A tackle of interest

January 30th, 2009 – 9:47 AM by Judd Zulgad

Given the Vikings issues at right tackle this season, it should come as no surprise that the team is believed to have more than a passing interest in Miami Dolphins free agent tackle Vernon Carey.

The Vikings, of course, wouldn’t be the only team that could try to make a run at Carey. But the Dolphins don’t want Carey to get away and, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, are “definitely interested” in re-signing him.

The Dolphins have an advantage at this point because under NFL tampering rules free agents can’t talk to other clubs until that period opens on Feb. 27. That means Miami could lock up Carey before he ever hits the market. Carey, though, might want to become a free agent so he can see what type of value he has.

Ryan Cook started 15 games for the Vikings at right tackle this season, including playoffs, but was benched in November. Artis Hicks replaced him but an injury enabled Cook to get his job back. Nonetheless, there is little doubt the Vikings will be looking to upgrade the position in 2009.

Carey was a teammate of Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie at the University of Miami.


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