Offseason Analysis: Minnesota Vikings

Feb 17, 2009

The Vikings have a major need to address at Quarterback.  Tarvaris Jackson may evenutally turn into a decent QB, but this defense is aging, and their window is closing quickly.  The Vikings are more than set at RB with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.  Bernard Berrian was the deep threat they were looking for and Bobby Wade is a solid slot WR.  Sidney Rice was a disappointment, but everyone was probably a year off in his development.  He’s a red zone threat with 8 of his 46 career receptions (17%) going for a TD.  Visanthe Shiancoe had a breakout year at TE for the Purple.  Blocking TE Jim Kleinsasser is an Unrestricted Free Agent, but I think they’ll find a way to bring him back.  The same can’t be said for Matt Birk, who will be moving on.

Defensively the Vikings could start the season withouth the Williams Wall (Pat & Kevin) for the first four games if their suspensions aren’t overturned.  Jared Allen was all the Vikings could have hoped for an more.  The Vikes D-Line is in good shape, but some of their key backups (Fred Evans, Otis Grigsby) are Free Agents.  They’ll likely try to bring them back for depth and suspension insurance.  They’ll get a big bump from the return of MLB E.J. Henderson, who forms a solid LB corps with Ben Leber and Chad Greenway.  Napolean Harris was decent filling in for E.J.  He’s a free agent so there’s a chance they don’t bring him back.  I’m guessing they’ll take a MLB to groom in the draft.  S Darren Sharper has more than likely played his last game for the Vikings, in which case they’ll have to address that need.  They could use some more depth at Corner as well.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
RB Albert Young Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
FB Naufahu Tahi RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
WR Robert Ferguson UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
WR Jaymar Johnson Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
TE Jim Kleinsasser UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
OT Marcus Johnson RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
C Matt Birk UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
OL Brian Daniels Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
DL Kenderick Allen UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Fred Evans RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Otis Grigsby RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Jimmy Kennedy UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Jayme Mitchell RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Kenechi Udeze UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
DL Ellis Wyms UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Heath Farwell UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Napoleon Harris UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
LB Dontarrious Thomas UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Charles Gordon RFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Benny Sapp UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
CB Marcus Walker Re-signed Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings
SS Michael Boulware UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
SS Darren Sharper UFA Minnesota Vikings Free Agent
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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    WHICH QB ends up in Minn…..i guess we’ll know soon enough!

  2. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:12 am #

    Garcia would make sense to give T-Jack one more year. I thought he would have made sense when he left Philly.

  3. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    true, if he doesn’t retire. i really don’t wanna see him turn a farve on us!

    BTW re-sync your feed, it’s not updating :(

  4. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    He’s the anti-favre. He doesn’t throw INTS. Not into drama. I know he doesn’t want to come here and sit though.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  5. CK0712
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    by pull a farve i mean, sht the bed back & forth on retirement!

    no if he came, he would want a starting spot for sure! maybe he will & groom jackson!

  6. LestersLegends
    February 17th, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    I know. I think the only thing that would hinder him would be injury.

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