POSTED 7:00 p.m. EDT, September 1, 2006
PINKSTON TO SIGN WITH VIKINGS
A league source tells us that the Minnesota Vikings will soon be agreeing to terms with receiver Todd Pinkston.
We're told that Pinkston will sign a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, possibly later tonight. Though other details are sketchy, it's our understanding that the team will be protected in the event that Pinkston isn't healthy.
The team will owe Pinkston nothing if they decide before the first regular season game that, for whatever reason, it's not going to work out.
Though there are lingering concerns in league circles regarding Pinkston's Achilles tendons, his familiarity with the complex West Coast offense makes him an attractive option to stretch the field across from Troy Williamson, who figures to draw double coverage.
Likewise, a healthy Pinkston's ability to run deep routes could help open things up underneath for other receivers.
The key, as we see it, is whether Pinkston can still run. If he can, then he'll end up on the roster. If he can't, then the Vikings will look elsewhere.
The move will reunite Pinkston with Brad Childress. The current Vikings head coach was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, where Pinkston filled the field-stretching role for several seasons.