The Vikings have to be kind of nervous entering this offseason. They are losing a lot of stars, young talent, and role players to free agency. Although there is a lot of time left for the team to sign some of these players back, odds are that Minnesota will lose most of the names on this list to other teams that bid higher or offer better situations.
Here is the current list of unsigned free agents and their statuses:
Name Position______Status Age
|Desmond Bishop||OLB, LB||UFA||29|
|J’Marcus Webb||RT, T||UFA||25|
|Marvin Mitchell||OLB, LB||UFA||29|
|Larry Dean||OLB, LB||RFA||25|
Matt Cassel is on this list because his contract can be voided after this year of if both sides choose to extend the deal, there is an option to add an addition year onto his deal.
But there are several players on this list that will have big impacts if they don’t get signed back. There are some starters on this list (Allen, Williams, Johnson and several others), solid backups (Evans, Gerhart, Griffen, Sherels), and role players on special teams that the Vikings could be without if they fail to sign them back.
The Rick Spielman philosophy is to bring in young guys and let them compete for positions, however, a turnaround this dramatic could signify another rebuilding year rather than “reloading” year.
Who should be at the top of the Vikings priority list to sign back and who should the Vikings decide to let walk? While many people will have different opinions on this, one thing is for certain: there will be a lot more fresh faces on the team this preseason.