Minnesota Vikings: Offseason Analysis

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 17, 2009

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:

PosPlayer NameFA StatusPrevious TeamCurrent Team
RBAlbert YoungRe-signedMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings
FBNaufahu TahiRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
WRRobert FergusonUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
WRJaymar JohnsonRe-signedMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings
TEJim KleinsasserUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
OTMarcus JohnsonRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
CMatt BirkUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
OLBrian DanielsRe-signedMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings
DLKenderick AllenUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLFred EvansRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLOtis GrigsbyRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLJimmy KennedyUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLJayme MitchellRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLKenechi UdezeUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
DLEllis WymsUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
LBHeath FarwellUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
LBNapoleon HarrisUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
LBDontarrious ThomasUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
CBCharles GordonRFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
CBBenny SappUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
CBMarcus WalkerRe-signedMinnesota VikingsMinnesota Vikings
SSMichael BoulwareUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent
SSDarren SharperUFAMinnesota VikingsFree Agent