Daily Mailbag: Torry Holt

March, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Will of Chicago, Pat of Green Bay and others have asked if and when an NFC North team would express interest in free agent receiver Torry Holt, who was released by St. Louis three weeks ago.

 
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  Torry Holt doesn't appear to be a target of NFC North teams.

So far, the answer is a flat no. Holt visited Jacksonville earlier this month and is scheduled to visit Tennessee on Thursday, according to this report in The Tennessean. If Holt is on the radar of receiver-needy Minnesota or Chicago, I'm not aware of it.

Minnesota seemed interested in receivers during its pursuit of T.J. Houshmandzadeh earlier this spring, but Houshmandzadeh might have represented a highly focused target. Under vice president Rick Spielman, the Vikings have rarely pursued veterans older than 30 years old. (Houshmandzadeh will be 32 in September, while Holt turns 33 in June.)

Asked why he stepped out of his normal parameters to pursue Houshmandzadeh, Spielman said: "We just felt he was still a very good football player."

Holt, meanwhile, saw his streak of eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons end in 2008 amid the Rams' offensive collapse. He still has some productive years left in him, but his days as a deep threat might be behind him. Houshmandzadeh was never a deep threat and thus projected better as a possession receiver as he advanced in years.

I feel less confident in saying the Bears won't make a late run at Holt at some point, not after their out-of-nowhere decision to host free-agent offensive lineman Orlando Pace and cornerback Ken Lucas on Monday. Like Pace, Holt played in St. Louis during Bears coach Lovie Smith's stint as the Rams' defensive coordinator. So the connection exists.

There will be a point soon where teams shut down their free-agent activity pending the results of their draft. We're not quite there yet. But to date, there have been no direct indications that an NFC North team is waiting to pounce on Torry Holt.

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