Free agency has begun and lots of names have come off the board. The Vikings big signing was for blocking tight end Josh Oliver. They gave him a 3 yr 21M deal. I am betting that nobody had blocking tight end on their bingo free agency card. Obviously, Kwesi and company are much much smarter than any of us so we had better say something nice. Even if you express bewilderment you get called a doomer.
They also got LB Jordan Hicks (who is 30 years old and turns 31 in June) to take a pay cut so any hopes for a free agent linebacker might be for naught. TJ Edwards (26.5 years old) got a 3 yr 19.5M deal. Bobby Okereke (26.6 years old) got a 4 yr 40M deal. David Long (26.4 years old) got a 2 yr 11M deal although he may not be a fit. There are still some out there like Drue Tranquill & Leighton Vander Esch. Maybe the team still has it’s eye on a free agent linebacker.
Patrick Peterson signed with the Steelers. Their is rumor that the Vikings have reached out to Sean Bunting. No news on Shelley, Tomlinson, or Za’Darius Smith.
Obviously, there is a long ways to go and we are really waiting on the news of how they get to be cap compliant.
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Free agent Dalvin Tomlinson heading to Browns
Former Vikings All-Pro LB Eric Kendricks to sign with Chargers
Our Minnesota Vikings Free Agency Tracker
It has been an interesting first day of free agency. Kwesi signed one of the best blocking tight ends to what looked like a large deal at 3 yr 21M. He has a 3.5M cap hit in 2023, a 7.1M cap hit in 2024, and a 10.3M cap hit in 2025. If they move on in 2025 they save 8M in cap space and eat 2.3M in dead money. It would be a surprise if they kept Ham after this move but who knows.
The Davenport signing logically signals that either Hunter or Smith are gone. Smith already requested to be let go so it looks like his cap hit gets replaced by Davenport. I wonder if Davenport has a void year or two included in his deal?
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Report: Vikings have inquired on Sean Murphy-Bunting
Trade Partner: Kansas City Chiefs
Sent: Za’Darius Smith
Received: Round 4 Pick 20; Round 7 Pick 32
Trade Partner: Atlanta Falcons
Sent: Round 1 Pick 23; Round 4 Pick 20; Future Round 1 Pick; Dalvin Cook
Received: Round 1 Pick 8
Trade Partner: Cleveland Browns
Sent: Round 3 Pick 24
Received: Round 3 Pick 35; Round 5 Pick 5
Trade Partner: Houston Texans
Sent: Round 3 Pick 35
Received: Round 4 Pick 2; Round 6 Pick 30
Trade Partner: Dallas Cowboys
Sent: Round 4 Pick 17
Received: Round 4 Pick 27; Round 6 Pick 35
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211: R6 P34 DL Moro Ojomo - Texas 6’2.9” 292
212: R6 P35 WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton - West Virginia 6’4” 221
249: R7 P32 S Jason Taylor II - Oklahoma State 5’11.5” 204
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