NFL Rumors: Could Minnesota Vikings Look to Free Agency to Rebuild Secondary?

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IFebruary 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers runs out on to the field for the start of the NFC Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mike Kurtz of Football Outsiders probably isn't the first person to write that the Minnesota Vikings "might have the worst secondary in the league," and he probably won't be the last, either. Anyone who watched the Vikings in 2011 could tell you how big of a need it really is in Minnesota. 

While the NFL draft is one way to fix such an obvious hole, Kurtz thinks the Vikings should rather look to free agency to rebuild what undoubtedly has become one of Minnesota's biggest holes this offseason.

According to Kurtz, the Vikings could look at the Titans' free agent combination of Corteland Finnegan and Michael Griffin to address the need, or even 49ers' free agent cornerback Carlos Rogers.  

Kurtz had this to say on the Vikings' free agent options:

Fortunately, there might be a few opportunities to bolster this unit in free agency, as the Tennessee Titans might not be able to hold on to both Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin, and either would be a huge upgrade for the Vikings. Carlos Rogers is also an intriguing possibility as an unrestricted free agent, but his price tag might be out of reach.

Finnegan, an All-Pro selection in 2008, will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13 if the Titans don't find a way to re-sign him. At this point, it looks unlikely that the Titans will be able to ink a deal with Finnegan before free agency begins.  

The Vikings won't be the only team in on Finnegan if he reaches free agency, as the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions and several other franchises will likely push his value up. Whether or not the Vikings would be an interested in a bidding way for Finnegan is yet to be seen. 

Griffin is another interesting option, but he wasn't as impressive in a contract year as you'd expect. That could bring his free agent value down this spring. 

The most intriguing option might be Rogers, who signed a one-year deal with the 49ers last offseason and then outperformed the contract. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors as San Francisco advanced to the NFC Championship game this past season. 

However, at 30 years old, Rogers doesn't have many productive years left and could be seeking a rich, multi-year contract. That profile wouldn't necessarily fit what the Vikings are looking for in cornerback help.

But even if the Vikings do not go after these three listed here, free agency does seem like the best place for Minnesota to look.

As Kurtz points out, defensive backs are plentiful in the NFL draft. Taking a player such as LSU's Morris Claiborne at No. 3 doesn't have the same value as taking an offensive tackle.

Other free agent cornerbacks include Brandon Carr (Chiefs), Brent Grimes (Falcons), Richard Marshall (Cardinals) and Rasean Mathis (Jaguars).