10 worst decisions by Rick Spielman during his Vikings tenure

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During his time as the general manager of the Minnesota Vikings from 2012 to 2021, which roster decisions made by Rick Spielman should be viewed as the worst?

For the first time since 2011, the Minnesota Vikings are heading into an offseason without Rick Spielman as their general manager.

Spielman was relieved of his duties earlier this month by the Vikings and the team is currently in the middle of finding a new general manager.

Minnesota added Spielman to their organization in 2006 when they hired him to be their vice president of player personnel. Then in 2012, the Vikings promoted him to general manager, and he held that role until this year.

During his tenure as Minnesota’s general manager, Spielman made several roster decisions that helped the franchise achieve a good amount of success.

He was the guy in charge when the Vikings decided to draft Harrison Smith in 2012, sign Adam Thielen as an undrafted free agent in 2013, extend Everson Griffen in 2014, and draft Stefon Diggs in 2015.

However, Spielman also made a number of roster decisions during his time as Minnesota’s general manager that helped prevent the team from ever capturing a championship. Which of these decisions should be regarded as his worst as the Vikings general manager?