Will the Vikings Make a Wild Free Agency Addition?

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Next week is when the Minnesota Vikings can finally delve into the free agency process. THe focal point of their offseason has been threefold, but outside of quarterback, Justin Jefferson, and Danielle Hunter, is there a shocker coming in a handful of days?

Will the Vikings Make a Wild Free Agency Addition?

While Kevin O’Connell made a strong statement in his first year as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, the team took a step backward last season while dealing with significant injuries to Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson. Working through general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s competitive rebuild, there is still a strong core capable of competitiveness here. Getting things right this offseason and supplementing the roster with new talent is a must.

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Of course, what happens with Kirk Cousins and Jefferson remains the focal point for Minnesota. Hunter remaining with the Vikings seems potentially unlikely, but that could certainly happen. With the announcement that the salary cap is rising substantially, Minnesota could find themselves going on a nice little shopping spree. How that manifests itself on the roster remains to be seen.

Unless Minnesota spends substantially on Cousins, the quarterback position will likely be something of a depressed version of spending. They could find interest in a pact with veteran Baker Mayfield, but any sort of bridge quarterback will be a much lesser investment. Jefferson, while expensive, is already an internal sunk cost. Outside of those two, something significant could happen on multiple other fronts.

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The running back position is barren outside of Ty Chandler. There is no denying that some sort of talent needs to be supplemented, and by adding a free agent, that could come with a more prominent name than payday. On the edge rusher front, Hunter leaving means the position is empty, and while the Vikings could draft an impact player in the first round, adding one of the better available free agents makes a good deal of sense.

There is also the potential that a former Brian Flores asset finds a fit in Minnesota. Notably, the cornerback position could use some veteran depth, and Xavien Howard might be the pinnacle of best fits.

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The buildup to this offseason moment is always substantial, and NFL organizations seem to go gangbusters when allowed to open their pocketbooks. How much money is allocated to Cousins has been the talk of the past handful of months, but now things shift to everyone else.

Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.