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8 Free Agents Still Available Who We Should Consider

Free agency has kicked off in full force this year and while alot of the top tier free agents are gone, there is still plenty of talent left for the Vikings to look at. Below is 8 players that are left that I think the Vikings should consider.

 

LB Erin Henderson(26) – I’m going to start off the list with one of our own free agents. How we haven’t signed Erin is beyond me and especially since we are thin a LB even with him on the roster. He’s 25, can play all 3 LB spots, and performed very well in his first year as a starter. He only played about 53% of the snaps last year but I think he can be a very good 3 down LB when given the chance.

LB David Hawthorne(27) – Hawthorne is a 3 down LB who is versatile enough to play both inside and out. We are only returning one starter as of right now so Hawthorne seems like a great fit whether its at MLB or OLB.

LB Curtis Lofton(26) – Another LB who could immediately step in and improve the group. As i said with the other LB’s on this list, we only have 1 returning starter and Jasper Brinkley isn’t the greatest fit at MLB for our scheme.

CB Tracy Porter(26) – Do I really need to say much about our secondary last year? I think Porter could make a fine addition lined up on opposite side of Chris Cook and allowing Winfield into the slot.

S O.J. Atogwe(31) – Atogwe may not be the same player as he was for the Rams but either way he would provide us with a upgrade at safety. At 30 I think he could provide a year or two fill in while someone like Mistral Raymond gains experience.

LB Chris Chamberlain(26) – by now I think it’s obvious that I think we need some LB’s. Chamberlain is coming off a solid 2011 season and I think he could become a every down LB. I don’t think he would require breaking the bank for either. Could become a nice value pickup.

CB Corey Graham(27) – May not be a big name or a game changer but I think he could provide some nice depth. May be limited to the slot but with Winfield turning 35 why not take a flyer on him for cheap? At worst he’s a very solid special teams player.

KR/WR Ted Ginn Jr(27) – Ginn recently visited the Vikings and could be a possibility. The Vikings will be looking to increase Harvins role this year as they started to do as the year went on last year. Increasing his role on offense likely means a decreased role on kick returns. It’s hard to take Harvin off of kick returns because he’s a threat to take it to the house everytime but if your going to do so might as well replace him with someone who can be as much of a threat. Also will give us a punt return threat also. Might demand a bit much for a kick returner so the money would have to be right to pull the trigger.

 

Anyone that you think the Vikings should look at or any particular position you think they should target next?


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7 Responses to “8 Free Agents Still Available Who We Should Consider”

  1. SupaScout says:

    DL Derek Landri, started the end of the season for the Eagles, quietly putting up nice numbers on a defense filled with all-stars. He is solid on both the run and the pass, and should come with a very reasonable price tag. Even though the is 28 and probably too old the Spielmans’ youth movement. He would bring solid depth in the rotation with K-Will.

  2. M Bridges says:

    Picking 1 to fill all the needs? I’ve always been a Lofton fan and would love to see him as a Viking. I know this is not part of the q but, talking about the rebuilding of the team I really would love to see em trade their first pick for a few more picks. Surely there is a team below the Vikes in the draft that would love the 3rd position to ensure they get their pick. Vikings have so many glaring needs on the D and Ponder needs targets and protection. Hopefully the team never finds them in such a high draft position again but, while they have it, put it to great use!

  3. CCDDAY says:

    Add:
    Melvin Bullitt, S, Colts. Age: 27
    The D coordinator knows him, he’s started in the past, he’s young and while he may not be a star, he’d be an upgrade and start for Vikings

    From your list I’d like:
    Ginn – Top 5 KR/PR and #4 WR
    Erin Henderson – C+ to B level player with room to grow
    Tracy Porter – Maybe, he’s just one of the best CB left and an upgrade for the Vikings, depends on what he’s asking for $$$-wise.

  4. Why do the vikings suck so much at life? Why does anyone care?

  5. SDViking says:

    I really would like to see the Vikes go after Jerome Simpson. In the alternative, Steve Smith and Brett Swain would be intriguing signings as well. These three all offer youth (26 and 27) and high ceiling.

    I agree with the Atogwe and Bullit ideas for the same reasons you all stated above.

    Lofton and Hawthorne would be too perfect. I don’t think we’ll be able to afford either of them. If we do sign one of them, think D’Qwell Jackson type numbers, 5 years 42 million, 20 million guaranteed. This is A LOT of money for a team that needs to fill multiple holes.

    I would like to see us sign Lofton or Hawthorn, but what is likely to happen is we will re-sign erin, ej, and maybe take a flyer on someone like Barrett Ruud.

    -SDV

    • M Bridges says:

      Well Lofton went to the Saints, of all teams. Ruud while in College he tore it up but, that hasn’t seaped over in his pro career, much like Teddy Lehman. Injuries may have played a part as well. Given that sometimes new scenery can bolster a career. As stated before, there are a whole lot of holes that have to be filled by good, young players, and this is gonna take time. This why it would be great to trade down, stay in the top 10-15 and get a few quality players. No one wants to see any more seasons like last and it was painful to see but, since it happened make it worth while. But, at the same time I don’t see how the team can be rebuilt solely through the draft with the condition it was allowed to get in to.

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