By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 5, 2020
Minnesota made their way back into the playoff mix, which resulted in a contract extension for game-managing quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Vikings have glaring needs at wide receiver and cornerback after dealing off Stefon Diggs and Trae Waynes, along with the release of Xavier Rhodes. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
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QUARTERBACK: Kirk Cousins/Sean Mannion/Jake Browning
Money Invested: $22.498M | Percentage of Cap: 11.4% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Cousins stepped up his play last season and has a tight hold on his job at least through next season.
RUNNING BACK: Dalvin Cook/Alexander Mattison/Mike Boone/Ameer Abdullah/Tony Brooks-James
Money Invested: $5.217M | Percentage of Cap: 2.6% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The Vikings only hold control of Cook through next season but did draft Mattison last year and hold him through 2023.
FULLBACK: CJ Ham
Money Invested: $1.75M | Percentage of Cap: 0.9% | Need Level: LOW
WIDE RECEIVER: Adam Thielen/Tajae Sharpe/Olabisi Johnson | Depth: Chad Beebe/Davion Davis/Alexander Hollins/Bralon Addison/Dillon Mitchell
Money Invested: $17.784M | Percentage of Cap: 9% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: The Vikings clearly need to add higher-tier more options here after dealing away the disgruntled Stefon Diggs.
TIGHT END: Kyle Rudolph/Irv Smith/Tyler Conklin/Brandon Dillon
Money Invested: $11.573M | Percentage of Cap: 5.8% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Rudolph is as reliable a leader as they come and Smith was drafted last year to compliment him in the pass game.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Riley Reiff/Brian O’Neill | Depth: Rashod Hill/Oli Udoh/Aviante Collins
Money Invested: $16.757M | Percentage of Cap: 8.5% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Reiff has provided stability on the left side but the right tackle spot will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Pat Elflein/Dakota Dozier | Depth: Dru Samia
Money Invested: $4.24M | Percentage of Cap: 2.1% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: The Vikings replaced Josh Kline with the signing of Dakota Dozier, but I think a better upgrade could be found.
CENTER: Garrett Bradbury | Depth: Brett Jones
Money Invested: $3.768M | Percentage of Cap: 1.9% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Bradbury played well after being selected in the first round last year and is under contract for at least another three seasons.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Michael Pierce/Shamar Stephen | Depth: Jaleel Johnson/Armon Watts/Jalyn Holmes
Money Invested: $12.778M | Percentage of Cap: 6.4% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Pierce was signed to replace the released Linval Joseph, along with Shamar Stephen, as they hope to shore up that leaky Vikings’ run defense. Depth pieces and interior pass rush help could be added here.
EDGE RUSH: Danielle Hunter/Ifeadi Odenigbo | Depth: Anthony Zettel/Eddie Yarbrough/Stacy Keely
Money Invested: $11.513M | Percentage of Cap: 5.8% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Adding a higher-level pass rushing option opposite Danielle Hunter will be key for the Vikings in replacing Everson Griffen.
LINEBACKER: Anthony Barr/Eric Kendricks/Eric Wilson | Depth: Ben Gedeon/Cameron Smith/Hercules Mata’afa/DeMarquis Gates
Money Invested: $28.993M | Percentage of Cap: 14.6% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Barr and Kendricks are solid options under team control for two and thee more years, respectively. However, the Vikings could use an upgrade at that weak linebacker spot in base packages.
CORNERBACK: Mike Hughes/Kris Boyd/Holton Hill | Depth: Nate Meadors/Kemon Hall/Marcus Sayles
Money Invested: $6.589M | Percentage of Cap: 3.3% | Need Level: URGENT
Overview: Xavier Rhodes was released and Trae Waynes was traded away, paving the way for Mike Hughes to step into a starting role. They still need to find a corner to man the other side.
SAFETY: Harrison Smith/Anthony Harris | Depth: None
Money Invested: $22.191M | Percentage of Cap: 11.2% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: This tandem proved to be one of the league’s best last season but Harris will be playing under the tag next season and there is no depth behind these two.
KICKER: Dan Bailey | Money Invested: $2.15M | Percentage of Cap: 1.1% | Need Level: MEDIUM
PUNTER: Britton Colquitt | Money Invested: $1.817M | Percentage of Cap: 0.9% | Need Level: LOW
LONG SNAPPER: Austin Cutting | Money Invested: $0.694M | Percentage of Cap: 0.4% | Need Level: MEDIUM
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