6 Vikings who (maybe) won’t make the 53-man roster in 2023

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Nick Mullens – QB

Despite re-signing Nick Mullens to a new two-year contract worth $4 million this offseason, who the No. 2 quarterback for the 2023 season is going to be is something that likely hasn’t been decided yet for the Vikings.

Multiple draft analysts have reported during the last few weeks that Minnesota has been “doing their homework” on this year’s group of quarterback prospects. With Kirk Cousins currently under contract until the end of the 2023 season, the odds of the Vikings selecting a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft seem pretty high.

So if Minnesota drafts a young signal-caller in a few weeks, where does that leave Mullens? Would the Vikings keep the veteran around to be the backup behind Cousins, or would the team want the rookie passer to have the No. 2 job in 2023?

Considering Minnesota gave Mullens a two-year contract, it seems like they would like to keep him around regardless of whether they draft a quarterback at the end of the month or not.

But if the Vikings select a young passing prospect in this year’s NFL Draft and that rookie significantly impresses the team’s coaching staff with their performance this summer, Minnesota figuring out a way to get Mullens off of the roster isn’t something that should be completely ruled out.

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