Michael Jenkins and 5 Minnesota Vikings Who Must Be Replaced

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Michael Jenkins and 5 Minnesota Vikings Who Must Be Replaced
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With an abysmal 3-13 record in the 2012 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings need to look at finding some new starters on all three sides of the ball. 

The team was awful in almost every single statistical category last year, except for their running game. 

Free agency is already in full swing and the team has gone ahead and replaced some starters already. The signing of John Carlson was made to replace free agent Visante Shiancoe. The team has yet to re-sign E.J. Henderson, which means that either Jasper Brinkley will start or the team will find a new middle linebacker in free agency. 

What the team has not done yet is address two of their three biggest needs—left tackle and wide receiver. Their record in 2011 only has one positive to it, and that is that the team will have the third draft pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The team will likely use it on left tackle Matt Kalil to sure up their offensive line. 

Minnesota also needs to find a replacement for Michael Jenkins, who has never been and will never be a No. 1 option at wide receiver. 

Regardless of how they do it, the Vikings must replace these next five players.

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