4 reasons why the Vikings are a good situation for GM candidates

(Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Jefferson
(Photo by Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports) Justin Jefferson /
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Minnesota has some stars on offense

Whoever takes over as the general manager of the Vikings will have a ton of pieces to build around or trade for assets. The prize of the team right now is Justin Jefferson, a superstar wide receiver with just two seasons under his belt. He is the perfect franchise cornerstone that will attract quarterbacks and other stars down the line.

Dalvin Cook has already signed a long-term deal to stay in Minnesota, but a trade could be in play if the next regime decides not to invest money in the running back. They can either keep Cook and sustain a reliable rushing attack, or they can trade him for draft picks that will help turn things around and save some money against the cap over the next few years.

The offensive line, while still the weak spot of the team right now, has taken massive strides in the right direction. Christian Darrisaw, Brian O’Neill, and Ezra Cleveland look like solutions to the problem with clear question marks at center and right guard.

Finally, the future of Kirk Cousins hangs in the balance, but an incoming general manager has a few options. He can stick with Cousins as the quarterback moving forward and sleep peacefully knowing that he has a top-12 quarterback in the league, or he can trade him and create cap space while also opening the door for the quarterback of his own choosing this offseason.

The offense presents a ton of favorable situations for the next staff to come in.