Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has found the team's coach of the future in Mike Zimmer. The two must now put their heads together in order to rebuild the team.
The Vikings followed up a trip to the playoffs in 2012 with a 5-10-1 season in 2013. The team was outscored by a total of 91 points on the season and was never very competitive, losing seven games by 10 points or more.
However, the team still has Adrian Peterson and some very promising young players such as Harrison Smith, Matt Kalil, Cordarrelle Patterson and Xavier Rhodes. Because of them, there is plenty to be optimistic about.
The team will soon enter a very crucial free-agent market as they look to build a contender prior to the opening of their new stadium in 2016. Surrounding the aforementioned players with the right pieces could determine Spielman's future in Minnesota's front office.
The Vikings have cap room available and need to be aggressive dealing in the market.
Here is a look at five players that should be on their radar.