Grading the Minnesota Vikings' Major Offseason Moves

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Grading the Minnesota Vikings' Major Offseason Moves
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First-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson (84) and Greg Jenings (15) are an upgrade to the Minnesota Vikings receiving corp

The Minnesota Vikings are on a roll. Last season, they surprised a lot of people by winning seven more games than in 2011—making it the largest turnaround in franchise history. Their success earned them a wild-card berth into the playoffs. 

They made their giant strides relying heavily on the running ability of Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 2,097 yards. Over the final seven games, Peterson was the Vikings' one-man show, as he rushed for 1,140 yards after Percy Harvin was lost for the season.  

The team will also have a new home beginning in 2016 when they open their new stadium, replacing the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. After a long fought battle, the state finally relented and approved a plan to fund the new stadium.

In order to prove that 2012 was not a one-year fluke and that their playoff appearance was not a one-year event (like the 2011 Lions), the Vikings have made some significant moves this offseason to improve the team. 

Here's a look at some of their bigger moves as summer begins and training camp remains a little more than a month away. The grading was based on what impact the move will have on the starting lineup for the Vikings and how it improves the team. 

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