McQuarters spent last five seasons with Bears

Updated: June 3, 2005, 3:30 PM ET
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Defensive back R.W. McQuarters paid a visit to the Minnesota Vikings on Friday, looking for the next stop on his NFL career.

R.W. McQuarters
Chicago Bears
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
67 56 11 0 0 2

McQuarters was cut by the Chicago Bears in a cost-saving move, and has since visited Miami, Detroit, Washington, the New York Giants and Minnesota.

He spent five seasons in Chicago after being traded from San Francisco in 2000, signing a $21 million contract extension in January 2002 that ran through 2006.

In five seasons in Chicago, McQuarters had 295 tackles and nine interceptions.

McQuarters declined interview requests at the Vikings' developmental camp practice on Friday.

Vikings coach Mike Tice said he likes the veteran presence and versatility McQuarters brings to the table. Though he primarily has played cornerback in the NFL, McQuarters spent part of last season as a safety and can return punts.

"Knowing that he is a return guy ... certainly would give us some depth there at worst," Tice said. "Last year he played some safety. The versatility is a good thing, but knowing that he's a veteran guy and another guy that knows the division, I think he'd be a good addition, regardless of what else we have back there."

Vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski said it was too early to say whether the team would sign McQuarters. If the Vikings do sign him, it would be the latest move to upgrade a porous defense.

Already this offseason, the Vikings have signed defensive tackle Pat Williams, cornerback Fred Smoot, safety Darren Sharper and linebacker Sam Cowart and traded for linebacker Napoleon Harris.

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