3 Free Agents the Vikings Need to Sign to Make a Super Bowl Run Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three free agents the Minnesota Vikings need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next season.
Three free agents the Minnesota Vikings need to sign to make a Super Bowl run next season. / AP Photos/Bruce Kluckhohn

It was a disappointing ending to what looked to be an amazing season for the Vikings. Minnesota fell short in a Wild Card loss to the New York Giants after posting a 13-4 record in the regular season. This team is on the cusp of being a Super Bowl contender, but still needs to improve in the offseason.

Scouring the free agent market for underrated options will be crucial for a Minnesota squad that ranks among the bottom 10 NFL teams in terms of available cap space. It'll be tough to sign the best players out there. With that in mind, here's a look at three free agents the Vikings need to sign.

Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

1. Bryce Callahan, CB

There's no denying that the Vikings need to switch things up on defense following a season in which they ranked 31st in yards (391.1) and 30th in points (25.4) allowed per game. As mentioned above, they don't have the cap space to go all out with a major free agent signing, though. Cornerback Patrick Peterson is set to be a free agent and replacing him with a fellow veteran in Bryce Callahan would be a cheap way to solve a big issue. Callahan tallied 47 tackles, 6 pass breakups and 3 interceptions in 15 games this past season. He also allowed only 10.6 yards per completion and 3 touchdowns in pass coverage (54 targets). Callahan is a stable option within Minnesota's price range.

2. Darius Slayton, WR

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is an All-Pro talent, but he was double and triple-teamed in pass coverage during the Vikings' Wild Card loss. It left Minnesota without a legitimate deep threat as Adam Thielen and TJ Hockenson logged little yards after the catch. Thielen is a possible cut candidate this offseason and adding a player capable of taking over his spot would be a smart move. Darius Slayton may be the best deep threat available considering he racked up 724 yards on 46 receptions this past season (15.7-yard average). His 64.8% catch percentage was a career-best mark and he logged 5.7 yards after the catch per reception. Signing Slayton wouldn't be a big splash, but it would be an impactful move.

3. Samaje Perine, RB

This has nothing to do with Dalvin Cook and everything to do with Alexander Mattison. Mattison is set to be a free agent and may opt to sign with a team that guarantees him more playing time. Of course, that would leave Minnesota without a proven backup. Samaje Perine is the perfect candidate to fill that gap considering he has proven capable of gaining first downs in short yardage situations and making big plays as a receiving back. Perine posted a career-high 681 yards from scrimmage on 133 touches in 2022 (5.1-yard average). He also scored 4 receiving touchdowns and totaled 30 first downs. Giving Cousins another weapon is never a bad idea in a league that prioritizes efficient offense.

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