The One Issue the Minnesota Vikings Must Address Before the 2020 NFL Season
The Minnesota Vikings currently have the best odds to win the NFC North, at +165, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Despite this optimism from the oddsmakers, there are still holes on this Vikings team, especially on defense, which is arguably the weakest Mike Zimmer-led Minnesota defense we've seen thus far.
Heading into the draft, Minnesota had a weakness and a need at cornerback. They added two standout rookie corners in the first three rounds of the draft, but it's still a position the team needs to address further before the 2020 season kicks off.
The Vikings cleared the cornerback room from last season, cutting Xavier Rhodes and letting both Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander walk in free agency. This essentially leaves them with second-year player Mike Hughes, who was picked on a lot last season, and rookies Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler.
Playing in a division with Davante Adams, Allen Robinson and Kenny Golladay, the Vikings can't afford to have shaky cornerback play. They need experience, and they still have time to add players like Logan Ryan, Darqueze Dennard or Dre Kirkpatrick via free agency.
With about $11 million in remaining cap space, according to Spotrac, Minnesota should be able to add one of those veterans without too much trouble. Signing any of those three would be a low-risk, high-reward gamble that should, at the very least, take some pressure off Minnesota's young corners.
Zimmer has experience coaching Kirkpatrick with the Cincinnati Bengals, so this pairing would make a lot of sense, but a move needs to come soon.
Sign up for FanDuel Sportsbook today and get your first bet risk free for up to $500!