Minnesota Vikings: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer in 2014

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NFL teams do not acquire players through free agency or the NFL Draft without an expectation of these players contributing to their team’s success. However, some players come at a greater cost and are expected to play a more important role.

These five Minnesota Viking offseason additions have the most to offer in 2014.

Honorable Mention: QB Teddy Bridgewater

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Honorable Mention: QB Teddy Bridgewater

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The 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bridgewater is the Vikings future starting quarterback. However, he may not have an opportunity to have an impact this season with Matt Cassel projecting to be the starting quarterback for the Vikings in 2014.

5. LB Anthony Barr

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5. LB Anthony Barr

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The Vikings selected Barr with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft in order to fill a gaping hole at linebacker. Barr likely has more to offer in the future, due to his very raw football skills, but it remains a strong possibility that he could have a major impact as a pass rusher this season.

4. G David Yankey

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4. G David Yankey

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A fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Yankey will have an opportunity to become a starter immediately. The incumbent starter at guard for the Vikings, Charlie Johnson, has been less than sufficient over the past few seasons. Yankey could play a key role on an already solid Vikings offensive line.

3. CB Derek Cox

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3. CB Derek Cox

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Just a season ago Cox signed a four-year, million contract with the San Diego Chargers to be their No. 1 cornerback. Cox was underwhelming in San Diego and was subsequently released during the offseason. However, Cox has the ability to be a solid cornerback in the NFL, making him an important addition to what has been a weak Vikings secondary.

2. DT Linval Joseph

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2. DT Linval Joseph

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Joseph signed a big five-year, .5 million contract with the Vikings during the offseason to fortify their interior defensive line. While his role is not flashy, Joseph does an excellent job eating up blockers and stopping rushers at the line of scrimmage. Joseph will be a key player in an improving Vikings rush defense.

1. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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1. CB Captain Munnerlyn

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Joseph signed the bigger offseason contract with the Vikings, but Munnerlyn may have the more important role. After being a playmaker on an elite Carolina Panther defense, Munnerlyn will be the leader of a young, developing Vikings secondary. Given his excellent ball skills and ability to turn defense into offense, Munnerlyn has the most to offer of any of the Vikings' many offseason additions.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+


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