Minnesota Vikings News Roundup: The Roster Still Needs Work

There is good reason to be encouraged about where things are going with the Minnesota Vikings roster. Even still, Rick Spielman has some work to do. Safety remains the thinnest position on the roster, and the offensive line is still very much a work in progress. There is even a good case to be made that Minnesota ought to grab another receiver, edge rusher, and linebacker. This week’s News Roundup thus focuses on the roster and salary cap before taking stock of TVG and the Purple Partners.

Improvements to the Minnesota Vikings Roster

By signing Dalvin Tomlinson and Patrick Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings improved their roster. It’s going to be a lot tougher running the ball against Mike Zimmer’s defense, and the end result will likely be some better pass defense. Forcing teams into second/third and long on a consistent basis will really help, especially since Peterson will be helping to patrol the air.

That being said, there is still a ton of work to be done. We didn’t think the Vikings would be able to afford Anthony Harris; it turns out we really could have. Harris signed with the Eagles for a mere 1-year, $5 million. It’s an astonishingly low number, and the Vikings will regret passing on this opportunity to keep their elite safety tandem together. Pairing Harris-Smith with the Peterson-Dantzler-Gladney corner trio would have given Minnesota a strong secondary. Unfortunately, the Vikings felt otherwise, and they’ll likely be signing a vet for cheap as they look to the draft to find another safety.

Otherwise, the biggest weakness remains the offensive line (which, as some of you may have noticed, is starting to become a trend). True, there are still some intriguing options out there, but it’s disappointing that the offensive line has been almost completely overlooked. Minnesota is likely going to be forced into prioritizing o-line in the draft.

Salary Cap Improvements

Kyle Rudolph has been designated as a post-June 1 cut. The result is more cap room this season because the Vikings can spread his dead money over the next two years. There’s a catch, though (there’s always a catch). The Vikings get around $8 million in cap space this season, but it can only be accessed on June 2. In other words, Minnesota won’t be able to use any of that precious money for free agents they want to sign now. They’ll likely opt to use that cash to sign their draft class and carry over a few bucks into the season.

The finances are thus a little snug at the moment. It remains unclear when Minnesota will come to an extension with Harrison Smith. I think I can speak on behalf of all Vikings fans when I say that hopefully the news of a Smith extension emerges sooner rather than later, especially if it involves having sufficient money to snag an impact player for the offensive line. Over the Cap suggests we have just over a million dollars. The money needs to come from somewhere, so keep an eye out for a Smith extension and maybe even a new deal for Danielle Hunter.

TVG and the Purple Partners

This week’s content focused in on free agency. The Vikings made some improvements to their roster when they signed Dalvin Tomlinson and then Patrick Peterson. There are still some intriguing players available, so it’ll be really interesting to see where things go with the Vikings.

The Purple Partners continue to do their thing. Folks who are interested in podcasts might give Odin’s Den a shot. Danchat, one of the participants in our Purple Pain Forums Round Table series, put together a really interesting assessment of Rick Spielman’s past drafts. Vikings Territory‘s Josh Frey covered rumors surrounding Minnesota’s interest in iOL Forrest Lamp.

Conclusion

Many thanks for stopping by, valued reader. It always means a lot to us over here at TVG when you decide to take a few moments for our humble site. The Minnesota Vikings roster is still a work in progress, but fans ought to be encouraged by where things are heading. Remember, things could always be worse; imagine putting a bunch of time and effort toward solving your team’s QB issue and then coming away with Andy Dalton as the solution. That’s a big yikes. Fortunately, we’ve been able to avoid the big yikes. That’s at least something. Skol.

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