Below is a list of offensive free agents, broken down by position. A few things to note before perusing the list…
-- These lists are comprised of unrestricted free agents (UFAs) and street free agents. There are no restricted free agents listed.
-- Names are not listed in alphabetical order, which implies they are listed in a ranked order. The problem with ranking free agents is that different teams can rank different players using different criteria. Charles Woodson, for example, is a guy one team may look at as too old to justify offering him a significant contract. But another team may look at Woodson as the perfect veteran complement to a young safety on a team that needs leadership. That difference in viewpoint results in a dramatic difference in ranking.
-- We’ll do our best to keep up with the signings by removing players once they sign with a team.
Jason Campbell: Backed up Jay Cutler in Chicago last season, plenty of starting experience.
David Carr: See Campbell, Jason.
The Vikings are anticipating the return of all 5 starters along the offensive line, so we’ll disregard the following players because they’ll be looking for starting jobs only: OG Brandon Moore and OTs Jake Long, Eric Winston, Sebastian Volmer and Andre Smith. It’s never a bad idea to fortify depth along the offensive line, though. Here are a few options…
OG Brandon Moore
OT Willie Colon: Recent cut by Pittsburgh. Experienced.
OT Ryan Harris: Minnesota native and product of Notre Dame.
G/T Nate Garner
G Matt Slauson
G Leroy Harris
OT Jeff Otah
LT Demetress Bell
G Tyronne Green
T/G Khalif Barnes
G Lance Louis
G/T Eben Britton
LT Jason Smith: Parlayed all-star Combine performance into being drafted 2nd overall by St. Louis in 2009.
G Rob Turner
OT Max Starks: Crafty veteran.
OT Winston Justice
LT Bryant McKinnie
OT Jammal Brown
RG Stephen Peterman
C Brad Meester
OT Barry Richardson
The most discussed position on the Vikings roster this offseason has been wide receiver, and it will continue to be that way during free agency and through the draft. The wide receiver free agent market appears top-heavy at first glance, while the pool of receivers in the draft seems deeper than it is top-heavy. Here’s a list of unrestricted free agent receivers (with no distinction between X and Z receivers)…
Darius Heyward-Bey: Former 1st-rounder in Oakland recently cut. Intriguing young player with dominant physical trait - speed.
Ted Ginn: Added bonus in that he’s a talented returner.
Early Doucet: A 3rd-round pick of Arizona in 2008, Doucet’s best season was in 2011 and Arizona cut him this past weekend to save money.
Steve Breaston: Injury concerns (knee)?
Josh Cribbs: Appealing kick/punt return ability.
Austin Collie: Career has been sidetracked because of injuries.
Brandon Myers: Flashes of production with Oakland.
Fred Davis: A torn Achilles tendon last year is a factor to consider, but could also result in a bargain price for his services.
The Vikings have a pair of starting-caliber RBs on the roster in
Bernard Scott: Has upside of a starter.
Leon Washington: Explosive returner
LaRod Stephens-Howling: See above.
Felix Jones: Tons of raw ability.
Greg Jones (FB)
Beanie Wells: Recently released by Arizona. Former first-rounder with upside but disappointing resume.