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2011 NFL Offseason: Minnesota Vikings

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2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
OC Bill Musgrave, QB Donovan McNabb, WR Michael Jenkins, WR Devin Aromashodu, OT Charlie Johnson, DT Remi Ayodele.
Early Draft Picks:
QB Christian Ponder, TE Kyle Rudolph, DE/DT Christian Ballard, CB Brandon Burton, OT/G DeMarcus Love, S Mistral Raymond, C/G Brandon Fusco, OLB Ross Homan.
Offseason Losses:
QB Brett Favre, QB Tarvaris Jackson, FB Naufahu Tahi, WR Sidney Rice, OT Bryant McKinnie, DE Ray Edwards, DT Pat Williams, DT Jimmy Kennedy, OLB Ben Leber, CB Lito Sheppard, CB Frank Walker, FS Madieu Williams.

2011 Minnesota Vikings Offense:
Donovan McNabb stinks. An ESPN employee would be fired for saying something like this, but it's true. He's inaccurate, he skips passes into the ground on nearly every throw, he's a terrible locker room leader, and he refuses to learn new offenses out of lethargy.

And yet McNabb is Minnesota's current quarterback - until No. 12 overall pick Christian Ponder is ready to play, that is. That could be a while because of the shortened offseason, so McNabb will have to try his best not to lose too many games as he did in Washington, although perhaps that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world because it would put the Vikings in the running for USC left tackle prospect Matt Kalil.

Minnesota desperately needs Kalil because there is a huge void at the left tackle position. The team cut long-time blind-side protector Bryant McKinnie because he weighed in close to 400 pounds when he reported to training camp. McKinnie, who allowed six sacks last year, never lived up to his potential. However, he's a billion times better than the new left tackle. Charlie Johnson, who played for the Colts previously, has to be the worst starting lineman in the NFL. He was never fully exposed in Indianapolis because of how quickly Peyton Manning released the football. He won't have that luxury in his new home, and McNabb will suffer.

The rest of the offensive front is also in shambles. The lone bright spot is left guard Steve Hutchinson, who turns 34 in November. Center John Sullivan really needs to be upgraded; right tackle Phil Loadholt, a second-round pick in 2009, has yet to live up to his potential; while serviceable right guard Anthony Herrera is coming off ACL surgery.

While McNabb will see tons of pressure in his face, Adrian Peterson won't have any running lanes to burst through either. Peterson is the best pure runner in football, so he should still be good for around 1,300 rushing yards. The concern though is his pass-catching ability; Peterson was stripped out his third-down duties late in 2010, though he's been working feverishly in training camp to reclaim that particular role.

McNabb has one play-maker to work with on offense outside of Peterson, and that of course would be Percy Harvin, who seems poised to have a breakout campaign. The only issue with Harvin are his migraines, which tend to resurface from time to time. If he can play at least 14 games though, he should be able to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards.

Sidney Rice took the money and ran all the way to Seattle, so the team's No. 2 receiving job is up for grabs between the anemic Bernard Berrian and the equally dreadful Michael Jenkins. There are no winners in that training camp battle, so McNabb will likely look to his two tight ends more often. Visanthe Shiancoe is currently the starter there, but Kyle Rudolph should pass him on the depth chart as soon as he's comfortable in Bill Musgrave's new offense.



2011 Minnesota Vikings Defense:
This is not the year teams want to replace four starters on defense. The Vikings will have some new faces in the lineup, which is a recipe for disaster in this brief offseason.

The two key departures are left end Ray Edwards and nose tackle Pat Williams. As much as some Minnesota fans don't want to admit it, Edwards was an extremely important contributor to the team's stop unit. He was excellent in terms of defending the run and also generated a good pass rush, collecting eight sacks in 2010. His replacement, Brian Robison, can apply pressure on the quarterback on occasion, especially with perennial Pro Bowler Jared Allen on the other side. However, Robison will get washed away against the run.

Speaking of which, Pat Williams' departure will make Minnesota's run defense significantly weaker. The front office signed Remi Ayodele as a substitute, but he was just a marginal starter for the Saints. Letroy Guion will play more on passing downs, and could accumulate a few sacks next to Kevin Williams, although the stud under tackle might be suspended for four games because of the ridiculous StarCaps investigation.

The third loss was weakside linebacker Ben Leber, who signed with the Rams. At 32, Leber was a declining player, but was still a serviceable starter. His replacement is Erin Henderson, who has barely played in the pros. Henderson will be a two-down linebacker next to his brother E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway, both of whom are Pro Bowl-caliber talents.

Minnesota's final new defensive starter will reside in the secondary, taking the place of pedestrian free safety Madieu Williams. That would be Tyrell Johnson, who was a starter back in 2009. Johnson isn't very good, but he's not any worse than Williams. Either way, Johnson is going to be the weak link in the secondary next to strong safety Husain Abdullah, who is solid in run support.

The Vikings' cornerbacks should hold their own unless Antoine Winfield regresses. Winfield is coming off a brilliant 2010 campaign, but recently turned 34. He could easily begin his decline, perhaps late in the year when he's worn down. If so, that'll put extra pressure on the injury-prone Cedric Griffin, who is 10 months removed from an ACL tear. Meanwhile, Chris Cook, last year's high second-round pick, really needs to improve after a disappointing rookie campaign. Cook was arrested this offseason, however, so it seems as though he has interests outside of football.



2011 Minnesota Vikings Schedule and Intangibles:
Minnesota is just 14-44 when playing outdoors the past nine seasons. Perhaps the Vikings should build an outdoor stadium so they can get used to the elements.

Ryan Longwell re-signed for a 4-year, $12 million deal this offseason, and deservedly so. He was 17-of-18 last year and 26-of-28 in 2009. He's 8-of-8 from 50 or further the past three seasons.

Punter Chris "Warcraft" Kluwe had a down year for his standards, but was still pretty good. He averaged 43.0 yards per boot, including 32-of-83 attempts inside the 20. Oh, and he also ripped apart a clueless Nate Jackson in a long rant on some Web site.

Percy Harvin served as a good kick returner, finding the end zone once and averaging 23.3 yards per attempt. However, the Vikings surrendered two special-teams touchdowns.

Minnesota has a pretty easy late-place schedule. It's tough early on, as the team has to battle San Diego and Tampa Bay, but it's much more relaxing after that. Beatable opponents include Kansas City, Arizona, Carolina, Oakland, Denver and Washington.



2011 Minnesota Vikings Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Quarterbacks
Offensive Line
Secondary
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams
Receivers
Linebackers
Coaching


2011 Minnesota Vikings Analysis: The Vikings haven't hit rock bottom yet. That'll happen this year. The offensive line in shambles, the defense is very shaky, and there is nothing to speak of at the quarterback position. Not until Christian Ponder is ready to play anyway.

This is a throw-away season for Minnesota. The ideal strategy would be to win the Matt Kalil sweepstakes so Ponder will actually have some solid pass protection when he's ushered into lineup.

Projection: 5-11 (4th in NFC North)


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VikingsLowDown 04-26-2013 11:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.80 (total posts: 1)
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Clearly the Vikings knocked the first round of the draft out of the park. Floyd is just a no-brainer. Rhodes is a great pick, with Allan Williams who wants to run more press-man, and Rhodes fits into that perfectly. As far as Patterson, GREAT PICK!! 4 for 1. Swapped 2 for 1, gave them 3 and a extra 4 and last 7. Not too much, despite needs. Deep draft with lots of potential. And whoever said Vikings don't have the coaching, George Stewart is one of the best WR coaches in the NFL and it was even confirmed today that former Vikings WR and new Hall of Famer Cris Carter will be joining the Vikings in the development of Patterson. Additionally, I don't think they could have made that pick without first signing Greg Jennings, who will also play a big role in developing Patterson. Clearly the Vikings made a huge impact and if these players can produce anything near what they did at the collegiate level, another A first round from Rick Spielman
@Kevin 04-26-2013 08:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx96.3 (total posts: 1)
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Patterson is a much better prospect than Baldwin. They were both considered raw prospects, but Patterson is much better in the open field. The biggest difference is Patterson can contribute immediately on special teams while he works on his route running.
Nash Vike Fan 04-26-2013 07:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 1)
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I could honestly be happy if the Vikes could trade their 4, 5, 6 round picks to move back into the 3rd round and get a starting MLB prospect. Then, use the two 7th rounders to get those projects that normally would be top FA signees.

Great draft so far! Feeling excited about 2013!!
Vikes 04-26-2013 05:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.65 (total posts: 4)
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120. Wolff/Williams S- be awesome of 1 of these guys was still on the board. I doubt theres a MLB dropping here at this value/how ever there could be an OLB if theyre serious about moving Henderson inside.
155. AJ Klein MLB- I think this guy could be rly under rated, but either way he will provide depth/compitition
189. Mike Calapano DE- agree with walt on this pick. very intelligent with high motor. can play opposite of Griffin and Floyd(if Allen and Williams dont resign)
213. Charles Johnson WR- reports on this guy look good for a long term prospect. he has sub 4.4 40 and great hands.
214. Don Jones S/CB- another good long term prospect that plays the pass so well teams think he'd be better suited as a CB. another guy with sub 4.4 40 and very fluid in pass def.

provided they dont make any trades...pretty solid late round draft. if AJ Klein aint on the board they could grab Brian Winters for some help at guard. This is just a rly weird draft...for all we know the next Floyd in the way of Minter could drop to us at 120.....lmao
Vikes 04-26-2013 04:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.65 (total posts: 4)
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I know we all love these picks. Floyd ez A+. Rhodes i'd scores an A- on..he was a steal at 25(mocked at 12-15 in most mocks) but Walt ya failed thru this whole process to realize this. Vikes have Cook who cant stay healthy and might even be outta the league this time next year with 1 more knee injury AND Robinson isnt rdy to play outside full time yet. after these 2 guys there rly isnt much on the roster. i had CB as their BIGGEST need...no matter what type of D they run. Patterson i have to go A- only because theres a decent chance he wont develope for 1-2 yrs as a #1 outside WR. he has a lot to learn but the Vikes are a patient team and knew this going in.
jason e 04-26-2013 04:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.223 (total posts: 1)
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I think speillman and Frazier did a great job in the last two drafts! the Vikings will have talented players for many years ahead! I wanted them to take a Lb with the 29th pick, but after watching video clips on Patterson I know why they drafted him. maybe the can pull off a trade today and get a ta'eo, brown or minter. If not greenway and Henderson will do a good job in 2013
Nick 04-26-2013 04:16 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.115 (total posts: 1)
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u all who are saying patterson isnt worth what they gave up are dumb honestly. you have no understanding why he was there top WR choice and why they moved up to get him. yes they needed a big time wide out with speed size and playmaking ability which they filled with him, but they also needed a new kick returner to fill harvins hole and he is that guy aswell so all u rtards out there they have basically filled 2 needs with one guy. there is one more reason they got him. they know having a guy like jennings who runs perfect routes and has great hands can help patterson a ton and can also use verteran experience to teach him about the league thats what u all dont get that pick is a no brainer A to A+
Mitch 04-26-2013 04:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.141 (total posts: 1)
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Hey, the Patterson trade does not give the vikings the 52nd pick in the draft, they gave a 2nd,3rd,4th and a 7th,
B 04-26-2013 03:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx11.7 (total posts: 1)
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The value is only there with other WRs IF the Vikings believe Patterson was just like the other WRs, if you're read any info from them so far you'd realize THEY DONT. He was one of the few players they said they'd trade up for, NOBODY else is going to return kicks, punts, hand-offs and work screens like he can. I'll gladly take that trade off from him being a great route runner, we have Childs and Wright as mid-WR picks last year who have had some time to develop, we'd just be picking similar quality players if we traded up for an MLB and waited until the 3-4th for a WR.
M-dogg 04-26-2013 03:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.211 (total posts: 1)
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The Jets should take notes from the Vikes on how to best use your two 1st round picks. Theres been a hole beside Kevin Williams since Pat left and somehow Sharrif Floyd who was going 3rd overall in most mock drafts fell to um and unlike the dumb teams before them Minnesota pounced. Even though like Walt i don't like seeing teams who run zone coverages draft corners this early they desperately needed someone with Winfield gone and Rhodes is very well rounded with room to get better. Patterson IMO has the makings of becoming a true #1 WR one day with his blend of size/speed. He'll get alot of big plays with teams focusing on Jennings and Rudolph. BUT they did give away too much to move up 'specally since they reaaally need a LB and there was value at WR in the 2nd. Still yet they managed to get my #1 DT, #2 CB, and #2 WR in my rankings all in the same draft which is insane! If they find a way to move up again into the late 2nd or 3rd to get a starting quality LB i'll give their draft an A+.
Phill 04-26-2013 02:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.180 (total posts: 1)
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I was wondering who would nab Floyd... That's just stealing by the vikes! P.S. I'm a hawks fan
Kevin 04-26-2013 01:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.36 (total posts: 1)
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I know their need was intense at WR, but Patterson reminds me a lot of Baldwin in KC. Same draft range, same scouting report, (great measurables but very raw). That is not a favorable comparison. Their are better options out there to improve the receiving corps (lloyd, bess). Those guys aren't perfect, but neither is patterson. I hate to see 1st round picks wasted on projects, they did much better at the end of round 1 last year with a proven player like smith.
Neil 04-26-2013 12:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.179 (total posts: 1)
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"A+" on the 23 I had Floyd as the #2 player in the draft.

"B+" on the 25 Rhodes should fit well, they will now have two big physical corners. They can switch up coverages and bring Josh Robinson into the nickel slot.

"A" on 29 The last time the Vikes drafted a WR that walterfootball said was too raw for the first round he ended up being the Rookie of the year. The difference here is Patterson doesn't have character flaws, and is much bigger for help in the red zone.

"I'm not buying into this "Round 1 lock" B.S. concerning Harvin. I had him in the second round before the positive test results. His durability issues are huge and he's too raw of a receiver." (WalterFootball 2009 mock draft) about Harvin. He was mocked in the 3rd round.
Bobo 04-26-2013 11:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 1)
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A+ on the 1st pick. Great fit and value.

B+ on the second pick. Good value, but I don't think he fits their scheme...

C on their third pick. I don't feel Min has the coaching to help Patterson reach his potential. A more polished WR (Allen/Woods) would have been better.
dan 04-26-2013 09:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx.229 (total posts: 2)
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absolutely love the first 2 picks, but wish we would have gone ogletree instead of patterson. patterson is too raw, and is a boom or bust. we dont need a number 1 receiver, we need a number 1 mlb. should have pulled the trigger on ogletree then either go receiver in the 4th, or used the 4,5,7 to move intot eh late second early third to grab a decent number 2. a little too early for a number 2 in my eyes. still. loved how bad the vikings killed the draft. spielman deserves to be an nfl gm





2011 NFL Draft Grades:

The Vikings panicked. When they watched Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert come off the board at Nos. 8 and 10, they reacted by reaching for Christian Ponder at No. 12. I gave the selection a D, and deservedly so.

Having said that, as one person commented below, "If Ponder is good, no one will ever care where he was drafted." That's pretty much true, although Minnesota missed out on a blue-chip player like Nick Fairley, Robert Quinn or Cameron Jordan in the process. Still, you can't blame them; they were desperate for a quarterback, so they pulled the trigger.

I loved the rest of the Vikings' draft. They didn't reach for anyone, and they were able to fill needs by selecting the top players available.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: B



2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

12. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
A reach that would make Inspector Gadget proud. I can't believe this draft class is so bad that it forces Christian Ponder up to No. 12. I know the Vikings need a quarterback, but, wow.

I'm not saying Ponder is going to bust, by the way. He could be OK. But to take a second-round prospect at No. 12 is pretty crazy. (Pick Grade: D)

43. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Makes sense. The Vikings have a new quarterback, so why not give him a great weapon to work with? Kyle Rudolph could have gone as high as No. 27, so Minnesota is getting a steal at No. 43. (Pick Grade: A)

106. Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa
Christian Ballard would have been a second-round pick if he didn't test positive for marijuana at the Combine. The Vikings once again obtain a steal. Ballard fills a huge need at left end, as Ray Edwards is a free agent. (Pick Grade: A)

139. Brandon Burton, CB, Utah
A third-consecutive incredible value selection by the Vikings. Brandon Burton was considered a third-round prospect by some - I had him atop Round 4 - and he fills a need. (Pick Grade: A)

168. DeMarcus Love, OT/G, Arkansas
Remember when DeMarcus Love was considered a second-round prospect? The Vikings are getting great value in Round 6, and Love could fill a big hole on the offensive line. (Pick Grade: A)

170. Mistral Raymond, S, South Florida
This is a slight reach, but the Vikings really needed to find some help at safety. (Pick Grade: C)

172. Brandon Fusco, C/G, Slippery Rock
I like it. The Vikings had to find multiple upgrades to their offensive line this offseason, and Brandon Fusco was projected by many to go in the fourth round. (Pick Grade: A)

200. Ross Homan, OLB, Ohio State
Ben Leber is a free agent, so the Vikings will be hoping that Ross Homan can win a starting job at strongside linebacker this season. Homan should have gone a lot earlier than this. (Pick Grade: A)

215. De'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona
Think this pick says something about Minnesota's patience regarding the troubled Everson Griffen? You can never have enough quality pass-rushers, and this is the right range for De'Aundre Reed. (Pick Grade: B)

236. Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M
Stephen Burton is a high-upside project - a perfect late-round selection. He could have gone two rounds earlier. (Pick Grade: A)





Season Summary:
Remember when the three Viking players flew down to Mississippi to talk Brett Favre into coming back one more year? That seems so long ago. Favre and Brad Childress are gone, and Minnesota will be moving on with Leslie Frazier and a new undetermined franchise quarterback.




Offseason Moves:
  • Rams sign OLB Ben Leber
  • Vikings re-sign OT Ryan Cook
  • Titans sign CB Frank Walker
  • Vikings cut OT Bryant McKinnie
  • 49ers sign FS Madieu Williams
  • Vikings sign OT Charlie Johnson
  • Vikings re-sign DT Fred Evans
  • Falcons sign DE Ray Edwards
  • Vikings cut S Madieu Williams
  • Vikings re-sign S Eric Frampton
  • Vikings sign DT Remi Ayodele
  • Seahawks sign WR Sidney Rice
  • Vikings acquire QB Donovan McNabb from Redskins for 2012 6th-rounder, 2013 conditional 6th-rounder
  • Vikings re-sign K Ryan Longwell
  • Seahawks sign QB Tarvaris Jackson
  • Vikings cut DT Jimmy Kennedy
  • Vikings re-sign DE Brian Robison
  • Vikings tender SS Husain Abdullah
  • Vikings tender ILB Erin Henderson
  • Vikings re-sign WR Jaymar Johnson
  • Vikings franchise OLB Chad Greenway


    Offseason Needs:
    1. Quarterback: Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson are finally gone. Joe Webb played well in one of his starts late in the year, but Leslie Frazier said it during a press conference in early January - he wants to find the next Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco. Minnesota could draft Cam Newton or Jake Locker with the 12th pick this April. Drafted Christian Ponder; traded for Donovan McNabb

    2. Two Outside Linebackers: Both of Minnesota's starting outside linebackers, Chad Greenway and Ben Leber, are free agents. If the Vikings can't retain them, they'll have to find replacements. Franchised Chad Greenway; drafted Ross Homan

    3. Two Safeties: As with the linebacking corps, Minnesota will have nothing at safety if it can't re-sign its personnel. Husain Abdullah is a free agent, while Madieu Williams will probably be released because of his $5.4 million salary. Drafted Mistral Raymond

    4. Cornerback: Antoine Winfield turns 34 in June. Cedric Griffin is coming off two ACL tears. Chris Cook was frequently torched in his limited action as a rookie. The Vikings are desperate for corner help. Unfortunately, Prince Amukamara is unlikely to fall to them in the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted Brandon Burton

    5. Right Guard or Left Tackle: Minnesota needs an upgrade over Anthony Herrera at right guard. The other more tedious option is to look for a new franchise left tackle, which would move Bryant McKinnie to right tackle and Phil Loadholt to right guard. Loadholt struggled at right tackle this season. Signed Charlie Johnson

    6. Wide Reciever: If the Vikings can retain Sidney Rice, they're fine here. If not, they'll have to find a new starting wideout to complement Percy Harvin. Bernard Berrian stinks. Signed Devin Aromashodu and Michael Jenkins; drafted Stephen Burton

    7. Left End: Both Ray Edwards and Brian Robison are free agents this offseason, meaning Everson Griffen would be slated to start across from Jared Allen if the Vikings don't find another solution. If they don't like any of the quarterbacks, J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith could be options at No. 12 in the 2011 NFL Draft. Drafted Christian Ballard; re-signed Brian Robison

    8. Kicker: Ryan Longwell is a 37-year-old free agent. He may want to go to a contender, so he'll obviously have to be replaced if he leaves.

    9. Center: John Sullivan had another poor season at center. The Vikings really miss Matt Birk. Unfortunately, they have so many other needs that they may be forced to roll with Sullivan for yet another year. Drafted Brandon Fusco

    10. Defensive Tackle: Pat Williams said he won't be back next year, so Letroy Guion will have to step into the starting lineup next to Kevin Williams. I like Guion, but he's unproven. Minnesota may draft a defensive tackle in the early rounds this April. Signed Remi Ayodele

    11. Tight End: Visanthe Shiancoe absolutely sucked this season. Minnesota may think about spending a mid-round pick on a possible replacement; Shiancoe will be entering his contract year. Drafted Kyle Rudolph








    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Remi Ayodele, DT, Saints. Age: 28.
      Signed with Vikings

      Remi Ayodele plays the run somewhat well, but offers absolutely no pass rush.

    2. Michael Jenkins, WR, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Vikings (3 years)
    3. Charlie Johnson, OT, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings
    4. Devin Aromashodu (RFA), WR, Bears. Age: 27. -- Signed with Vikings (1 year)



    Minnesota Vikings Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. Chad Greenway, OLB, Vikings. Age: 28.
      Franchised by Vikings

      One of the top outside linebackers in the NFL, Chad Greenway could be franchised this offseason. If not - Sidney Rice is Minnesota's other option - Greenway is going to receive a huge contract from someone.

    2. Ray Edwards, DE, Vikings. Age: 26.
      Signed with Falcons (5 years)

      Ray Edwards had a tremendous year, registering eight sacks and shutting down the run on his side. The question remains: How will he fare without the opposition keying in on Jared Allen and Kevin Williams?

    3. Sidney Rice, WR, Vikings. Age: 25.
      Signed with Seahawks (5 years)

      Sidney Rice is one of the league's top young receivers. He caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009. He's only had one great year, hence just the four stars.

    4. Ryan Longwell, K, Vikings. Age: 37.
      Re-signed with Vikings (4 years, $12 million)

      Ryan Longwell's field goal percentages the past five years: 84.0, 83.3, 85.3, 92.9 and 94.4. Age is a concern, but Longwell is still one of the NFL's elite kickers.

    5. Ben Leber, OLB, Vikings. Age: 32.
      Signed with Rams (1 year, $1.25 million)

      Ben Leber can still start as a weakside linebacker, but at 32, his best days are behind him.

    6. Pat Williams, NT, Vikings. Age: 38.
      A two-down run-stuffer, Pat Williams still got it done this season despite playing at 38 years old. He'll try to help a contender.

    7. Bryant McKinnie, OT, Vikings. Age: 31.
      Bryant McKinnie has immense talent, but he's also a fat, lazy slob. The Vikings cut the soon-to-be 32-year-old McKinnie because he weighed in close to 400 pounds at training camp. He'd be a good addition to a team if he somehow gets his act together, but that's probably not going to happen.

    8. Husain Abdullah (RFA), S, Vikings. Age: 26.
      Tendered by Vikings

      Husain Abdullah did an OK job at strong safety this season. He's still a liability in coverage, however.

    9. Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Vikings. Age: 28.
      Signed with Seahawks

      Tavaris Jackson can be a decent backup quarterback in the NFL. No one aside from Brad Childress thinks he can start, however.

    10. Madieu Williams, S, Vikings. Age: 29.
      Signed with 49ers (1 year)

      Madieu Williams is a liability in coverage. He's experienced and could provide solid depth at defensive back, but he can't be a starter anymore.

    11. Brian Robison, DE, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Vikings (3 years, $14.1 million)
    12. Lito Sheppard, CB, Vikings. Age: 30.
    13. Jaymar Johnson, WR, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings (1 year, $405,000)
    14. Naufahu Tahi, FB, Vikings. Age: 29.
    15. Ryan Cook, OT/G, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Vikings
    16. Jimmy Kennedy, DT, Vikings. Age: 31.
    17. Fred Evans, DT, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings
    18. Frank Walker, CB, Vikings. Age: 28. -- Signed with Titans
    19. Greg Lewis, WR, Vikings. Age: 31.
    20. Tyrell Johnson, S, Vikings. Age: 26.
    21. Eric Frampton, S, Vikings. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Vikings
    22. Erin Henderson (RFA), ILB, Vikings. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Vikings
    23. Albert Young (RFA), RB, Vikings. Age: 26.
    24. Hank Baskett, WR, Vikings. Age: 28.


    2011 NFL Free Agent Rankings

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    Divisional Rival History:
    Chicago Bears: The home team has claimed 15 of 17. This excludes that weird game at the University of Minnesota.
    Detroit Lions: Pure domination. The Vikings have somehow won 21 of the past 24 meetings.
    Green Bay Packers: The Packers had won seven of 10 in this rivalry; nine of 10 if you exclude the 2009 season.



    Features to be Posted This Offseason:
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    2. Detailed season preview
    3. Fantasy football projections
    4. Positional rankings
    5. Daily updates on free-agent signings


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