Top 10 needs for the Vikings heading into the 2019 offseason

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 24: Tedric Thompson #33 of the Seattle Seahawks tackles Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter in the preseason game on August 24, 2018 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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8. Tight End

This largely hinges on Kyle Rudolph’s status. He’s due over $7 million next season and the Vikings could make a move elsewhere. If that move was to cut the veteran due to his age (29) and his salary, that would be VERY unpopular with the fanbase.

It’s more likely he gets his deal restructured and extended and Minnesota goes into the 2019 season with their tight end depth chart looking the same.

If Rudy is let go, this need shoots way up the board. If he’s back as expected, the Purple could look to add a mid-round draft pick for depth or a low tier vet at a reasonable price, since they don’t have a ton of wiggle room with their current salary cap space.

7. Safety

The Vikings would be wise to make re-signing free-agent Anthony Harris a priority. That dude came out of nowhere this season and played at a very high level.

Behind him and Harrison Smith there is George Iloka, who likely isn’t coming back and seems very upset over his lack of playing time in 2018, and Jayron Kearse, who is a free-agent after the 2019 season.

This is an area where Minnesota could look to add depth with a mid to late round pick in the draft.  If they are unable to sign Harris, this need goes way up and the Vikings could use an early draft pick to find Smith a talented, young running mate.