Free agency has officially started and we find ourselves waiting to see if any big-name players find a home with the Minnesota Vikings. Over the years, the team has had a handful of widely talked about signings—Brett Favre and Randall Cunningham come to mind.
But not all players get personally chauffeured by their head coach from the airport, a la Brad Childress for the border-state rival Favre.
Other players make far less of a splash when they land in Minnesota, but have added value to the team with their contributions over time.
Mike Wobschall of vikings.com recently published his top list of free-agent signings in team history. With differences among the order, we dive into deeper detail of each player and their importance to the Vikings.
The criteria to be considered among the greatest free-agent signings are as follows: 1) immediate impact in a given season, 2) long-term value over time and 3) strong character on and off the field.
Let's run through the best free-agent players to ever wear purple and gold.