What Will Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Do Next?

Vikings Trade out
Feb 28, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo‐Mensah during the NFL combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Just a few weeks ago the Minnesota Vikings traded pass rusher Za’Darius Smith to the Cleveland Browns. What other moves will General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah make?

Extensions for Justin Jefferson and T.J. Hockenson could very possibly be done before the season starts. Extending the pair should absolutely be high on the to-do list, but both are still under contract for this season. This team is expected to compete for the playoffs once again, so adding more to this roster is most necessary.

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) walks on the field after losing a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Could he add a cornerback? They certainly could use one. Yes, they did sign Byron Murphy Jr. That was a good move, but they still need more corners. Akayleb Evans and Andrew Booth Jr are unproven along with rookie third-round pick Mekhi Blackmon.

Will Marcus Peters be the guy if they sign one?

Maybe adding a pass rusher could be on Adofo-Mensah’s wish list. Yannick Ngakoue and Frank Clark are still available. Guard Dalton Risner is also still on the market.

Also, what will happen with Dalvin Cook? If Minnesota releases him they would save $9 million. Many expected him to be gone by now whether it was via release or trade. According to Over the Cap, Minnesota is roughly $9.75 million under the salary cap.

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (4) gets tripped up by New York Giants safety Tony Jefferson (36) during the third quarter of a wild card game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Yes, there are not as many good free agents available as there were before the start of free agency, but there are still some who could help the team. Adding more competition is never a bad thing either. Maybe a late trade could happen, too. Earlier it looked like Cook was on the way out, but now that may not be the case. ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported the team will likely be going in a different direction than Cook. However, SKOR North‘s Darren Wolfson hinted that Cook may be “‘having a change of heart’ on taking a pay cut to stay with the Vikings.

Cook could be on the decline, but is still one of the best backs in the league, so if he is back it certainly would not be a bad thing.

Right tackle Brian O’Neill is currently due $19.659 million this year. He is recovering from a torn Achilles. Could they restructure him soon?

A Vikings Stalwart
Oct 10, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neill (75) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Training camp is less than two months away and the season opener is in early September. The offseason is still far from over. What other moves will Adofo-Mensah make and what will be the next move?

They could add two or three more pieces to the roster if they clear more cap space, but adding a cornerback should be their main priority.