Saturday, October 22, 2016

free agency

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The first wave of free agency has come and gone. The Minnesota Vikings didn’t land the White Whales the fanbase wanted (Kelechi Osemele or George Iloka), but I think we’re fine settling for the White Rhino in Alex Boone. We dive into him as well as the other depth free agent signings the Purple made. I also take a look at other potential future Vikings still on the market and what the plan should be with our own unrestricted free agents.

All that and other “Stop Typing So Loud, Tomasson” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Splashy? Not really, no. That’s not Rick Spielman’s style, and day one of free agency ends with Vikings Nation’s two most coveted targets—guard Kelechi Osemele and safety George Iloka—signing elsewhere. But there’s a lot to smile about for Vikings fans. The team made numerous moves, most notably bringing in former 49ers guard Alex Boone and former Titans safety Michael Griffin, and resigning Mike Harris, and the refusal to shell out huge money may turn out to be the smart move in the long run (as it often is). And there’s more to come; numerous outlets have indicated the Vikings aren’t done, and there are still questions about whether or not the team will bring back some of it’s own free agents. So, in no particular order, here are a few thoughts and questions after day one:

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Alex Boone, COME ON DOWN!

NFL free agency is upon us and Rick Spielman is doing his Rick thing, eschewing the mega deals and finding valuable comparables at a fraction of the price. Rick is indeed the TJ Maxx of the NFL and I love that. We didn’t get Kelechi Osemele or George Iloka. Who cares? We didn’t get Mike Iupati or Michael Johnson last year and didn’t go 0-16. Good teams don’t care about winning in March.

Making It Rain (Responsibly) Talking Points Include:
• Retaining Our Own Free Agents is Smart
• Hello, Alex Boone
• Matt Kalil Remains a Viking (Good?)
• What the Vikings Offensive Line May Look Like
• Good Teams Don’t Overspend in Open Free Agency
• This Doesn’t Change Anything in the Draft
• Twitter/Facebook Questions

All that and other “In Rick We Trust” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Image Courtesy of @George_Iloka

ALL Vikings talk on this special cross-over episode of the Purple FTW! Podcast and my new project The Andy Carlson Show. Love talking about all sports and all topics on the new show, but we all know that the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings is my wheelhouse (or at least mediocre wheelhouse).

We talked about upcoming Vikings free agency, what the heck to do with Mike Wallace, and pontificate about my two draft crushes and how Trader Rick can come up with both of them.

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Today’s Five Things Are
• Free Agency Thoughts Update: We’re Not Signing Osemele
• George Iloka’s Tweet
• Mike Wallace Pay Cut
• Vikings Doing Homework on Cody Whitehair
• Josh Doctson Will Be a Viking

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Winning free agency is NOT the key to success (i.e. Washington in the 2000s, Tampa Bay two years ago), but it’s still a lot of fun to see your favorite team pick up pieces that could help them next season. I take a dip into the free agent pool and come up with 5 names Vikings fans should keep and eye on as March 9th approaches. All of the guys I picked are for positions of need and will not necessarily break the bank or be household names, but will help this team (ala Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn two season ago). Also I run through the current list of Vikings free agents and definitively say if they’ll be back or yee gon.

All that and other “BYE, ROBERT BLANTON” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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