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Brandon Ghee a possibility in Minnesota?

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Brandon Ghee, selected in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, is entering free agency and may follow his former defensive coordinator to Minnesota.


Let's face facts.

Brandon Ghee, while talented with decent projections as an NFL cornerback, probably won't be in a Bengals uniform much longer. Despite Leon Hall, Adam Jones, Terence Newman and Dre Kirkpatrick already on the roster, it's believed that the Bengals will target cornerback in the 2014 NFL draft.

Where does that leave Ghee, who has spent a majority of his career either injured or on the team's practice squad. Entering free agency as an unrestricted free agent, Ghee could be an ideal candidate to land in Minnesota, where his former defensive coordinator is now a head coach. Plus, Ghee is only 26 years old.

Plus Mike Zimmer, the Vikings newest head coach, isn't opposed to bringing players to Minnesota that played for him in Cincinnati.

"I think the familiarity of guys with me, I think that's always important, but I don't know that I need to do that," Zimmer said when asked about bringing former players to the Vikings. "Hopefully, we have some people in Minnesota that will be 'Zim' guys."

ESPN writer Ben Goessling projects Michael Johnson and Ghee as strong candidates to follow Zimmer to Minnesota.

Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson seems like an obvious candidate to get a strong look from the Vikings in free agency this spring, though Johnson will have plenty of offers and could command a sizable offer if he gets to the open market. Cornerback Brandon Ghee could be another name to watch for the Vikings. ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey thinks there's a chance Cincinnati won't bring Ghee back. Though he hasn't taken off like the Bengals had hoped, Ghee is only 26 years old.

While I wouldn't be surprised if Cincinnati retains Ghee on a one-year deal to prove himself (again), it wouldn't be shocking if Cincinnati decides to move into a different direction while Ghee follows his former defensive coordinator.