Ranking every free agent the Vikings signed in 2023 from best to worst

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Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 18

Myles Gaskin, running back

The running back situation for the Minnesota Vikings isn't good. They moved on from Dalvin Cook and put their trust in Alexander Mattison. A trade for Cam Akers brought a spark until he ruptured his Achilles tendon and was lost for the year.

Myles Gaskin looked like a veteran who could be used to push Mattison and the rest of the young running backs on the Vikings roster but instead has signed with Minnesota twice and is currently on the practice squad, but has seen action in two games without recording a statistic.

Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 17

Marcus Davenport, edge

Marcus Davenport isn't a bad player when he's healthy, but the contract he signed with the Minnesota Vikings was a poor one for the team to start with. Edge rushers are some of the highest paid in the NFL, but Davenport's one-year deal worth $13 million was large for a mostly unproven player in his four seasons with the Saints.

A high-ankle sprain sidelined Davenport in Week 6 and eventually placed him on injured reserve. He played in four games for Minnesota, starting three. He could finish his season with seven combined tackles and two sacks for the team's $13 million investment, although there is a chance he could return this season.

Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 16

Dean Lowry, defensive line

Signing a two-year deal worth $8.5 million this season, the former Packers defender was brought in to help a struggling defensive line. The Minnesota Vikings got nine games out of Dean Lowry before a pectoral injury ended his season.

The Vikings got four starts out of Lowry, but he wasn't super effective. His 14 tackles and one fumble recovery were a bit disappointing for his first season in Minnesota but hopefully, he can get healthy and return to make an impact next season.