The NFL's free-agent free-for-all begins next week. For those who bleed purple, it's a bittersweet time. Historically, the Minnesota Vikings aren't big spenders in the free-agent market, instead choosing to depend on the draft to fill immediate needs, then sign a few cost-effective veteran free agents to fill any remaining gaps. The following slideshow predicts the Vikings' NFL free-agent targets.
Given the Vikings' usual M.O. when it comes to free agency, they'll have plenty of cap room to get things done. The team released wide receiver Michael Jenkins Monday, which should leave them about 17.5 million in cap space.
Most experts agree that the Vikes need help in several areas. The biggest weaknesses on the roster are at wide receiver, defensive tackle, linebacker, backup quarterback, offensive guard and the defensive backfield.
The first thing that Minnesota needs to do is evaluate its own free agents. Once that process is over, then the team can look outside of the current roster to fill any remaining needs. The first slide will cover the Vikings' current list of free agents.
The slides that follow will give a position-by-position breakdown of what the Vikings have, and what's available. Available free agents will be categorized as either Pure Fantasy (big names that cost big money, and thus are unlikely to be signed), It Could Happen (guys that seem to fit the Vikings' normal free-agent profile) and Others to Consider (those guys that might work out that don't fit into the other two categories). Each slide will end with a prediction of who Minnesota will target.
Click on to start predicting the Vikings' NFL free-agent targets.