4 players the Vikings should avoid extending during the 2022 offseason

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Who are some of the players the Minnesota Vikings should not give contract extensions to before the start of the 2022 NFL season?

Believe it or not, the 2021 season is almost over for the Minnesota Vikings and the 31 other teams around the NFL. It doesn’t feel like Week 1 was that long ago, but only four games remain on the Vikings’ regular-seasons schedule.

Whether Minnesota makes the playoffs this year remains to be seen. Still, the 2022 offseason is quickly approaching and the Vikings should already be thinking about some of the big decisions they will need to make during the first few months of the upcoming year.

Typically, Minnesota likes to give out a contract extension to at least one player during each offseason. Before their Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this year, the Vikings had already agreed to extensions with safety Harrison Smith and right tackle Brian O’Neill.

In 2022, there are a few current Minnesota players that could potentially land a contract extension from the team. However, some of these potential candidates are guys that the Vikings shouldn’t extend.

Of the players on Minnesota’s roster that are currently under contract until at least 2023, who should not be awarded with an extension before the start of the 2022 season?