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.
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.
|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|