The Minnesota Vikings have been content with signing low budget free agents this offseason. It’s surprising that Minnesota did not agree to terms with one superstar to help bolster a team that is in desperate need of some leadership.
Linval Joseph, Captain Munnerlyn, Derek Cox, Tom Johnson and Corey Wooten are going to be some new faces on defense, while Vladimir Ducasse will be a new face on the offensive line. Other than that, we will likely be seeing much of the same, as the Vikings resigned many of the guys that anchored the offensive side of the ball last season.
Is this going to be good enough to contend in the brutal NFC North Division next season?
The answer, in my opinion, is no.
I get the thinking behind all of these free agent signings, but this team needs a little more help. These new free agents are all supposed to eventually fit into coach Mike Zimmer’s system, but that is not going to happen right away.
Sure, most of these guys will probably work out in the long run, but the fans that are expecting a playoff run next season may be disappointed.
I believe the Vikings should have pursued Darrelle Revis, DeSean Jackson and Aqib Talib a little harder. Jackson ended up with the Redskins, a team that will likely struggle next season. The Vikings have a lot of the pieces that would have made Jackson a good fit, especially if they draft Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater in the NFL draft.
Revis or Talib would have complemented Munnerlyn very nicely in the secondary. The Vikings would have gotten Revis for a good price also. The team is in desperate need of veteran leadership on defense, especially in the secondary. They still don’t have that true leader in the secondary.
The Vikings did not go above and beyond in free agency this season, so I’ll give the signings a C. It would have been nice to land a proven veteran or superstar to improve the leadership on this team.