Vikings Acquire Receiver Greg Camarillo From Dolphins
But they're trying.
The Miami Dolphins sent Greg Camarillo to the Vikings in exchange for cornerback Benny Sapp. Minnesota got a fourth-year pro and popular wideout who caught 113 passes for 1,325 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons with the Dolphins.
Camarillo, 28, was best remembered in South Florida for the 64-yard touchdown reception from Cleo Lemon in a Week 15 overtime road victory over the Baltimore Ravens that was Miami's lone win of the '07 season. The play was just the fourth catch of Camarillo's career. He went four years during his college career at Stanford without scoring a TD.
"Mixed emotions," Camarillo told The Miami Herald via text message. "Great opportunity, but this is home. These teammates are my brothers."
Now Brett Favre is his brother.
So is Javon Walker, another veteran receiver -- albeit, reclamation project -- the Vikings picked up this week in hopes of filling the void made by Rice, who underwent hip surgery Tuesday. Rice was Minnesota's best receiver and Favre's top target during the quarterback's remarkable renaissance during the '09 season, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.
Walker, meanwhile, hasn't caught a pass since Week 10 of the '08 season, during which he grabbed a total of just 15 passes after signing a $55 million contract (with $16 million guaranteed) with the Oakland Raiders in what easily was one of the worst acquisitions in the history of free agency.
After going on injured reserve late in the 2008 season with a knee injury, Camarillo started all 16 games for the Dolphins in '09 and caught 50 passes for 552 yards and no TDs.
Sapp, set to enter his seventh season, started seven games for Vikings last season, along with both playoff games, and finished with 44 tackles and two forced fumbles.