3 Best Remaining Cornerbacks the Vikings Need to Sign in Free Agency

Larry Rupp
Three best cornerbacks the Minnesota Vikings need to sign in free agency.
Three best cornerbacks the Minnesota Vikings need to sign in free agency. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have made sure to address their lack of pass rushing weapons through free agency with the likes of Za'Darius Smith. It's surprising to see that they haven't made a move at the cornerback position given Patrick Peterson and Mackensie Alexander are no longer under contract.

It's not like time is running out, though. A number of talented players remain unsigned and the Vikings have over $14 million in available cap space to take advantage of. With that being said, here are three of the best cornerbacks Minnesota needs to sign in free agency.

Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

1. Stephon Gilmore

There's no reason the Vikings shouldn't go all in and pay up to have Stephon Gilmore on the roster in 2022. His market value of $14.1 million, according to Spotrac, wouldn't crush Minnesota from a cap space perspective. The 31-year-old has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last four seasons, racking up an impressive 45 pass breakups and 11 interceptions over that span. Gilmore gave up just 9.4 yards per completion across 9 games played in 2021 and has experience playing in the postseason. That would certainly come in handy for a Vikings team looking to secure its first playoff berth since 2019.

2. Chris Harris

Rumors around the NFL have the Vikings pegged as a potential landing spot for a first-round cornerback in the upcoming draft. If that's the case, adding a veteran to bridge the gap until that player would be ready to start makes a lot of sense. Chris Harris has 11 years of NFL experience under his belt and has allowed no more than 4 touchdowns in any of his last four seasons. The Kansas product racked up 37 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 1 interception across 14 games played in 2021. That level of production combined with his ability to be a mentor makes him well worth a short-term deal in Minnesota.

3. Patrick Peterson

Patrick Peterson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings last offseason and a reunion between the two sides remains a viable option. The eight-time Pro Bowler played a crucial role for Minnesota last season as he started 13 games in the secondary. Peterson logged 45 tackles to go along with 5 pass breakups and 1 interception. It's worth noting he also allowed a completion percentage of 56.6% and gave up just 2 touchdowns. Both of those marks were his lowest since they were first tracked in 2018. Bringing the veteran ballhawk back would provide the defense with a familiar face and keep the team's cap space under control, too.

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