Minnesota Vikings: Grading Every Position Heading into Free Agency

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Minnesota Vikings: Grading Every Position Heading into Free Agency
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As the NFL playoffs head toward their second weekend, the Minnesota Vikings are another week into a franchise-wide evaluation that aims to turn the fortunes of the team around.

For general manager Rick Spielman, the first task at hand is obviously to hire a new head coach. Leslie Frazier was fired after three full seasons on the job with the team wallowing in mediocrity.

Beyond the coaching hire, Spielman will also have to begin to revamp a roster that finished 5-10-1 and had the 23rd-ranked passing offense in the league to go with a defense that gave up more points than any team in the NFL.

The Vikings are definitely a team in transition, and a lot of the faces from the last couple of seasons won't be around in 2014. 

Here we'll put our GM hat on and evaluate every position for Minnesota in terms of how it stands now and whether or not the team needs to look to free agency to strengthen the position.

We'll assign grades on an "A-F" basis, with an "A" grade meaning there is no need think about bringing anybody else in; a "B" grade meaning they could use a minor bargain free agent; all the way down to an "F" grade which means alarm bells are going off and the team needs to sign an impact starter from the free-agent pool.

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