There Is Still Free Agent Talent on the Market if the Vikings Want It
The big headlines of this spring’s free agency period are well behind us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still free agent talent available that could contribute to the Vikings roster this season. In particular, the Vikings could use some more veteran talent at the cornerback position. Here are three cornerback free agents that the Vikings could target this year.
William Jackson III
At this point in his career, William Jackson III probably isn’t going to be relied on as a week-to-week starter. He’s had injuries get in the way of each of his past two years, missing at least five games in each of 2021 and 2022. Last year, he started four games for the Commanders before a back injury ended his season.
However, Jackson was traded to the Steelers at the trade deadline, so he has some experience learning a Brian Flores defense. With the Vikings still having a noticeable lack of veteran cornerback presence, perhaps Jackson could at least be that for a young Minnesota defense.
Bradley Roby has spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Saints where the 31-year-old cornerback has begun to trend towards health after back-to-back seasons in 2019 and 2020 in Houston where he played only 10 games.
Roby is a versatile defensive back, capable of playing either in the slot or on the outside, much like Byron Murphy and Mekhi Blackmon. This versatility gives the Vikings a number of different options with their secondary arrangements.
Back in 2019, Marcus Peters was one of the most dominant outside corners in the league, landing a spot on the first-team All-Pro roster for that season. While he isn’t that dominant, lockdown presence anymore, he can certainly be a welcomed addition to a secondary in the NFL.
The 30-year-old cornerback certainly has a few good years of football left in him, and if the Vikings brought him on board, they would get a talented mentor for their young players as well as a feisty attitude that should rub off on everyone else as well.
Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.