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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Corey Simon on the radar?

Heard an interesting rumor that the Vikings may be considering former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Corey Simon as a possible backup to Pat Williams.

The Vikings clearly are concerned about the depth behind Williams, who is entering the final year of his contract. Earlier this month, the club signed defensive tackle Fred Evans, despite some serious baggage that has already been a headache.

The interest in Simon could make some sense because the Vikings have been unable to reach a long-term extension with Williams.

Simon was the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent five seasons there, compiling 32 sacks, but he was released before the 2005 season because he refused to sign his one-year franchise tender.

The Colts signed Simon to a five-year, $30 million contract, but he had only 35 tackles and didn't tally even a single sack in 13 games.

Simon had arthroscopic knee surgery and missed the entire 2006 season.

On Monday, Simon visited the Tennessee Titans and underwent a physical.

"We had him in for a physical, and we worked Corey out and he seemed to be in good shape," Titans coach Jeff Fisher told The Tennessean.

The Vikings are leery of giving Williams a monstrous contract, especially with him turning 35 during the season. But they are in a precarious position because defensive tackles have been rewarded with premium contracts (Darwin Walker got a five-year, $25 million contract from the Chicago Bears with two years left on his previous deal), and they don't necessarily want to be pigeonholed into spending one of their top picks in next year's NFL draft on a defensive tackle.

1 Comments:

Blogger Andrew E. said...

I really don't understand why Chill/Rob B. et al. don't simply give Pat a three year deal with a big roster bonus. Quite simply, he is one of two or three humans in the world who can do what he does. If he stops playing well after a year or two the team can cut him without taking a cap hit. Pat is a proven commodity. Corey Simon is the reason that the Colts had to trade for Booger. If Simon wouldn't get his butt in gear for the Colts, why would he for a team that will likely win 5 games?

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