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The Vikings are Gearing Up for Another Roster Move

The Minnesota Vikings are concocting something behind the scenes as the offseason puzzle becomes clearer. To date, the Vikings have acquired defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, cornerback Patrick Peterson, linebacker Nick Vigil, and defensive end Stephen Weatherly via free agency.

More new faces are on the way.

Multiple Vikings-related personalities reported on Monday evening that Anthony Barr’s contractual restructure was more generous to the team that was led on last week.

And, clicking on the above-referenced tweet gives more detail on the prognosis of this move.

Long story short — with Barr’s deal and Kyle Rudolph’s post-June 1st cap maneuvering, Minnesota is inching closer to $10 million in cap space. That means that one big-name player or two mid-tier personnel are soon heading northward.

The possibilities are limitless with this newfound money.

The Vikings have been linked to Orlando Brown trade talks. He’s an offensive tackle from the Baltimore Ravens that wants to sever ties with the other purple franchise because he wants to play left guard, not right guard. At the moment, he is “stuck” behind the All-Pro Ronnie Stanley — which is less than ideal for Brown as Stanley isn’t going anywhere. The downside here is that Minnesota would likely have to part ways with its 2021 1st-Round pick to land Brown. Too, there are the questions about acclimating Brown to a zone-blocking scheme.

General Manager Rick Spielman may also target tackles Eric Fisher or Russell Okung. Both men are free agents, and both will necessitate a large average annual salary.

Then, there is the more basic strategy — find some damn guards. As of now, the Vikings do not have a starting guard on the depth chart, unless Ezra Cleveland is moved back to his organic position. In 2020, Cleveland played guard as the now-departed Riley Reiff locked down left tackle for the entire season. Names to monitor for guard with the Vikings cap space: Forrest Lamp, Nick Easton, Austin Blythe, and Trai Turner.

Next, there is the Richard Sherman rumor “that won’t go away.”

The Sherman speculation is befuddling because he will not play for bottom-dollar, and the Vikings already employ Cameron Dantzler, Patrick Peterson, Mike Hughes, and Jeff Gladney. Head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t really “need” another corner — particularly when the offense has no starting guards.

The franchise could also be bold and sign a bonafide WR3 — a spot the Vikings have ignored for almost a half-decade. Players like Larry Fitzgerald, Golden Tate, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Willie Snead remain available.

Or — Spielman could silence the Danielle Hunter underpaid-fodder and secure the 26-year-old defensive end well into his 30s. Hunter earns significantly less than his worth, but he is waltzing into 2021 with a wait-and-see outlook concerning his injury recovery. Hunter missed all of 2020. Regardless, the Barr move might be cap-clearance for a deserved Hunter extension.

Minnesota might still do something really funky that no one sees coming — like most of their free-agent signings this offseason. Men like Jadeveon Clowney, T.Y. Hilton, Aldon Smith are unsigned.

Finally, most folks theorize the team addressing the starting safety [opposite Harrison Smith] in the 2021 NFL Draft. Young safeties can often be placed in a starting lineup without immense fear of failure (unlike positions that demand more maturity). If the Vikings have no interest in that, then Malik Hooker, Kenny Vaccaro, and Tre Boston are free-agent names that can be tossed in the mix.

All in all, the money is freeing up. Something is brewing. Maybe even an Eric Wilson reunion.

Dustin Baker

Writer. Host of Bleav in Vikings Podcast w/B-Mac & Baker.

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Carl Brodin
2 months ago

Of course the two signings were DT, CB. Not surprised with Zimmer being the head coach.

MilesC
MilesC
Reply to  Carl Brodin
2 months ago

Well I mean, the last time they had a pair of stud DT, star edge rusher, up and coming edge rusher, pro bowl caliber linebackers, starting cornerbacks, Smith, and a random guy across from him , they took a 3rd string, turnover prone quarterback to the NFCCG…. I don’t have a problem with constructing a Zimmer roster…

Brock David Huisman
Brock David Huisman
2 months ago

Sign a o-lineman. Any o-lineman! I don’t care who! Just at least try to appear that you wanna fix the biggest position problem team has had for the last decade! For life of me I don’t understand how they keep putting out a line of scabs and rookies and expect to compete! P.s. last time Vikes made the super Bowl was 2 months before I was born. I’m beginning to think I’m bad luck.

William Hunt
William Hunt
Reply to  Brock David Huisman
2 months ago

I was 17 years old when the vikings last played in Super Bowl.
1977
I’m 61 now, still waiting !!

Edgecrusher71
Edgecrusher71
Reply to  Brock David Huisman
2 months ago

Oh, I care who! NOT Dakota Dozier!

Harlan Cato
Harlan Cato
2 months ago

I been in Viking family over 30 years,I want to see us bring in a powerful offensive line unit and complete on the offensive side and let the coordinators do their job and the couch just coach

Joseph Flanagan
Joseph Flanagan
2 months ago

Enjoyed the article ! FYI – Orlando Brown wrote Ravens a Letter stating he is a “Left Tackle” not a “Right tackle”. Keep the articles coming!! Also want to throw James white’s hat into the ring as a option who could be an amazing cheap no 3 Rb with ton of playoff experience as a security blanket for quick backfield dumps offs if Cook gets hurt in a mattison 3rd down time share. Skol

MilesC
MilesC
2 months ago

Personally, I’d like to see them make a deal for Orlando Brown JR. This guy has perennial-All Pro written all over him… that would require Cleveland to become a gaurd permanently, and he’s not really built for that, so i don’t know what you do from that standpoint, but Orlando Brown JR is a absolute beast of a man who every football team should want to employ as it’s starting left tackle.. Maybe a swap of Cleveland for Brown, I don’t know… But, Orlando Brown JR would be a perfect add for this team, it’s like building a stone wall on cousins left side, and giving Dalvin cook a revolving fence on the left side of the line…. That man is massive, his dad was a great player, and he draws a lot of pride and motivation from his fathers legacy…. Not much more motivation than that…

Duke2you
2 months ago

Draft Darrisaw, give up a 3rd and 4th to move up in the draft get Wyatt Davis and the OL becomes a Young, New Force to be reconned with at rookie salaries. Sacrifice 2 picks to move up and GET IT DONE…WE NEED YOUNG OL Studs!!!

Ace
Ace
2 months ago

Cousins is an effective QB; as a pocket passer with protection. Why does it seem we are scrambling every year for a serviceable OL?

andrew
andrew
2 months ago

What about the draft? I belive I’ve read the Vikings need $8 million or so in cap space to sign rookies? I really hope they address the oline this year!

Mychal
Mychal
2 months ago

Not sure if these GMs realize…. forget all the big names, teams win super bowls when they are successful up front in the Oline and Dline. They make everyone’s life easier. Oline gives quarterback time and holes for the running back. Dline creates pressure and allows the corners to not cover for so long. I am a firm believer of spending money for beef. The skill positions are a dime a dozen. Do it Rick, we have all the talent in the world but we NEED Oline!

Tim
Tim
2 months ago

I may have missed it, why no discussion on Cousins restructuring his contract? That could free up big money. Brady has done that for years an it has served him well.

Bubba
2 months ago

As long as the Vikings choose someone decent, I don’t care.

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