6 realistic free agents the Vikings could sign in 2021

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Maliek Collins – DT

  • Age: 25
  • 2020 Team: Las Vegas Raiders

After developing into a solid interior pass rusher in four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Maliek Collins saw his production take a step backward in 2020 as a member of the Raiders. Collins averaged over 3.5 sacks per year during his time with the Cowboys and in 2020, he didn’t register a single sack.

If there is anyone that can get Collins back on track, it’s Vikings co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, Andre Patterson. With Patterson leading the way, Minnesota can bring in a guy like Collins to potentially develop into their starting three-technique for the 2021 season.

Nickell Robey-Coleman – CB

  • Age: 29
  • 2020 Team: Philadelphia Eagles

For those who might not be familiar with Nickell Robey-Coleman, he’s the guy who committed the no-call pass interference penalty in the 2019 NFC Championship to help send the New Orleans Saints home packing.

So, right away, Robey-Coleman already has a soft spot in the hearts of Vikings fans, but he can also be someone who could help out the team as a member of their defense. He struggled a bit in 2020 with the Eagles. But before that, he was viewed as one of the top slot corners in the league.

With there being some uncertainty about Mike Hughes’ future with the Vikings, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea for the team to bring in a veteran corner like Robey-Coleman.