5 free agents the Vikings could still sign in 2023

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Jarvis Landry - WR

2022 Team: New Orleans Saints

The Vikings seem set at wide receiver after drafting Jordan Addison in the first round, but a closer examination of the depth chart could make even the biggest drinker of purple Kool-Aid nervous.

Obviously, Justin Jefferson is a stud and the best in the game. Jordan Addison will be a dynamite number two, and K.J. Osborn is one of the better number three options in the league. The problem that arises is the depth after that.

Jalen Reagor was a bust in his first year in purple. He was an afterthought on offense, and when he did get on the field, he didn't know his routes, which led to interceptions.

Jalen Nailor flashed a bit as a rookie, but he's an inexperienced second-year player. The Vikings signed Brandon Powell in the offseason, but he's a better special teamer than he is a receiver.

After those players, there are long shots like Blake Proehl and Trishton Jackson, and undrafted rookie free agents like Thayer Thomas and Malik Knowles.

The concern is that if an injury befalls Jefferson or Addison. If one of those two go down, then it means a guy like Reagor or Powell gets bumped up to number three. That's very concerning. So the Vikings could look to sign a veteran.

One quality veteran who is out there is Jarvis Landry. Landry is 30 years old but is still a savvy route runner with great quickness in and out of his breaks. He had 25 receptions or 272 yards with one score in nine games with the Saints a year ago. He also has that LSU connection with Justin Jefferson and would provide veteran experience to the Vikings' wide receiver room.