Which free-agent cornerbacks could the Minnesota Vikings target as a potential replacement for Jeff Gladney in 2021?
It came as no surprise to see the Minnesota Vikings part ways with Jeff Gladney following his latest legal developments on Tuesday. The 2020 first-round pick was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a felony domestic violence charge earlier in the day, leaving the organization with no alternative other than to cut their losses with the cornerback.
Gladney did have some character concerns coming out of TCU, which forced him down the first-round before the Vikings scooped him up at No. 31 overall. He showed flashes of promise as a rookie in difficult circumstances, so there was plenty to like about his chances of forging a successful career in Minnesota.
The Vikings made the right call. And in truth, they already made some moves this offseason in readiness for a parting of the ways.
Patrick Peterson, Mackensie Alexander, and Bashaud Breeland were all acquired by Minnesota in free agency. Couple this with the improvements expected by Cameron Dantzler and the Vikings could be set for some growth within a positional group that struggled to find consistency in 2020.
However, it might be worth Minnesota bringing in someone else to boost depth. Here are five potential options if they chose to go down this route before the season gets underway.