5 biggest needs for the Vikings in the 2024 offseason

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins
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Vikings Need No. 2

Edge Rusher

Edge rusher is a huge need for the Vikings this offseason. The major focus will be on what happens with Danielle Hunter.

Hunter was a beast this season, flourishing in Brian Flores's scheme and producing a career-high in sacks. Hunter will likely get a huge payday this March, but will it come from Minnesota?

He's 29-years-old, and he probably has a handful of very productive seasons left in him. The Vikings do have other expensive need areas like quarterback and extending wide receiver Justin Jefferson, and those will put a major dent in the salary cap.

Marcus Davenport was a bust as a free agent, and he won't be back. D.J. Wonnum is also a free agent, and he'll be coming back from a torn quadriceps he suffered in Week 16, so who knows if he'll ever be the same player again?

Heading into free agency, the only edge rushers on the team with any experience will be Patrick Jones II and Andre Carter, and that is concerning.

The Vikings have to address this need in free agency and in the draft. If they don't bring back Hunter, they'll likely add some sort of veteran edge presence in free agency.

Chances are also very high that Minnestota's first pick in the 2024 draft could be used on a top pass-rushing prospect like Dallas Turner, Chop Robinson, or Jared Verse.

There's an old saying that a team can never have enough quality edge rushers, and come March, the Vikings probably won't have any.