Good afternoon, football fans. Let's get right to it.
Ha. No, this was my idea actually, and I can promise we'll chat for longer than five minutes.
I don't think Shorts is anything more than an average receiver. The decent numbers he put up in Jacksonville were the result of there being no one else to throw to. But I could see the Vikings signing a guy like and adding a wide receiver in the draft to improve the competition at that position.
Bob, the big domino is Adrian Peterson, and we are going to be waiting a while for that to drop. He is eligible to return from suspension on April 15. In the meantime, the Vikings can't really talk to him about restructuring, though there could be some communication through back channels. The football side of the organization wants him back, but will Adrian be willing to re-do his deal to stick around here? I'm not sure about that. Either way, I think the Vikings will draft a running back. GM Rick Spielman recently remarked that it is a good class this year. Of course, if they know Adrian won't be back, it will become a much higher priority.
His track record speaks for itself. While he doesn't have a Super Bowl ring to show for it, he has built consistent winners and brought stability to organizations. He should do the same with the Bears. As for Cutler, his time in Chicago could be running out. If he doesn't buy in to what Fox is selling, he could be good next offseason. It's a whole new regime with no ties to Cutler.