Biggs: Vikings huddle with Taylor's agent
agency because of their status as one of the final four playoff teams. That isn’t stopping them from working to prevent their own free agents from leaving.
Rick Spielman, the club’s vice president of player personnel, met with Ken Sarnoff, the agent for running back Chester Taylor today at the scouting combine. Taylor has been a valuable performer for the Vikings and they don’t want to lose him to a market that already has some veteran backs on it.
Taylor is a good fit in the West Coast scheme, he catches the ball well, is durable and isn’t too far removed from a 1,200-yard season. The question is how much can the Vikings spend on him knowing they’ll have to pay big time to keep Adrian Peterson in the near future.
“I don’t know if you have a level of confidence because you don’t know," Spielman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune when asked about keeping the team’s free agents. "I think when we sit down here with these agents we kind of get a feel for where they think the market is going to go. We kind of express how we feel about them as players and frankly we’ve always tried to keep our guys back on the football team if we can get them back.
'But sometimes, whether it’s a financial situation or something, it’s not always possible and sometimes it works out. I think all our guys that are unrestricted free agents were guys that helped us win ballgames last year, and I think everybody in the organization feels strongly about at least trying to get these guys back.”
If the Vikings can’t reel in Taylor, they could consider Brian Westbrook or LaDainian Tomlinson. Coach Brad Childress is familiar with Westbrook from his time in Philadelphia but there has to be concern about his concussion history and Westbrook has dealt with other injuries in the past few seasons.
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