A List of 5 Remaining Vikings FA Fits

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Before free agency kicked off, PurplePTSD offered a Top 32 Free Agents for the Minnesota Vikings. Bringing things up to an even 50 players involved tossing in 18 honorable mentions at the bottom.

The vast majority of those players have been scooped up, but there are still some Vikings FA Fits.

A pair of the original Top 32 – CB Byron Murphy (#13) and EDGE Marcus Davenport (#25) – ended up with the Vikings. Recently, we learned that RB David Montgomery (#29) was also under consideration. Very likely, there were several others considered by Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. In fact, the GM is almost certainly keeping a close eye on several FAs who are still out there.

At present, the roster’s main deficiencies are at linebacker, corner, pass rusher (a more general designation that includes DL and OLB), iOL, and receiver. What does the second wave of free agency have to offer to help?

The Vikings FA Fits: 5 Options

Rock Ya-Sin
26 – Corner

Oct 30, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rashid Shaheed (89) catches a pass against Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The 26-year-old corner was chosen 34th in 2019. He has yet to play a full NFL season and only has 2 interceptions in his career (with 27 PDs across 4 seasons). Nevertheless, he’s a long corner who may go cheaper than the projected price ($10.8 million/year). Adding him to the equation would reinforce the outside CB spot, further freeing Murphy to travel inside.

Justin Houston
34 – EDGE

Dec 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) gets face masked by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Houston rewarded the Ravens with a 9.5-sack, 7-TFL season. Though he’s already 34, Houston can still thrive in a rotational role. He only had a $3.5 million cap hit in 2022. Danielle Hunter is going to be the EDGE1 and Davenport the EDGE2. If the expected happens, Za’Darius Smith will be heading elsewhere in 2022. Adding a strong EDGE3 would be a prudent move from Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. The Vikings only had 38 sacks last season, tied for 11th-fewest.

Leonard Floyd
30 – EDGE

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Dec 4, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Xavier Crawford (37) runs past Los Angeles Rams linebacker Leonard Floyd (54) in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The long and speedy pass rusher has Vikings connections aplenty. Over the past 3 seasons, Floyd has put up 29 sacks, meaning the veteran has still been productive. The hope would be that he complements Brian Flores’ defense by functioning as another pass rushing specialist to make QBs uncomfortable. A tried-and-true method of helping young, inexperienced corners is to have a truly ferocious pass rush.

Marcus Peters
30 – Corner

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Jan 15, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd (83) makes a catch while defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) during the second half in a wild card game at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Chosen 18th in the 2015 NFL Draft, Peters has had an excellent NFL career. He was a first-team All Pro in 2016 and 2019. In 2015 – his rookie season – he was on the AP2 team and won Defensive Rookie of the Year. His rookie year featured a monstrous 8 INTs and 26 PDs. Since then, his production has slowed, but he’s still capable of making plays on the ball. With Baltimore in 2022, Peters had an INT and 6 PDs; he had a 67.7 PFF grade. More concerning is that he allowed 7 TDs in his coverage.

Odell Beckham Jr.
30 – Receiver

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (3) celebrates after making a catch for a touchdown with offensive tackle Rob Havenstein (79) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) in the first quarter in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a WR3 opening in Minnesota. OBJ’s friendship with Justin Jefferson is well-established. Adding to the intrigue is that he has a history with Kevin O’Connell and Wes Phillips. Beckham still has remarkable hands and is a Super Bowl champion. With the Vikings, he’d be tasked with taking the heat off #18. Per Jonathan Jones of CBS, the Vikings attended OBJ’s recent workout.

Editor’s Note: A few of the write ups are adapted from “The Final List: The Top 32 Free Agents for the Minnesota Vikings (w/ 18 Honorable Mentions).” That article (and this one) relied on information from Pro Football Reference, PFF, Spotrac, and Over the Cap to help with the piece.