Minnesota Vikings Rumors: Are They Looking to Add Safety Help?
The Minnesota Vikings need plenty of help in their secondary after allowing a league-high 37 passing touchdowns and 287.2 passing yards per game (31st in the league) in 2013, but cornerback Captain Munnerlyn has been the only notable addition made to this point in the offseason. They still need some help at safety, and Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that free agent Kurt Coleman is visiting the Vikings.
Coleman has spent the first four seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, but after starting 27 games and intercepting six passes during the 2011 and 2012 seasons he played primarily special teams last season (74 defensive snaps). Head coach Chip Kelly and the new regime in Philadelphia seemed to have little use for him, which has been confirmed by no apparent interest in bringing him back.
Coleman had visits with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts last week, and even though both teams have a need at safety no reported contract offer was made to him. So the Vikings don’t seem to have much competition for Coleman’s services at this point if they have serious interest, and signing him will not require significant guaranteed money.
Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford are entrenched as the Vikings’ starting safeties, but the depth behind them ranges from suspect (Mistral Raymond) to unproven (Robert Blanton) to merely average talent-wise (Andrew Sendejo) and was exposed when Smith missed eight games with a toe injury last season. Coleman’s starting experience makes him an automatic upgrade to Minnesota’s safety depth, and if he’s signed he would be a viable backup at both spots while also contributing on special teams.