Monday, March 24, 2014
Source: Ducasse signs with Vikings
By Rich Cimini
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse, one of the biggest draft mistakes of the Mike Tannenbaum administration, is officially a goner.
Ducasse, an unrestricted free agent, signed a one-year contract Monday with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a league source. The Cincinnati Bengals showed interest, as did the New York Jets, but Ducasse wanted a fresh start.
Ducasse was the Jets' second-round draft pick in 2010. He was an unpolished player with a small-school background, but the Jets envisioned the former UMass standout as a versatile talent who could start at tackle or guard. He played 50 games in four seasons, but started only five. He started the first four games at left guard last season before losing his job to rookie Brian Winters.
The Jets tried Ducasse at both guard spots and right tackle over the years, but he couldn't crack the lineup until last year's short-lived stint. He played in 2012, rotating with starting left guard Matt Slauson -- a controversial arrangement. Then-line coach Dave DeGuglielmo made it clear his preference was Slauson, suggesting the front office was forcing the coaching staff to play Ducasse.
Tannenbaum, the former general manager, was fiercely loyal to Ducasse. At one point late in the 2012 season, Tannenbaum said, "I think Vlad is going to have a great career."
This much we know: It won't be with the Jets.