With the Minnesota Vikings' making a big improvement from last year and exceeding expectations, don't expect general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier to make any big splashes with a free agent signing for next season. It's not their style.
The Vikings have 16 players that will become free agents in 2013, including six starters. That means t that even though they have not made significant free agent signings in the past, they will still need to address some needs on both sides of the ball this offseason.
The Minnesota Vikings' payroll is between $105 million (according to msn.foxsports.com) and $112 million (if you believe osmguy.com). Between the two is $109.9 million, which is being reported by Spotrac.com.
Taking into account the increase in salaries for each Vikings player for 2013, as listed on Spotrac.com, as well as the free agents contracts that will be taken off the books, the Vikings' remaining payroll heading into the offseason will be approximately $101 million. The NFL is imposing a minimum payroll of $107 million, which is 88.8 percent of the $121 million ceiling in 2013. That means the Vikings will have to increase their payroll by at least $6 million in order to fill out their roster, but they can spend as much as $20 million if they wanted to.
The Vikings will need to address vacancies or make improvements at linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver, and along the offensive line.
Here's a list of some realistic free agents that the Vikings might add to their roster in 2013.