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Minnesota Vikings' Blueprint for Winning Free Agency
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The Minnesota Vikings enter the fast-approaching NFL free-agency period like a chess player moving a pawn forward two squares.

By that we mean that almost every move Minnesota makes, both in free agency and in the draft, will be reactionary to what other moves the team has already made. This isn't to say that the Vikings won't be proactive in free agency, but obviously where they spend their dollars off the top will certainly dictate how they move forward in addressing other needs.

It's pretty simple: If the Vikings land a starting cornerback in free agency, you can cross that position off the list as a first-round draft possibility. If Minnesota doesn't sign a quarterback in free agency, you can be pretty certain they'll be more aggressive trying to find one early in the draft.

Teams are able to start negotiating with free agents this Saturday, March 8, and the signing period begins on Tuesday, March 11.

Here we give you the blueprint for the Vikings to come out ahead after the free-agency period.

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