The Minnesota Vikings started free company with 20 males able to hit the open market (courting again to February when the franchise re-signed Khyris Tonga and Blake Brandel).
Some joined different golf equipment — Eric Kendricks (LB, Chargers), Patrick Peterson (CB, Steelers), and Dalvin Tomlinson (DT, Browns) — and 11 males have been re-signed.
These 7 Vikings Free Brokers Stay Unsigned
Right here’s who’s left, both to re-join the Vikings or discover their subsequent house for NFL employment:
1. Kris Boyd (CB)
A member of the Vikings for 4 years to this point, Boyd looks as if a candidate to return earlier than the offseason is all stated and accomplished, particularly for his fancy particular groups contributions.
However, as of March seventeenth, it’s been crickets on Boyd’s free company. The person is 26 years outdated and will signal someplace quickly.
Boyd performed 82% of all Vikings particular groups performs in 2022. Assuming he’ll return in purple is comparatively secure.
2. Jonathan Bullard (DL)
Bullard joined the Vikings final offseason and by some means clawed his means up the depth chart as a starter for many of 2022 earlier than accidents arose. However like a protracted listing of Vikings defensive tackles for the reason that early-round draft capital used on Sharrif Floyd in 2013, Bullard felt like a placeholder at DT.
Then, the Vikings signed Dean Lowry from the Inexperienced Bay Packers, maybe ending the temporary Bullard period in Minnesota.
3. Bisi Johnson (WR)
NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Thursday, “Former Vikings WR Bisi Johnson is flying in to visit the Patriots today, source said. A young WR with upside, he missed all of last season with an injury.”
Johnson has missed back-to-back seasons with ACL tears in each knees — a bummer, to make sure — and certain isn’t a precedence for the Vikings entrance workplace to re-sign.
He hasn’t signed a cope with the aforementioned Patriots but, however we will see.
4. Duke Shelley (CB)
The one followers are pounding the desk for — loudly.
Shelley was the NFL’s fourth-best cornerback in 2022, in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus, so why on earth gained’t the crew re-sign him to an reasonably priced deal? That’s the query requested by oodles of Vikings followers in the mean time.
Minnesota’s CB room isn’t precisely gangbusters, which means a Shelley reunion makes all of the sense on the earth. Shelley tweeted this Friday:
That doesn’t actually scream “Vikings reunion.”
5. Irv Smith (TE)
Smith was alleged to “break out” for the Vikings in about 4 totally different years, and it simply by no means occurred. Thereafter, per Spotrac, the Alabama alumnus was theorized to fetch $10 million per season on his subsequent contract.
That hasn’t occurred, both.
Some crew will audition Smith for 2023, nevertheless it gained’t be the Vikings, a crew with 5 tight ends on roster.
6. Chandon Sullivan (CB)
The man disadvantaged of two fumble return touchdowns in the identical sport final yr stays a free agent. Sullivan had an up-and-down season in 2022 and may not be important to re-sign in a Brian Flores-led protection. It in all probability would’ve occurred by now.
Sullivan advised reporters on March eighth about presumably embarking on Yr Two in Minnesota, “Of course. I love the city. I love the team, the fans. So we’ll just see what happens. I understand it’s a business.”
7. Adam Thielen (WR)
The beloved ex-Viking is taking his time, weighing his choices — you recognize the drill. He met with the Carolina Panthers a number of days in the past however didn’t go away with a contract.
Watch contending groups just like the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs or Buffalo Payments for Thielen’s subsequent cease. Even the Cleveland Browns make sense with Thielen’s ties to Kevin Stefanski.
On the listing, Thielen and Irv Smith are seemingly the 2 gamers who’re “for sure” not coming again.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his each day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates again to 1996. Listed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).
All statistics offered by Professional Soccer Reference / Stathead; all contractual data offered by OverTheCap.com.
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