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Vikings Have Plenty Of Cap Space To Work With

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Free agency in the National Football League gets underway in less than a month, and teams have already started sizing up how they can upgrade their teams in the annual spending frenzy. The Minnesota Vikings, coming off of a disappointing 5-10-1 season, could certainly stand to upgrade at a few spots, and they will have the capital to do just that.

According to Ben Goessling of, the Vikings have more space available under the 2014 salary cap than all but three other teams. If the salary cap falls around $126 million, as Goessling assumes that it will, the Vikings will have about $23 million to play with in the free agent market. Only the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars have more as it stands right now. Of course, this doesn't take into account any of their own free agents that they will have to re-sign, nor does it take into account any potential restructuring or releases (*cough* Chad Greenway *cough*) in order to free up a bit more space.

Personally, I'm not sure how many re-signings we're going to see from the Vikings' own crop of free agents. I think we'd all like to see them re-sign defensive end Everson Griffen, but outside of him, I'm not sure how many of the team's free agents are going to require re-signing and/or will garner a great deal of interest if they hit the open market. Guys like defensive end Jared Allen and running back Toby Gerhart are all but gone, and there aren't a whole lot of other names on the list that are absolute "must haves" before free agency opens on 11 March.

Who would you like to see the Vikings bring in during free agency this off-season?