The Vikings' 50th Anniversary season was quite an extravaganza. From the terrible timing on Sidney Rice's hip surgery and the ill-fated trade for Randy Moss to the firing of head coach Brad Childress and the eventual collapse of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the 2010 season was a bitter pill to swallow.
This year the Vikings are hoping to turn the ship around. With a new head coach, new offensive coordinator, a fresh crop of talented young rookies, and a solid core of veteran players, there is plenty of optimism among fans and players that the Vikings will bounce back in 2011.
The NFL lockout seems to be drawing to a close, and free agency could be right around the corner. When an agreement is reached, it has been reported that players whose contracts have expired need only four years of experience to become unrestricted free agents. This will make for a nice free agent pool. And once free agency begins, there will likely be a whirlwind of activity as teams try to quickly prepare for the upcoming season.
The Vikings had a nice 2011 NFL draft, where they made some tremendous value picks, while at the same time filling some of their team needs. However, like most NFL teams, the Vikings still have holes to fill. And according to ESPN's John Clayton, the Vikings are one of a handful of teams that will be over the new CBA's salary cap, so Minnesota might be forced to cut bait with some players in order to create cap space. Let's take a look at seven key moves the Vikings should make once the NFL is open for business.