As Karl Paymah gets set to make his long-planned visit Friday, the Vikings continue to explore their options in the second-phase of free agency. According to a league source, one player they are looking at is fullback Leonard Weaver. Weaver, who has spent his first four seasons with Seattle after signing as an undrafted free agent, has rushed for 356 yards on 80 carries and one touchdown and has 60 receptions for 547 yards with two touchdowns.
Weaver’s agent, Harold Lewis, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Eagles are among “many teams” interested in his client. The Vikings interest makes sense given the fact Naufahu Tahi is a restricted free agent and recently visited with the Cincinnati Bengals. Tahi hasn’t received an offer but the Vikings put the low tender on him. That means while the Vikings would have the right to match any offer by Cincinnati, because Tahi wasn’t drafted out of college Minnesota would not get anything if it fails to match.
The Vikings lost veteran fullback Tony Richardson as a free agent after the 2007 season but quickly signed Thomas Tapeh as a free agent in March 2008 to take his place. Tapeh’s tenure in Minnesota, however, was brief as he was quickly released.
Judging by Lewis’ quotes in the Inquirer, Weaver isn’t looking to sign for a bargain price. “He’s definitely not the average bear,” Lewis said. “He’s an excellent receiver, runner and blocker. The fullback pay scale doesn’t reflect his talents. We’re just trying to find the right situation and the right contract. We can always go back to Seattle, because they’d like to have him back.”
Weaver would be a good fit with the Vikings, or in Philly for that matter, because the Seahawks play a West Coast system similar to Minnesota’s.