Minnesota Vikings fans shouldn't hold their breath expecting the addition of any big-name free agents joining the team when the NFL free-agent period begins March 12. Signing high-priced free agents has not been general manager Rick Spielman's method for improving the team.
The biggest signing from last year, tight end John Carlson, agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract. In return the Vikings got eight catches for 43 yards. And while some people will point out that Carlson had a great year as a blocker, that's not the kind of money you pay for that position. No matter; that was the largest contract from last year.
The biggest name the Vikings signed last offseason would have to be Jerome Simpson. Like Carlson, Simpson was also a bust. For a modest $2 million, he finished with 26 catches for 274 yards.
Neither Carlson or Simpson scored a touchdown last year.
Still, the Vikings must address needs at wide receiver, linebacker, fullback and quarterback. Following along the practice of adding lower-priced free agents, here's a look at who the Vikings should consider signing, and whom they will most likely add.