No. 3 – Ifeadi Odenigbo (2 years / $1.23 million)
Ifeadikachukwu Anthony Odenigbo should be coined the EDGE Adam Thielen. For backstory, at least.
He is in the midst of surging up the depth chart, was drafted in the final round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and is doing so on a miniature deal–all very Thielen-esque. Prior to 2019, Odeigbo played just seven snaps of professional football in two seasons. And, those snaps were with the Arizona Cardinals. Last season he become a rotational player and saw action on 34% of all defensive snaps. In that one-third of all eligible snaps, he recorded seven sacks and a touchdown.
Fast forward to the offseason preceding 2020, and it appears Everson Griffen is no longer going to fill the role of starting EDGE rusher for the Vikings.
If Griffen opts to play elsewhere, the starting job should be Odenigbo’s to lose. Ifeadi commendably maximized his opportunity this past season, and it rather evident in the numbers. He leads all Minnesota Vikings players throughout the last two seasons in pressures per snap.
For the time being, he will be doing so at a wickedly affordable price of $615,000, or 10th-lowest salary on the entire team.