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Hands down, the biggest priority for the Vikings this offseason will be landing themselves a franchise quarterback.
With NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport telling the NFL Network that quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman aren't in the team's future plans, the search for a competent signal-caller could come down to next May's draft.
As it stands right now, heading into Week 16 with a 4-9-1 record, the Vikings have been straddled with the eighth pick in the 2014 draft. At that rate, it's a distinct possibility that collegiate quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr will be off the board.
Without those guys floating around, one of the brightest prospects left could be Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel.
For Minnesota, drafting Manziel represents a chance to infuse this offense with a truly dynamic playmaker. But the question becomes, will general manager Rick Spielman and his team be willing to mortgage the franchise on such a polarizing quarterback?
When you watch Manziel on tape, you notice that most of his issues stem from him trying to do too much at times. Whether he's throwing across his body or scrambling around and not setting his feet, it's clear that the man they call "Johnny Football" still has a lot of work to do if he wants to excel in the NFL.
But it's his unique ability to win football games, combined with his uncanny awareness and sensational instincts, that makes him such an intriguing prospect.
Put in a good situation with offensive talents like Adrian Peterson, Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson surrounding him, and it becomes pretty exciting picturing Manziel rocking a purple uniform for the next 15 years or so.