Why Re-Signing Heath Farwell Is a Must for the Vikings

Henry WeinerContributor IFebruary 28, 2009

The Vikings need to re-sign Heath Farwell.

Heath Farwell, who?!

Oh, you mean the guy that led Minnesota in special teams tackles in 2006 and 2007?

The unit captain whose absence was missed badly last year as the Vikings’ special teams had their worst season of my lifetime?

Yes.  That guy.

If the Vikings let him go in free agency, they will be making a huge mistake. 

Before he was sidelined this year with an ACL injury, he had led the Vikings in special teams tackles the two previous seasons and was named the special teams MVP both of those years. 

He also holds multiple Vikings team records, including onside kicks recovered and special teams tackles in a game.

As an undrafted rookie success story, he is an inherently hard worker and it rubs off on his teammates.  With a special teams coverage unit that struggled mightily last season, we need to keep known commodities like Farwell around.

Special teams can swing momentum and many times decide the outcome of games outright (i.e. the Soldier Field debacle last year).  In order to make the jump to the next level, the Vikings need to stabilize their kick and punt coverage teams.

Brad Childress, are you listening?!