3 Remaining Low-Cost Free Agent Steals the Vikings Should Target
The Minnesota Vikings are hoping that the 2021 NFL Season is better than the previous one after finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs.
So far this offseason, the Vikings have made a splash to improve the team's defense by signing the likes of Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson to deals. With an estimated $7.3 million in cap space left, according to Spotrac, Minnesota does have some money left to fill out its roster.
With some holes left to fill and no second-round pick, cheap and low-risk free agents could help the Vikings field a competitive roster in 2021. So, here's a list of three low-cost free agents that the Vikings should target in free agency.
1. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
If the thought of Cordarrelle Patterson sounds familiar, it should because the wide receiver spent his first four seasons as a Viking, tallying 1,316 yards and 7 touchdowns during that period. One of the team's offseason needs is a third receiver to play alongside Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Patterson fits the bill not only because he's played with the Vikings, but because he's versatile. Patterson would be the perfect third passing option because he's able to catch and also run with the ball when needed.
2. Bashaud Breeland, CB
The cornerback position is one of the bigger holes that the Vikings need to address during the offseason. While they did add Patrick Peterson to the roster, it's never a bad idea to add a veteran like Bashaud Breeland. He spent the last two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, totaling 4 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries and a touchdown in that time. His last contract was a one-year deal for $3 million, so he'd likely be an affordable option for the Vikings. His Super Bowl-winning pedigree would be a bonus.
3. Sam Young, LT
The Vikings lost an important piece of their offensive line this offseason when Riley Reiff signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. They did re-sign Rashod Hill to help fill in the void, but you can never have too much depth on the offensive line. Sam Young could be a cheap replacement for Reiff. Young struggled in limited action with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020, but the 11-year pro could bring some serious veteran leadership to the position, helping mentor any potential rookies the Vikings add up front.
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