MINNEAPOLIS -- We talked earlier this week about the Minnesota Vikings' need for depth at defensive end, and mentioned George Selvie and Adrian Clayborn as two players who might make sense for them. On the first day of the NFL's negotiating window, the Vikings have expressed interest in both players.
According to league sources, the Vikings contacted the agents for both Selvie and Clayborn, two defensive ends who might be able to join the team's rotation and help spell Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. Both players logged more than 900 snaps last season, as third-round pick Scott Crichton struggled to get up to speed in the Vikings' system and Corey Wootton offered little as a pass-rusher. Selvie and Clayborn would both provide some help there, and Selvie played particularly well against the run last season (which was one area where Robison struggled).
Both could have chances to start elsewhere, though; a league source said the Seahawks, Cowboys, Titans, Steelers and Falcons were among those who had called about Clayborn, who missed most of the season with a biceps injury, and Selvie started 13 games for the Cowboys last year. But the Vikings apparently are in the market for another defensive end, and adding another player at the position seems like a sound investment.
According to a league source, the Vikings also expressed interest in bringing back quarterback Shaun Hill, who got his first NFL action with the team in 2005 and started two games in 2006 for San Francisco, when current Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner ran the 49ers' offense. The Vikings are in the market for a veteran backup, and Hill is among several free agents who have experience with Turner.