6 free-agent defensive ends the Vikings could sign in 2020

(Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) Dante Fowler
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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Ronald Blair
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Ronald Blair /

Ronald Blair

Although Ronald Blair was used as a rotational pass rusher by the San Francisco 49ers last season, there is plenty to suggest he can be a starter in the NFL.

The former fifth-round pick out of Appalachian State has amassed 13.5 sacks in his four seasons in San Francisco, which is a solid contribution from someone who was not on the field every down.

He represents an intriguing proposition for any team looking to add a prominent defensive end to their ranks in free agency. Blair is very energetic and he possesses tremendous movement that makes him a nightmare for opposing offensive tackles.

One benefit the Vikings will have if they pursue Blair is that he will be affordable. He made just $720,000 last season and he might be tempted by a move on from the 49ers if offered the promise of a starting position he has been craving.

The Vikings would be able to offer this if Everson Griffen departs this offseason. Blair is a high-character individual who is a perfect fit for a Minnesota defense that relies heavily on its front four getting to the quarterback.

Blair should not be short of offers during the offseason and one would expect San Francisco to also make him an offer that prevents him from leaving town.