The Vikings have launched their offseason program, which means familiar Vikings such as
Here’s a look at a few fresh faces now playing for the Vikings (you’ll get to know all of them as the offseason program progresses)…
(Big) Man in the Middle
The Vikings focused much of their free agency activity on revamping the defensive line. A key part of the effort was the signing of defensive tackle Linval Joseph. At 6-4, 323 pounds, Joseph can be a two-gapping run-stuffer on early downs. But with an explosive first step and efficient speed-to-power pass rush moves, Joseph, who had 7.0 sacks the past two seasons with the Giants, can also be a force against the pass.
Vikings fans should be quite familiar with cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. He’s been making plays for the Carolina Panthers since he entered the League in 2009, and he’s made quite a few of those plays against the Vikings. In three career games against the Purple, Munnerlyn has two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 1.0 sack. That stops now, because Munnerlyn is now a member of the Vikings and he’ll be making those plays for the Purple.
To add more depth to the cornerback stable, the Vikings also signed free agent cornerback
Not So Unfamiliar
The Vikings reached into the free agent market to reunite with
Efforts to revamp the defensive line didn’t end with the re-signing of
Wootton, a 6-6, 270-pound defensive end, played in 45 games with 22 starts in Chicago and had his best season in 2012 when he registered 7.0 sacks. Johnson is listed at 6-3, 288 pounds, and he can play up and down the defensive line. He began his NFL career as a rookie free agent in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts, and his career took a winding path (NFL Europa, Arena Football League, CFL) before he finally earned a roster spot with the Saints in 2011. Johnson has played in 40 games the past three seasons in New Orleans and he has seen action in all four Saints playoff games from 2011-13.
Vlad the Viking
The Vikings free agency work in the trenches was not exclusively focused on the defensive side. The offensive line got a boost, too, with the signing of former New York Jets guard