Minnesota Vikings: Offseason Analysis

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Minnesota Vikings: Offseason Analysis

The Minnesota Vikings have a major need to address at quarterback.

Tarvaris Jackson may eventually turn into a decent signal caller, but the defense is aging, and the window is closing quickly. 

The Vikings are more than set at running back with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.

Bernard Berrian was the deep threat they were looking for and Bobby Wade is a solid slot wide receiver. Sidney Rice was a disappointment, but everyone was probably a year off in his development.  He’s a red-zone threat with eight of his 46 career receptions (17%) going for touchdowns. 

Visanthe Shiancoe had a breakout year at tight end for the Purple. Blocking tight end Jim Kleinsasser is an unrestricted free agent, but I think they’ll find a way to bring him back.  The same can’t be said for Matt Birk, who will be moving on.

Defensively, the Vikings could start the season without the Williams Wall (Pat & Kevin) for the first four games if their suspensions aren’t overturned. Jared Allen was all the Vikings could have hoped for an more. 

The Vikes' defensive line is in good shape, but some of their key backups (Fred Evans, Otis Grigsby) are free agents.  They’ll likely try to bring them back for depth and suspension insurance.

They’ll get a big bump from the return of middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, who forms a solid linebacking corps with Ben Leber and Chad Greenway.  Napoleon Harris was decent filling in for Henderson.  He’s a free agent so there’s a chance they don’t bring him back. 

I’m guessing they’ll take a middle linebacker to groom in the draft.  Safety Darren Sharper has more than likely played his last game for the Vikings, in which case they’ll have to address that need. 

They could use some more depth at corner as well.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
RB Albert Young Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
FB Naufahu Tahi RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
WR Robert Ferguson UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
WR Jaymar Johnson Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
TE Jim Kleinsasser UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
OT Marcus Johnson RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
C Matt Birk UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
OL Brian Daniels Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
DL Kenderick Allen UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Fred Evans RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Otis Grigsby RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Jimmy Kennedy UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Jayme Mitchell RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Kenechi Udeze UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Ellis Wyms UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Heath Farwell UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Napoleon Harris UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Dontarrious Thomas UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Charles Gordon RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Benny Sapp UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Marcus Walker Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
SS Michael Boulware UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
SS Darren Sharper UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent

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