One thing is for certain when free agency comes around, it often coincides with draft needs. It would be great to be in a position where you could shop desire over need, but for 99 percent of the teams out there, need trumps desire every time.
The Vikings go into the free-agency period around the middle of the pack when it comes to money under the cap—currently around $10 million. That amount could grow if Minnesota parts ways with veterans who have seen better days, earn too much for the return investment or who just haven’t produced.
I would like to see the Vikings keep several of their free agents, mostly out of loyalty, but I understand the reality of the business and why I couldn’t be a GM.
However, it is my hope that the Vikings keep these three: Steve Hutchinson, Erin Henderson and Antoine Winfield.
Most Vikings fans look at some big names like Vincent Jackson, Cortland Finnegan, Carl Nicks, etc. to be wined and dined in the Twin Cities, but if that happens, I fear it will be out of gamesmanship or simply to find out if the players would settle for less by coming to a franchise lacking solid footing right now.
Now, I don’t want to sound depressing, but sometimes, reality is depressing, and well, real.
Before I start, here are the positions the Vikings will not only look at in free agency, but in the draft. For most, they are no mystery. I only provide them to give the article some context.
Here are some other names that may be swinging by to hear what the Vikings have to offer.