The one thing about a 3-13 team, with the third pick in the draft, there's not an abundance of talent, and this is certainly reflected in the free agents from the Vikings roster.
For the 15 unrestricted free agents (UFA's) and the two restricted free agents (RFA's) the odds that any more than four of them re-sign is extremely slim.
Trying to determine the contract value for each of these free agents is more difficult than trying to predict their stats in the upcoming year.
For many it will be an exercise in give-and-take, and they will be doing the giving in order to find any takers. The estimated values are for annual amounts:
Lorenzo Booker, running back (RFA): $600,000
With only 13 attempts for 52 yards, it's hard to imagine that any team would sign Booker to the minimum salary allowed for a player with four years experience. There's a reason he was playing in the UFL before the Vikings signed him in 2010, and that might be his only option in 2012.
Kenny Onatulo, linebacker (RFA): $685,000
Like Booker, it's hard to imagine a team signing the three-year special teams player to anymore than the minimum allowed by the CBA signed last summer. With only one start in three years, the best the former CFL player can hope for is another special teams assignment.
Husain Abdullah, safety (UFA): $2.0 million
The 2008 undrafted free agent had cracked the starting lineup in 2010 and led the Vikings with three interceptions. Concussions forced the Vikings to place Abdullah on injured reserve, limiting him to 11 games in 2011. He was considering retirement, but based on a report from Tom Pelissario of 1500ESPN radio, two specialists have cleared him to play.
Having been a part of the worst passing defense in the NFL, it's unlikely Abdullah would wind up anywhere else.
Xaiver Adibi, linebacker (UFA): $600,000
The fourth year veteran was signed off waivers from the Texans in September and played in only four games for the Vikings in 2011. There's no way Adibi will be able to sign for anymore than the minimum.
Devin Aromashodu, wide receiver (UFA): $685,000
According to a report from 1500ESPN, Aromashodu had the lowest catch rate (33.3 percent) of any NFL receiver that played in at least one-third of their teams plays. While he had a career high with 26 catches, the six-year veteran just hasn't produced to a level that will earn him any more than what the Vikings paid him last season.
Greg Camarillo, wide receiver (UFA): $700,000
In order for Camarillo to stay with the Vikings he will have to take a pay cut in 2012. The six-year receiver had the fewest catches in a season since 2007, his first year in Miami.
Fred Evans, defensive tackle (UFA): Update: Pro Football Talk is reporting via their Twitter that the Vikings have agreed to terms with DT Fred Evans on a two-year deal.
Letroy Guion, defensive tackle (UFA): $685,000
Guion, a fifth-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2008, has played in 40 games with three starts and two sacks over his first four seasons. Playing in all 16 games last season he finished with 14 tackles—10 more than starting defensive tackle Remi Ayodele.
E.J. Henderson, middle linebacker (UFA): $5.1 million
The Vikings second round draft pick from 2003 finished with the second most tackles in his career last season, but is seen as a liability in passing situations. The Pro-Bowl linebacker in 2010 will turn 32 this summer. With the Vikings in a rebuilding mode he will should find a home where his tackling and run stopping ability is valued.
Erin Henderson, linebacker (UFA): $4.1 million
The younger brother of E.J., Henderson, an undrafted free agent of the Vikings in 2008, cracked the starting lineup along side his brother. Last season he finished with 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He should be looking for a significant increase over the $1.2 million he was paid in 2011.
Update: ProFootballTalk is reporting that the Vikings have re-signed LB Erin Henderson to a 1 year, 2 million dollar contract.
Tyrell Johnson, safety (UFA): $685,000
Johnson's role has diminished each year since starting 15 games in 2009. Last season he made only three starts and was limited to 11 games because of a torn hamstring. If he is to make another roster it would most likely be as a special teams player.
Matt Katula, long snapper (UFA): $685,000
The only reason Katula played in 2011 was because of the injury to Cullen Loeffler, and the Vikings were hesitant to use Jared Allen as a long term substitute. After playing six full seasons with the Ravens from 2005 to 2009. He played the final eight games with New England in 2010, and was out of football when Minnesota signed him.
Scott Kooistra, tackle (UFA): $810,000
The Bengals seventh round pick from 2003, signed a free agent contract with the Vikings on July 31st, 2011, and was placed on the injured list less than a month later. The nine-year veteran has played in84 games making his only start in 2005.
Jarrad Page, defensive back (UFA): $700,000
The Vikings signed Page following the Week 12 loss to the Falcons after placing safeties Johnson and Abdullah on injured reserve. The former three starter in Kansas City was waived by the Eagles just two weeks prior to signing with Minnesota.
Sage Rosenfels, quarterback (UFA):$1.2 million
Rosenfels looked like the leading candidate to start for the Vikings during the 2009 preseason, outplaying Tarvaris Jackson through three games. Then the Vikings brought in Brett Favre and he was relegated once to a backup role.
The 10-year veteran has made only 12 starts, playing in 44 games. There will certainly be team out there looking for the competent backup with an 81.2 passer rating.
Benny Sapp, cornerback (UFA): $810,000
Sapp was signed to the team after the Vikings placed cornerback Antoine Winfield on injured reserve following the loss to the Packers in Week 10. Due to injuries to the defensive backfield Sapp started the final three games for the Vikings.
Like Rosenfels, it was Sapp's second stint with the Vikings. The eight-year veteran, who has never started more than seven games in a season, had been waived by the Dolphins following their Week 1 loss to the Patriots.
Visanthe Shiancoe, tight end (UFA): $2.5 million
The nine-year veteran tight end's performance has been slipping since he had his best season in 2009 with Favre throwing his way. By the end of the season rookie Kyle Rudolph had taken over as the primary receiving tight end.
He will most likely need to take a pay cut in order to make a roster next season.