I have found the discussion around the various stories and mocks with the Vikings taking a QB in the first round illuminating and interesting. Many people truly believe the stories are solely about getting clicks.
The team decided to NOT extend Cousins but did add void years that could be a structure for an extension if they come to an agreement later or it will be a massive dead money cap hit. All anyone has to do is recognize Cousins is NOT under contract in 2024. It should be clear that it is perfectly reasonable to make a mock with the Vikings taking a QB in the first round in some way (even by trading up).
Since yore last open thread ...
NFL Free Agent Trackers
Top three NFL free agents at every defensive position: Best players still available in 2023 free agency
I liked James better than Powell but Powell probably picks up the offense faster.
What free agent would you like to see the team sign? Here are some still available ...
Rock Ya-Sin CB (26), Marcus Peters CB (30), Shaquill Griffin CB (27), Anthoyn Brown CB (29), Eli Apple CB (27)
Dalton Risner OG (27),
Yannick Ngakoue DE (28), Leonard Floyd DE (30), Frank Clark DE (29),
Matt Ioanndis DT (29), Poona Ford DT (27), A’Shawn Robinson DT (28), Chris Wormley DT (29)
Rashaan Evans LB (26)
Adriam Amos S (29), John Johnson III S (28)
... I’d like to see a couple of veterans added and kind of like Marcus Peters, A’Shawn Robinson, and maybe John Johnson.
I wonder if the team would trade BOTH Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter for draft picks and then sign Ngakoue or Clark for a lot less? Also, would they trade Ezra and sign Risner? Doubtful but it would be very interesting. I would love it!
I have no idea if any trades will happen but they have to do something to have enough money to sign the rookies. They could decide to leave all other contracts alone besides an extension for Hockenson. That means JJ and Hunter can pound sand until next offseason. The team has every right to go this route but it doesn’t lend itself to having happy campers. How would it affect locker room chemistry?
I have to believe they plan on making trades or flat out cuts.
Trade Partner: San Francisco 49ers
Sent: Za’Darius Smith
Received: Round 3 Pick 38
Trade Partner: LA Rams
Sent: Dalvin Cook, Round 3 Pick 24
Received: Round 3 Pick 14, Round 5 Pick 36
Trade Partner: Kansas City Chiefs
Sent: Round 1 Pick 23
Received: Round 1 Pick 31, Round 3 Pick 32
Trade Partner: New England Patriots
Sent: Round 3 Pick 38
Received: Round 4 Pick 5, Round 6 Pick 33
Trade Partner: LA Rams
Sent: Round 5 Pick 36
Received: Round 5 Pick 42, Round 7 Pick 34
31: R1 P31 WR Zay Flowers - Boston College 5’9.2” 182
77: R3 P14 EDGE Derick Hall - Auburn 6’2.6” 254
95: R3 P32 LB DeMarvion Overshown - Texas 6’4.3” 200
107: R4 P5 S Jartavius Martin - Illinois 5’11” 194
119: R4 P17 CB Riley Moss - Iowa 6’0.5” 193
158: R5 P23 C Ricky Stromberg - Arkansas 6’4.5” 337
177: R5 P42 RB Keaton Mitchell - East Carolina 5’7.7” 179
210: R6 P33 WR Matt Landers - Arkansas 6’4.3” 200
211: R6 P34 DL Brodric Martin - Western Kentucky 6’4.5” 337
251: R7 P34 QB Kory Curtis - Gannon 6’2.6” 236
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