First, let's get this immediately out of the way - despite what the headline indicates, I am not advocating the Vikings try to sign Peyton Manning - although I bet Pacifist Viking would be delighted.
But since the Colts have released the living legend, Manning could still have an impact on the Vikings future even though he will never play a down for them.
Despite ESPN Kevin Seifert's assertion that Manning's release will only affect Matt Flynn, if Manning were to sign with the Cleveland Browns or the Miami Dolphins, that eliminates just about any chance that the Vikings will be able to trade out of the #3 draft slot, move down and acquire extra picks to hasten its massive rebuilding effort.
Now it seems clear to me St. Louis will trade its #2 overall pick to the highest bidder and that team will select quarterback Robert Griffin III.
However, even if that happens, it doesn't mean the Vikings would be SOL in trading out of #3 slot, because another quarterback needy club could fall in love with Texas A & M QB Ryan Tannehill and make a deal with the Vikes. At least there is a possibility of that happening.
But if Manning signs with either of those teams, the odds of the Vikings swinging a trade for its first round pick go from maybe 20-30 per cent to five to 10 per cent. (I guess Seattle could try to swing a deal, but do the Vikings want to go from drafting third to 12th - where the Seahawks currently sit?)
Chris Cook update
If you're interested in Viking cornerback Chris Cook's assault trial, here is a story detailing today's proceedings. Cook might get off with no jail time in this, but he's not going to come out looking very good and I wonder if the Vikings will be willing to stick with a guy who will be considered by some - even if he is found innocent - a vicious abuser of women.
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