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This is the year. The Minnesota Vikings have done everything they possibly could to put themselves in Super Bowl contention this year. Looking back at the types of players the Vikings have added since Brad Childress has taken over, it's easy to see that everyone from the coach to the owner had a plan for this team:
- Steve Hutchinson - Future Hall of Famer signed to biggest contract ever for an interior lineman at the time. First priority was to solidify offensive line.
- Ryan Longwell - One of the better clutch kickers in the NFL, Childress stole him from Brett Favre's Packers.
- Jared Allen - Perennial Pro Bowler signed to biggest contract ever for a defensive player at the time, plus gave up 3 draft picks to shore up pass rush.
- Madieu Williams - Underrated but impressive safety signed to 6 year, $33 million deal to solidify weakness at safety.
- Bernard Berrian - Six years, $42 million, $16 million guaranteed for real speed demon, but only a borderline #1 receiver, which is what he was brought in to be.
- Brett Favre - Soon-to-be-40-year-old QB on his last legs. Given $12 million to come back and lead this team to the Promised Land.
This list doesn't include draftees like Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin (big risk/reward pick) or re-signees like Bryant McKinnie and Antoine Winfield.
Clearly, with all of the spending from Zygi Wilf and the roster turnover from Brad Childress, there was a multi-year plan for this team and it has all culminated in 2009 with Brett Favre at the helm.
Anything can happen in a Super Bowl, but, win or lose, I'm going to say the Vikings will be there.