NFL Free Agency: Brandon Carr A Top Cornerback, But Not For Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings seemed like they might look to sign a big name cornerback when NFL free agency began on Tuesday afternoon, but it apparently won't be Brandon Carr.

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Vikings Free Agency Rumors 2012: Brandon Carr Not An Option For Minnesota

Once thought as a viable free-agent option to fulfill the Minnesota Vikings needs at corner back, Brandon Carr will not be a target of the Vikings come the 3 p.m. CT start of the NFL free-agent period, sources tell TwinCities.com.

Despite the need for a top cornerback, the Minnesota Vikings are not expected to enter the free agency bidding for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

In late February, The Pioneer Press floated Carr's name as an free-agent option for Minnesota, which desperately needs help in the secondary.

As already mentioned, Finnegan will be an option for the Vikings as he was not given the franchise tag by the Titans. Minnesota may also be trying to save its money to spend on a high-priced wide receiver.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Looking For Cornerbacks

Yesterday, we took a look at some wide receivers that the Minnesota Vikings could be looking at in free agency starting on Tuesday. One of the other areas of the roster that could use some shoring up is the defensive backfield. The Vikings could use some help at both cornerback and safety. We'll take a look at the safeties later on, but for now we'll focus on the cornerback position.

Here are five names to keep an eye on when the free agency period kicks off.

1) Brandon Carr, Kansas City Chiefs - In my opinion, Carr is the big prize in this year's free agency class at cornerback. He's a #1-caliber corner, and will get paid like it this season. He's got good size for a cornerback at 6' and 205 pounds, and would fit well in whatever type of scheme the Vikings will be playing this year under new defensive coordinator Alan Williams.

2) Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans - He's one of the NFL's most hated players. . .partially because he's a pain in the tail, but he's also a very good cornerback. A feisty competitor that's become known for having a bit of a temper, he could be just the injection of attitude that the fairly passive Vikings' defense needs.

3) Richard Marshall, Arizona Cardinals - The Cardinals aren't generally where you think of when talking about defensive back talent, but Marshall is a pretty solid player. He played well at corner this year for Arizona, and something that might make him even more attractive is his ability to play the safety position, which he did for the Cardinals when Kerry Rhodes went down.

4) Tracy Porter, New Orleans Saints - Porter is a name that causes Viking fans to cringe. . .he's the guy that intercepted Brett Favre's last pass of the 2009 season. . .but he would make a solid addition to the Vikings' defensive backfield. He might not be as high-profile as some of the other corners, despite his post-season heroics, but that just means he could possibly be had for a better price.

5) Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers - Rogers would normally be a lot higher on this list, but his age (31) is a strike against him. Because of that, a team in rebuilding mode like Minnesota might not be quite as interested as they might normally be, but he would still be a nice get for the Vikings.

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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Is Brandon Carr An Option For Minnesota?

The Minnesota Vikings are not too far away from being a contending team, with strong players in place at multiple positions. One place they'll certainly need to get better at in 2012 is the cornerback position, not surprising given the issues they've had with Chris Cook. It's definitely one of their biggest needs, alongside wide receiver and offensive tackle. They've got a high pick in the draft, so it will all be about who they can land in free agency before said draft.

With some very strong tackles at the top of the draft, it's likely Minnesota will need to take care of corner or wide receiver in free agency. The Pioneer Press floated an interesting name recently: Brandon Carr.

If the Vikings take one big swing in free agency - which I could see - then Carr would make sense. Yes, the cost is a concern, but signing Carr would allow the Vikings to focus on left tackle and receiver in the first two rounds of April's draft. Free agency and the draft are both deep at corner or wide receiver, so expect at least some activity on both fronts for the Vikings.

It's a move that does make sense, given the recent signing of Stanford Routt by the Chiefs. Carr is a big-name corner and the Vikings need to pay to get him. Their secondary was stretched thin this past season, with many players that fans had never even heard of on the field. Carr would be expensive, but he'd also fit right in and help out every other position on the defense.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation's NFL hub.

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