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Cast Your Vote: Vikings Top Offseason Move

Posted May 9, 2013

From the first set of moves following their Wild Card round loss in Green Bay (signing reserve/future free agents) to the signing of undrafted free agent WR Adam Thielen this past Monday, the Vikings have been moving and shaking this offseason in an attempt to improve the roster. GM Rick Spielman says building an NFL roster is a year-round process, and the Vikings flurry of moves in the last several months illustrates that point.

Every move made by every team during the offseason is geared toward two objectives: improving the roster for the upcoming season and building a roster that can compete for the long-term. Let's cast our gaze toward the first objective – improving the roster for 2013.

Which offseason move improved the Vikings roster the most? Below is a list of a few options. Is the top move on this list? Is there another move that was the team’s best that's not on this list? Let us know by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry or by emailing them to me for inclusion in a future Pick 6 or Monday Morning Mailbag.

Re-Signing Felton, Loadholt, Others
The Vikings were busy during the first week of the New League Year, and it wasn’t because they were making big splashes in the free agency market. In fact, they were preventing other teams from getting splashy by re-signing their own players. Starters from last year such as FB Jerome Felton, LB Erin Henderson, RT Phil Loadholt and S Jamarca Sanford were all retained by the Vikings as they look to rely on a blend of continuity and fresh faces to close the narrow gap in the NFC North.

Percy Harvin Trade
On March 12 the team traded WR Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for 3 draft choices – a 1st-rounder and 7th-rounder in 2013, and a 3rd-rounder in 2014. The additional 1st-rounder was used on CB Xavier Rhodes and is part of a trio of 1st-round picks for the Vikings that also includes DT Sharrif Floyd and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. In the past 2 years, the Vikings have come away with 5 1st-round picks, the product of a shrewd set of moves by Spielman as he and the rest of the organization look to build off a 10-6 season in 2012.

Vikings Got Greg
On March 15 the Vikings signed one of the NFC North’s premier playmakers over the past 7 seasons to give their passing game a boost. Greg Jennings, a productive pass-catcher for potent offenses in Green Bay, decided to trade his green and gold for purple and gold. The move was one met with excitement by a Vikings fan base that is eager for the team to continue improving its passing game and tired of seeing Jennings score against them. In 15 games against the Vikings, Jennings hauled in 68 receptions for 1,018 yards and 10 TDs. But now Jennings will go from a thorn in the Vikings side to an ace in their deck. His combination of experience and production will go a long way in a collection of pass catchers that features young up-and-comers such as TE Kyle Rudolph and WRs Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright.

Three 1st-Rounders, 9 Selections Total In 2013 Draft
When the 2013 NFL Draft’s first day was over, the Vikings were the talk of the town. After addressing their defense by selecting Floyd at No. 23 and Rhodes at No. 25, the Vikings jumped back into the 1st round to grab Patterson at No. 29. In a span of about 30 minutes toward the end of the 1st round, the Vikings addressed several positions on their roster – DT, CB, WR and potentially both kickoff and punt returner. The Vikings weren’t done there, though. In the next 6 rounds the Vikings added 6 more players, including a pair of LBs from Penn State, 2 interior offensive linemen, a punter, another defender from Florida State (Everett Dawkins).