Roundup: Vikings have reported interest in L.T.

The Vikings have a genuine interest in former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson according to a report in the Star Tribune. The Vikings are looking for a reliable backup to RB Adrian Peterson after losing former understudy Chester Taylor to Chicago at the beginning of free agency.

Tomlinson has clearly seen better days, but he did score 12 touchdowns in 2009 and could be a valuable backup.

The Chargers also have a need for a backup running back. But the San Diego Union-Tribune, citing sources, reports that the Chargers are not interested in any of the current free-agent running backs,  including Thomas Jones. The Chargers could be looking for a backup running back in the draft with Ryan Mathews and Jahvid Best being the top choices, according to NFL.com’s experts.

Here are some other news and notes around the Web on Tuesday.

  • Free-agent WR Antonio Bryant is scheduled to visit with Redskins according to the Tampa Tribune. Bryant would have the chance to be the No. 1 receiver in Washington. Bryant has been linked to the Bengals, too, but could be facing competition from free agent Terrell Owens, who is expected to visit Cincinnati this week.
  • The Charlotte Observer, citing sources, is reporting that the Panthers would like to find a veteran backup for new starter Matt Moore. And the Panthers will have to get creative to find a quarterback, too, without a first-round pick to dangle. There are a number of unrestricted free-agent quarterbacks available such as Rex Grossman, Daunte Culpepper and Charlie Batch. Or guys like Shaun Hill of the 49ers, although San Francisco has not announced its plans. But the team already has Josh McCown on its roster.
  • Chad Pennington will be the No. 3 quarterback, according to the Miami Herald. Pennington probably had other opportunities but after a talk with Kurt Warner, he followed his heart and stayed in Miami. He will backup starter Chad Henne and No. 2 QB Tyler Thigpen.
  • The Raiders could be interested in bringing back DE Greg Ellis if his health improves and if he is unsigned, according to a report in the Oakland Tribune. Ellis was productive for the Raiders in 2009, registering seven sacks in 14 games.
  • The Saints are looking for depth at defensive tackle and former Panthers run-stuffer Maake Kemoeatu could be a fallback option according to the Times-Picayune. The Saints are also bringing in former Chargers DT Jamal Williams.
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