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How Well The Vikings Are Armed

There will be plenty of discussion starting very soon about how the Vikings can attract, afford, and accumulate more talent throughout their roster.  First, let us take a look at how well armed the Vikings are in their quest to improve upon 2012.

First, Tom Pelissero writes that the Vikings should begin this offseason with about $12.3 million in cap space, a number that is above average for NFL teams.  These projections include deductions for earned incentives for players such as Antoine Winfield, as well as a bump stemming from cap violation penalties placed on the Redskins and Cowboys.

The team will probably want to start spending that cap space by retaining some of their 14 free agents, each of which are discussed here, before considering just who they might target when free agency opens up.

They may also increase their cap space depending on how they decide to proceed with veterans such as defensive tackle Kevin Williams, defensive end Jared Allen, cornerback Antoine Winfield, tight end John Carlson, and wide receiver Percy Harvin.

The Vikings are also armed with eight picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.  They have no picks in the sixth round, but two in both the fourth and seventh rounds.  Each of the other rounds, they have one pick in each.  While the official Draft order has yet to be released, the Vikings appear to be solidified as having the 23rd pick in the first round.  That is, of course, a full 20 spots lower than where they sat when Draft Day rolled around in 2012.

With plenty of cap space and Draft picks, this should be an exciting offseason to pay attention to, as Rick Spielman has plenty of fire power to keep building this team into one that can win a championship.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. I’d like to see them make 1 splash FA signing, hopefully a WR. I know that’s a longshot with Rickys mo but they’re pretty desparate at the position.

    1. I would agree, johnny. Watching this Smith from Balt. really brings home the need we have there. Not sure what’s available though.

    2. Coach, this Smith kid reminds me of a young Randy Moss. I’d love to see him in a better shade of purple

        1. yawn, ok. manning mistakenly leaves it up to a coin toss – and baltimore gets the ball to start. HA!

  2. Was A.J. Jefferson really worth an early 6th + a switch from a late 6th to a early 7th?

  3. Why don’t you have Kevin Williams listed as a free agent? He is a free agent, but the Vikings have a a 2 year 16.76 million option on him. Now way Vikings pick up that option. So K. Will is a free agent.

  4. And why hasn’t anybody talked about this? This is a big draft need. Maybe even more than WR. DT huge draft need.

    1. i did, someone else, too. might be remembering your mentioning it before, but it has been talked about

  5. Whoever in the Vikes organization that lobbied for them to take Ponder over Kaepernick needs to be fired ASAP. I know hindsight is 20/20 but wow what a screwup.

  6. Sorry Coach but oh yeah the cheesedicks get their ass kicked is totally awsome. I wonder what their excuse is gonna be? I love it, all the so called experts were predicting a Peckers win! LMFAO

  7. I dont believe it both teams I wanted to win did. I still have a soft spot for Matt Birk and would love for him to taste a superbowl.m And again the cheesedicks going home with their tails between their legs is priceless.

    1. Johnny,
      Me too, That Was Childress’s doings that got him out of Minnesota,Hope the Patriots get beat today!
      I Hope the Ravens win next week and go all the way…

  8. kaep said they saw they could run the option from our game

    and we had to try to throw it after our early success with it

    why? damn, musgrave

    1. No excuse from going away from the “read”. We’ll wonder about that well into next season. Crazy “Adjustment”, to say the least.

      And is it just me, or does it seem like Coach isn’t near as elated from the Packer loss as he professes to be? Something a bit disingenuious about; “Dang you Rodgers! Dang you Packers!” and “I’m grinnin’ johnny. Have no doubt that I am grinnin’!
      Just sayin’. . . .

  9. Fran, very happy for the unhappiness this causes in Packerland. Just tempered by how it reflects on us. Still, its always very good when the Packers lose.