3 Vikings Could Be Preparing for Their Final Home Game in Minnesota
The Minnesota Vikings have a long list of players entering free agency at the conclusion of the 2023 season.
With Minnesota now preparing for their final home game of the regular season against the Green Bay Packers, there is a high likelihood that this will be the final home game in Minnesota for a number of players. Here are 3 Vikings who could be playing their final home game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night.
3 Vikings Could Be Preparing for their Final Home Game
Jonathan Bullard has signed one-year contracts with the Vikings in each of the past two seasons after spending his first six seasons bouncing between the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Atlanta Falcons.
Bullard will once again enter free agency in March after a strong season in 2023 where he has recorded a career-high 40 tackles, three tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and a forced fumble. The 30-year-old defender has proven to be a fantastic run-stopper this season, and while the Vikings should try to bring him back, he could be in line for a bigger pay day.
K.J. Osborn has been as consistent a WR3 as the Vikings could have hoped for over the past few seasons. Since 2021, Osborn has totaled 156 receptions, 1836 yards, and 15 TDs in the Vikings offense, and now, he is at the end of his rookie contract.
When Osborn enters free agency, he will inevitably be a target for multiple teams, and given the money being thrown in the direction of wide receivers over the past few years, his price tag might be too much for Minnesota to be able to retain him.
After a bit of a disappointing 2022 season in Minnesota, Jordan Hicks bounced back in a huge way during 2023 under Brian Flores’ tutelage. Hicks signed a two-year/$10 million contract back in 2022, and he has been worth every penny of that for this season’s performance alone (though, in fairness, he did accept a pay cut coming into the current season).
Despite missing five games on IR, Hicks has piled up 96 tackles, four tackle for loss, a sack, five passes defended, an interception, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He is also PFF’s 21st-highest graded linebacker among players with at least 400 defensive snaps this season. Now, he hits free agency in March hoping to land one more big deal.
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