Questions Answered: Two Rookies Left to Sign, Suh and the Raiders, Cine or Bynum

Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; LSU Tigers guard Ed Ingram (70) reacts after a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels during the first half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by PurplePTSD. Today is the June 22nd edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: Which rookies are left to sign with the Vikings after the Akayleb Evans news today?

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables talks with cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. Syndication: The Greenville News.

A: The Vikings have two rookies left to sign from the 2022 draft class — Andrew Booth (Clemson) and Ed Ingram (LSU).

For some reason, there’s a logjam for 2nd-Rounders signing rookie contracts as only about half of the men drafted in Round 2 are under contract. One player or contract is likely holding up the show, and the rest will fall like a domino upon resolution.

Eight rookies are officially signed by the Vikings. Booth and Ingram should follow soon, preferably before training camp, which is about five weeks away.

Q: Is it true the Raiders are the frontrunners to sign Ndamukong Suh?

Jul 30, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Ndamukong Suh. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports.

A: Yes, from the Suh perspective.

Suh tweeted on Tuesday about his interest in joining Las Vegas.

But shortly after, Josina Anderson reported the Raiders might not have interest in the veteran defender.

So, if the Raiders are “out of the way” of their own accord, that would leave the Vikings as the frontrunners for Suh.

Suh will sign somewhere, rest assured. He’d sure add some big-name pizazz to the 2022 Vikings defense.

Q: Who will start at free safety for the Vikings in Week 1? Lewis Cine or Camryn Bynum?

Jan 10, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine (16) is interviewed after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2022 CFP college football national championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A: Cine should be considered the favorite, mainly because of his draft stock.

But Bynum performed wonderfully when called upon in 2021, so folks shouldn’t be floored if he’s the starter out of the gate in September. For the long-term, of course, Cine was chosen by the Vikings to eventually replace Harrison Smith. He’s the man of the future for the Vikings secondary.

Yet, to write off Bynum as a no-brainer backup is a bit unfair because he made the most of his opportunity in 2021.

Regardless, Minnesota is in good hands with “too many” good safeties.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).


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