:Fanteractive is the place where fans come to Fanteract! :Fanteractive is the place where fans come to Fanteract!

Following a late pre-season injury to Teddy Bridgewater the Vikings made an aggressive move to shore up their team and make a playoff run before their window closed. Unfortunately an injury to Adrian Peterson doomed the Vikings to miss the playoffs despite the surprisingly good play of Sam Bradford. Now the Viking find themselves cash strapped, ageing, and with a number of starters about to hit free agency.

Primary Needs: OT, RB, WR

Secondary Needs: OG, OLB, CB

Free Agency Strategy: Adrian Peterson will not be playing at his current salary. The best thing for everyone involved is probably to part ways but Peterson won’t make anywhere close to $18 million on the open market and it is possible that a well structured deal that frees up $10 million or so might keep him in Minnesota. As of now the Vikings have $21.5 million in cap space and 8 major free agents. Matt Kalil is the obvious candidate to be resigned. Kalil has played at a near Pro-Bowl level when healthy and finding a left tackle this year will be extremely difficult otherwise. It is possible that the team decides to resign Jake Long on the cheap but that seems unlikely. There are a number of guards and right tackles that the team could focus on but without restructuring Peterson they very likely won’t have the cap space to be major players in free agency.

Draft Strategy: The team has eight selections, but no first round choice. This means they can spend more of their cap space on veterans but they will also lose out on the opportunity to fully stock up on this year’s deep draft class. Still the Vikings have five selections in the top 118 and they will be able to add some competent players.  With so many needs the team has to take the best player available approach early. It wouldn’t be shocking if the team dropped from 46 to the end of the second round in order to add an extra third round selection, given their roster needs. There might not be an offensive tackle worth taking at 46th overall but cornerback, running back, and receiver should all have some value there. An offensive guard can probably be found in the 4th or 5th rounds.

You may also Interest in...

            After reading over the collective bargaining agreements for all of the different leagues, I actually find it very interesting how much they can vary among each other. Like how importa ... Read More
foshman | 13 Sep, 2019
It was a tough week, for me anyway, in Week 1 and I emerged just 3-2 over 5 games. Hopefully that will be among my worst weeks. This week we’ll switch things up and do four NFL games and one college game since there are no match ups of ranked t ... Read More
foshman | 05 Sep, 2019
NFC West Preview   The NFL West figures to be a battle ground division this season. Despite having last seasons Conference champs, Los Angeles, both Seattle and San Francisco look poised for a playoff run. What is most distinguishing about ... Read More
     What type of experience does it take to be an NFL Draft Scout? Can anyone do it? Rob Rang, Matt Miller, Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, and Tony Pauline have all shown that they have what it to takes to be a NFL Draft Scout. So what i ... Read More

Click Here for More Fanager Articles