5 players the Vikings were right to move on from in 2022

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Nick Vigil – LB

The Vikings managed to secure the services of Nick Vigil in 2021 free agency. The outside linebacker looked like a ready-made replacement for Eric Wilson and made a strong impression throughout training camp to further whet the appetite about what he could potentially bring in a competitive environment.

Vigil was inconsistent at best during the season. There were plenty of times when he became a liability against the run and his efficiency in coverage also left a lot to be desired.

The former Utah State standout did manage 85 tackles. But that sadly didn’t tell the entire story and those in power made the right call not bringing him back.

This might work out well for both parties. The Vikings are moving to a 3-4 defense under Ed Donatell, which wouldn’t exactly suit Vigil’s style of play, with the player now getting a chance to impact a potential contender after signing for the Arizona Cardinals.

Perhaps influencing proceedings on a rotational basis is better suited to Vigil. As for the Vikings, they should have a formidable outside linebacker tandem in Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith to fill the void.