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Bucs Rumored To Be Talking Trade With Vikings

Posted Oct 2, 2007 by Roy Cummings

Updated Oct 2, 2007 at 02:07 PM

TAMPA – We’ll say this about Bucs GM Bruce Allen: he’s out there trying. That’s word anyway.

Talk in Minnesota this morning is that Allen has been trying to swing a deal with the Vikings that would bring tackle Bryant McKinnie and running back Chester Taylor to Tampa Bay.

Only time will tell if such a deal goes down, but that would be one heck of deal. McKinnie is the Vikings starting left tackle and Taylor is coming off a career-best 1,200-yard rushing season.

Taylor missed a couple of games because of a hip injury he suffered in the season opener but he started the game last week against Green Bay and had eight carries for 40 yards.

The Vikings could probably afford to let Taylor go, what with Adrian Peterson getting most of the work at tailback. Still, this deal seems a little far-fetched.

McKinnie and Taylor are not old players nearing the end of their careers. They’re still relatively young and both should just now be entering the prime of their careers.

Not only that, but the Vikings are not out of the running in an NFC North race that is currently as upside down as NFC South race is. Though they’re 1-3, they still have a chance to fight their way to the top.

Everything depends, though, on what the Bucs are willing to part with. A deal at this time of year would almost certainly include an exchange of players, but the Bucs may also be willing to part with a draft pick.

We’re not suggesting that pick would be a first- or second-rounder, but the Bucs no doubt feel they have a chance at making a legitimate playoff run this year, so they may be willing to pay a lot.

Something else the Bucs have to factor into the equation is the future of RB Cadillac Williams. Torn patellar tendons are difficult to come back from. Some prove impossible to come back from.

  If Williams injury is the latter sort, the Bucs will have to start anew their search for a feature back. Taylor may not be the best answer but a team could do a lot worse.

A good pass catcher and runner, he’s a good fit in a West Coast type of scheme. And like we said before, he’s still young. Some scouts believe he’s got starter potential and only needs a chance to play regularly.

As for McKinnie, he’s a solid starter. Many believe he could become an elite-level player with better coaching and more focus on the game. He could even prove to be an upgrade over Luke Petitgout.

Weighing all of that, the feeling here is that this deal never goes down. It may be just a bad rumor anyway, but you can bet Allen is out there slugging away, trying to do something to offset the loss of Williams and Petitgout.

Reader Comments

Por (david birch) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

if something seems to good to be true…it usually is…buyer be ware…considering the lack of depth at the rb and ol positions why would minnesota be so eager to eject two players who are proven commodities??  haven’t we seen the price one pays when giving away draft picks like business cards??  keeping a steady stream of young players is the preferred way to keep the organization healthy…

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Por (Brian Leonard) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

way to take a story from Pewter Report last night and claim it as your own! Great Research there guys!!!

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Por (Jason Schultz) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Tell Ronde to get on the horn and bring Tiki to Tampa!!

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Por (Michael Singleton) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

How about giving their 1st and 2nd round picks for next year along with a 2nd round pick next year for Adrian Peterson.

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Por (Brock Rogers) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

As a life-long Vikings fan, I would LOVE to make a deal for these two.  If you guys think you can make a serious run this year, being in the weak NFC, these two won’t be bad pick-ups. Chester is solid, but he is taking carries from A.P. and any carry he takes is one too many. McKinnie is a mountain of a man, but has yet to prove at all that he is the player who didn’t allow a sack in high school or college.  As for my Vikings, you will have to give us a wideout. Not sure which one I would want yet, but a quality Wide Out and your first rounder for Taylor and McKinnie.  I LOVE THAT DEAL!  A.P. = A.D. = Goodbye Chester

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Por (Justin Lawrence) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

You do have a good point David, but Minnesota is close to retarded when it comes to handling players. So maybe in this case it might be a good idea to bring these guys in.

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Por (Derek Robertson) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Don’t get too excited.  McKinnie is the most overated tackle in football.  He has a monster guaranteed contract that would eat up too much of your salary cap, and Chester Taylor is hurt quite a bit.  I am happy to give these guys up to get a draft pick and/or some help at quarterback.

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Por (Billy) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Hope they deal Chris Simms, we do not need him. We have about 25 QB,s in Tampa now.

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Por (chris devine) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Ronde calling Tiki…come in Tiki, over…come to the BUCS bro!!!!

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Por (Vikings Rule) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

As a life long Viking fan, I would love to make this trade too, depending on what we can get back.  Chester Taylor is a solid RB, but he’s taking carries away from AP, and it’s clear Peterson will be the RB of the future in Minnesota.  McKinnie has been an underachiever his entire career and has a ridiculously huge salary.  Take McKinnie…PLEASE!!  I’m just not sure what Tampa has to offer in return.  We need WR’s and QB’s, and I don’t really like anything you’ve got.  We need more than just draft picks.

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Por ((Slow Joe) Joe Simmons) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I’m surprised no one has mentioned the one position we have a surplus of that Minnesota is hurting: Quarterback.  The Vikings’ QB situation is terrible.  Trade any one of the QBs other than Garcia, throw in Anthony Davis to make up for their loss of McKinney, and a draft pick.  Win-win for both teams.

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Por (david birch) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

further update from indy:  starting strong-side lb rob morris is having season ending knee surgery…te ben utecht suffered a concussion against denver and, according to gm polian is “doubtful for the bucs game”...wr harrison will probably play but is less than 100% (team doctors insisted on holding him out of the second half against denver)...indy is beat up and this week may be the most vunerable they have been in a long time…

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Por (CHARLES ORIAL) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I don’t think this deal is out of reach. We’ve got a ton of money under the cap and we have to start thinking about the future of the running back position. Cadillac has a long tough rehab in front of him, history of that injury will tell you that. If Bruce Allen makes this deal happen, WOW!! A great left tackle and sold running back. Lets do it, GO BUC’S

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Por (Alex Nesemann) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I think the vikings are looking for a QB.  Put Jeff Garcia in there and it’s a done deal.  Two young up coming players for a guy with three or four years in him.

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Por (RYAN ORWIG) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)


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Por (Joe Jacoby) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Derek Robertson is a moron. Don’t listen to his mad ramblings.

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Por (david birch) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

is there any buzz about bringing in obafemi ayanbadejo for a look (he was cut today by chicago)...9 yr. vet that can play special teams and seem to be okay as a receiver out of the backfield…just a thought…

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Por (Nick Smith) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Trade Michael Clayton for Leon Washington!

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Por (Derek Robertson) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Joe, when you move out of your mom’s basement, you can start calling me names.  For now, enjoy your meatloaf and shut up.

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Por (Shawn Golan) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I’m in agreement for bringing in a Tackle, but we don’t need to part with picks for a running back.  The truth is that Pitt and Graham are serviceable backs that can share the load for us.  But, the o-line cannot afford to lose its best player and have him replaced by Donald Penn.  Lets be real, the RB situation isn’t that bad, but the o-line cannot be neglected.

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Por (Warren Villaren) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

The Bucs don’t need this trade. Penn has played well when he’s had to step in. The more he plays the better he’ll get and could possibly be a positive surprise. Bucs should stay in their own house for RBs. Graham and Pittman have stepped up well and Darby should be moved up from the practice squad and be prepped as a backup. Seriously consider using the big FB Askew a lot more for heavy straight ahead pounding. He’s a good blocker and receiver who can give Garcia added protection and a checkdown receiver out of the backfield.

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Por (John A. Valenti) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Simms and Michael Clayton (we’ll miss ya guys) for Chester Taylor and a 4th Round pick. Screw McKinnie, as someone said, too big of a guaranteed salary.

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Por (Patrick Dotson) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

i say just bring up darby and run with pitt,graham, and darby….i think with these three backs we would do just fine…now the oline is a big deal…yes we have penn and davis…but the experience and leadership luke brung on the field will be missed most…like i said b4…this game with the colts is the “biggest test this team will get this season”...we win this game and dont get any futher injuries…this is going to be a very interesting year… like it isnt already but this team has honestly surpised me this season so far and i see a team that has really came together…LETS KEEP POUNDING THAT ROCK BABY….IM OFF TO INDY TO SEE THE GAME…..GO BUCS

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Por (finsrock2) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

We’ll take chris simms, Joey Galloway, and your first pick.

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Por (Bill Cennedy) on October 02, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Could we throw in Brad Childress, also?
He has some #####-a-mamy idea of grooming T. Jackson, Adrian Peterson, and Jerry Rice…...........oops, I mean Sydney Rice, in the mold of the greatest offense of all time.(You can look it up!) Namely, Randall Cunningham, Chris Carter, and Robert Smith. Oh yeah, and some kid who mooned Packer fans.

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