Prior to free agency I narrowed down five guys I thought might make some sense for the Vikings to target. Two of them received reported interest from Minnesota and one of them actually ended up signing, so I’m feeling all full of glee about that, and want to give it another shot.
The second wave of free agency is still in progress with a number of higher end players still hanging out there (especially in the aging pass rusher department), but let’s get a jump start on looking for some bargains in the basement. Here are five that I’d consider:
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Age 31
Let me start out by saying that I assume the Vikings will go into camp with four quarterbacks, which means they still need to add two. While I don’t feel as comfortable saying this with certainty, I do think there is a good chance the Vikings part ways with Christian Ponder before training camp, and that would leave them needing to add yet another quarterback.
The Titans released quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick this week at the age of 31. Fitzpatrick started nine games for the Titans last season, with Jake Locker missing time due to injury, and fared pretty well. He threw for 14 touchdowns on a 62% completion percentage, ran the ball pretty well which included three more scores, and misfired on 12 interceptions.
Like Matt Cassel, the Vikings wouldn’t be getting a franchise quarterback by signing Fitzpatrick, but they would be getting a dependable and experienced veteran that is sure to be relatively inexpensive. If the Vikings are really going to draft their franchise quarterback this May, then I’d rather have Cassel and Fitzpatrick ushering him into the NFL than an eager-to-move-on Christian Ponder.