This offseason will be critical for General Manager Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings front office. Fresh off an atrocious 3-13 season, the Vikings have quite a few holes to fill.
Spielman is going to give his best effort to build a championship-caliber team through the draft, but he'll also likely spend some money this offseason in free agency. As it stands right now, I'd say that offensive line, wide receiver and cornerback are the most important positions to fill, respectively.
The good news is that the Vikings will most likely have a good amount of cap space after they release or restructure some players' contracts. (For the record, I think Cedric Griffin, Anthony Herrera and Remi Ayodele will all be released this offseason. I also think Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen will restructure their contracts.)
Wide receiver seems to be a pretty deep position in this free agent class, so I fully expect Minnesota to sign someone to play opposite Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. I also fully expect the Vikings to draft a tackle with their first-round pick—either Matt Kalil or Riley Reiff. (In fact, I hope St. Louis takes Kalil and Minnesota trades its first-round pick to Cleveland for both of their first-rounders. Cleveland takes RGIII at No. 3 and the Vikings select Reiff at No. 4 overall, leaving them with an additional first-rounder.)
That being said, here are three key free agents the Minnesota Vikings should sign this offseason.