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Best and Worst Offseason Moves: Minnesota Vikings
- Updated: April 9, 2013
After finishing 6-10 in 2010 and 3-13 in 2011, the Minnesota Vikings surprised the world in 2012 by finishing second in the NFC North and qualifying for a Wild Card berth. Although their postseason appearance ended in disappointment, the season was almost universally considered a resounding success.
This year, general manager Rick Spielman finds himself tasked with continuing to rebuild the team. As the free-agency period winds down, let’s take a look at how he has fared in his efforts to keep Minnesota a playoff contender.
After two or three years of on-again, off-again drama, general manager Rick Spielman pulled the trigger on a trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks. Harvin is a great slot receiver, kick returner and overall weapon, but he made little secret of his disgruntlement with his contract situation. In the ends, his financial demands were more than the Vikings were willing to match. Both sides benefited from the transaction. Harvin cut a six-year deal with the Seahawks worth $67 million, $14.5 million of which was guaranteed. Minnesota excises a locker-room cancer while netting an additional first-round pick.
Moreover, they were able to pick up Greg Jennings after he failed to come to terms with the Green Bay Packers, signing him for five years at $47.5 million. Minnesota badly needed a good outside receiving threat, and despite his recent injuries, Jennings should supply just that for second-year quarterback Christian Ponder. Not only did the move add much-needed talent to the Vikings’ depleted receiving corps, it also took an integral player from a much-hated division rival. The only real downside to the deal is Jennings’ age — he’s almost 30 — and questions about his injury history. Assuming he can stay healthy, however, this is a flat-out win for Minnesota.
Cutting cornerback Antoine Winfield for cap reasons was a blow to the defense. At 35 years of age, Winfield is certainly an older player, but nevertheless, he played great last year in both coverage and run defense. He played a vital role in the team’s quick turnaround after an injury-plagued 2011 campaign.
Particularly questionable was Spielman’s decision to wait until March 12th, the day free agency opened, to release Winfield, instead of doing him the courtesy of waiving him earlier. In so doing, he robbed Winfield of the opportunity to take advantage of the three-day free-for-all period the NFL had instituted this year, during which players and their agents are permitted to pit teams against each other for the best possible offers.
Winfield is still on the market and could return to Minnesota at a much-reduced sticker price, in which case this could turn out to be an intelligent, if perhaps a bit coldhearted, move on Spielman’s part. If they do end up losing Winfield to another team, though, the Vikings will truly miss his veteran presence. They will have to rely on Josh Robinson and A.J. Jefferson to make some huge strides at the cornerback position.
Rick Spielman seems to be settling in nicely to his role atop the Minnesota power structure. He retained guard Phil Loadholt on four-year, $25 million dollar deal, a great price for the 27-year-old, who has been a key cog in the success of running back Adrian Peterson. He also brought in Matt Cassel, the best of the lower-tier starting quarterbacks available, to back up Ponder. Cassel will push, but probably not overtake, Ponder for the starting gig.
If Jennings and the haul of 2013 draft picks pan out, the Vikings could improve upon 10-6 to contend in the playoffs. Minnesota still rides upon the shoulders of Peterson, but the load should feel a little lighter this year.
Back in the day it was:
1) I respect and hate the bears;
2) I hate the Vikings worse than anything that has ever existed;
3) Barry Sanders is sorta cool, and the Lions are not really a threat;
4) WTF is TB in our division again? Also, lol Dilfer.
1) I respect and hate the bears;
2) I hate the Vikings, but I got older so now I hate some other things more;
3) I find nothing more obnoxious than the Lions.
LKP - did you know that searching "boombaya" in google images brings up a number of photos of NFCN players from the espn blog? You changed the world.
Good question....do you root for your division when not playing against you? Like in college? For me...I never root for TB, NOR nor Atlanta...I hope for them to lose 83-0...But I hate Dallas so if a poor team in the division faces Dallas I could see me temporarily suspending my anti-NFCS opponent sentiment.
@Nonstopdrivel I don't experience many problems. Now and then it gets constipated, but a refresh does the trick.
@Nonstopdrivel I never have used any images...not sure if you mean individually or collectively.
@Buhlitz He really had nice form.
@robertj72 It worked more smoothly in its prior format.
@___bp___ You fear the Lions. FTFY
@LionskillPack Well.. we're gonna have 2 gay players in the NFCN
Except for the Panthers games, I never really root for a team...only against the team I dislike more...whether it be to prove my pick right or because they are scum (Dumping Landry was crappiest move in NFL history!!) or because their fans are tool (Looking at you NOR sans Reggie)...I get in full on hater mode!
@robertj72 NOpe. Whole different thing. As LKP said, only if it somehow helps you.
@LionskillPack Don't worry the compliments are empty...I'm not sure losing Harvein is a Plus nor that Ponder can utilize Jennings even if he returns to form.
@LionskillPack Clearly the writer is a major homer.
@___bp___ I usually have no problems with it either. When I do, it is typically because i have a ton of other tabs open too.
@robertj72 "You guys" is Northron for "y'all"
1. Doesn't show reply comments..the - sign will let you close some but doesn't reveal many you KNOW are still there.
2. Doesn't refresh your page for long periods then 50 at once.
3. Why does it let you edit only once?
4. Is showing a scrambled and redundant like.
And I am guessing there are others I forget right now.
I respect The Bears
I hate The Vikings
The Lions under Jim Schwartz are just a bunch of clowns
@robertj72 What browser are you using? I am not having those issues, though the only letting you edit once does show up on Firefox sometimes.
@LionskillPack Did Mayhew not pick Staffy?
You were 4th, Lions were 2nd after each GMS first year
You were 16th, Lions were 13th
You were 30th and a perfect spot to trade back and Lions were 23rd
And you were 9th and Lions are 5th.
Really similar and both got franchise QBs based on other GMs records in year 1. 1st pick compared 21st pick after Rodgers dropped luckily like a rock. And Thompson tried to trade out of the pick
@LionskillPack You guys are in a tougher spot. Those first round picks gave you some great talent (please note my Face of Begrudgingness), but the old CBA has made life hard.
It's amazing how Thompsons and Mayhews first four years are so similar. Hopefully the next 4 for Mayhew are like Thompsons last 4
@Govnah Reginald 5K @robertj72 @Green And Gold @jwoude23 Bear Down It was made worse for me because prior to Carolina having a team I rooted for the loveable losers in NOR that always tried hard. I feel they sold they soul for a Championship and they destroyed many years of loving them in the process.
@LionskillPack Packers or Panthers fans?
@jwoude23 Bear Down No, I like the good competition
@LionskillPack The butthurt is strong with you friend