The Minnesota Vikings’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

5 Moves the Minnesota Vikings Will Regret

Christian Ponder
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The Minnesota Vikings have put together a strong showing so far this offseason, rebuilding the coaching staff and bringing aboard Mike Zimmer to help steer the team in the right direction. They made a splash during free agency, adding big-time playmakers like Captain Munnerlyn and Linval Joseph to the mix. Still, they haven’t been perfect up to this point.

Here’s a look at the Vikings’ five biggest mistakes so far this offseason.

Re-signing Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson
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Re-signing Jerome Simpson

Jerome Simpson
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I understand the appeal of Simpson – he’s uber athletic and can stretch the field for the Vikings. The ridiculous inconsistency he plays with is infuriating, though. Minnesota needs reliable weapons for whoever is the starter under center in 2014, and Simpson doesn’t fit the bill. He looked better in 2013 than he did the year before, but I wouldn’t expect another leap in production if I was you.

Releasing Greg Childs

Greg Childs
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Releasing Greg Childs

Greg Childs
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The Vikings have gotten zero production from Childs, a 2012 fourth-round pick who tore the patellar tendons in both of his knees before his rookie season began. Despite his injuries, there’s still some promise left in the wide receiver. He’s a relentless pass-catcher who has the speed and size to be a serious deep threat. Unfortunately, we’ll never know what his future may have held.

Re-signing Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
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Re-signing Charlie Johnson

Charlie Johnson
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Even if they were forced to settle on Jeff Baca as the starter, the Vikings would have been better off without Johnson. The starting left guard for the last two seasons has been an underwhelming presence along the Minnesota offensive line, and was easily the weakest link in 2013. Bringing him back into the fold didn’t fix anything – it just opened up more opportunities for Johnson to be a nuisance.

Giving Everson Griffen a massive contract

Everson Griffen
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Giving Everson Griffen a massive contract

Everson Griffen
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This offseason, the Vikings handed Griffen a five-year, $42.5 million contract to stay in Minnesota as the replacement for Jared Allen at right defensive end. While the fourth-year player out of USC is definitely a promising pass rusher, the amount of money is simply absurd. He hasn’t had an opportunity to prove himself in a starting role, and might struggle as the Vikings’ primary pass rusher. Too much money for an unproven player…

Keeping Christian Ponder on the roster

Christian Ponder
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Keeping Christian Ponder on the roster

Christian Ponder
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The whole “depth” argument makes sense, but Ponder simply doesn’t belong on this roster anymore. For the past three years, he’s been a subpar quarterback who can’t win games or make plays in the clutch. Even if he’s the Vikings’ No. 3 passer heading into the regular season, the far-off possibility of him seeing the field in 2014 is too much of a risk for Minnesota to take.

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  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

    I agree right up to Christian Ponder, I think he has proven himself as consistant and great in the clutch. Him behind center has given the team the highest points on the board avg of 30.2 That should be good enough to get the win everytime with a solid defense. Actually those points are underinflated as far as potential with a decent defense it could easily go up by 10 points per game, and an extra 100 yds a game (more posession oportunity). Also if the team could fix the Oline a bit more Vladimir at RG should help, then I am certain the td to interception ratio would increase, as well as downfield yardage adding even more yards per game. Ponder has and can throw 65 yards downfield if given