The free agency madness of the National Football League has just begun. They don’t call it March Madness just because of basketball season, ya know! The Minnesota Vikings have been active in the market and have already signed a pair of free agents and let a few other bodies go.
The Vikings team added tight end Visanthe Shiancoe from the New York Giants and line backer Vinny Ciurciu from the Carolina Panthers. Has anyone ever seen two last names with so many vowels??? Oh my goodness – Vanna!
Despite the funky names, both players are solid and know what it feels like to win. Shiancoe has not missed a game in his 4 seasons and is a proven blocker and pass catcher. Shiancoe definitely helped pave the way for Tiki Barber to rush for over 1,200 yards in each of the past 4 seasons. Ciurciu has been a key part of the Panthers special teams units. He led the team in special teams tackles in 2006 and was 2nd on the team in 2005. Let’s hope the addition of these two players is just one step of many to get the Vikings a solid competitive team for 2007.
The Minnesota Vikings have also let go of three players that just weren’t putting up the numbers last year. The released players were #75 Mike Rosenthal (I personally liked him and was sad to see his name on the list), Fred Smoot (no love lost there) and Jermaine Wiggins (mediocre with the Vikes, but I see him doing alright somewhere else).
I am excited to see more moves! Let’s build this Vikings ship into the solid boat that it needs to be in order to navigate the rough waters of the NFL!!!!