Looking at the likes of Vincent Jackson, Brandon Carr, etc. -- essentially the top crop of potentially available WRs and DBs -- a team like the Vikings is at a distinct disadvantage. A free agent who can get paid and go to a winning team, which we would imagine represents the cream of the crop like Jackson and Carr, would not likely be inclined to go to a 3-13 team.
The next tier of FAs -- those who are more likely to have to choose between taking less money to play for a winner or taking more money from a desperate team -- can be a real roll of the dice and can end up really hampering a rebuilding team's salary cap if they don't work out.
So the Vikings can think big. They have $23 million in cap room, and they aren't as far removed from success as other franchises. But making a big splash at a key position, while also paying a fair price, seems like a difficult proposition in our book. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings approach things and what they are able to do.