Vikings Player No. 1
Brian O'Neill - RT
Brian O'Neill has been one of the most dependable Vikings of the last few years. Even after suffering an Achilles injury late last season, he still managed to recover in time to be ready for Week 1 of the 2023 campaign, and he's appeared in 14 of Minnesota's 16 games this season.
In terms of his performance in 2023, O'Neill hasn't performed as well as he did last season, but heading into Week 18, he still has the 19th-best offensive grade from PFF among qualifying offensive tackles around the NFL.
Back in 2021, the Vikings and the veteran offensive lineman agreed to a five-year extension worth $92.5 million. O'Neill's cap hits have all been under $10 million for the last three seasons, but in 2024, his cap number will jump to a little more than $23 million, and then $26 million in 2025.
At 28-years-old, Minnesota's right tackle is a player the team could still get an intriguing return package for in a trade.
Would a team be willing to give up a future first-round draft pick for O'Neill? Probably not, but there might be a team out there that would be okay with sending the Vikings a second-round selection, or at least a conditional second-round selection, to acquire the Pro Bowl right tackle.
Minnesota has a number of holes to fix on their roster in 2024, and O'Neill might be one of the few players the team is willing to move on from if it results in them gaining more assets to improve their roster.