3 free agents the Vikings should sign before 2021 minicamp

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Malik Hooker, safety

The starters at safety are essentially set with the Minnesota Vikings likely to go forward with longtime defender Harrison Smith and newly-signed defensive back Xavier Woods likely to get the start. However, any depth past the starting duo is highly questionable.

Bringing in a safety with some experience to compete with Josh Metellus and 2021 draft pick Camryn Bynum would be extremely wise since both current backups lack time in game-time situations. Malik Hooker might be a good individual to solve that problem.

A cheaper one-year deal for the former Indianapolis Colts would ensure that there is some stability in that unit for Minnesota. Hooker has struggled to stay on the field, but a smaller role behind Smith and Woods could do wonders for his health and help him land a bigger contract for the 2022 season.

Hooker has played in 36 games in his four-year NFL career, starting 35 of those. During that time, he racked up 124 combined tackles, 11 pass defenses, seven interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Having a player like him ready to come in off the bench would take a lot of pressure off a young group of safeties looking to establish themselves in the league.