5 free agents the Vikings should aggressively pursue in 2023

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The Vikings have a dilemma with Garrett Bradbury this off-season. While the former first-round pick made improvements, extending the center might not be in the team’s train of thought when push comes to shove.

Although going down the draft route for a potential replacement is the cheapest option, Minnesota still feels like they have a window to contend with Kirk Cousins. Therefore, acquiring a veteran cannot be ruled out entirely.

If Bradbury leaves, then Bradley Bozeman represents an upgrade. The ferocious interior protector enjoyed a standout campaign with the Carolina Panthers in 2022, instantly making his presence felt when replacing the injured Pat Elflein.

Bozeman’s high character, leadership, and consistency would be a huge asset to call upon. The one-time Alabama standout also communicates extremely well pre-snap, which is another exceptional feature of his game that deserves recognition.

With just two sacks allowed and four penalties conceded from 680 snaps, Bozeman would be a superb addition to the Vikings’ offensive line. However, much will depend on how much spare cash they have to throw around.