It has been a busy first week of free agency for the Minnesota Vikings. General Manager Rick Spielman has said that the team isn’t done looking at possible additions and that more could be coming. The question would be what moves could Spielman and the Vikings make here during the second week of free agency. There are a couple of names that may seem interesting on the surface.
There are some who believe that former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton would be a good fit. Melton is going to be looking for big money and with the team having four defensive linemen under contract already for next season, it isn’t terribly likely. Spielman needs to decide if adding Melton would be better than having Sharrif Floyd at the same position. While the defense does needs more help, signing Melton probably isn’t in the cards unless Spielman believes Melton with a big money deal is worth the price tag.
There are two safeties in Chris Clemons and Thomas DeCoud who could be had if changes wanted to be made. Harrison Smith isn’t going anywhere at the free safety position so that takes Clemons and DeCoud out of the picture probably. The Vikings are sticking with Jamarca Sanford at strong safety where he had 75 combined tackles this past season after restructuring his contract to clear more cap space. Anything is possible there though.
The place that could be interesting to look at free agents would be wide receiver. There are names like Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin available. While they may not be the most attractive choices, they could be players who bring veteran leadership and No. 3 receiver talent to the table. Minnesota already has Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson as starters and Cordarrelle Patterson however so adding someone like Holmes or Austin may not happen unless they take a very limited role.
There are free agents out there to be had but unless the team wants to make a run at Melton or one of the other high-priced free agents, it is more likely that the Vikings are going to look pretty much as they do right now. That probably isn’t what fans want to hear but the rest of the movement may come strictly from the draft and what Spielman does there.