With rosters being trimmed to 53 players Friday, many veterans and wild card players are hitting the market. With some players, teams know what they’re going to get. With others, it’s a total shot in the dark. Regardless, the Minnesota Vikings are a team that should have the eyes wide open for the next 24 hours.
You could make a case the team needs help at these four positions alone: wide receiver, linebacker, offensive line, and secondary. With that in mind let’s take a look at some names now available to the Vikings:
Deion Branch: Simply put, Branch would be a solid veteran wide receiver addition. However it’s doubtful he would want to play on a rebuilding team like Minnesota. Not to mention, he wasn’t quite the same receiver the last time Tom Brady wasn’t throwing to him…
Joselio Hanson: A veteran nickelback cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, Hanson will find employment somewhere. The Vikings have an Chris Carr and Josh Robinson vying for that position currently, but a team can’t really have too much depth at corner. The team is said to be happy with both Carr and Robinson, so a Hanson signing is unlikely.
David Sims: An undrafted free agent safety last season, Sims again finds himself on the open market. He fits the bill in terms of what GM Rick Spielman seems to want in a free agent signing. Sims is young, and inexpensive, with an upside. He recorded 14 tackles and 2 interceptions this preseason, while impressing some.
Marvin McNutt: Another casualty of the Eagles, this is one of the more surprising roster cuts. It’s not shocking that McNutt is not quite there yet, after all, he was a quarterback until three years ago. McNutt went from third string quarterback at Iowa, to one of the best receivers in school history… He’s a tall possession receiver, with fantastic hands. He again fits the bill as a young player with lots of upside.