The NFL free agency frenzy is finally upon us. With less than a week until free agency, teams across the league are frantically gearing up for another exciting offseason. Throughout the last few weeks, we have broken down every position on the Minnesota Vikings’ roster. This has allowed us to see what the Vikings need and don’t need to do heading into the 2018 season.
Here are the five things the Vikings must do in free agency.
Find a quarterback
The Vikings’ quarterback room will be undergoing a complete overhaul this offseason. Finding a quarterback will be the No. 1 priority in Minnesota after allowing all three of their starting-caliber gunslingers to walk in free agency. Currently, the Vikings only have undrafted free agent Kyle Sloter at the position.
However, it is likely that this problem will be fixed as soon as free agency officially begins. Several reports have indicated that Minnesota is the front-runner to land former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. This would be a huge landing for the Vikings and could cost the team nearly $30 million per year.
Fix the offensive line
Other than the quarterback conundrum, the Vikings’ greatest need in free agency will be to continue improving their offensive line. Although the team did benefit with the acquisition of Pat Elflein, there is still much work to be done. Both of the Vikings’ starting guards in 2017 are due to be free agents.
Tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers could also be improved upon. It would not be surprising to see three new starters on the offensive line in 2018.
Add a third wide receiver
Wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen both enjoyed fine seasons in 2017. However, there is a steep decline in production from the starters to the third receiver, Laquon Treadwell.
Treadwell has not lived up to his first-round pedigree so far in his career. He has only caught 21 balls in two seasons.
The Vikings could very well move on from Treadwell and sign a receiver in free agency, pushing this team’s passing attack over the top.
Re-sign Terence Newman
Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are both solid cornerbacks, but bringing back veteran Terence Newman would solidify the position.
So far, second-year player Mackensie Alexander has been unimpressive playing as a nickel cornerback. Adding a veteran presence like Newman next to Rhodes and Waynes would form a fearsome trio in the defensive backfield.
As a bonus, Newman is no stranger to coach Mike Zimmer’s defense. Throughout his 15 years in the NFL, Newman has played under Zimmer with three different franchises (Dallas, Cincinnati and Minnesota).
Give Linval Joseph a running mate
Linval Joseph is one of the league’s premier defensive tackles and is the center of Minnesota’s disruptive defensive line. However, teammates Tom Johnson and Sharrif Floyd are both unlikely to play for the Vikings in 2018.
With Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen, the Minnesota Vikings are set at the defensive end positions. Finding a second defensive tackle to pair with Joseph would allow the entire defensive line to flourish.
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