By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on March 23, 2014
After a 5-10-1 record and a last place finish in the NFC North last season, it has been back to the drawing board for the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. New head coach Mike Zimmer will look to turn things around, and he has a fairly talented roster to do so. The Vikings have some key holes on their team, but they also have some cap space to work with. Here are five remaining free agents they should be considering.
With teams shying away from paying the running back position, the market simply has not been there for Maurice Jones-Drew. The three-time All-Pro will have to accept a part-time role and will not be paid top dollar. With Toby Gerhart moving on this offseason, MJD would be a great third-down back to spell Adrian Peterson and a veteran who could step in if AP were to go down.
The Vikings re-signed starting LG Charlie Johnson, so this is not a huge position of need. However, Johnson was not very impressive last season, and if they could get him for the right price, Davin Joseph could be a big upgrade. Once one of the best offensive guards in the league, Joseph has struggled with injuries the past couple of seasons. If he can regain his past form, adding Joseph would be a huge get for Minnesota.
With Desmond Bishop and Erin Henderson extremely unlikely to be back, the Vikings have some spots to fill at the LB positions. Pat Angerer has struggled with injuries during his career, but he is a talented MLB who plays hard and is never out of position. Assuming health, Angerer could be a steal for the Vikings.
They brought in Linval Joseph as a free agent early in the offseason, but the Vikings still have plenty of need on the interior defensive line. Pat Sims was very good for the Oakland Raiders last season and seems to be undervalued on the current market. He is solid against the run and has surprising athleticism that gives him good pass rushing abilities inside.
With Jared Allen not coming back, the Vikings could also use some depth at the defensive end position. Robert Ayers is a great run defender, and a talented, yet inconsistent pass rusher. He would give the Vikings solid production for a discounted price.
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