4 cheap free agents the Vikings could sign before training camp

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A.J. McCarron, quarterback

For some really strange reason, the Minnesota Vikings seem content with having Sean Mannion as the backup quarterback in case something happens. Sure, Mannion may be great in film study and meetings, but the results of his play on the football field leave much to be desired.

Of course, the Vikings also have young passer Kellen Mond but he shouldn’t be trusted to be a backup either. The new coaching staff needs to evaluate him and see if he fits in the franchise’s plans for the future.

Having an established backup at a bargain price would be wise. Even though Cousins doesn’t miss many games, knowing there is someone who could step into the offense and possibly win a game would be nice to have.

A.J. McCarron has four NFL starts and split those in terms of wins and losses while throwing six touchdowns compared to three interceptions. He won’t be an ideal backup by any means, but for the price of a cheap contract, he could at least give the team some hope if something bad happens.