6 free agents the Vikings can't afford to lose in 2024

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Honorable Mention

Jordan Hicks, linebacker

Hicks arrived in Minnesota last year after playing eight years for Philadelphia and Arizona. He lined up alongside Eric Kendricks and the duo did very well together. Kendricks led the Vikings with 137 total tackles followed close behind by Hicks with 129.

Hicks’ tackle total and 86 solo stops were the second-best in his career. While Hicks has always been better playing against the run, he did snag an interception last year while also picking up three sacks. 

In March 2023, Minnesota released Kendricks, leaving Hicks as the leader of the Vikings linebacker group. Provided he continues playing at a high level, Hicks should rack up a ton of tackles in 2023.


The reason he’s listed as an “honorable mention” is that Hicks will be on the wrong side of 30 next year. By the start of 2024, he will be 32 and Minnesota may be looking for a younger, more versatile linebacker to replace him. However, if the young guys such as Brian Asamoah and Ivan Pace Jr. don’t make significant progress this year, the Vikings would be wise to keep Hicks for another year and draft more help in 2024.  

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