Biggs: Vikings looking inward to free agency

As one of the final eight teams, the Minnesota Vikings are going to be prevented from signing an unrestricted free agent unless they lose one.

So general manager Rick Spielman is taking the approach that the Vikings will do everything in their power to retain their own UFA’s, including running back Chester Taylor.

Spielman was at the team’s Arctic Blast snowmobiling event Saturday in Garrison, Minn., and he touched on a wide variety of subjects, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Front and center, of course, was the status of Brett Favre.

“I think you go ahead and let Brett decide what he wants to do," Spielman said. "I know the organization, from our ownership, from our coaches and I think from our fans out there, we'd love to have Brett Favre back for another year and see if we can make another run at this."

Taylor is an attractive free agent because he can do a little bit of everything out of the backfield. He spells Adrian Peterson out of the backfield on third down. He rushed for 1,216 yards in 2006, the year before Peterson arrived, and he could be the second-best back in the NFC North. But Taylor will turn 31 in September and that certainly will be considered.

“Chester Taylor brings so much to this football team. He’s like the unsung hero of the offense. You hear about Sidney Rice and Shank (Visanthe Shiancoe) and Percy Harvin and Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson,” Spielman said. “But what Chester Taylor does for this football team -- not only on the field but off the field --he may be, as we look and we evaluate all the free agents out there, one of the top free-agent backs coming out. Especially in that role he plays in third down, it’s so valuable for us.

“What our goal is and our intention is going into this is to sign Chester Taylor back, to sign (UFA cornerback) Benny Sapp back, to sign (UFA wide receiver) Greg Lewis. He made a couple of big plays for us this year. If we can keep our own guys and try to get those guys back and then have another good draft, then I think we’ll be where we want to be.”

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