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3 Free Agents the Vikings Can Sign With New Cap Space After June 1

Larry Rupp
Three free agents the Minnesota Vikings can sign with new cap space after June 1, including wide receiver Golden Tate.
Three free agents the Minnesota Vikings can sign with new cap space after June 1, including wide receiver Golden Tate. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
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The NFL offseason isn't slowing down anytime soon as a number of teams are set to gain cap space following post-June 1 releases. In fact, the Minnesota Vikings are set to gain almost $8 million in cap space following the release of long-time tight end Kyle Rudolph.

The team still has some holes on the roster and can use this money to search through the free agency market for depth players and underrated signings. With that being said, here are three free agent the Vikings can sign with the new cap space.

Minnesota Vikings Free Agent Targets

1. Olivier Vernon, EDGE

Olivier Vernon
Olivier Vernon would give the Vikings some pop off the edge. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

One spot on the roster where the Vikings could use some added depth is on the edge of the defensive line. Second-year player D.J. Wonnum is unproven and would benefit from having a veteran to split snaps with and learn from as well. Olivier Vernon fits that role to a tee and has posted solid production over the last few seasons. The 30-year-old playmaker has racked up 12.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles over the last two seasons (24 games played). He still has some gas left in the tank and would make a great addition to this defensive unit.

2. Golden Tate, WR

Golden Tate
Golden Tate has proven he still has what it takes to play in the NFL. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Vikings have one of the best one-two punches at wide receiver in the league with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. However, the depth behind those two players is severely shallow. Projected No. 3 WR Chad Beebe has just 310 receiving yards in his three-year NFL career. Minnesota should take a look at veteran pass-catcher Golden Tate in free agency. Tate has posted at least 600 receiving yards in eight of his last nine seasons and has 46 career touchdowns. The 32-year-old still has the skills to carve out a role on this offense.

3. Rick Wagner, OT

Khalil Mack, Rick Wagner
Rick Wagner would be a great depth piece on the offensive line. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

It is no secret that the biggest need this offseason for the Vikings was upgrading the offensive line. They made sure to address the issue by adding Riley Reiff and drafting Christian Darrisaw, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to sign another OL in free agency. Depth is so vital at this position as injuries seem to happen all the time. Rick Wagner is a player that sticks out in this scenario as he has eight years of NFL experience and appeared in 16 games last season. He would be the perfect kind of player to have waiting in the wings.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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