One position that may not be on top of the Minnesota Vikings‘ needs list this off-season is – safety. However, that doesn’t mean acquiring another one would be a bad move.
The reality is that the Vikings have a pretty solid unit at safety. It’s now headed up by Harrison Smith, with several other reliable contributors on the roster.
One player who emerged in 2012 was Jamarca Sanford. The fourth-year safety played in all 16 games, and had a career season along way, accumulating 66 tackles and four forced fumbles. Sanford’s contract with Minnesota is up on March 12th though, and he’ll be due a substantial raise from his former average annual salary of $1.79 million. The kicker is that Drew Rosenhaus is Sanford’s agent, and we all know how he negotiates.
So what if Sanford wants more money than the Vikings are willing to pay?
The obvious answer, is that they will look back to the NFL Draft this year to add more depth. Given the recent success they’ve had taking safeties in the draft, and the depth of the position this year, Minnesota can easily upgrade their roster in April’s draft.
Personally, I’d like to see them re-up Sanford. He is expendable, but I like the physicality he brings to the field. Sanford and Smith will only get better as time goes on and as they play more downs together.
At the same time, I’d be all for picking up another safety in the draft. Sanford himself was a seventh-rounder, so it goes to show there is definitely hidden talent available that can fit the Vikings’ defensive scheme. With nine picks at Minnesota’s disposal, there would be little risk in taking a safety somewhere in the mid-to-late rounds.
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