While squaring away the cast of players last season, the Vikings need to make an aggressive play in the external market for 2014.
Considering the number of moves already discussed, the front office has the opportunity to upgrade across the board at a competitive price.
Three positions I've highlighted are defensive end, linebacker and cornerback.
As shown in the video above, B/R's Aaron Nagler outlines an excellent case to bring in defensive end Michael Johnson from the Cincinnati Bengals.
In addition to previously playing for new head coach Mike Zimmer, Johnson has the size and speed to make a difference on the outside for the Vikings.
At 6'7" and 270 pounds, the former Yellow Jacket ran a 4.69 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Although he only recorded 3.5 sacks last season, Johnson finished tied for ninth in 2012 with 11.5 sacks.
Along the same line of thinking for player-coach relationship, incoming defensive coordinator George Edwards may help influence the pursuit of linebacker Arthur Moats. Edwards coached Moats with the Buffalo Bills from 2010 to 2011 as defensive coordinator.
The linebacker out of James Madison ranked as the 12th-best inside linebacker, via PFF, while securing 54 tackles in 16 games—14 of which he started.
Among cornerbacks set to hit the market, Vontae Davis stands out as an incredible playmaker who should be available at a reasonable price for the Vikings.
And even if the team has to pay a premium for the five-year veteran, it would be money well spent given the state of the secondary.
Davis dominated pass coverage in 2013, ranking second among cornerbacks, via PFF. He ranked third overall and finished the season for the Indianapolis Colts with 46 tackles, 12 passes defended and one interception.
With Xavier Rhodes stepping up as one of the few bright spots at cornerback, Davis would immediately make the Vikings defense better in a division dominated by the pass.
Prediction: Vikings sign Johnson and either Moats or Davis.