NFL Free Agency 2011: Can the Minnesota Vikings Land Any Big Names?

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NFL Free Agency 2011: Can the Minnesota Vikings Land Any Big Names?
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Linebackers Chad Greenway and Ben Leber are both free agents in 2011.

The Minnesota Vikings have been spenders in free agency over the last few seasons. With a new head coach and in the midst of a complete overhaul, the Vikings face their biggest challenge of the last decade.

The Vikings failed to develop a franchise quarterback while the rest of the team simply ages. Going into the 2011 season, the Vikings could have as many as nine starters over the age of 30.

The team is facing an offseason that features 22 total free agents that could leave the team. The biggest names of the Vikings' class include: Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, Chad Greenway, Pat Williams, and Ryan Longwell.

The team cannot afford to keep all of their free agents, but with guys like Albert Young, Fred Evans, and Hank Baskett, it is easy to see where their free agency priorities should lie.

With the loss of their third-round pick, the Vikings need to place some faith in this year's free agent class. Where will they start and what will they address?

Quarterback, safety, and offensive line are the three biggest areas of need. The Vikings will have money to spend after Favre's massive $20 million contract walks out the door.

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