FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
â€¢ S Mike Doss made little impact in first season with the Vikings; likely will be allowed to find work elsewhere.
â€¢ DE Darrion Scott had 2007 season ended early by injury after recording team-high 5.5 sacks the previous year.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
â€¢ CB Ronyell Whitaker (not tendered as RFA) was used primarily on special teams.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
â€¢ DE Jared Allen (trade Chiefs).
â€¢ WR Bernard Berrian: UFA Bears; $42M/6 yrs, $$5M SB/$8M RB; $3M RB â€˜09; 2008 cap: $9.538M.
â€¢ S Michael Boulware: UFA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.
â€¢ QB Gus Frerotte: FA Rams; $4M/2 yrs, $1M SB.
â€¢ RB Maurice Hicks: UFA 49ers; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
â€¢ LB Derrick Pope: UFA Dolphins; terms unknown.
â€¢ CB Benny Sapp: UFA Chiefs; $705,000/1 yr, $100,000 SB.
â€¢ FB Thomas Tapeh: UFA Eagles; $6M/5 yrs, $1.2M guaranteed.
â€¢ S Madieu Williams: UFA Bengals; $34M/6 yrs, $13M guaranteed.
â€¢ DL Ellis Wyms: UFA Seahawks; $1.5M/1 yr, $500,000 SB.
â€¢ LB Heath Farwell: RFA; $1.47M/1 yr.
â€¢ WR Robert Ferguson: UFA; $1M/1 yr, SB unknown.
â€¢ QB Kelly Holcomb (released).
â€¢ DT Spencer Johnson: UFA Bills; $17.5M/5 yrs, $6M guaranteed.
â€¢ RB Mewelde Moore: UFA Steelers; $4.95M/3 yrs, $1.35M SB; 2008 cap: $1.1M.
â€¢ FB Tony Richardson: UFA Jets; $875,000/1 yr, SB unknown.
â€¢ S Dwight Smith (released).
â€¢ LB Dontarrious Thomas: UFA 49ers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
â€¢ S Tank Williams: UFA Patriots; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 WO.
â€¢ WR Troy Williamson (traded Jaguars).
The Vikings had a beat on the playoffs last season, but fell down the stretch and missed the postseason, but should be primed for a run at the “second season” as well as maybe a run at the NFC North Title. The key will be the offense, which got a big shot in the arm with rookie back Adrian Peterson, who had a monster rookie year with 1341 yards and 12 TD’s. He should have a good sophomore season, which will help developing QB Tavaris Jackson. The team also went out and got a play-making WR in Bernard Berrian, who will be a help as well. As the best rushing team in the league last season, it would be a big benefit to see the passing game give something back.
The team also was savvy in making a deal to get sack happy Jared Allen from KC for a first-round pick. Allen will provide pressure on opposing QB’s, and his play will give that front four of the Vikings a big boost. Last season the team allowed a league worst 264.1 yards per game through the air, but getting Madieu Williams in free agency will help that unit. Overall, it’s been a solid offseason for the Vikngs, and they seem ready to make a step towards being better in 2008
Offseason Grade to Date: B