4 unexpected free-agent signings the Vikings could still make in 2023

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Who are a few free agents still on the market that could unexpectedly join the Minnesota Vikings and make them even better in 2023?

Training camp has ramped up for the Minnesota Vikings. The team's first preseason game is on Thursday in Seattle, followed by joint practices with the Tennessee Titans and then the Arizona Cardinals in consecutive weeks.

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell and his staff will have every opportunity to evaluate how their team stacks up in 2023.

On paper, this Vikings team is not going to generate much hype, and the majority of sportsbooks don't see them even getting over .500, only one season removed from a 2022 campaign that saw them win 13 games. Minnesota's defense, specifically, has been singled out as one of the weaker units in the entire NFL.

This Vikings team is expecting a significant improvement on the defensive side of the ball under new defensive coordinator Brian Flores, and for good reason.

Former Minnesota defensive coordinator, Ed Donatell, had absolutely zero idea how to run a defense in 2022, and he even went as far as blaming his own players for underperforming instead of taking the blame himself.

Flores is the complete opposite of Donatell, and the Vikings' defense should see serious improvements in 2023.

Offensively, there are still questions surrounding the interior offensive line and the depth at the running back position.

It is clear that Minnesota's offense is the strength of this team. With the likes of Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and T.J. Hockenson, along with Jordan Addison, K.J. Osborn, and Josh Oliver, there is a lot to be excited about.

Could there be a free agent on the market that could make this offense even better?

Let's take a look at a couple of offensive and defensive free agents that could unexpectedly make their way to Minnesota this year, starting with a former Dallas Cowboys running back.