If you’re a Minnesota Vikings fan, this offseason has been nothing short of bittersweet for you.
On the heels of a 2012 playoff season in which Adrian Peterson left no doubt that he is the best running back in the NFL today, the Vikings dealt offensive spark plug Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in a trade that practically ripped the hearts out of the Minnesota faithful.
A couple weeks later, the team made up for it.
For the first time in a while, the Vikings have made a splash in free agency this offseason. First came the somewhat surprising signing of quarterback Matt Cassel, and quickly after that the Vikings signed receiver Greg Jennings, a long time Green Bay Packer. Together those two will look to replace Harvin and complement Peterson in 2013.
They’ll do it, too.
Reports are that Cassel will compete with Christian Ponder for the starting job in 2013, but given Ponder’s shaky play thus far in his young career, the edge in that battle goes to Cassel. That said, with Jennings, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright out wide and Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph at tight end, the Vikings passing attack will be much improved in 2013.
And then there’s that Peterson guy. He’s pretty good, too.
Without capturing major headlines, the Vikings have made themselves into a solid playoff team this offseason, maybe even a Super Bowl contender. They’ll compete with the Packers for the NFC North title, and with a ground and pound offense led by the best back in the NFL, Minnesota could be a dangerous playoff team next year. As long as they have Peterson, they’ll be in business.
If you’re a Vikings fan, you should look forward to Minnesota’s 2013. I know I am.