Yahoo Sports grades Vikings in free agency, but is the grade too low?
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While several potential contributors remain on the market (Josh Freeman, anyone?), the majority of NFL free agents have found a landing spot. So with the NFL Draft a little more than a month away, Yahoo's Frank Schwab graded each team's free agency class.
How did the Vikings do?
Schwab gave the Purple and Gold a 'B-'
Here's what he had to say about Minnesota's offseason so far:
The Vikings are betting big on two young defensive linemen, re-signing end Everson Griffen to a deal with $0 million guaranteed despite just one NFL start, and grabbing 25-year-old tackle Linval Joseph from the Giants for $12.5 million guaranteed. It makes sense to invest in players just reaching their prime. Captain Munnerlyn, from Carolina, can fit in that category, too, as can former Bears defensive lineman Corey Wootton. Jared Allen, Toby Gerhart and Chris Cook departed, but the Vikings have to feel OK about their free-agent haul ... as long as Griffen and Joseph play to their potential.
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Chris Cook leaving is a good thing. Saving money by not retaining Jared Allen is a good thing. And don't forget retaining Matt Cassel to stabilize quarterback while the Vikings search for their future franchise QB.
Schwab made sure to remind folks that a 'C' grade means your team did an average job in free agency.
Now, I haven't assessed how every team in the NFL met or did not meet its needs in free agency. And I grew up in an era of grade inflation, where meeting the standards means you earned a 'B' or better. With that being said I was surprised the Vikings earned merely a B-. Ignoring Matt Cassel's retention in this discussion is a bit of an oversight if you ask me.
The Vikings addressed every significant area I thought they needed to: quarterback, cornerback, defensive line, and more specifically, nose tackle. The draft will be a significant factor into how we assess the whole offseason. But the free agency portion appears now to be better than I expected at the beginning of the offseason.
For that I would grade them an 'A-'
What about you, Vikings fans? What grade would you give the Vikings' offseason?