The Vikings have a lot of big decisions on the not-so-distant horizon that could majorly impact their 2015 salary cap situation, much of which was outlined nicely here, but the first set of decisions in the offseason process is usually which internal free agents are signed or tagged.
We have an entire offseason ahead of us to debate the merits of each individual player, and their potential replacements, but for now I wanted to give our readers a heads up as to which Vikings are set to see their contracts expire at the end of this season. This information comes from RotoWorld, but may be incomplete or slightly inaccurate as not all contract nuances are known ahead of time.
We’ll have prioritized lists down the road for you to feast on, but for now we are simply looking at the roster in alpha-order.
MATT ASIATA (RFA), RB: Asiata has some touchdowns to his name, but his uninspiring running style causes Vikings fans to reminisce about not only Adrian Peterson, but maybe even Toby Gerhart. With that being said, his restricted status leaves little reason to not at least bring him along to Mankato next summer.
JOE BANYARD (ERFA), RB: Outside of costly fail on a blitz pickup, Banyard has been an impressive enough player in his limited action to warrant a closer look and perhaps an increase in opportunity. Again, the Vikings hold all the cards in “negotiations” here (not really negotiations when its an exclusive rights free agent) and should let Banyard compete for a job in 2015.