The Complete Guide to Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

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The Complete Guide to Minnesota Vikings Free Agency
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That picture isn't sexy or splashy. Welcome to the 2013 free agency period for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings still have until 12:01 a.m. ET Saturday to sign any of their 10 unrestricted free agents, but at after that point, the NFL will enter a new three day period where teams are able to begin negotiations with UFAs before the official signing period begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday afternoon.

The new three-day window will probably lead to a frenzy of signings Tuesday evening. The NFL made the new three-day window in an effort to quell complaints that teams were negotiating out of turn.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: 

"It's funny because now if anything gets done when free agency kicks off, you'll know why -- because there has been negotiations going on," Spielman said. "You won't have to get a multi-million deal done in an hour now."

That being said, don't look for the Vikings to make any major moves, other than trying to keep their own free agents. 

Spielman has made no secret that his idea of building a successful, sustainable franchise is through the draft and nurturing the players in your system. This doesn't mean the Vikings are averse to signing a free agent or two, but don't look for them to spend a lot of money on any big names that are out there.

Like that approach or not, that's the path the Vikings will take as the NFL begins its free agency period beginning on Saturday.

Here's your complete guide to how the Vikings will move in free agency. 

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