Minnesota Vikings: 5 players who could be in final season with team

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Minnesota Vikings Player No. 5: LB Eric Wilson

Linebacker Eric Wilson has been a great story for Minnesota. He came in as an undrafted free-agent rookie in 2017 and made the team. He was a standout on special teams and saw spot time on defense when injuries allowed. He’s now a projected starter and a player, who when he’s on the field, good things just seem to happen.

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The issue with Wilson is that his contract is up after the season. The team had to slap him with the transition tag this offseason just to keep him around, and the Vikings may already have his replacement on the roster. If Troy Dye looks like the player the Vikings think they got in the fourth round this season, then Wilson could be expendable.

He simply could cost too much to keep and could find more money and playing time with another club in 2021.

The best shot for Wilson to come back in 2021 would be if Dye looks like a bust. If he struggles badly in the preseason and when he sees the field in the regular season, the Vikings could feel they have to keep Wilson around.

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There’s no reason to believe at this point that will happen, so it is quite likely 2020 is the last time the Vikings will see Eric Wilson suit up for them.