AFC North: Naufahu Tahi
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
Earlier this morning, we notified AFC North readers that Friday afternoon was the deadline for the Minnesota Vikings to match the Cincinnati Bengals' one-year offer sheet for starting fullback Naufahu Tahi. It appears the Vikings have made their decision.
According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings will match Cincinnati's $1.4 million offer. For the 2009 season, Tahi is now one of the highest-paid fullbacks in the NFL.
The Bengals will have to continue their search elsewhere, either through free agency or the NFL draft. The team has struggled to find consistency at the position for the past couple of seasons.
Posted by ESPN.com staff
- Free agent Matt Stover, the kicker who has been with the Ravens since their inception, said he's no longer in the team's plans.
- Team officials are reportedly not interested in adding free-agent receiver Terrell Owens.
- The Bengals planned all along to target receiver Laveranues Coles if they were unable to re-sign receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Carson Palmer lobbied Coles to sign with the team.
- Unrestricted free-agent offensive lineman George Foster and restricted free-agent fullback Naufahu Tahi visited with the Bengals on Thursday.
- The Browns re-signed safety Mike Adams to a three-year, $4.1 million deal on Thursday.
- Browns free-agent safety Sean Jones, a second-round pick in 2004, will visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.