It didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to start the overhaul of the team after the end of their 5-10-1 season. In less than 24 hours, they relieved Leslie Frazier of his head coaching job. Now, before the roster overhaul begins, the Vikings need to find his replacement so they can address some key positions and start the improving process.
With 19 players from their 2013 roster set to become free agents this year, the Vikings have plenty of holes to be filled. On defense, they need to fill some holes on the line, linebacker and cornerback. On offense, they can use an upgrade at guard, a wide receiver and a franchise quarterback.
According to Spotrac, without the 19 free agents, the Vikings have $97.6 million in salaries committed in 2014. That leaves them somewhere in the neighborhood of $29 million in cap space to sign rookies and free agents, giving them the opportunity to make a big splash in free agency.
Don't get too excited waiting for the next big-name free agent to don purple—the biggest free-agent signings for the Vikings recently are cornerback Antoine Winfield in 2004 and wide receiver Greg Jennings last year. So just because the Vikings have the ability to sign free agents doesn't necessarily mean they will sign some big names.
Here's a look at some potential players the Vikings could attempt to sign in 2014.