3 Remaining Low-Cost Free Agents the Vikings Need to Target With Limited Cap Space

Three remaining low-cost free agents that the Minnesota Vikings need to target with their limited cap space.
Three remaining low-cost free agents that the Minnesota Vikings need to target with their limited cap space. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have been hard at work this offseason, from extending quarterback Kirk Cousins to bringing in outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith on a three-year, $42 million contract.

With the transactions they've made so far, Spotrac is listing the Vikings as having just over $1.2 million in cap space remaining. Even though that isn't enough to sign bigger names, there are some available free agents that could had on cheaper contracts.

Here's a look at three remaining low-cost free agents that the Vikings need to target with their limited cap space.

Vikings Free Agency

1. Sammy Watkins, WR

The Vikings' wide receiver situation isn't that promising outside of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. That's why bringing in Sammy Watkins on an inexpensive, low-risk deal makes sense. Watkins is coming off a down year that saw him record 27 receptions, 394 yards and a touchdown in 14 games with the Baltimore Ravens. In his defense, he only saw 49% of offensive snaps compared to 73% with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020. Plus, Watkins' 14.6 yards per reception last year was his highest since 2017. With less pressure playing behind Jefferson and Thielen, Watkins could be a solid No. 3/4 wideout for the Vikings.

2. Cornelius Lucas, T

The Vikings' offensive line has been a bit of a mess lately, leaving them in the market for some additional tackle help. The good news is that former Washington Commanders tackle Cornelius Lucas is still on the open market. Lucas suited up in 29 games (15 starts) for the Commanders since 2020, allowing five sacks on 1,123 offensive snaps in that span. Even with his limited playing time, he was still given a 75.2 overall ProFootballFocus grade in 2021, indicating that he can likely handle a bigger role. Even if the Vikings use him the same way that he was in Washington, it'll be comforting to know that they'd have a tackle who can play both sides of the field when needed.

3. Kareem Jackson, S

The Vikings' Harrison Smith is one of the NFL's top safeties, however, the team doesn't have much depth at the position beyond him. Fortunately, Kareem Jackson is still available and could be had at a lower price due to him being unsigned at this stage of free agency. Although he's lost a step in recent years, the 33-year-old still posted a respectable 88 tackles, two passes defended, one interception and a sack in 15 starts with the Denver Broncos in 2021. The Vikings don't need him to be anything special with Smith as their top safety. As long as Jackson does what's asked of him while being a reliable veteran in the secondary, it's an option worth exploring for Minnesota.

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