5 players the Vikings could extend before the 2023 season

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The Minnesota Vikings could choose to extend some players who are entering the final year of their current contracts in order to keep them around longer.

It is early in the league’s new year but the Minnesota Vikings have already made several moves to shape their roster in preparation for the upcoming 2023 NFL season. However, the team must look beyond that and prepare for the franchise’s future.

There are a couple of great reasons to give a player a contract extension. One is to move money around to adjust salary cap hits. Another is to reward good play. And of course, another is to try to save money by locking down an improving player early.

Decisions like extending a player at the right time can be essential in making the future of a franchise as bright as possible, so choosing who to extend and when to do it is a major issue for a team’s general manager.

Let’s take a look at five players for the Minnesota Vikings who could be in line for the next contract extension and why this individual should be made a priority to keep in a purple and gold uniform for the future.