5 Recently Cut Players the Minnesota Vikings Should Sign

Ray TannockSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2011

5 Recently Cut Players the Minnesota Vikings Should Sign

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    The 53-man roster is set, but there are still a few holes to fill, and what better way to do that then to explore a few recent cuts—seven to be exact—the Vikings should sign in the 2011 NFL season.

    The old adage, "one man's trash is another's treasure" sort of applies here in the sense that, just because these player were cut doesn't mean they are devoid of talent.

    Let's take a look at who i have in store for you today, and why I have hand selected them.

    In addition, if you are a fantasy football fan, please check out my final Fantasy Football Rankings and Start/Sit Advice before tonight's game.

Terrence Toliver: WR

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    One of the most touted receivers coming out of high school, Toliver never really lived up to the hype at LSU.

    Still, the athletic receiver has a ton of upside, especially now that he has no home. Toliver would make a solid waiver wire grab for Minnesota, and the Vikings could easily plug him into developmental mode for the future.

    Sometimes, a waiver wire grab is great for the long-term picture.

Tommy Harris: DL

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    If you're a fan of an NFC North team, then you certainly know the name Tommy Harris.

    After Indianapolis cut ties with him, Harris is probably the most interesting veteran on the market right now.

    The Colts play a lot of cover two and tend to zone out their defensive lineman, something that Harris wasn't accustomed to, and with the shortened period of time to adjust, his days in Indy were numbered to begin with.

    Minnesota plays a more aggressive front line approach defensively, which is similar in fashion to what the Bears have been doing over the years. This would obviously bode well for Harris.

    The Vikings should really consider signing the veteran for his leadership and his skill set.

Greg Lloyd: ILB

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    The Eagles recently released ILB Greg Lloyd, which was surprising since they are a bit thin at the position. However, that only means another value player is available for the Vikings to sign.

    Lloyd can play on the outside as well, and the Vikings could use another young developmental linebacker for the team and/or practice squad.

    Lloyd should be on the Vikings radar.

Reggie Wells: OG

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    Two years ago, Wells was a prime 16-game starter for the Cardinals, and that aspect was enough for the eagles to re-sign him in August.

    However, an overly crowded roster prevented the birds from keeping him, and Wells is again on the open market.

    Some believe that Wells has declined in recent years, but the fact that he can play both guard and tackle makes him an intriguing waiver wire consideration for pennies on the dollar.

    His presence would be huge in regard to the bench situation for the O-line.

Igor Olshansky: DL

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    Olshansky has started at least 12 games each of the past seven seasons, but he was too expensive ($3.34 million owed) for the Cowboys to keep heading into the 2011 season.

    The Vikings could use some veteran depth for the defensive line, and Olshansky could come at a cheap price with the right deal.

    Olshansky is a versatile lineman who can move around in the trenches, which adds to his overall value.