NFL.com Shares Their Opinion On What The Vikings Need To Address This Off Season
Acquire a veteran quarterback: Christian Ponder might be more ready than most rookie quarterbacks, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to win 10 games with a veteran team like Minnesota. Adrian Peterson is in the prime of his career, and the Vikings don’t want to waste the good years he has left training Ponder. A veteran passer like Matt Hasselbeck or Kyle Orton could put the Vikes back in the NFC North race.
Re-sign Rice: Sidney Rice is a difference-maker, and complements Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian so well. When Rice is on the field, there is a classic conflict for the defense between defending Peterson or the passing game. Rice will score touchdowns, too. In case 2009 left your memory, Rice caught 83 passes at 15.8 yards per reception with eight touchdowns. The Vikings need Rice and probably should have at least transition tagged him, but that’s water under the bridge. It would be bad for the Vikings if Rice went ahead and signed with a division rival such as the Bears.
Find a safety to replace Williams: Madieu Williams has never been the same since his neck injury, and it’s time the Vikings find a replacement. Williams is scheduled to make $5.4 million next season and could be a cap casualty. He had one interception and two passes defended in 2010, and he struggles to tackle. The San Francisco 49ers’ Dashon Goldson, New Orleans Saints’ Roman Harper and Oakland Raiders’ Michael Huff would be interesting options.
I agree with NFL.com. I think resigning Sidney Rice has to absolutely be the first priority. With the NFL lockout still going on I think its extremely important that the Vikes also look into acquiring a veteran QB. McNabb could be an interesting option but Hasselbeck could be more of a reality. While M. Williams has consistently been a ‘man of the year’ candidate in the NFL’s eye he has been a disappointment to Vikings fans. I would love to see Michael Huff in purple if we could get him at a decent deal. A deal at this point being anything less then the 5+ million we otherwise would pay Williams.