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Vikings free agency top 30 countdown, part 6: The top 5

By Matthew Coller

With nearly $60 million in salary cap space, the Minnesota Vikings could be active in free agency this year. In the weeks leading up to the free agent period beginning on March 14, we will look at the 30 best available players who would fit the Vikings’ needs.

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5 – CB, Aaron Colvin

Oct 23, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin (22) reacts after a play in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Key stat: 0.76 yards per cover snap in the slot, best among nickel corner free agents

Why he fits:

While other players on Jacksonville’s terrific defense got more pub, Colvin was a key part of the Jaguars’ attack. As a slot corner he gave up a high completion percentage, but rarely allowed a big play. Colvin gave up just 5.0 yards per attempt on throws in his direction. At 26, he could be a long-term slot corner solution.

4 – LT, Nate Solder

Key stat: No. 1 Run Block Success rate (per PFF) in the NFL

Why he fits:

If the Vikings’ plan when they signed Riley Reiff was to eventually move him to right tackle, Solder should be the top target. They could slide Mike Remmers to guard and have an impressive group of veterans to lead an offense full of playmakers. Dalvin Cook will be a centerpiece of the Vikings’ offense, which would make a strong run blocker like Solder especially valuable.

3 – TE, Trey Burton

Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton (88) reacts to his first down reception against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Key stat: 66.7% deep pass catch rate

Why he fits:

The Vikings have attempted to draft a deep-threat tight end in two of the last three drafts and neither player is still on the roster. Burton ran a 4.6 40-yard dash coming out of college and showed this year with the Eagles that he can be a valuable piece in an offense, catching 23 passes on 30 targets. With Burton in place, the Vikings would have an extremely versatile attack with him alongside Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan.

2 – QB, Teddy Bridgewater

Nov 19, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Key stat: 17-11 as a starter in his first two seasons

Why he fits:

If the Vikings feel Bridgewater can return from his catestrophic knee injury, he is the only QB on the market that has the potential to be a top-notch starter. Bridgewater is exceptionally accurate and excelled in the biggest situations. He is widely respected by his teammates and could pick up where he left off as the franchise QB.

1 – QB, Kirk Cousins

Nov 5, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrates after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFL football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Key stat: 106.4 passer rating on deep throws (per PFF)

Why he fits:

Cousins has three full seasons under his belt as Washington’s starter. While he hasn’t guided his team to the playoffs, he has three 4,000 yard seasons and one year (2015) with a quarterback rating over 100. The price tag could be enormous, but Cousins would provide stability at a position that hasn’t been stable in a very, very long time. If the Vikings sign him, Cousins will need to be in the right system that includes a high percentage of play-action throws and quick reads, but when he’s asked to go deep down the field, he’s proven capable of using his arm strength and accuracy.

The post Vikings free agency top 30 countdown, part 6: The top 5 appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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