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?


 

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!

Tags: Brandon Fusco Christian Ponder Cullen Loeffler Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings

  • David Mallow

    Reisner, Baker, Banyard, Ford, Evans, Trattou, Jean, Asiata, Remmers, Raymond, Johnson, Ducasse could all be gone before this season.. I like bringing back Rudolph, Fusco, Wooton, Cox and Coleman… one good thing, no high priced FAs… we could do some damage building this team next off-season,especially with the cap increasing again…

    • Craig Lorenz

      Just curious what has wooton, Cox, and Coleman done to earn an extension before starting their first mini camp for the vikes???

      • David Mallow

        they haven’t done anything for us YET, but I’ve seen enough of Wooton and Cox to know that they are worth keeping around. Coleman is one of the best DBs on our roster right now and none would take much of a contract to bring back…nothing is going to happen before the season begins anyways with anyone, but I believe those 3 are worth getting under contract for 2 or 3 seasons…

    • Dylan Throldahl

      And what makes you think those guys may all be gone before this season?? I dont see where you get that conclusion yeah a few of then could be, because they weren’t part of the roster before so prolly wont be again but why Asiata, Ducasse, Ford, and Evens are sure to probably stick around with the team.

      • David Mallow

        Ducasse isnt very good at all and we picked up some good players in UDFA..G Austin Wentworth, T Antonio Richardson, TE AC Leonard, RB Dominique Williams.. so they could push Ford, Ducasse and Asiata off the roster and Evans is just a depth casualty…I would rather see Ellison go and Ford stay.. just remember, they have to cut 37 players before the regular season starts and if they aren’t good enough they will be gone no matter who they are… oh and Asiata sucks terribly

        • Craig Lorenz

          Highly doubt asiata or Johnson will be gone. Asiata is the #2 rb on the roster and the only one other than ap that has nfl experience. He’s a better fit for a backup rb than a rookie that had never played a true running back in McKinnon. Also doubt an udfa to knock asiata off the roster. Remember Ford is also a special teams contributor which is why he can hang on a roster he also saw some catches late last year when Rudolph was injured. And evans is a solid proven rotational guy at Dt it’s be hard to see a rookie bump him off the roster.

  • Bob E.

    We need to lock down Rudolph.

    • MikeH123

      Rudolph is the best TE in the NFL. Just ask him.

      Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph says he’s NFL’s best tight end
      By Kevin Patra
      Around the League writer
      Published: April 2, 2014 at 04:48 p.m

      • Bob E.

        I hate when people blow that crap out of proportion… Its like who do you think he’s gonna say? Rudy is already a beast… When we actually have a half decent QB he’s gonna be extraordinary.

        • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

          I didn’t think people would really agree that Loeffler should be extended, but so far I haven’t seen much opposition.

  • Ken Tomlin

    Rudolph and Fusco for sure. I know Fusco isn’t liked by some, but having continuity on the O-line is important.

    • David Mallow

      agreed….Fusco has improved every year and he is solid at RG…

  • cka2nd

    Sanford, without a doubt. I just can’t understand why so many Vikings fans have not figured out yet that he has developed into a solid starter and not just a placeholder.

    • David Mallow

      Sanford is Far from a solid starter, reliable backup maybe… Smith, Sandejo, Exum , Coleman, Blanton, Raymond, Bishop..got some definite competition at the safety positions..if Sanford.proves he’s good,then he woo be sticking around..but he is not starter material in my opinion…

    • Bob E.

      I agree he is a fumble causing hard hitter in the run game no doubt, but his coverage is terrible. Not what a team that gives up what we already do through the air should settle with at safety.