The Vikings Roster Tug of War Between Rick Spielman and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

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Very quietly, the Vikings roster has been flipping over.

For a long time, Rick Spielman was the architect. He was employed in Minnesota between 2006-21, a 15-year span that underscores his importance to recent Vikings history. On January 26, 2022, the Vikings opted to sign Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as Spielman’s replacement. A young executive with a forward-looking approach, Adofo-Mensah has been hard at work reshaping the team.

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Jul 27, 2022; Eagan, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The tug-of-war piece is a continuation of some of my previous offseason work for PurplePTSD. First, there was the complete Kwesi Adofo-Mensah trade tracker. Second, there was the Vikings’ draft pick outlook for the next three years.

Next up is a humble attempt to further guide reader understandings about where this franchise finds itself. Similar to the previous pair of articles, the GM-to-GM piece is meant to be a resource I can return to with updates as we learn more in the comings weeks, months, and years.

Essentially, all I’m doing is putting Minnesota’s players into three categories. The first part simply highlights the true carryovers, the players brought in by Spielman who haven’t had their deals adjusted but are still on the Vikings roster. The second part considers players brought in by Slick Rick before having their deals redone by Kwesi & Friends (restructure, extension, etc.). Finally, there is the third and final portion: the players whom Kwesi Adofo-Mensah brought aboard all on his own. As you’ll see, there’s no Spielman influence on the majority of the team’s roster.

Jun 15, 2021; in Eagen, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman looks on during drills at OTA at TCO Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Keep in mind that the 53-man roster will get things closer to balanced between Spielman and Adofo-Mensah. Much of the GM-to-GM discrepancy stems from the depth signings that take place in an offseason. In a lot of instances, being a Spielman addition doesn’t matter for the final cuts. Someone like Justin Jefferson has a far higher chance of sticking around than someone like Malik Knowles (and that’s no insult to Knowles). As a result, the offseason’s 90-man roster offers a more pronounced difference than what the 53-man roster will.

Once again, I’ll note my human frailty, failings, and foibles. Errors could very plausibly be hidden in some of the smalls details. If you spot something that needs fixing, let me know on Twitter (@VikingsGazette).

Oh, and a shout out to Over the Cap for helping to confirm my memory and/or undercut the errors for a couple of the players. Readers looking for more info on the overall roster can take a look at the Vikings roster on the team website.

The Vikings Roster: GM to GM

Spielman’s Men

  1. Bynum, Camryn – Safety
  2. Darrisaw, Christian – Offensive Tackle
  3. Jefferson, Justin – Wide Receiver (5th-Year Option Picked Up)
  4. Jones, Patrick – Edge Rusher
  5. Nwangwu, Kene – Running Back/Kirk Returner

Shared Players

  1. Bradbury, Garrett – Center
  2. Brandel, Blake — Offensive Tackle/Guard
  3. DePaola, Andrew – Long Snapper
  4. Ham, C.J. – Fullback
  5. Lynch, James – Defensive Tackle
  6. Metellus, Josh – Safety
  7. O’Neill, Brian – Offensive Tackle
  8. Smith, Harrison – Safety

Adofo-Mensah’s Men

  1. Addison, Jordan – Wide Receiver
  2. Asamoah, Brian – Linebacker
  3. Beauplan, Abraham – Linebacker
  4. Blackmon, Mekhi – Corner
  5. Booth Jr., Andrew – Corner
  6. Bullard, Jonathan – Defensive Tackle
  7. Byrd, Henry – Offensive Line
  8. Cashman, Blake – Linebacker
  9. Carter II, Andre – Edge Rusher
  10. Chandler, Ty – Running Back
  11. Cindric, Matt – Center
  12. Cine, Lewis – Safety
  13. Cloyd, K.J. – Linebacker
  14. Darnold, Sam – Quarterback
  15. Evans, Akayleb – Corner
  16. Feeney, Dan – Offensive Guard/Center
  17. Flax, Jeremy – Offensive Tackle
  18. Gant, Dallas – Linebacker
  19. Gaskin, Myles – Running Back
  20. Green, A.J. – Corner
  21. Greenard, Jonathan – Edge Rusher
  22. Griffin, Shaquill – Corner
  23. Grugier-Hill, Kamu – Linebacker
  24. Hall, Jaren – Quarterback
  25. Harper, Devron – Wide Receiver
  26. Harry, N’Keal – Wide Receiver
  27. Hockenson, T.J. – Tight End
  28. Ingram, Ed – Guard
  29. Jackson, Khyree – Corner
  30. Jackson, Lucky – Wide Receiver
  31. Jackson, Theo – Safety
  32. Jackson, Trishton – Receiver
  33. James, Ty – Wide Receiver
  34. Jones, Aaron – Running Back
  35. Jones, Jeshaun – Wide Receiver
  36. Jurgens, Michael – Center/Guard
  37. Knowles, Malik – Wide Receiver
  38. Knox, Trey – Tight End
  39. Manoa, Tyler – Defensive Tackle
  40. McBride, DeWayne – Running Back
  41. McCarthy, J.J. – Quarterback
  42. McGlothern, Dwight – Corner
  43. Mullens, Nick – Quarterback
  44. Mundt, Johnny – Tight End
  45. Murphy Jr., Byron – Corner
  46. Murphy, Gabriel – Edge Rusher
  47. Muse, Nick – Tight End
  48. Nailor, Jalen – Wide Receiver
  49. Nester, Doug – Offensive Tackle
  50. Oliver, Josh – Tight End
  51. Pace Jr., Ivan – Linebacker
  52. Phillips, Harrison – Defensive Tackle
  53. Porter, Owen – Edge Rusher
  54. Powell, Brandon – Wide Receiver/Punt Returner
  55. Quessenberry, David – Offensive Tackle
  56. Reichard, Will – Kicker
  57. Reyes, Sammis – Tight End
  58. Richter, Bo – Edge Rusher
  59. Robinson, Tyrese – Offensive Lineman
  60. Rodriguez, Levi Drake – Defensive Tackle
  61. Rolland, Spencer – Offensive Tackle
  62. Romo, John Parker – Kicker
  63. Rouse, Walter – Offensive Tackle
  64. Roy, Jaquelin – Defensive Tackle
  65. Sherfield, Trent – Wide Receiver
  66. Taimani, Taki – Defensive Tackle
  67. Thomas, Thayer – Wide Receiver
  68. Thompson, NaJee – Corner
  69. Tillery, Jerry – Defensive Tackle
  70. Tonyan, Robert — Tight End
  71. Turner, Dallas – Edge Rusher
  72. Van Ginkel, Andrew – Edge Rusher
  73. Vernon, Seth – Punter
  74. Ward, Jay – Defensive Back
  75. Ward, Jihad – Edge Rusher
  76. Wright, Ryan – Punter
  77. Williams, Jaylin – Corner
  78. Williams, Jonah – Defensive Tackle

Last Update: Tuesday, May 21st, 2024.