5 bold predictions for the rest of the Vikings 2021 offseason

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While the Vikings have dumped more than $40 million into their defense this offseason, they still have an issue along the defensive line. Getting Danielle Hunter back on the field is a good thing, but Minnesota will rely on second-year player D.J. Wonnum and returning free-agent Stephen Weatherly on the other side, which may not be enough.

The Vikings could be comfortable with that duo but they haven’t shown it throughout the offseason. Minnesota struck out trying to sign Carl Lawson and Trey Hendrickson in free agency and was linked to Kwitty Paye and Jaelan Phillips in the weeks leading up to the draft.

Although they took Patrick Jones II and Janarius Robinson in the later rounds, both seem to fall into the “Pet Cat” category Wonnum was labeled as last year.

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There aren’t many good options left in free agency but adding someone like Melvin Ingram would give the Vikings another veteran presence along the defensive line. With an established starter, he can help mentor some of the younger projects while also helping Minnesota stay competitive this season.