It’s generally a little late in the year for NFL teams to be signing players that could potentially make an impact, and the likelihood of said impact getting made on a 5-7 football team with its playoff hopes on life support is minimal, but the Minnesota Vikings have brought in someone they think can help them.â†µ
Running back Lorenzo Booker, who has played for the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles and was last seen toting the rock for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials, has signed a deal with the Vikings to add depth at the running back spot for the rest of the 2010 season.â†µ
Both of Minnesota’s top two running backs are nursing injuries. . .Adrian Peterson with an ankle injury that left his status for last week’s 38-14 blowout of Buffalo in doubt, and Toby Gerhart tweaking a hamstring during that victory. . .and Booker will help out with that, as well as provide a change of pace option on third downs.â†µ
Booker might not have had the opportunity if the UFL hadn’t changed its own rules. A few weeks ago, teams that wanted to sign a UFL player to their roster had to pay a $150,000 transfer fee. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the NFL, the fee was dropped to $25,000.â†µ
Hey, it’s a hell of a lot less than what we paid for Randy Moss. . .and I certainly can’t see Booker being any less productive.