Minnesota Vikings: The Top Offseason Priorities

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Minnesota Vikings: The Top Offseason Priorities
courtesy vikings.com

The Minnesota Vikings don't usually grab a lot of headlines during the NFL's offseason. The team broke that mold this year by making some splashy moves.

First, Minnesota traded disgruntled wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a cache of draft choices.

Then, the team released veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield on the first day of free agency.

The release of Winfield was shocking to some, but the reasons for letting the feisty vet walk became apparent when Minnesota went out and signed receiver Greg Jennings away from the Green Bay Packers. Clearly, the Vikings had to get rid of Winfield and his $7 million cap hit in order to free up cash for their pursuit of Jennings.

The Vikings also made a less splashy move when they signed quarterback Matt Cassel hours after he was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.

There were some other less consequential signings and departures, but these were the moves that grabbed headlines in Minnesota and across the country.

Even with these moves, Minnesota's roster still has some holes.  The Vikings are woefully thin at linebacker and wide receiver (even with the addition of Jennings and the re-signing of Jerome Simpson). The team could also use some help at defensive tackle, cornerback and guard.

The following slideshow examines the Vikings' top remaining offseason priorities. Each slide will show What They Did (what moves were made), What They Have (players currently on the roster), What They Need (deficiencies still remaining at the position) and What They'll Do (a prediction of future moves).

The slides are organized from least pressing to most pressing needs. Click on for a guide to the Minnesota Vikings' Top Remaining Offseason Priorities.

(all roster information derived from Vikings.com, stats are from Pro-Football Reference.com)

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