Minnesota Vikings continue productive off-season

KELOLAND.com Original

This is an on-going story that is updating as the NFL off-season continues.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)- The entire sports world was put on hold following the outbreak of COVID-19. One sport that hasn’t changed their schedule is the National Football League.

The 2020 NFL off-season began on Thursday, March 18, as many teams have been making moves over the last week.

March 13Vikings cut corner back Xavier Rhodes and defensive tackle Linval Joseph
March 14Vikings terminate contract of tight end David Morgan
March 16Vikings place Franchise Tag on Safety Anthony Harris (1 Year, $11,441,000)
March 16Vikings resign Fullback C.J. Ham (4 Year, $12,000,000)
March 16Vikings place 2nd Round Tender on Linebacker Eric Wilson (1 Year, $3,100,000)
March 16Vikings resign Punter Britton Colquitt (3 Year, $9,000,000)

The first six moves for Minnesota proved to be key for the Vikings as Minnesota opened up more than $20 million in cap space.

Monday, March 16 could be a day that the Vikings look back on during the 2020 NFL season. The Vikings made six total moves on Monday including one of the biggest trades this off-season.

March 16Vikings extend Quarterback Kirk Cousins (2 Year Extension, $66 Million)
March 16Vikings trade Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs to Buffalo; Vikings get 2020 1st, 5th and 6th Round picks and 2021 4th Round pick

The next group of moves by the Vikings were key as the team continued to add and subtract from this season’s squad.

March 17Cornerback Trae Waynes signs with Bengals (3 Year, $42,000,000)
March 18Vikings cut Offensive Guard Josh Kline
March 18Vikings sign back-up Quarterback Sean Mannion to a one year deal.
March 18Vikings sign Defensive Tackle Michael Pierce (3 Year, $27,000,000)
March 19Cornerback Mackensie Alexander signs with Bengals (1 Year, $4,000,000)
March 19Vikings sign Kicker Dan Bailey (3 Year, $10,000,000)

March 20 Cleveland Browns signs former Viking safety Andrew Sendejo
March 20Vikings end negotiations with Defensive End Everson Griffen
March 20 Carolina Panthers sign former Viking Defensive End Stephen Weatherly
March 21Vikings resign Offensive Tackle Rashod Hill
March 22Atlanta Falcons sign former Viking Wide Receiver Laquon Treadwell
March 23Detroit Lions sign former Viking Safety Jayron Kearse

The Vikings had a long list of talented players who could become free agents. Friday, March 20 started the process of Minnesota losing or backing out of negotiations with free agents.

March 25Vikings sign former Tennessee Titan Wide Receiver Tajae Sharpe (1 Year Deal)
March 25Vikings sign former San Francisco 49er Defensive End Anthony Zettel
March 25Vikings sign former XFL Linebacker DeMarquis Gates

The Vikings made three moves on Wednesday, March 25 including two major additions to a couple of positions.

The first move was the addition of Tajae Sharpe. Sharpe is a three year veteran in the NFL with his entire time being with the Tennessee Titans. Sharpe has 92 career receptions for 1,167 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’ll be a solid addition to the Vikings’ wide receiving core.

The Vikings added some depth to the defensive end spot with the signing of former 49er Anthony Zettel. Zettel will start his fifth season in the NFL as the former 49er has 76 total career tackles and 7.5 sacks.

March 26Indianapolis Colts sign former Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes
March 27Vikings resign Running Back Ameer Abdullah
March 27Vikings resign Center Brett Jones

March 28Vikings resign Offensive Tackle Dakota Dozier

The Vikings have just over 13 million dollars in cap space remaining, however the details of the Brett Jones, Ameer Abdullah and Dakota Dozier’s contract have not been announced.

Viking Free Agents

While the Vikings will have to sign their draft picks, Minnesota does have a free agent to resign:

CornerbackMarcus Sherels

Team Needs

The Vikings will have their hands full trying to fill some of the holes on the team such as the cornerback position.

The Vikings traded Stefon Diggs and lost Treadwell to free agency, leaving the wide receiver position with some questions. Tajae Sharpe will help fill that hole.

The biggest question mark for the Vikings will be at the cornerback position. The Vikings were less than spectacular at the CB position last year, and have lost their top three cornerbacks this season.

Latest reports say the Vikings could be in the market for veteran CB Logan Ryan. Ryan is a seven year veteran who has 11 career sacks, 494 career tackles and an impressive 17 career interceptions.

Many other NFL analysts project the Vikings could draft a CB with one of their first round picks.

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