Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman addresses the media as he introduces the 2013 1st round draft picks at a press conference at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings 2015 Free Agents: Who Should Be Extended This Year?

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With approximately $9 million left for the Vikings on their salary cap according to Spotrac.com, general manager Rick Spielman may look to extend some of the Minnesota Vikings 2015 free agents.  The Vikings don’t have to spend their cap money this year.  If they don’t spend it, it rolls over to next year, but if Spielman does decide to extend a couple players, he has some options.

Here is a list of the Minnesota Vikings 2015 free agents:

  1. Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

    Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

    Allen Reisner – tight end

  2. Brandon Fusco – guard
  3. Chase Baker -defensive tackle
  4. Chase Ford – tight end
  5. Christian Ponder – quarterback
  6. Corey Wootton – defensive end/defensive tackle
  7. Cullen Loeffler – long snapper
  8. Derek Cox – cornerback
  9. Fred Evans – defensive tackle
  10. Jamarca Sanford – safety
  11. Jasper Brinkley- linebacker
  12. Jerome Simpson – wide receiver
  13. Joe Banyard – running back
  14. Joe Berger – guard/center
  15. Josh Samuda – guard (IR)
  16. Justin Trattou – defensive end
  17. Kurt Coleman – safety
  18. Kyle Rudolph – tight end
  19. Lestar Jean – wide receiver
  20. Matt Asiata – running back
  21. Mike Remmers – offensive tackle
  22. Mistral Raymond – safety
  23. Tom Johnson – defensive end
  24. Vlad Ducasse – guard

That’s right.  The Minnesota Vikings 2015 free agent class is 24 players deep. While some of them are training camp guys, others are starters and backups that have made the 53 man roster in the past.

Here is a list of 3 players that the team should consider giving an extension prior to becoming a free agent after this upcoming season:

  • Kyle Rudolph – Locking up Rudolph right now would be a great idea for this team.  Tight ends seem to have a lot of success in Norv Turner ran offenses, so they might be able to get a discount on him if they do it before this season.  If Rudolph hits free agency, expect him to be a part of a bidding war where the Vikings are likely not to come out the victors.
  • Brandon Fusco – Despite how some feel that he’s not a complete guard, he is better than people think.  He is excellent in run blocking, but is only slightly above average in pass blocking.  However, he is a starting caliber guard who should be kept because of his powerful run blocking and his mean streak.  Fusco would most likely not return if he hits free agency.
  • Cullen Loeffler – Good long snappers are hard to find.  Seriously.  If you have watched Oakland Raiders games over the past couple years, you’ve seen what can happen when you let centers try their best.  Although he’s a specialist, he is a valuable one that could be locked up very inexpensively.  At 33 years old, I don’t see him extended longer than 2-3 years though.

What do you think?  Is there a player who you think should be extended from that list?  Are there players that you think Minnesota should just let walk?  Let me know in the comments!

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