5 Vikings who could be entering their final season with the team

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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Jayron Kearse
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Jayron Kearse – S

Jayron Kearse was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings back in 2016 and he’s turned out to be a steal. Kearse has quietly made a very solid career for himself.

He’s been a special teams-stallion for a couple of years. But in 2018, he also made an impact on defense.

Kearse played in all 16 games last season and he even started in one. He racked up 32 tackles, with half a sack in that time.

He was pretty good in coverage and he even broke up a couple of passes. There has been talk that Minnesota could look to move Kearse to linebacker in 2019 and make him an even a bigger defensive factor.

This long, lanky defender has worked his butt off to be a contributor on the Vikings and it would hurt to see him go at the end of the upcoming season.

There’s a strong possibility that Kearse won’t return to Minnesota after 2019. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020, and while he may not land a super lucrative contract, he could be in the market for a deal that the Vikings can’t afford to match.

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After seeing the magic Rob Brzezinski can work with the salary cap, it’s hard to guarantee that he won’t get re-signed next year. But Minnesota’s cap situation likely isn’t going to be too favorable and Kearse could look to sign with a team that will be able to pay him what he’s worth.