With the NFL heading into free agency coming up in less that a month. The Minnesota Vikings will have some questions to answer on who they will keep and let go to "test" the market. The Vikes need to decide either Ray Edwards or Chester Taylor. These are the top tier free agents the Vikes will need to play to keep.
Why Would the Vikes Keep Chester Taylor?
Chester Taylor(CT) is a good chance of pace type of a running back.CT was being relied more upon later in the season especially after the fumbling troubles that Peterson was having late in the season.CT is a good screen receiver out of the backfield and a good third down back. He adds a different dimension to the offense when he on the field.
For a running back, he is getting up there in age turning 31 years old this season. With Taylor it is different. Taylor has been a back up his entire career except the 2006 season. In 2006, CT was the feature back at Minnesota and went over 1200 yards, then after AD was drafted by the Vikes and the rest is history.CT has not endured the pounding that a every down running back goes through on each play from the defense. I think that their is PLENTY of fuel still left in CT's tank, so it is going to be interesting to see what colors that he will be wearing next season.
Why Would the Vikes Keep Ray Edwards?
Ray Edwards has been the ignored man on Vikes front defensive line.What would you expect from a line that has Jared Allen, Kevin and Pat Williams? Each season Ray Edwards has been improving, this season he had 51 tackles and 8.5 sacks. With him not getting the attention that Allen get opens him up and that is why he had a game like he had against Dallas, five tackles (all for loss), 6 QB hits,three sacks and a forced fumble.A quick stat he forced a fumble in each of the playoff games this season.
Edwards is 25 years old and entering his 4th Pro season. With Edwards on the market, the Vikes will have to move quick. There are many teams out there looking for a good game disrupted like Edwards. I highly expect Edwards to draw attention from many teams, so the Vikes will need to more fast.
In my opinion, I feel that Vikes should really think about signing Edwards to a lengthy contract as their left end. With the way his is progressing, with the double teams the other three on the line receives, he could have a monster year next season. This would be a great choice if they have to choose between Edwards and Taylor.