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Many deals in free agency, especially those signed fairly early, carry with them substantial risk.
However, given the state of the Minnesota receiving corps right now, it's not like the Vikings exactly had a lot of choice.
If the Vikings get the Greg Jennings that topped 1,000 yards three straight seasons from 2008-2010, then Ponder will get his number one wideout, and this deal will be hailed as one that general manager Rick Spielman pulled off just when the team needed him to.
However, if the Vikings get the Greg Jennings that hasn't been able to stay on the field and looked to have lost a step last year, then this signing coupled with the Harvin trade is going to have Spielman dodging tomatoes for a while.