4 impending free agents the Vikings should re-sign in 2022

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Mason Cole – IOL

Garrett Bradbury has not lived up to his first-round selection and his clock is ticking. Mason Cole filled in a few times already this season and has done a pretty good job in the middle of the offensive line for the much-improved Vikings front line. Bringing him back for depth should be one of the team’s top priorities this offseason.

Minnesota clearly still has one weak spot on the offensive line which sits at right guard. Oli Udoh has struggled all season and his future at that spot seems considerably grimmer than it did during training camp.

Cole is a player that can slide between all of the interior spots and serve as solid depth for a team that has needed exactly that for a long time. This would not be any sort of bank-breaking deal that puts the Vikings in a bind financially, nor would it automatically signal the end of Garrett Bradbury in Minnesota.

Cole is worth bringing back to be the backup to each of the three interior positions. The draft will be an avenue to stock up on depth for the offensive line but Cole should be the primary backup and sixth option for the Vikings next season.