With neither Charlie Johnson or Brandon Fusco leaving an overly great impression as starters last season, the Vikings would be foolish to not explore options that might exist to upgrade either the left or right side of the offensive line.
In fact, after pouring through offensive free agent rankings that are unlikely to be real relevant to the Vikings, we have finally found a position that could be of interest. The Vikings could obviously do better than what they have and this group of free agents has some really solid options to consider.
Johnson and Fusco are still under contract next season, and the Vikings gave Troy Kropog a raise to keep him on their roster and will be a restricted free agent, but none of these guys are above being unseated.
1. Andy Levitre, BUF
Poor Bills. They just never seem to get any better, and this year they stand to lose some serious young talent to free agency. With only one franchise tag at their disposal, it seems highly unlikely that both Levitre and safety Jairus Byrd stay put. If Levitre hits the market he will command some big money, but that shouldn’t deter the Vikings from giving his agent a call to set up a visit.
2. Louis Vasquez, SD
Unlike Levitre, I don’t really see Vasquez making it to the free agent market. The Chargers are still wincing as a result of letting Vincent Jackson get away, and they can’t afford any more downgrades on offense. At only 26 years old, the Chargers need to be willing to pay the man, because plenty others won’t hesitate.