The Minnesota Vikings have one of their own to try to retain, but what safeties could be a potential fit in free agency this offseason?
A lot of the focus on what went wrong for the Minnesota Vikings last season went toward the back end of Mike Zimmer’s defense.
Usually considered to be a strength of the Vikings, the secondary went AWOL at times during the 2019 campaign and with the cornerbacks being a wreck, it threw a big wrench into what has become an elite defense during Zimmer’s tenure in Minnesota.
While the cornerbacks had their issues, the Vikings safety duo of Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith became one of the best combinations in the NFL. With Harris graded second among all safeties by PFF and Smith graded third, Minnesota had few problems on the back end and they were able to keep their big plays to a minimum.
But as free agency fires up, the safety position could show cracks for the Vikings. Harris is slated to be a free agent and is due for a massive payday, while Jayron Kearse appears he’s about to board the next flight out of Minnesota.
That leaves Smith as the only safety on the roster, meaning that the Vikings will have to get creative heading into 2020.
So let’s look at some of the fits Minnesota could pursue in free agency and discuss whether it’s reasonable to expect major changes at the safety position for them this offseason.