So as I lay around this offseason and hope like hell there will be football next season I can't help of think of all the moves I would be making as a GM for the Vikings.
We could address some of our most perinent team needs with some a couple of shrewd trading during the draft.
The first thing I would do is trade down in the draft from the 12 spot all the to 17 with New England and regroup our 3rd round pick we lost in the Moss deal.
Then with the next move I would make would be to send that 3rd round pick along with a conditional 3rd round pick in next years draft to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer.
That leaves us with the the number 17, 43, 105, 136, 147, 167, 199.
Now what to do with these Picks:
105-199-BPA emphasizing safety and cb and depth on both lines.
So with our first three picks after the trade with New England we end up with and upgrade on the offensive line, a defensive end to replace the Ray Edwards due to his imminent departure, and a QB to lead our team for 5 more years.
Now that the draft is taken care of now to move onto free agency and pending free agents.
By this point I think it's painfully obvious Ray Edwards won't be back next year. I also believe there is a strong possibility that Pat Williams and Ben Leber may be gone as well as the team looks to get younger. That being said I think the team finds a way to keep Brian Robison, Fred Evans and Ryan Cook as they will be relied on to fill holes created by the departure of some veterans and are reliable backups.
We also resign Mr. Reliable, Ryan Longwell.
As far as Sidney Rice goes, I have no idea how that situation will play out. I pray we find a way to retain his services but he seems to want more than he's worth. I think if we can show we are going to make a splash on the QB market this offseason he'll stay, but it really is a crapshoot.
As far as players under contract who have worn out their welcome, I would release Bernard Berrian and Madeiu Williams. They are overpaid and constantly underperforming.
I don't know who on the free agent market we would target but I would take a look at Bob Sanders and OJ Atogwe as we need help at safety. Another enticing free agent is Nmandi Asomugha but I think he signs with someone like New York or New England.
Randy Moss will also be available. ; p