In the hours after the 2009 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings wasted no time signing a few college football products from the Northwest.
Three of the 14 free agents they signed Monday were from the region, including Montana safety Colt Anderson and Boise State running back Ian Johnson and receiver Vinny Perretta.
And if things go right in the team’s mini-camp starting Friday, it could be fourt rookies. University of Washington offensive lineman Juan Garcia has been invited to the facility, and will work out with the team.
“It’s a general tryout,” said Garcia from his home in Yakima. “I’ll be going center and guard (drill) stuff.”
If things go well, Garcia – who has been recently working out in Las Vegas – could be signed as a free-agent rookie. If not, he said the Oakland Raiders have been in contact, and he could fly there for their mini-camp next week. The New York Jets had also been in contact.
“(Minnesota) felt like the best option right now,” Garcia said.