Even though the 2014 NFL draft is more than two months away, the Minnesota Vikings can significantly improve their roster by signing some key free agents. It's getting very close to pothole season in Minnesota, and the Vikings have a few potholes of their own in their roster that need to be filled.
According to Spotrac, the Vikings have 20 free agents—including the release of Erin Henderson last Friday. Ordinarily this is where most teams would start their free-agent analyses, having the most knowledge of their own players.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, most of the coaching staff has been replaced, with only wide receiver coach George Stewart, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer returning in 2014.
That doesn't necessarily bode well for any free agents hoping to re-sign with the team. That and the fact that general manager Rick Spielman does not take too many dips into the free-agent pool even further diminish the possibilities.
Here's a look at some key free agents for the Vikings at quarterback, defensive end, linebacker and cornerback—and the odds of them signing with Minnesota. Of course the Vikings also have needs at defensive tackle and guard, but perhaps we'll tackle those later.
The criteria used to determine the odds included their age, the value of their last contract, their 2013 performance and their career trajectories.