The slow start of the Minnesota Vikings, and of Michael Bennett, has rekindled the offseason rumors that the tailback-needy Arizona Cardinals might be interested in acquiring the fifth-year veteran before the Oct. 18 trade deadline.
Indeed, officials from the two clubs spoke this week, in very, very preliminary terms, about a potential Bennett deal. And it certainly makes sense for a number of reasons: The former first-round pick (2001) hasn't played very well and didn't exactly endear himself to coach Mike Tice with two fumbles last week. There are some Minnesota staffers who would prefer to go with younger tailbacks such as Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason and even Joe Echemandu. And Cardinals coach Dennis Green is the guy who originally drafted the speedy Bennett.