5 Free Agents I Want the Vikings to Sign – Purple FTW! Podcast

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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Andy Carlson (Podcast Producer) is life-long Vikings fan with a sense of humor to help dull the pain of that existence. Sports are fun. They're meant to be be enjoyed and not taken too seriously. He lives that mantra over at the Purple FTW! Podcast: Dedicated to the Pain AND Pleasure that is the Minnesota Vikings. Check out his shenanigans there and on Twitter @AndyCarlsonShow and @PurpleForTheWin.

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  1. Osemele. At least give us a talker as to why he isn’t on your radar? In my opinion if this is all we do in free agency, and have to “over pay” then our free agency will be a triumphant success. Solves LG for a few years and provides a security blanket for LT. I guess we are looking $8-$8/5m, alot yes but this is a case where slighlty over paying is justified.

  2. It’s not a Christmas wishlist. I’m thinking more from Spielman’s MO and history. He likes staying in-house with his guys (Harris re-signed, Kalil getting a small extension vs 5th year option) and is stubborn (money already committed to Fusco). Osemele’s on EVERY single team with offensive line issues list and will get top dollar in the market. Probably more than Iupati last year landing 5 for $40M, $22.5M guaranteed. Rick’s not interested in bidding wars. Maybe he learned his lesson from guaranteeing Greg Jennings $17.8M for what ending up being two seasons. He likes mid-tier value guys like Linval (5 for $31.2M, BUT with only $12.5M GTD), Captain (3 for $11.25M, $4.45M GTD) and pursing Michael Johnson and Clint Boling last offseason.

    Is it exciting for the fans not to chase and overpay the big name free agents? No.

    Is it best and most fiduciary responsible way to build a team? Yes.

    Rick and Brzezinski are smart shoppers. Look at the bulk of their contracts & extensions. Low guarantees and FRONT LOADED so the team isn’t tethered to dead weight if the player doesn’t pan out. Free agents with options want security on the back end of their deals. That’s not what well constructed teams do. And the Vikings are one of those teams now.

    …….(That all being said, I’d be okay if Rick overpaid for Iloka.)