Some Doors Close, Others Open for Vikings as The NFL’s Tampering Period Begins

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Well, we’re lacking in firm news for the Vikings as the NFL’s tampering period begins. Nevertheless, there has been several bits of news that do impact Minnesota.

First off, it’s worth noting that some of the most attractive free agents appear to be heading elsewhere. Per Ian Rapoport, CB Jonathan Jones and LB T.J. Edwards aren’t heading to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Instead, the corner will stay in New England whereas the linebacker will be heading to Chicago.

The former was ranked 18th and the latter 14th in the PurplePTSD Top 32 Free Agents for the Minnesota Vikings.

Other notable news is that Shaq Mason – a very strong right guard – is available via trade. Take a look at the word from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:

As a rookie, Ed Ingram struggled at right guard, consistently allowing pressure. Mason is an 8-year veteran who currently has a cap hit that exceeds $9.5 million for the Bucs. If traded, some of that money would stay in Tampa Bay, making a potential deal with Minnesota more feasible.

Another intriguing name is veteran defensive lineman Calais Campbell. An incredible leader, Campbell would be a nice add for Minnesota’s defensive front. He’s a massive 6’8″, 300 pounds, so he really stands out on a football field. He had 5.5 sacks and 4 TFLs last season.

Moreover, it’s looking like Shelby Harris will be available soon. Mike Garafolo has the word, explaining that Seattle is looking to let him go: “Seattle has explored possible trades but hasn’t found a taker yet for the nine-year veteran who played well last season. Harris, who was part of the Russell Wilson deal, was set to make $9 million this upcoming season.”

Obviously, the fit in Minnesota would be a bit better if Ed Donatell was still in town since the coach and player have shared time in Denver. Nevertheless, every defensive coordinator wants to be able to generate pressure up the middle. Though older, Harris could help in that regard.

Stay tuned, folks. The NFL’s free agency period is just getting going.

Editor’s Note: Information from Pro Football Reference and Over the Cap helped with this piece.