4 remaining free agents who have connections to the Vikings

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Connection to Vikings: Michael Pierce

Speaking of experience in the secondary, Minnesota’s group of safeties are led by two of the best in the NFL at their position in Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith. After these two, however, the depth begins to get a little questionable.

Currently, rookies Brian Cole II and Josh Metellus are listed as the top backups behind Harris and Smith. If one of the Vikings’ starting safeties has to miss time in 2020, it could have a pretty big-time negative impact on the play of the secondary.

In order to improve their depth, Minnesota could turn to someone like free-agent safety Tony Jefferson. With the Baltimore Ravens in 2019, Jefferson only started five games thanks to a torn ACL.

At 28-years-old, he should still have at least a little left in the tank if his knee has recovered properly. Jefferson has a ton of starting experience in the NFL as a member of the Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals. Since 2013, he’s started a total of 66 games.

This offseason, the Vikings were able to sign former Baltimore defensive tackle Michael Pierce. Shortly after Pierce joined Minnesota, it didn’t take very long for him to start recruiting Jefferson to the Twin Cities.

If Jefferson is willing to take a backup role in 2020, he’s a guy the Vikings should be trying to add to their roster before training camp begins in July.