Vikings Still Have 15 Free Agents on the Board

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The Minnesota Vikings’ free agent decisions have moved at a steady clip, starting Monday with about 25 in-house choices on players. Some men have been re-signed, others trekked elsewhere, and now 15 internal free agents await their fate in Minnesota.

Vikings Still Have 15 Free Agents on the Board

As of March 13th, the start of the NFL’s new league year, at 5:40 pm CST, these 15 players have not been extended by Minnesota:

  • RB Cam Akers
  • LB Anthony Barr
  • QB Joshua Dobbs
  • LB Troy Dye
  • K Greg Joseph
  • DT James Lynch
  • OT Oli Udoh
  • G Chris Reed
  • WR K.J. Osborn
  • IOL Dalton Risner
  • IOL Austin Schlottmann
  • DL T.J. Smith
  • DT Khyiris Tonga
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • OLB D.J. Wonnum
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The list is extensive and indicates more Vikings-themed news is afoot. These players have received contracts and are back in the saddle for 2024:

  • Theo Jackson, S — Extended 2/21.
  • Nick Muse, TE — Extended 3/5
  • Johnny Mundt, TE — Extended 3/8
  • David Quessenberry, OT — Extended 3/11
  • Blake Brandel, OL — Extended 3/11
  • Brandon Powell, WR — Extended 3/12
  • Jonathan Bullard, DT — Extended 3/13
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And these players have new NFL homes or are still searching for them as of Wednesday evening:

  • Alexander Mattison, RB — Released 3/4
  • 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
  • Hakeen Adeniji, OT — Signed with Browns 3/12
  • Danielle Hunter, EDGE — Signed with Texans 3/12

Dalton Risner and D.J. Wonnum arguably should fetch the most attention of those still not signed. Minnesota re-signed Blake Brandel for three years and $9.5 million, a hint he could end up as the Vikings’ starting left guard. That would disqualify a Risner reunion in purple. Stay tuned.

Risner tweeted Tuesday, “Just In case anyone was wondering… I’ve started 73 games over 5 years in the league… missing only 4 games due to injury… earning the starting spot amongst 3 different coaching staffs… I’ve never asked for a bag, simply just a starting guard contract.”

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That’s usually an agent’s job to uplift but to each their own. On Wonnum, well, the Vikings signed external free-agent pass rushers Jonathan Greenard and Andrew Van Ginkel this week but still need depth. Wonnum is precisely that — unless he can grab starter’s money elsewhere. Wonnum tore his quad last season and could be gettable for the Vikings on an affordable deal.

Vikings fans will also monitor Cam Akers, Joshua Dobbs, K.J. Osborn, and Greg Joseph, if only to learn where each ends up around the league. Oli Udoh, too, a longtime Viking, could be a player that Minnesota re-signs for depth purposes.

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Free agency generally has a “second wave,” as many describe, and that has either begun or is right around the bend.

The 2024 NFL Draft is six weeks away.

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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