The marching band has left the foyer. The cashiers have all gone on break. The sports talk radio shows have all moved on to NCAA basketball. We've gone from the bedazzled pomp of a downtown Macy's to a lonely outlet mall on a deserted interstate.
Welcome to week two of NFL free agency.
It's like walking by an outdoor hockey rink a week after the ice has melted.
The Minnesota Vikings became far bigger players than anyone anticipated, signing backup quarterback Matt Cassel and then landing the big fish, wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Vikings were forced to become players in the free-agent market when they decided it was in their best interest to trade away disgruntled slot receiver Percy Harvin.
Adding Cassel and Jennings moves the Vikings close to their cap figure, if you consider they have to have money left to sign their draft picks. They can still restructure deals with their players on hand (with Jared Allen and Kevin Williams being the likely candidates) if they want to add any more players in free agency.
Consider these options mostly just for fun (except the last one), as the Vikings are almost certainly done with signing outside free agents. Here are five players who would certainly be good additions to what the Vikings currently have on their roster, but expect the Vikings to address these needs in the draft.