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

Brandon Powell and Dalton Risner
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Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 3

Andrew DePaola, long snapper

Last season, Andrew DePaola was First Team All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings brought back their celebrated long snapper on a three-year deal worth $4.025 million this offseason.

DePaola has played in every game for the Vikings this year. So far, there hasn't been any reason to complain about his play and having a solid player at an underappreciated position while not paying too much has been great for Minnesota.

Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 2

Dalton Risner, offensive line

Fans of the Minnesota Vikings were banging the table for the team to sign guard Dalton Risner and the team did just that when they brought him in on a one-year deal worth $3 million to help out the offensive line.

Signing Risner meant the team could trade Ezra Cleveland and get a draft pick for a player who would have otherwise likely left in free agency. Meanwhile, Risner has been excellent at left guard. Don't be surprised if the Vikings try to bring him back next season.

Minnesota Vikings free agent signing No. 1

Byron Murphy, cornerback

Despite the Minnesota Vikings drafting Mekhi Blackmon in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft, there were plenty of questions about how the team would fare after moving on from both their starting corners last season.

Byron Murphy has stepped in to lead the team in pass defenses (13) and interceptions (3) in an aggressive Brian Flores defense. His two-year deal worth $17.5 million seemed like a lot, but he is playing great football while the younger corners grow and develop.