Predicting where the Vikings’ free-agents will sign in 2019

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Sheldon Richardson
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Sheldon Richardson /
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Marcus Sherels
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Marcus Sherels /

Dan Bailey – K

Vikings fans were ecstatic when the team cut Daniel Carlson and signed Dan Bailey after week 2 of the 2018 season. Bailey was a solid vet who many thought was cut by the Dallas Cowboys because of an injury.

Turned out it was because he sucked. Bailey hit a miserable 75 percent of his field goals and wasn’t any better than the tortured young rookie the Vikings released.

The free-agent market is chock full of kickers this offseason. It’s more than that though, it’s chock full of kickers who can actually make the majority of their field goals. There is simply no reason for the Vikings to bring Bailey back.

It’s hard to guess where this guy will end up. No matter where he goes he will likely be in competition with either a rookie or another aging veteran that is signed at the absolute minimum.

Prediction: Arizona Cardinals

Marcus Sherels – PR/CB

Marcus Sherels has always been that guy who has just sort of hung around. Every year he’s on the roster bubble but always makes the team. The reason he does is that he’s such a great special teams player.

He is an excellent punt returner, having just enough wiggle in his hips to return a punt that looks like it’s going to be a loss of five or 10 yards and turning into a gain of seven or more. Another thing Sherels always seems to do is bust off a big return when the team needs it the most.

He isn’t just a great return man, he’s great in punt and kick coverage as well. He’s consistently the first man down, making the tackle or downing the punt.

What he brings to special teams can’t be overstated. The question is, what team is going to pay for a 31-year-old sub-par cornerback, but excellent special teamer?

The New England Patriots do come to mind and Sherels could also return to the Vikings on a team friendly deal. The thing to keep in mind here is that his longtime coach Mike Priefer went to Cleveland and could want his prized special teamer to join him.

Prediction: Cleveland Browns