4 recent departures the Minnesota Vikings will miss most in 2021

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Which departures this offseason will the Minnesota Vikings miss the most in 2021?

It was a frenzied period of player movement during the 2021 offseason, where the Minnesota Vikings are concerned. This was to be expected from an organization that missed the playoffs and with an immediate desire to return, with the front office being particularly bold in their decision-making to put the team in the best possible position to succeed next time around.

The Vikings look to have a much stronger roster heading into the preparation period than they did when the 2020 campaign concluded. Some eye-catching additions were brought in via free agency and the NFL Draft, with the prospect of some established veterans also returning from injury another positive development that shouldn’t be overlooked.

It didn’t come as any great surprise that Minnesota was forced to make some sacrifices here and there.

They were really up against it from a salary-cap perspective with reduced resources available thanks to revenue losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s a testament to the front office’s ability to make the best out of a bad situation and ensure the team can remain highly competitive on the field.

In an ideal world, the Vikings would have liked to keep some recently departed players around for the upcoming campaign. But in the current climate, it was simply not feasible.

With that being said, who are some of the players Minnesota might miss more than most in 2021?