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Updated: The top 25 Minnesota Vikings free agent targets

By Matthew Coller

The Minnesota Vikings’ biggest need at tackle is filled. Now what?

Minnesota signed tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers to long-term contracts, but there are other spots that require attention and the Vikings still have enough money to sign some of the better players remaining on the market. Here are 25 players they should be intrigued by:

1 – Green Bay Packers – RB – Eddie Lacy

Under-appreciated as an all-around back, Lacy’s ability to run out of shotgun sets could make him a good fit in Pat Shurmur’s system. He was injured last year, but averaged 5.1 YPC before getting hurt.

2 – Minnesota Vikings – CB – Terence Newman

Newman had an exceptional age-38 season, which could give him reason to want to play another year. A return to Minnesota could mean a role change after Captain Munnerlyn elected to sign in Carolina.

3- New England Patriots – WR – Michael Floyd

Getting released from the Arizona Cardinals after a DWI and being inactive in the Super Bowl with the Patriots are both black marks on his resume, but Floyd is a strong deep threat and a Minnesota native.

4 – Baltimore Ravens – WR- Kamar Aiken

Had a down year after grabbing 75 passes in 2015. Might be a quality option for a reduced price.

5 – Oakland Raiders – RB – Latavius Murray

Big runner with a history as an every-down back, Murray might be better suited as a role player. He would make for a good changeup to Jerick McKinnon’s dual-threat talents.

6 – Buffalo Bills – CB – Nickell Robey-Coleman

A solid man-to-man nickel corner, Robey-Coleman was let go by the Bills because he doesn’t fit in their zone defense scheme. He ranked 33rd by Pro Football Focus rankings last year.

7 – San Diego Chargers – CB – Brandon Flowers

After receiving a huge deal in San Diego, Flowers’ stock might be pretty low. That might allow to Vikings to sign a good player (especially in run stopping) for a fair price.

8 – New York Giants – CB – Leon Hall

At 33, Hall can still play. He was a fill-in corner for the Giants in 2016, but performed well in the nearly 500 snaps he received. Hall is a favorite of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

9 – Seattle Seahawks – DL – Tony McDaniel

The Vikings are in the market for another defensive lineman after struggles to fill Sharrif Floyd’s spot last season. McDaniel is a veteran role player who still performed well as part of a rotation up front last year.

10 – Detroit Lions – WR – Anquon Boldin

He doesn’t have much for wheels, but Boldin could help the Vikings in the red zone using his size and skill – as he did in Detroit’s victory over Minnesota at US Bank Stadium last year.

11 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Jerraud Powers

An experienced nickel corner who is solid in coverage. Could step into Munnerlyn’s role.

12 – New York Jets – C – Nick Mangold

The Vikings have solved their tackle issues, but there are still options for how to handle the interior. One would be moving Joe Berger to guard and signing a center like Mangold.

13 – Atlanta Falcons – TE – Jacob Tamme

A quality pass-catching tight end, who spent most of his career playing with Peyton Manning. Before getting hurt, he was a good target for Matt Ryan last year.

14 – Indianapolis Colts – CB – Darius Butler

A veteran corner who can play nickel or even safety proficiently. At 31, he might not be as good as in Indy’s Super Bowl days, but he is still reliable.

15 – San Diego Chargers – WR – Steve Johnson

Has been dinged up with the Chargers for the last two years, so he would have to come on a low-risk deal, but Johnson has been a quality receiver before in Buffalo and San Francisco.

16 – New Orleans Saints – G – Jahri Evans

Stayed with the Saints for just $1 million last season. Evans might be a cheap one-year filler or just-in-case if the Vikings plan to draft a starting guard.

17 – New York Giants – G – John Jerry

An experienced starter who has been very durable over his seven-year career. May be willing to battle for a spot if he doesn’t get many offers.

18 – New England Patriots – RB – LeGarrette Blount

He might not be the perfect fit unless the Vikings wanted to use him exclusively in ground-and-pound situations. Still, it’s hard to ignore his success in short yardage and the red zone.

19 – New Orleans Saints – CB – Sterling Moore

Another nickel corner who excels in coverage.

20 – Cincinnati Bengals – RB – Rex Burkhead

Dual-threat running back who flashed strong play when he was given a chance. Would come on the cheap.

21 – Cleveland Browns – RT – Austin Pasztor

Ranked 33rd in PFF’s ratings, though he’s a mostly unknown player and has spent the majority of his career as a backup. The Vikings really struggled with a lack of depth last year. Pasztor might be the solution if nobody else wants to make him a starter.

22 – Buffalo Bills – CB/S – Corey Graham

Played safety for the last two years in Buffalo fairly competently, but is more of a natural safety. Could be a veteran filler until Mackensie Alexander is ready.

23 – Tennessee Titans – LB – Sean Spence

With Chad Greenway retired, the Vikings are on the market for a linebacker. Spence isn’t a great run stopper like Greenway was, instead he excels in coverage.

24 – Arizona Cardinals – LB – Sio Moore

Conversely, Moore is a run-stuffer.

25 – Baltimore Ravens – CB – Ladarius Webb

Versatile defensive back who ranked 15th among safeties by Pro Football Focus. Might be too expensive for the Vikings.

The post Updated: The top 25 Minnesota Vikings free agent targets appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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