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3 Free Agents the Vikings Can Sign With Limited Cap Space

Max Staley
The Minnesota Vikings need some upgrades, but don't have much cap space to do it.
The Minnesota Vikings need some upgrades, but don't have much cap space to do it. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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The already cap-strapped Minnesota Vikings placed the franchise tag on Anthony Harris this afternoon. While retaining a talent like that is rarely a bad idea, Minnesota has some real holes to address, and not a lot of cap space to do it.

So with that in mind, here are three low-cost players the Vikings should target in free agency.

1. Paul Richardson, WR

Paul Richardson could be a nice low-cost investment for Minnesota.
Paul Richardson could be a nice low-cost investment for Minnesota. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Paul Richardson isn't the flashiest name, but he does have some real big-play ability. The last time he played a full 16-game season (2017), the speedy wideout averaged 16.0 yards per reception. Unfortunately he's struggled to stay on the field, having played in a combined 17 games over the past two seasons. Minnesota could use a talented WR3 to take some pressure off Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and the injury issues should make Richardson available at a low cost. This would also reunite Richardson with Kirk Cousins, who was his teammate on the Washington Redskins.

2. Chris Thompson, RB

Chris Thompson could help keep Dalvin Cook fresh next season.
Chris Thompson could help keep Dalvin Cook fresh next season. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

Signing Chris Thompson could help lighten Dalvin Cook's workload next season. Thompson is an excellent pass-catcher, having caught at least 35 passes in each of the last five seasons. He's only played a full 16-game season once during that span, though, and he shouldn't cost too much on the open market. Cousins was Thompson's QB during a 2017 season that saw him record a career-high 510 receiving yards.

3. Tramon Williams

Tramon Williams could be a solid addition for Minnesota.
Tramon Williams could be a solid addition for Minnesota. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes out of the picture, the Vikings could use some added depth at cornerback. Tramon Williams is set to enter free agency, and he shouldn't cost too much given he's 37 years old. Coming off a season that saw him hold opponents to a 79.3 passer rating when targeted in coverage, Williams would bring some solid depth to Minnesota's secondary.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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