With the likely hood that the Vikings will be losing their third down back Chester Taylor this upcoming free agency period. Taylor came to the Vikings to be the feature running back, he was that back for one season, then the Vikes drafted Adrian Peterson. The one season was a decent one for the average RB running over 1400 yards. It was a pretty good change up for the Vikes struggling to find a back since Robert Smith. If the Vikes do lose Taylor to FA? Then who can the Vikes find this offseason?
Right now, I like Brian Westbrook for the new Vikes 3rd down back.Westbrook was released by the Eagles earlier this week. Westbrook is the all time leader for the Eagles for total yards from scrimmage. He has over 3700 yards receiving and nearly 6000 yards rushing and 66 TDs in his Eagles career. He would be a great screen back.Another pro on Westbrook is that he does not fumble much either 8 times in his 9 years with 1734 touches.
The issue with Westbrook is his ability to stay healthy. He has been plagued with concussions throughout his career.He knows to find a team that he is going to be a backup and not the feature back in the offense. I think he would be a great replacement if and when Taylor living from more playing time.