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Four Vikings make ESPN’s top 50 free agents list

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings are not likely to be one of the NFL’s most active teams in free agency, but decisions surrounding the quarterback position will impact how the dominoes fall around the league.

This week, ESPN released its list of the top 50 free agents and, as you might expect, all three Vikings QBs are listed. Here’s where author Kevin Seifert ranked the Vikings’ free agents:

5 – QB, Case Keenum

18 -QB, Sam Bradford

23 – QB, Teddy Bridgewater

41 – RB, Jerick McKinnon

Seifert believes there will be plenty of competition for Keenum if the Vikings decide to move on.

He wrote:

“The Vikings would be hard-pressed to let Keenum leave after he finished the season with the NFL’s second-highest Total QBR (69.5) and led them to the NFC Championship Game. Even if they’re not ready to commit long term based on 15 high-level starts, the franchise tag could be a reasonable option. Otherwise, Keenum would find multiple suitors on the open market.”

Bradford and Bridgewater’s knee histories played a role in ranking below Keenum.

Seifert named Kirk Cousins the No. 1 free agent on the market.

Others who might receive some attention from the Vikings include:

9 – Seattle, DT, Sheldon Richardson

There are concerns over Richardson’s character, but he’s a dominating player.

17 – Atlanta, DT, Dontari Poe

Started 16 games for an improved Atlanta defense

19 -Washington, CB, Bashaud Breeland

Versatile corner who ranked 54th of 121 by Pro Football Focus ratings

20 – Jacksonville, CB, Aaron Colvin

Nickel corner who PFF rated 47th

21 – Philadelphia, TE, Trey Burton

Eagles’ No. 2 tight end has great speed, athleticism.

28 – Seattle, WR, Paul Richardson

Deep threat receiver who made 44 catches for the Hawks.

31 – New York Giants, G, Justin Pugh

Vikings will need to replace Joe Berger if he retires. Pugh is a solid veteran.

44 – Tennessee, G, Josh Kline

Kline ranked 22nd by PFF ratings

47 – Philadelphia, CB, Patrick Robinson

Played a big role in a great Eagles defense. Ranked sixth by PFF.

The post Four Vikings make ESPN’s top 50 free agents list appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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