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5 Moves the Minnesota Vikings Must Make Following 2014 NFL Draft

5 Moves the Minnesota Vikings Must Make Following 2014 NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft and free agency are over, but there are still plenty of moves the Minnesota Vikings can make to improve their team.

Here is a look at five moves the Vikings must consider following the 2014 NFL Draft.

Trade/Release Christian Ponder

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Trade/Release Christian Ponder

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After drafting Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings now have three quarterbacks on their roster. Ponder is only under contract through this season and has certainly been less than impressive since being drafted in 2011. If the Vikings cannot find a suitor for Ponder, the team should release him so he does not take reps away from Bridgewater and Matt Cassel.

Re-Sign Kyle Rudolph

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Re-Sign Kyle Rudolph

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The 2014 season will be a contract year for Rudolph. Based off the success offensive coordinator Norv Turner has had in the past developing tight ends, one would assume Rudolph would have a successful season. With that said, it would behoove the Vikings to sign him to a new contract now before his value skyrockets.

Give Teddy Bridgewater First-Team Reps

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Give Teddy Bridgewater First-Team Reps

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The Vikings drafted Bridgewater to be their franchise quarterback. Chances are the Vikings are not going anywhere this season given the competition in the NFC North and conference as a whole. Allowing Bridgewater to play with the first-team and become the starter now would grant him some much needed NFL experience.

Start David Yankey Over Charlie Johnson

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Start David Yankey Over Charlie Johnson

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When the Vikings drafted Yankey in the fifth round, the team acquired a pro-ready, talented offensive lineman. Johnson has been on the decline for a few years now and was the weakest link in what was otherwise a very strong Minnesota offensive line. Starting Yankey over Johnson would not only improve the offensive line, but also allow Yankey valuable NFL experience.

Restructure Adrian Peterson's Contract

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Restructure Adrian Peterson's Contract

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This move is not necessarily a “must,” but it is definitely a “should.” The total value of Peterson’s contract is over double the next highest current running back contract. While Peterson is arguably the best in the business, no running back is worth the amount of money he makes given the current style of play in the NFL.