When the Minnesota Vikings ended the 2020 NFL season with a 7-9 record, it marked the first time that the team finished below .500 since 2014. That was a major disappointment for a team that had just competed in the Divisional Round in the season before.
The Vikings will look to return to the playoffs in 2021. To do that, they've made some changes during the offseason. Here are the three best moves that the team has made so far.
3. Signing Patrick Peterson
It's hard to imagine, but Patrick Peterson has already played in 10 NFL seasons. While he's no longer one of the best corners in the game, he can still have an impact on the Vikings' defense. The deal is also only for one year, so it's a low-risk move for Minnesota. If it works out and Peterson plays better than he did last season, it's a win. If not, it's not a lengthy commitment.
2. Releasing Kyle Rudolph
Make no mistake: at one point in time, Kyle Rudolph was one of the better tight ends in the NFL. However, he's 31 years old now and his time with the Vikings had to come to an end. He only had 334 yards and 1 touchdown last season. That production was not worth paying him for the last three years of his four-year, $36 million contract. Now, the Vikings can use that money elsewhere.
1. Signing Dalvin Tomlinson
The Vikings signed Dalvin Tomlison to a two-year, $22 million contract to help improve the team's defense. He's the only member of the 2017 NFL draft class to play in all 64 regular-season games since then. Tomlinson also has 207 career tackles, of which 21 were for a loss. He should help improve a Vikings run defense that allowed the sixth-most rushing yards per game in the league last season (134.4).
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