McQuarters spent last five seasons with Bears

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.

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

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.