4 free agents the Vikings should have signed this offseason

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Colt McCoy – QB

Probably since it was a very cheap move to make, the Vikings insisted on bringing back the underwhelming Sean Mannion to be the top backup behind Kirk Cousins for next season. Cousins has been quite durable during his career, but Minnesota better hope he doesn’t miss any time in 2020 and they’re forced to have Mannion start a few games.

The Vikings could have (and should have) improved their backup quarterback situation this offseason by signing someone like Colt McCoy.

McCoy is a veteran who has been in the NFL since 2010, he’s actually thrown a touchdown pass in his career (unlike Mannion), and he was a teammate of Cousins’ when the two were both with the Washington Redksins.

McCoy ended up signing a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the New York Giants to be the backup behind Daniel Jones. That is a very affordable contract and one that Minnesota would have had zero trouble paying.

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Still, the Vikings seem to like Mannion for some reason and it resulted in them making zero effort to upgrade their backup situation behind Cousins this offseason. McCoy obviously isn’t an All-Pro passer, but he would have been a much better No. 2 option for Minnesota to have on their roster for 2020.