With the thought of the Vikings having a 41% roster turnover, they are going to need to cut cap and sign free agents. I have some ideas for everyone to think about during this offseason.
LaRon Landry (Washington) Career Stats: Tackles- 383 Sacks- 5.0 Interceptions- 4 - LaRon Landry was taken one pick ahead of Adrian Peterson in the 2007 NFL Draft. The Vikings haven’t had a great safety since Robert Griffith and I think he could improve our secondary. The only problem with Landry is that he may have a large asking price and he has had injury problems during his career.
Michael Griffin (Tennessee) Career Stats: Tackles- 378 Sacks- 2.0 Interceptions- 17 - Michael was a touted safety out of Texas and was taken 19th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Griffin started out in Tennessee by playing cornerback, but when Adam “Pac Man” Jones joined the team, he moved to safety and it turned out to be a good decision for the Titans. He has averaged 3.4 interceptions a season and interceptions are something the Vikings could use.
Carlos Rogers (San Francisco) Career Stats: Tackles-337 Sacks-0.0 Interceptions- 14 – Carlos Rogers is a good cornerback and has made a great impact on the 49ers defensive success. This season, in weeks 3-5 Rogers had a streak of interceptions against the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had an interception in each contest. In week 10 vs. the Giants, he caught two interceptions to help his team to an 8-1 record. Rogers was just named to the Pro Bowl and will be playing alongside Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. He could be a nice compliment to Antoine Winfield next season.
LaDarius Webb (Baltimore) Career Stats: Tackles- 153 Sacks- 2.0 Interceptions- 7 – LaDarius Webb has developed into a nice cornerback for the Ravens. Webb ended the 2010 season with 54 tackles (47 solo), 9 pass break-ups and 2 interceptions. In addition, he returned 21 punts for 199 yards(9.5 average). Following the season, he was praised for his ability to defend deep passes. The Vikings could use a cornerback who could actually cover a goof receiver. This season Webb has 1 sack, a forced fumble, and five interceptions. The Vikings could also upgrade the special teams by using Webb as a return specialist. I feel Webb would be a nice solution to the Vikings secondary issues.
Vincent Jackson (San Diego) Career Stats: Receptions- 270 Yards- 4,725 TD’s- 36 – The Vikings almost worked out a trade for Vincent Jackson amidst his holdout dispute. He would be a great upgrade to a wide receiving core who took a step back after losing Sidney Rice. In Week 9, Jackson played a personal best game of 141 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings may have more important needs but Vincent Jackson may be considered as an option.
Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis) Career Stats: Receptions- 186 Yards- 2,497 TD’s- 16 – Pierre Garcon has turned into a decent NFL receiver. I think the Vikings should take a long look at Garcon. He has good hands and nice speed and would be an affordable upgrade to Devin Aromashodu. Garcon caught nine passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 against the New England Patriots. With a good quarterback, Garcon could be an average vertical threat for the Vikings.
Overall, I think the Vikings will address the offensive line in the draft and will focus on the defensive secondary and wide receiver positions in free agency. I will be posting a list of potential players the Vikings could draft in the next couple days. Check back all offseason for mock drafts, and updates on the Vikings busy offseason.