Stalwart guard Joe Thuney's reported five-year, $80 million deal on Monday to transition from the Patriots to the Chiefs means the Vikings will not be making the NFL's biggest free-agent splash on the offensive line.
But there's still plenty of ink yet to set and dry this week as NFL free agency gets underway and the Vikings, toeing the $182.5 million salary cap, contend for talent to repair the many holes in last year's 7-9 roster. They started Monday night by agreeing to terms with ex-Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson on a two-year, $22 million deal, according to his agency, to start alongside nose tackle Michael Pierce.
You'll see them linked to many names at positions of need.The Vikings were among the teams "interested" in Thuney. They've placed a call on Orlando Brown Jr., according to a league source, as the Ravens tackle seeks a trade.
Beyond the offensive and defensive lines, the Vikings could make moves to address cornerback, safety and receiver, where a veteran addition would further bolster the group around Justin Jefferson.
"There's some holes we need to try to address on the offensive side," general manager Rick Spielman said last week. "But I also know we have to be more competitive from a personnel standpoint on the defensive side."
Expect the secondary to get a couple new faces after the Vikings had its worst pass defense last season under coach Mike Zimmer, allowing 7.9 yards per attempt.
Several former Bengals defenders available have with connections to Vikings coaches staff, including Zimmer and new senior defensive assistant Paul Guenther. Those players also include corners Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick, fellow first-round picks by Zimmer and Guenther defenses.
What if safety Anthony Harris departs? The Vikings could find his replacement in free agency, where options from ex-Falcons first-round pick Keanu Neal to former Panthers cover man Tre Boston are available. Free-agent safeties with connections to the coaching staff include the Raiders' Erik Harris, Cowboys' Xavier Woods, and Bengals' Shawn Williams.
The Vikings did not tender any of their restricted free agents — receiver Chad Beebe, defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo and running back Mike Boone — before Wednesday afternoon's deadline, according to league sources. They will all be unrestricted free agents.
All NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams on Monday morning, but they couldn't officially sign until 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Here are some players who could get a look from the Vikings through free agency or trades.
Carl Lawson (Bengals): Signed
A 2017 fourth-round pick by Paul Guenther's Bengals, with 8.5 sacks as a rookie. Lawson agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Jets on Monday.
Trey Hendrickson (Saints): Signed
Coming off a breakout year with a career-high 13.5 sacks. Hendrickson agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Bengals on Monday.
Bud Dupree (Steelers): Signed
The 2015 first-round pick had 39.5 sacks in six seasons for Pittsburgh.Dupree agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Titans on Monday.
Takk McKinley (Raiders): Signed
Former first-round pick had 13 sacks in his first two seasons before getting waived by Atlanta. McKinley reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday.
Jadeveon Clowney (Titans)
Shaq Barrett, Leonard Floyd, Carl Lawson and Trey Hendrickson all agreed to deals on Monday. Clowney, the 2014 first-overall pick, is among the most talented edge rushers left. He's looking for his fourth team in as many seasons after a one-year deal in Tennessee fell flat.
Carlos Dunlap (Seahawks)
The 32-year-old longtime Bengals pass rusher is a free agent after requesting a trade last fall. He had five sacks in eight games for the Seahawks, showing he can still bring some pressure.
Solomon Thomas (49ers): Signed
San Francisco's former third overall pick didn't live up to the billing. Coming off a torn ACL in September, he's an intriguing project. Thomas reportedly agreed with the Raiders on Wednesday.
Dalvin Tomlinson (Giants): Signed
The former 2017 second-round pick agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal with the Vikings on Monday night. Tomlinson was second on the Giants' DL with 656 snaps last year, aligning as an over-the-center nose and as a wide defensive tackle. He can get after the quarterback, posting seven sacks in the last two years.
Kawann Short (Panthers)
The 32-year-old former Pro Bowler has played in just five games the past two years because of injuries.
Adam Butler (Patriots): Signed
The 6-foot-5-inch productive pass rusher had 10 sacks over the last two seasons. Butler agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with Miami on Wednesday.
Mike Daniels (Bengals)
The ex-Packers defensive tackle is coming off an elbow injury and could be a bargain addition.
Trai Turner (Chargers)
Five-time Pro Bowler was released by Los Angeles after appearing in nine games last season, missing time with a groin injury.
Lane Taylor (Packers)
Taylor, 31, played well before season-ending biceps and knee injuries in back-to-back seasons.
Nick Easton (Saints)
Ex-Vikings center/guard was released by New Orleans after starting 15 games in two seasons.
Brian Winters (Bills)
Started 16 games at guard for the Jets in 2018 under current Vikings offensive line coach Rick Dennison.
John Brown (Bills): Signed
The 30-year-old speedster would provide another deep threat to the Vikings receiver corps. He's had two 1,000-yard seasons in seven years.Brown reportedly agreed to terms with the Raiders on Wednesday.
Keelan Cole (Jaguars): Signed
Coming off a career-high 55 catches and five touchdowns with three different starting quarterbacks. He was coached by new Vikings WRs coach Keenan McCardell. Cole agreed to terms on a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Jets on Thursday.
Chris Conley (Jaguars)
Also previously coached by McCardell, Conley was among the 2015 draft's fastest players and would bring another jolt to the Vikings passing game.
Golden Tate (Giants)
The ex-Lions receiver had some decent games against the Vikings. Entering his 12th season, he could bring reliability to a young receiver corps.
Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears)
The Vikings' former first-round pick is a free agent again after rushing for a career-high 232 yards for Chicago last season.
Shaquill Griffin (Seahawks): Signed
A four-year starter for Seattle coming off a career-high three interceptions last season. The 25-year-old Pro Bowler is expected to get a big-time payday. Griffin reportedly agreed on Tuesday to a three-year, $44.5 million deal ($29 million guaranteed) with the Jaguars.
William Jackson III (Bengals): Signed
The former first-round pick by Guenther's Bengals is also in line to cash in after deflecting 41 passes in his first four seasons. Jackson agreed to a three-year, $42 million deal ($26 million guaranteed) with the Washington Football Team on Tuesday.
Desmond King (Titans): Signed
Ex-Hawkeyes star available after being traded last season to the Titans from the Chargers, where he started his NFL career as an All-Pro defensive back and second-team All-Pro punt returner in 2018. King agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Texans on Thursday.
Darqueze Dennard (Falcons)
A 2014 first-round pick by Guenther's Bengals, Dennard had three deflections in two starts for Atlanta last season before landing on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Dre Kirkpatrick (Cardinals)
A 2012 first-round pick by Zimmer's Bengals, Kirkpatrick may not be in his prime at 31 years old, but he's had three picks in four different NFL seasons, including last year for Arizona.
Casey Hayward (Chargers)
Cut by Los Angeles this month, the ex-Packers cornerback could fit a Vikings secondary that needs versatile veterans.
Justin Coleman (Lions): Signed
Cut by the Lions this month, Coleman was once a Vikings' undrafted free agent signing in 2015.Coleman reportedly agreed with the Dolphins on Wednesday.
Tre Boston (Panthers)
A solid free safety who could help the Vikings' deep coverage after getting released by the Panthers.
Keanu Neal (Falcons)
Returned from a couple injury-marred seasons and appeared in all but one game for Atlanta last fall. Neal, who turns 26 in July, has been credited with at least 100 combined tackles in his three healthier seasons. The Vikings have expressed interest to Neal's representatives.
Erik Harris (Raiders): Signed
Started 26 games for Guenther's Raiders the past two years while serving as a core special teams contributor. Harris reportedly agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million deal in Atlanta on Thursday.
Will Parks (Broncos)
The Vikings tried a couple times last year to acquire Parks, who was a Broncos draft pick under Gary Kubiak in 2016. Parks, 26, is a free agent again.
Shawn Williams (Bengals)
Williams, who turns 30 in May, developed into a starter after he was a third-round pick by Zimmer's Bengals in 2013.
OT Orlando Brown Jr. (Ravens): Baltimore's massive right tackle wants a trade to play left tackle. The Vikings happen to need a new left tackle after cutting Riley Reiff. The Vikings made an initial call to his representatives last week.
DT Geno Atkins (Bengals): Zimmer references Atkins almost every time he needs a superior comparison for interior defensive linemen. Atkins will reportedly be traded or cut ahead of his 12th season.
CB Stephon Gilmore (Patriots): How's this for a splash? The 30-year-old former All-Pro corner was reportedly available last fall before the trade deadline. He may be again to a team willing to pay him.