Fresh off an improbably successful 2012 regular season, Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and his personnel staff are already weeks into evaluating the roster and deciding who Minnesota must target in free agency.
As the Vikings players and coaches get ready for Saturday night's wild card playoff showdown with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the front office is forced to look two moves ahead of Saturday's game. With one eye on the current team, the other is already looking ahead to 2013 and how they can make Minnesota a better team.
The Vikings have 16 players on their current roster who will be free agents at season's end, so they'll have plenty of decisions to make on current personnel alone.
League-wide, the 2013 free agent class is not a strong one, but does have some options at positions the Vikings certainly need to upgrade.
It will be interesting to see how aggressive the Vikings are after their biggest free agent signing of 2012, John Carlson, proved to be a complete bust.
Let's take a look at the free agents the Vikings should be targeting in their 2013 offseason plans.