Questions Answered: Ebron’s FA Announcement, Reed over Bradbury, Suh Talks Stalled

Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron. © Matt Kryger/IndyStar.

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Q: Eric Ebron tweeted that he’s still very much available. Should the Vikings sign him?

Nov 8, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

A: For now, the Vikings seem confident that Johnny Mundt or Zach Davison will blossom like Tyler Conklin in 2021.

But if they want to be sure TE2 isn’t neglected, signing Ebron is the intelligent solution. Ebron never really lived up to his 1st-Round draft billing, but he is dependable, especially in the redzone.

If something more grave happens to Irv Smith, relying on Ebron is wiser than rolling the dice with Mundt and Davidson.

Q: Do you believe Chris Reed ultimately starts at center instead of Garrett Bradbury?

Indianapolis Colts guard Chris Reed. © Jenna Watson/IndyStar / USA TODAY NETWORK.

A: To start the season, it’s probably more of Bradbury, merely because the coaching staff believes he’s repairable. He certainly hasn’t looked the part so far in training camp, but Bradbury always has the 1st-Round draft pick card in his pocket — for better or worse.

Reed does have experience at center and will be the go-to guy if Bradbury struggles. And Reed may have been the center contingency plan for Bradbury all along.

Otherwise, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah would’ve drafted a rookie center or signed JC Tretter.

Q: Why have Ndamukong Suh’s talks with the Vikings stalled?

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

A: Money.

Because it’s late in the summer, free agents can usually be acquired for a discount. Suh is not a man interested in discounts.

The Vikings don’t necessarily need Suh as Armon Watts is on a positive career wavelength. Yet, Suh has the “big name” and is a proven veteran. If he signs in Minnesota — great. If he does not, don’t panic. Watts will be fine as a starter in Ed Donatell’s defense.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).