Chart: Vikings free agency tracker

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2014 - 6:40 PM

WELCOME BACK

Re-signed

QB Matt Cassel

What it means: He isn’t the perfect solution, but for a team that needs a franchise quarterback — again! — Cassel relieves the pressure to reach too high in the draft, a la Christian Ponder in 2011.

 

DE Everson Griffen

What it means: The Vikings got younger at a key position with a 26-year-old who has spent four seasons flashing star potential and enough skill to step out of Jared Allen’s shadow. But now he has to live up to high expectations.

 

MLB Jasper Brinkley

What it means: Returning after a failed season in Arizona, Brinkley adds a run-stopper to a linebacking corps that is unproven behind Chad Greenway.

 

C-G Joe Berger

What it means: One of the most underrated players on the roster, Berger is a veteran backup capable of starting at any of the three interior line positions.

 

RB Matt Asiata

What it means: A strong No. 3 running back who can play special teams and start in a pinch. He’s not a change-of-pace No. 2 back, but he’s worth keeping.

 

NT Fred Evans

What it means: Despite his propensity for penalties, Evans is an experienced wide body who can hold down the middle long enough to keep new starter Linval Joseph fresh.

 

WR Jerome Simpson

What it means: The Vikings can relax somewhat, knowing they now have a fourth experienced receiver under contract. A third consecutive one-year, “prove-it” deal is motivation for an acrobatic but inconsistent player who is a deep threat on the field and a suspension risk off it.

 

WELCOME ABOARD

NT Linval Joseph

What it means: Joseph is the first true two-gap nose tackle still in top form since Pat Williams in 2009. Not coincidently, that was the last time the Vikings played shut-down run defense. Joseph, 25, also has the athleticism and footwork to rush the passer.

 

CB Captain Munnerlyn

What it means: The Vikings finally have someone to replace Antoine Winfield, 12 months after making the mistake of releasing him and placing blind faith in Josh Robinson, a second-year pro who never had played inside over the slot in the nickel defense. Munnerlyn, 25, already has three years of experience at starting outside and sliding inside when his former team, the Panthers, went to the nickel. A seventh-round draft pick in 2009, Munnerlyn has returned five of seven career interceptions for touchdowns. The starter he replaces, Chris Cook, a second-round pick in 2010, still is looking for his first career pick. He signed with the 49ers on Friday.

CB Derek Cox

What it means: Remains to be seen. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer proclaims himself to be “The Fixer.” Well, if he can fix this guy, he might have three good corners in Xavier Rhodes, Munnerlyn and Cox. He had 12 interceptions in four seasons with the Jaguars after being drafted in the third round in 2009. He signed a big deal with the Chargers last year but was benched three times and essentially given up on after a horrendous outing against the Chiefs in November.

WHAT’s NEEDED,

STILL NEEDS TO HAPPEN

1: Veteran quarterback

1: Starting right defensive end

1: Young, true run-stuffing nose tackle

1: Cornerback

1: Left guard

 

1. Linebacker

The roster includes only unproven prospects behind Chad Greenway. Unfortunately for the Vikings, there doesn’t appear to be a good fit in free agency based on skills or age. This need is something that most likely will be addressed in the draft. The muddied picture also will begin to clear once the new coaching staff identifies Greenway’s role and how and where intriguing youngsters Audie Cole, Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges fit.

Other needs: Change-of-pace backup running back, depth at defensive end and the three-technique tackle position, more competition at strong safety.

Where things stand: The running back could come as a bargain deal late in free agency or late in the draft. Depth on the defensive line remains an area of focus since Bears free-agent tackle Henry Melton left town without a deal Friday.

MARK CRAIG







 

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Boston 39 3rd Qtr
Washington 56
Orlando 52 3rd Qtr
Charlotte 42
Memphis 25 1st Qtr 1:38
Miami 13
Indiana 7:00 PM
Brooklyn
New Orleans 7:00 PM
Chicago
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Milwaukee
Philadelphia 8:00 PM
Utah
New York 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Minnesota 9:30 PM
Golden State
NY Islanders 1 2nd Prd 18:47
Buffalo 0
Detroit 1 2nd Prd
Ottawa 1
Carolina 0 2nd Prd
Tampa Bay 1
New Jersey 0 2nd Prd 18:50
NY Rangers 1
Boston 1 2nd Prd 19:09
Columbus 2
Winnipeg 0 2nd Prd
Minnesota 1
Washington 0 1st Prd 4:49
Pittsburgh 0
Dallas 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Nashville
Anaheim 7:00 PM
Arizona
Chicago 8:00 PM
Colorado
Edmonton 9:00 PM
Calgary
San Jose 9:00 PM
Los Angeles
Indiana 87 FINAL
Georgetown 91
Maine 43 FINAL
Seton Hall 72
UNC-Wilmington 82 FINAL
Minnesota 108
Georgia State 61 FINAL
Green Bay 78
Jacksonville St 61 FINAL
Jacksonville 75
Kentucky 58 FINAL
Louisville 50
Northern Ky 55 FINAL
Northwestern 76
UAB 58 FINAL
North Carolina 89
IUPUI 55 FINAL
Pepperdine 53
Santa Clara 60 FINAL
St Marys-CA 73
Oakland 56 FINAL
Maryland 72
Gonzaga 80 2nd Half 3:01
BYU 73
Mercer 55 1st OT 3:51
Georgia 55
San Francisco 77 FINAL
Pacific 71
Wright State 18 2nd Half
Ohio State 47
Presbyterian 32 2nd Half
Virginia Tech 45
Brescia 7:00 PM
Western Ky
Tennessee St 7:30 PM
Tennessee
Kennesaw St 8:00 PM
Illinois
Colorado State 8:00 PM
New Mexico St
Portland 8:00 PM
San Diego
Wayland Baptist 8:05 PM
Utah State
Bristol University 8:05 PM
Weber State
Sacramento St 8:05 PM
Utah Valley U
Southern Utah 9:00 PM
UNLV
SD Christian 9:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 18 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 35
Rutgers 40 FINAL
North Carolina 21
NC State 34 FINAL
UCF 27
Cincinnati 17 FINAL
Virginia Tech 33
(15) Arizona State 36 FINAL
Duke 31
Miami-Florida 21 FINAL
So Carolina 24
Boston College 21 4th Qtr 2:25
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(25) Nebraska 7:00 PM
(24) USC
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(18) Clemson
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Texas
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(22) LSU
(13) Georgia 12/30/14 5:45 PM
(20) Louisville
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(9) Ole Miss 12/31/14 11:30 AM
(6) TCU
(21) Boise State 12/31/14 3:00 PM
(12) Arizona
(8) Miss State 12/31/14 7:00 PM
(10) Georgia Tech
(19) Auburn 1/1/15 11:00 AM
(17) Wisconsin
(7) Michigan State 1/1/15 11:30 AM
(4) Baylor
(16) Missouri 1/1/15 12:00 PM
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(2) Florida State 1/1/15 4:00 PM
(3) Oregon
(5) Ohio State 1/1/15 7:30 PM
(1) Alabama
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Iowa 1/2/15 2:20 PM
Tennessee
(11) Kansas State 1/2/15 5:45 PM
(14) UCLA
Washington 1/2/15 9:15 PM
Oklahoma State
East Carolina 1/3/15 11:00 AM
Florida
SMU 45 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 96
UCF 64 FINAL
Houston 50
BYU 62 FINAL
Gonzaga 78
Pacific 92 FINAL
San Francisco 54
St Marys-CA 62 FINAL
Santa Clara 61
San Diego 7:00 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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