Free Agency – What we know so far……

In familiar Spielman fashion, the Vikings have made some deals in the early portion of Free Agency, but again failed to make the splash fans want.  Rick threw his hat into the ring with several high-value talents like Wagner, Whitworth, Lang, Okung, and Jeffery but didn’t sweeten the offer enough to tempt them to sign.  Instead, he maintained his cautious approach to Free Agency by sticking to his game plan of not overspending, which has caused him yet again to overspend on the average talent that was left after the first wave of deals.

FA Acquisitions – Riley Rieff, OT; Mike Remmers, OT; Datone Jones, DT; Latavius Murray, RB

FA Losses – Matt Kalil, OT; Captain Munnerlyn, CB; Cordarrell Patterson, WR;  Rhett Ellison, TE; Jeff Locke, P; Charles Johnson, WR; Andre Smith, OT; Audie Cole, LB

FA Re-signings – Terence Newman, CB; Jeremiah Sirles, OT; Adam Thielen WR

FA left to decide – Matt Asiata, RB; Jake Long, OT; Shaun Hill, QB; Justin Trattou, DE; Zach Line, FB

FA we’ve officially washed our hands of – Adrian Peterson, RB

There is a lot to debate as far as how much of a ‘loss’ some of the departing players are to the team.  Status of contracts, amount of production, and direction of the team all play into the decision to retain someone or not.  One thing to remember is that the Vikings signed both a Punter and a Kicker back in January, so losing Locke is no big deal, and there will be a kicker competition this year.

The Vikings hosted a couple FAs this week for potential signings, RB Latavius Murray, and TE Jared Cook made trips to meet with brass, but no reports good or bad as of yet.

By northwoodsv2

37 comments on “Free Agency – What we know so far……

  1. “General Manager Rick Spielman confirmed as much on Thursday afternoon.
    “With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere,” Spielman said.”

    Well, I guess that’s all there is to say about that.

  2. Each of the food groups are represented. I like the Moton pick, but I think we should go for a guard before the second of the 4th round picks.

    Also, the fact that his RB has better yardage after contact is intriguing. Right now our RBs are covered in glue (time will tell with Murray).

  3. Good deal. Another team player who understands his role and does what he can to make the team better.

    “With the extension agreement, Robison trades a base salary pay cut of $1.4 million in total for 2017 for an extra year on his deal. In 2018, he has a base salary of $3.2 million, $1.25 million of which is guaranteed, plus $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $100,000 via a workout bonus.”

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18991710/minnesota-vikings-ink-brian-robison-1-year-extension

    • Has baggage, but the upside is good. Vikings recently cut a player with a DUI, but kept a coach with a DUI…..double standard.

      The fact that this was Floyd’s 3rd DUI…….suggests the behavior happens quite frequently – how many times did he drive drunk and NOT get caught?

      No-tolerance contract? Could be a very cheap upgrade to the WR corps.

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