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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:34 pm    Post subject: who were the top Viking free agents of all time? Reply with quote

Here’s a list of the Top 10 (year signed), let us know what you think…


10. Ben Leber (2006)
Leber is a great example of a free agent who provided his team with outstanding value relative to the contract he signed. A starter for 5 seasons at outside LB for the Vikings, Leber was an important part of defenses that ranked 1st against the run for 3 straight seasons (2006-08 ) and that helped the franchise capture back-to-back division titles in 2008-09 as well as an appearance in the NFC title game following the ‘09 season.

9. Jeff Christy (1993)
A 4th-round pick of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1992, Christy was eventually cut and missed that season. Phoenix’s trash was the Vikings treasure, as Christy played 7 seasons in Minnesota and was a key cog on an offensive line that in 1998 blocked for one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. Christy was a 2-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler in Minnesota who started all 16 games of a season 5 times as a Viking.

8. Gary Anderson (1998)
In just 5 seasons with the Vikings, Anderson quickly climbed the franchise’s all-time scoring list and still ranks 6th. He had a perfect regular season in 1998, helping the Vikings to a 15-1 record. In 2000, Anderson surpassed the legendary George Blanda to become the NFL’s all-time leading scorer (he now ranks 2nd).

7. Darren Sharper (2005)
One of the most prolific ball-hawking safeties in the NFL, Sharper jumped state lines in 2005 and joined the Vikings for 4 productive seasons. During his Vikings career, Sharper was an All-Pro twice and he tallied 18 INTs and 3 TDs.

6. Pat Williams (2005)
One half of the famed “Williams Wall” that anchored a dominant Vikings run defense for half a decade, Williams finished his 14-year NFL career with 6 great seasons in Minnesota. The Vikings became the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to lead the NFL in rush defense, and Williams was a key contributor in that effort.

5. Randall Cunningham (1997)
Out of football for a year in 1996, Cunningham joined the Vikings in ‘97 and displayed no signs of rust. He enjoyed the greatest season of his career as a Viking in 1998, guiding the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season record with 34 TDs and only 10 INTs. Among QBs with 20+ starts, Cunningham has the 2nd-best winning percentage (.696) and his 34-TD campaign in ‘98 still ranks 2nd all-time in club history.

4. Ryan Longwell (2006)
As steady as the day is long, Longwell was a key part of 2 division winning teams during his 6 years with the Vikings and finished his career in Purple ranked 3rd in all-time scoring. Blair Walsh began to rewrite the Vikings record book for kickers, and much of what he’s rewritten only validates how productive Longwell was for the Vikings. Longwell ranks 1st in Vikings history with 9 game-winning FGs.

3. Steve Hutchinson (2006)
A member of the 50 Greatest Vikings team, Hutchinson was a dominant road-grading run blocker and sure-fire pass protector during his 6 seasons with the Vikings. Hutchinson earned 4 of his 7 career Pro Bowls with the Vikings, and he was an invaluable part of Vikings offenses that featured a 1,000-yard rusher in each of his seasons in Minnesota.

2. Brett Favre (2009)
After torturing the Vikings for 16 seasons as a member of the Packers, Favre joined the Purple in 2009 and had arguably his best season with 33 TDs and a passer rating of 107.2 while leading the Vikings to the NFC title game. Favre was the difference between a team that went 10-6/one-and-done in the playoffs following the 2008 season and a team that went 12-4 and was on the brink of a Super Bowl appearance.

1. Antoine Winfield (2004)
An easy selection at #1, Winfield has been the rare blue-chip signing who outperforms expectations. He has played in 119 games over 9 seasons with the Vikings and in 2010 was named to the 50 Greatest Vikings team. Twice he’s recorded a single-season team record for tackles by a CB (110) and he now holds the Vikings record for most fumble recoveries by a DB with 11 and ranks tied for 2nd in team history with 12 forced fumbles by a DB. Winfield has also scored all 5 of his career touchdowns (2 FRs, 2 INTs, 1 blocked FG) as a Viking.

http://blog.vikings.com/2013/03/11/top-10-free-agent-signings-in-vikings-history/


Honorable mention: Jerry Ball, Bernard Berrian, Greg Biekert, Corey Chavous, Jack Del Rio, Jerome Felton, Lance Johnstone, Fuad Reveiz, Visanthe Shiancoe, Chester Taylor
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Honorable Mention: Bernard Berrian

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
Honorable Mention: Bernard Berrian

Really Shocked

probably because he had that 99 yard td play from Ferrotte, but yeah...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was playing an older Madden at my buddies house a few nights ago and I had a few picks with Sharper

Dirty Harry made it easy to forget about Sharper for real doh

Hopefully Jennings is on this list in 5 years...

and I will always love Favre <4
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice list, really.

My wife used to work at a bank in EP....she always says Gary Anderson is one of the nicest people she's ever met, fwiw.

Hard to argue with the order either, I'd have to really think about it to see it differently, so it must be pretty close.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
Honorable Mention: Bernard Berrian

Really Shocked


He had a 900+ yard season for us. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vote Winfield. He helped change the culture on defense, survived numerous coaching changes and seemed to be professional, on and off the field.

I think a case could be made for Favre, Longwell or Williams though.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would easily put Cunningham before Favre. Couple of things of note. Cunningham wasn't even the projected starter & although Cunningham did appear in 15 games we should be more realistic and say his stats are basically from 13 games played. How much better would his stats be if he had 3 more games?

Also to note both players brought us to the NFC Championship game and the last thing I want to mention is that Cunningham put up those insane numbers when the NFL wasn't any where near as big of a passing league as it was 2 or even 3 years ago.

I guess what I'm trying to say is how can anyone put Favre above Cunningham?
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It could be argued that Cunningham's success was a product of his receivers while Favre made his receivers. Cris Carter and Randy were two of the greatest receivers of all-time and they proved that will multiple quarterbacks. Sydney Rice has only had 1 Pro-Bowl season and that was with Favre.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worm Guts wrote:
It could be argued that Cunningham's success was a product of his receivers while Favre made his receivers. Cris Carter and Randy were two of the greatest receivers of all-time and they proved that will multiple quarterbacks. Sydney Rice has only had 1 Pro-Bowl season and that was with Favre.

On the flip side of that Sidney Rice has only had 2 healthy seasons as well. His first one he made the Pro Bowl. His 2nd one came this past year with a rookie QB. Also to mention Brett Favre had Adrian Peterson giving his receivers 1 on 1 coverage where as Cunningham was throwing into double & triple coverage at times
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Boda wrote:
Worm Guts wrote:
It could be argued that Cunningham's success was a product of his receivers while Favre made his receivers. Cris Carter and Randy were two of the greatest receivers of all-time and they proved that will multiple quarterbacks. Sydney Rice has only had 1 Pro-Bowl season and that was with Favre.

On the flip side of that Sidney Rice has only had 2 healthy seasons as well. His first one he made the Pro Bowl. His 2nd one came this past year with a rookie QB. Also to mention Brett Favre had Adrian Peterson giving his receivers 1 on 1 coverage where as Cunningham was throwing into double & triple coverage at times


Who was getting double and triple covered for Cunningham? He had Carter, Moss and Reed with Smith and Hoard in the backfield. T
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Cunningham throwing into triple coverage a few times to Randy Moss, and Randy still came up with the ball.
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Worm Guts wrote:
Boda wrote:
Worm Guts wrote:
It could be argued that Cunningham's success was a product of his receivers while Favre made his receivers. Cris Carter and Randy were two of the greatest receivers of all-time and they proved that will multiple quarterbacks. Sydney Rice has only had 1 Pro-Bowl season and that was with Favre.

On the flip side of that Sidney Rice has only had 2 healthy seasons as well. His first one he made the Pro Bowl. His 2nd one came this past year with a rookie QB. Also to mention Brett Favre had Adrian Peterson giving his receivers 1 on 1 coverage where as Cunningham was throwing into double & triple coverage at times


Who was getting double and triple covered for Cunningham? He had Carter, Moss and Reed with Smith and Hoard in the backfield. T

Moss or Carter depending upon situtions, most times it was Moss though.
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rpmwr19 wrote:
I remember Cunningham throwing into triple coverage a few times to Randy Moss, and Randy still came up with the ball.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, it's gotta be Favre. He brought us closer to the big show then anyone has since 98. Winfield is a close second, as he reshaped our secondary for years.
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