Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Minnesota Vikings. [full archive here].
Season Recap - Minnesota Vikings would agree that 2010 was easily one of the most disappointing seasons in their recent memory. Just a season removed from a near Super bowl appearance, the Vikings were expected to make the trip this time around. The Vikings knew the only shot they had was with Brett Favre in charge, so four teammates flew to Mississippi to convince him back. Ultimately, Brett Favre’s consecutive game streak ended and the Vikings fired Head Coach Brad Childress halfway through the season. New Head Coach Leslie Frazier has to find a new quarterback in attempts of bringing the Vikings back to success.
1. Quarterback – Brett Favre’s age finally caught up with him as he endured a career worst season. Favre promised that was the end and the Vikings attention now turns towards finding a new QB. Coach Frazier has already stated that QB is the team’s top need and they will surely find a new starter by next season. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave comes from Atlanta, where he developed the likes of star QB Matt Ryan. Look for the Vikings to make every attempt to trade into the top 10 in order to grab Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, or Cam Newton.
2. Defensive Tackle – The Williams’ Wall wasn’t nearly as dominant as in years past and member Pat Williams is headed for free agency. The Vikings need to inject some youth into the position and hope for the same impact they had just two seasons ago. With this year’s D-Lineman class, they can find an impact player in the early rounds.
3. Safety – Madieu Williams is the only safety on the roster, but with his salary he is likely to be released. The Vikings will attempt to resign Husain Abdullah and Tyrell Johnson but there is no guarantee. If they can’t get both players back, the Vikings will look to upgrade in the middle rounds of the draft.
4. Wide Receiver – The lack of Sidney Rice, for the first half of the season, pointed towards a noticeable need. Recent reports say Rice is unlikely to resign, and besides Percy Harvin Minnesota lacks much talent. The new QB is going to need some weapons to throw to, so look for the Vikings to be a player in free agency and the draft.
5. Cornerback – Antoine Winfield will be 34 and Cedric Griffin is coming off a torn ACL. Minnesota’s secondary struggled all season and desperately needs a new cornerback. The Vikings could make a play for top free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha.