The Minnesota Vikings are not likely to be one of the NFL’s most active teams in free agency, but decisions surrounding the quarterback position will impact how the dominoes fall around the league.
This week, ESPN released its list of the top 50 free agents and, as you might expect, all three Vikings QBs are listed. Here’s where author Kevin Seifert ranked the Vikings’ free agents:
5 – QB, Case Keenum
18 -QB, Sam Bradford
23 – QB, Teddy Bridgewater
41 – RB, Jerick McKinnon
Seifert believes there will be plenty of competition for Keenum if the Vikings decide to move on.
“The Vikings would be hard-pressed to let Keenum leave after he finished the season with the NFL’s second-highest Total QBR (69.5) and led them to the NFC Championship Game. Even if they’re not ready to commit long term based on 15 high-level starts, the franchise tag could be a reasonable option. Otherwise, Keenum would find multiple suitors on the open market.”
Bradford and Bridgewater’s knee histories played a role in ranking below Keenum.
Seifert named Kirk Cousins the No. 1 free agent on the market.
Others who might receive some attention from the Vikings include:
9 – Seattle, DT, Sheldon Richardson
There are concerns over Richardson’s character, but he’s a dominating player.
17 – Atlanta, DT, Dontari Poe
Started 16 games for an improved Atlanta defense
19 -Washington, CB, Bashaud Breeland
Versatile corner who ranked 54th of 121 by Pro Football Focus ratings
20 – Jacksonville, CB, Aaron Colvin
Nickel corner who PFF rated 47th
21 – Philadelphia, TE, Trey Burton
Eagles’ No. 2 tight end has great speed, athleticism.
28 – Seattle, WR, Paul Richardson
Deep threat receiver who made 44 catches for the Hawks.
31 – New York Giants, G, Justin Pugh
Vikings will need to replace Joe Berger if he retires. Pugh is a solid veteran.
44 – Tennessee, G, Josh Kline
Kline ranked 22nd by PFF ratings
47 – Philadelphia, CB, Patrick Robinson
Played a big role in a great Eagles defense. Ranked sixth by PFF.