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Free Agency Options at Positions of Need

By: Chris Julson

Although the Vikings have multiple players who will be due contracts soon, signs are pointing towards a high-end free agent signing. 

Earl Weaver was a general manager for the powerhouse Baltimore Orioles in the late 60's and 70's, and we are officially less than three days from the new league year, and free agency beginning on March 14th at 4 p.m. ET. What does a general manager in the MLB have to do with the NFL, you ask? I am always reminded by a quote Weaver once said, "You win pennants in the offseason when you build your team with trades and free agents." This quote told his fans that you do not always want to win the offseason. The Minnesota Vikings, yet again, have a need at the most critical position; quarterback. It seems like they have been there a time or two before. The Vikings have the cap space, an estimated 57 million, to go about this in multiple different ways, leaving Vikings Twitter in a frenzy that I hope soon gets resolved. What will the Vikings do? Rumors have been flying around the league, but two, in particular, has stood out.

There have been multiple indications that the Vikings are set to offer Kirk Cousins a contract. Rumors have been flying around the league that the Vikings, Jets, Broncos, and Cardinals have pitched their claims. It is a pretty standard theme that everyone believes he will end up signing a contract on Wednesday in Minnesota, around 27+ million dollars a year deal.

Another rumor around the league is that the Vikings have interest in former Philadelphia Eagles tight end, Trey Burton. The 26-year-old caught 23 passes for 248 yards. He is undersized at 6'3", and the Vikings often have preferred to have a productive blocker next to Kyle Rudolph. Burton has proven to be effective, and DeFilippo would understand if he is capable of adding another dimension to the offense that they have previously been missing.

I have always been a firm believer that an organization does not want to win this time of year, and I usually play, "Devil's advocate," to any idea of making big moves. I have always stood behind that, yet this is the most critical offseason in years, and it looks as if the team is ready to spend its money to give the window of success its best chance. Will the Vikings spend their money on a long-term solution at quarterback? Will they instead load up on the defense? Will they choose to fill other holes on the roster through free agency? The answer to those questions is near. The team has glaring needs at quarterback and defensive tackle. There are also multiple different positions that could prove to be weak due to a lack of depth throughout the 2018 season; slot corner, defensive end, and offensive line. Here is my list of high impact free agency players that will require a hefty salary to attain. (In no particular order)


Drew Brees

Kirk Cousins

Sam Bradford

Case Keenum

Teddy Bridgewater

Tight End

Jimmy Graham

Trey Burton

Tyler Eifert

Offensive Tackle

Nate Solder

Justin Pugh

Cameron Flemming

Interior Lineman

Andrew Norwell

Josh Sitton

Weston Richburg


Trumaine Johnson

Malcolm Butler

Bashaud Butler

Morris Claiborne


Eric Reid

Morgan Burnett

Kenny Vaccaro

TJ Ward

Tyran Mathieu

Defensive Line

Sheldon Richardson

Dontari Poe

Tom Johnson

Muhammad Wilkerson

Star Lotulelei

Many fans believe the window of opportunity is two years. Is this the offseason that the Vikings will contradict my belief in spending a fortune on high-end talent? No matter what the conclusion of free agency will be, the draft will be essential to build off of free agency.

In Speilman and Zimmer We Trust

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