It’s never something fans want to hear, but don’t expect the Minnesota Vikings to make any huge free agent signings in the coming weeks. GM Rick Spielman has a pretty clear philosophy when it comes to creating a football team – build it with youth and value. Spielman is not just going to go after a big name and hope it works out. He wants to build the Vikings from the ground up with young talent and players that fit what the team does on the field.
I’m not saying he won’t sign a popular player, but I am saying it probably won’t be the most popular or best player available at the position.
Take for example the wide receiver spot, a place where Minnesota clearly needs to add some talent. The best receivers available are Victor Cruz, Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe, and Greg Jennings. The Vikings could in theory sign any of these guys. But I think if they do look to free agency at that position, they’d more likely sign available players like Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, or Brian Hartline.
I don’t think there’s a Vikings’ fan who would complain if any of those guys were inked to a deal in Minnesota, but I’m not holding my breath. While I don’t expect the ultra conservative approach to free agency like we saw last year, I still don’t anticipate any front page signings.
Early estimates show the Vikings should have around $16 million in cap space heading into free agency. This means there’s more than enough room to make a little noise, but fans must be realistic and know that Spielman is looking far down the road with most of his off-season moves. I expect the draft to carry more weight than free agency, just as it did in 2012. At the same time, look for Spielman to at least make one significant move in the upcoming weeks.
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