Given that they have some important free agents on their own roster, who are some cost-effective new players the Minnesota Vikings could sign in 2024?
The Minnesota Vikings have had a tough time managing their cap space in recent seasons, which has forced their third-year general manager, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, to make some difficult decisions.
As rumors circulate about Kirk Cousins' desired salary for the 2024 season and beyond, his decision to re-sign with the Vikings or not, combined with the potential retirement of safety Harrison Smith, will have an impact on the team's free agency strategy this year.
To improve the team without overspending, Minnesota's front office should consider targeting low-budget free agents this offseason.
Let's look at a few options they could pursue.
Bargain Free Agent No. 1
Zack Moss - RB
2023 Team: Indianapolis Colts
Zack Moss seems to be one of the most promising free-agent running back options for the Vikings in 2024.
Moss started his career with the Buffalo Bills, but he didn't get a chance to shine as their leadback. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the middle of the 2022 season, and he had to work hard to earn his snaps behind Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Taylor.
Moss got his opportunity to prove himself when Allen was injured, and he finished the season with a career-high in yards and touchdowns.
The Vikings' running back unit needs improvement, and Moss could be the answer. Their starting running back, Alexander Mattison, had no rushing touchdowns in the 2023 season, and Ty Chandler, who took over as the lead back, didn't do much to impress.
Moss could bring some much-needed strength to their running game. Although Kevin O'Connell's past offense hasn't relied heavily on rushing, Minnesota needs someone who can contribute. Moss may not be the fastest, but he can get you those hard-earned yards.
Moss could be a perfect fit for the Vikings' offensive system under O'Connell. With Chandler already on the roster, Moss and Chandler could be the perfect Thunder and Lightning duo this team needs.