings not being able to compete against top teams, but at least Spielman can feel like he didn't pay out to much to the offensive line. To him, when belt-tightening is required OL is a position group that it is acceptable to tighten.

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