Geoff Schwartz says he's "excited to be a Minnesota Viking." But how excited are the Vikings to have Schwartz?
Excited enough to sign him to a one-year deal. But this is the latest example that other NFL teams (Bucs, Washington, St. Louis) are willing to splurge and buy tailor-made suits, while the Vikings are content to shop at second-hand clothing stores.
On a more serious note, Schwartz was good enough to start for Carolina and he's big (6'6, 330 pounds), young (25) and can play both tackle and guard. ESPN North blogger Kevin Seifert gazes into his crystal ball and lays out what the Vikings offensive line could look like in 2012.
I don't know, the Vikings offensive line was so bad last year, just about anybody would be an upgrade. Schwartz seems like he could be a big help.
I've got no interest in pontificating about the New Orleans Saints bounty stuff today or Ayodele's role in it. But I do think it was a bit small-time how the Vikings cut Ayodele hours after Roger "The Hammer" Goodell announced the punishment he was handing out to the Saints.
I won't miss Ayodele. Hell, I barely noticed him last season. But the Vikings had to know they had no use for him weeks ago, and once they signed defensive tackles Letroy Guion and Fred Evans, they could have let Ayodele go then.
Instead they allowed him hang around until the Saints got punished for running the bounty program – something the Vikings knew was coming. This seems to me like a calculated release. Vikings fans will be too busy nodding their heads in approval over the punishment Goodell meted out to the Saints to question how Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and the coaching staff could have made such a mistake evaluating Ayodele's talents in the first place.
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