5 Underrated Free Agents the Minnesota Vikings Should Target This Offseason
5 Underrated Free Agent Targets For Minnesota Vikings
Free agency is always a tricky field to get involved with, especially in the NFL. This year’s free agent pot is loaded full of players who could help even a team like the Cleveland Browns get better, or in this case the Minnesota Vikings.
Don't get me wrong, the Vikings are a team that is full of talented young players. The team's main issues come from lack of talent at core positions. According to NFL.com, the Vikings' largest holes to fill are the quarterback, defensive end and offensive guard positions.
It can be safe to assume that Minnesota will draft at least one player to help fill each of these positions, but will those players be enough to fill the gap? History would tell us that is not always the case. Fans know that finding a player like Adrian Peterson in the draft is incredibly hard to do anymore, even with the emergence of players like Eddie Lacy and Giovanni Bernard in last season’s draft.
Two of the Vikings quarterbacks are going to free agency this year, even though Josh Freeman did not get an ample chance to show what most NFL analysts think he is capable of doing. Freeman could find a way to get a second chance for Minnesota and actually show what he is capable of doing.
The Minnesota secondary has taken numerous hits over the past few seasons, and now more than ever, this issue needs to be addressed. Both the corner back and safety positions are full of talented players that could easily improve the state of the Vikings defense.
Perhaps the biggest issue the Vikings will have to address is the potential departure of defensive end Jared Allen. The presence of Allen not only on the field, but in the locker room, is tremendous to the Minnesota organization as a whole. Will the team want to spend the amount of money it will more than likely take to bring him back again? It is a difficult spot to be in if you are the Vikings organization.
It is always difficult when it comes to signing free agents, especially when most demand such a high price. If Minnesota can play its cards right, there is players available who can help fill team needs without breaking the bank.
With all of that being said, let us take a look at five of the underrated free agents that the Vikings should target this 2014 offseason
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5. Cornerback Josh Wilson
The Vikings secondary can be compared to one thing and one thing only, a McDonald's play land. It is always easy to play in and you always leave feeling better after visiting. It may be a little harsh phrasing it like that, but honestly Minnesota needs help. Enter Josh Wilson. The seventh year corner out of the University of Maryland is just what the doctor ordered for the ailing Vikings secondary.
Harrison Smith has done a great job since being drafted last season, but with the possible departure of Chris Cook, Smith along with Xavier Rhodes, will need some help stopping opposing offenses. Wilson had 93 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 2013 for the Washington Redskins. His ball-hawking talents would fit perfectly into the rough and tough style of the Vikings.
4. Guard Mike McGlynn
What kind of report can you give about a lineman to make him sound convincing? Well, McGlynn has been in the league for six years (plenty of gas left in the tank), he spent the past two seasons blocking for Andrew Luck and he would fill the potentially vacant spot on the Minnesota line if Charlie Johnson leaves for a new team. McGlynn stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 325 pounds, basically what any team wants for a lineman. His experience with high caliber teams and quarterbacks will help him make the blocking, for who the Vikings have throwing the ball this season, a little more consistent and secure.
3. Quarterback Matt Flynn
What?! Another Green Bay Packers player going to the Vikings? Say it isn't so! Honestly though, what is not to love about this move? The Vikings need a younger, but experienced quarterback to lead them back to former glory. Flynn sounds like a solid option in my book. Yes, the word on the street is that the Vikings will draft a quarterback, but why not have a solid second option just in case? Christian Ponder could have been the franchise quarterback, but his injuries and lack of consistency just have hurt the organization too much. Flynn could finally get his chance to lead a team for the whole season.
2. Defensive End Michael Bennett
Why the Seattle Seahawks want to let anyone from their show-stopping defense go is beyond me…but contracts and all of that stuff always have to get in the way. Minnesota might be losing one of the league’s most dominate defensive ends in Jared Allen, so why not bring in another player who knows how to make big plays happen. Bennett registered 8.5 sacks, one forced fumble and 31 tackles in 2013. His lack of tackles is a little disturbing, but once in Minnesota, he will be given a larger roll than in Seattle.
1. Middle Linebacker Wesley Woodyard
Out of any underrated free agent available for the Vikings' choosing, Wesley Woodard makes the most sense. With the release of Erin Henderson today, the middle linebacker position just got incredibly thin. Woodyard has been a consistent fixture for the Denver Broncos since being drafted by them back in 2008. Since joining the league, Woodyard has registered 434 tackles, eight sacks, five interceptions and six forced fumbles. He stands at 6-foot-0 and weighs 233 pounds. Woodyard is perfect for a struggling Vikings defense that needs big play makers who won’t break the bank. If any of these five projected moves were to happen, Vikings fans should pray for Woodyard.