5 free-agent cornerbacks the Vikings could sign in 2021

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Nickell Robey-Coleman

When the Vikings were a top defense, a key contributor was Captain Munnerlyn. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound cornerback didn’t have the size to play on the inside but was scrappy enough in the slot to make life difficult for opposing receivers. Nickell Robey-Coleman may not have the same track record as Munnerlyn did before coming to Minnesota, but he could have a similar impact.

Before his 2019 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles, Robey-Coleman was one of the best slot corners in the league. In 2018, Robey-Coleman ranked sixth by PFF among qualifying corners with 0.63 yards allowed per coverage snap and third in 2018 with 0.71 yards allowed per coverage snap.

While those numbers were overshadowed by a certain play in the 2018 NFC Championship Game, Robey-Coleman proved to be an aggressive player that can handle playing on the inside.

Last season in Philadelphia, things didn’t go well for the 29-year-old as he sank to 97th in PFF’s grades among qualifying cornerbacks, but this could provide an opportunity for the Vikings to buy low.

With a contract projected to be in the $2 million range, Minnesota could slide Robey-Coleman into the slot and hope that Gladney and Dantzler take a step forward in 2021.