Grading the Vikings' first six signings in 2024 free agency

Jonathan Greenard
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Vikings free agent No. 1

Jonathan Greenard, edge
Contract: 4 years, $76 million

The Minnesota Vikings were in a sticky situation. With Danielle Hunter, Marcus Davenport, and D.J. Wonnum all hitting free agency, the team would need to seek out new starters as well as some depth to play outside linebacker.

Jonathan Greenard will fill one of those starting roles for the Vikings. Last season, he opened eyes with the Texans, registering 12.5 sacks in 15 games played. That shouldn't be too surprising since he had eight sacks in 12 games in 2022.

At 26 years old, Minnesota locked down the former Louisville and Florida standout for four seasons but ended up investing $19 million per season for the services of Houston's third-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Greenard might not be a replacement for Danielle Hunter but he should be more than productive in Brian Flores' aggressive defense and be able to solidify a position of need for several years, freeing up the team to work on other areas.

Grade: B

Although Greenard will be a welcome addition to the Minnesota Vikings defense, they did open their wallet pretty wide for his services. If he can continue to improve as a player, this could be a great investment in a young talent.