A Recap of the Vikings’ 18 Free Agent Moves So Far

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The Minnesota Vikings haven’t been shy. Not by a longshot.

A Recap of the Vikings’ 18 Free Agent Moves So Far

Free agency kicked off on Monday with “legal tampering,” and Minnesota hit the ground running. Here’s the action to date — with plenty more on the way.

The Newcomers

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  • Jonathan Greenard, EDGE — 4 Years, $76m (HOU)
  • Andrew Van Ginkel, EDGE — 2 Years, $20m (MIA)
  • Blake Cashman, ILB — 3 Years, $25.5m (HOU)
  • Sam Darnold, QB — 1 Year, $10m (SF)
  • Parker Romo, K — XFL
  • Aaron Jones, RB — 1 Year, $7m (GB)

The Viking’s defense added three new starters — at least during free agency’s first three days; more could be on the way — replacing Danielle Hunter with Greenard and Van Ginkel.

The Departed

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  • Kirk Cousins, QB — Signed with Falcons 3/11
  • Marcus Davenport, EDGE — Signed with Lions 3/11
  • Jordan Hicks, LB — Signed with Browns 3/11
  • Dean Lowry, DT — Released 3/12
  • William Kwenkeu, ILB — Released 3/12
  • Hakeem Adeniji, OT — Signed with Browns 3/12
  • Danielle Hunter, EDGE — Signed with Texans 3/12

Back in the Saddle

The Dalton Risner
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  • David Quessenberry, OT — Extended 3/11
  • Blake Brandel, OL — Extended 3/11
  • Brandon Powell, WR — Extended 3/12
  • Jonathan Bullard, DT — Extended 3/13

Other Notes

1 Viking Significantly More
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  • Harrison Smith — Accepted paycut to $9 million salary for 2024.

The Athletic’s Alec Lewis tweeted Wednesday, “The Vikings have agreed to a restructured contract with safety Harrison Smith, source says. He’ll remain with the only team he’s ever known. Beloved.”

Lewis followed the tweet: “Harrison Smith’s new contract is worth $9 million, source says. His teammates already reacting excitedly, too. Not a more well-regarded dude in that locker room.”

A Vikings lifer, Smith effectuated the Wolf of Wall Street GIF and won’t leave the Vikings just yet. The 35-year-old signed on for season No. 13 on Wednesday.

The Pre-Free Agency Items

Part Autopsy
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  • Signed: A.J. Green, CB —1 Year, $1.05m (CLE)
  • Released: Alexander Mattison, RB
  • Extended: Theo Jackson, S
  • Extended: Nick Muse, TE 
  • Extended: Johnny Mundt, TE 

Minnesota also retained defensive coordinator Brian Flores, who many believed could bolt for a head coaching job this offseason.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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