With just under two weeks until NFL free agency opens on March 12, NFL personnel departments are back from the combine in Indianapolis and trying to figure out the best ways to improve their teams while keeping the salary cap in mind.
For the Minnesota Vikings, there are definitely moves to be made—though once again, it would be surprising if the team made any big splashes in free agency. General Manager Rick Spielman has made it clear time and again that he feels the best way to build long-term success in the NFL is through the draft.
Headline making signings can look awfully good in March, but more times than not they don't look so smart after the following season. Last March, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sunk $102 million into Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks. A 7-9, non-playoff season is probably not what the Tampa Bay front office had in mind.
That's not to say that signing free agents is a silly thing to do, but to Spielman's thinking, your long-term success is more bankable by drafting well and grooming the players who are in your system.
Coming off a surprising 10-6 season, the Vikings have many decisions to make when it comes to free agency. The Vikings' first priority will be to sign their own to sensible deals and maybe add a player or two from the outside.
Here are five moves the Vikings must avoid in this year's free-agency period.