Now one week into the 2016 league year, ESPN's Ben Goessling broke down the Vikings moves in free agency and gave them an overall B+ grade.
Goessling considers guard Alex Boone as Minnesota's most significant free agency signing. He wrote the following:
Boone should provide a much-needed dose of grit for the Vikings offensive line, where he figures to line up next to Matt Kalil on the left side, and his addition reflects the Vikings overall push to get tougher along their offensive front.
While Goessling would like to see Minnesota make another move with offensive line and also re-sign veteran linebacker Chad Greenway, he said the Vikings week has been successful as a whole – especially for a team that historically remains pretty quiet during free agency.
They've made smart moves to improve the offensive line and add depth on defense, while taking care of their internal free agents.
Randall Cunningham's daughter wins national high-jump title
Former Vikings quarterback Randall Cunningham made quite an impact during his three seasons in Minnesota, leading the Vikings to the Conference Championship game in 1998 and the Divisional round of the playoffs in 1997.
Now, Cunningham's daughter is also making a splash in the sports world.
At 18 years old, Vashti Cunningham recently captured the national title in the high jump. DyeStatCAL Editor Erik Boal wrote about Cunningham's accomplishment:
After missing on her first try at [6 feet, 6 ¼ inches], Cunningham cleared the bar on the next attempt to not only improve on her national high school indoor standard, but break the World Junior indoor record of 6-5.5 (1.97m) set in 2011 by Russia's Mariya Kuchina, the reigning World indoor champion.
Cunningham became only the fourth American woman to high jump at least 6-6.25 indoors, joining Tisha Waller, Coleen Sommer and Lowe, who captured the World indoor title in 2012.
"It makes me feel good because I've been looking at these girls from out of the country and our U.S. pros and just hoping one day that I can be up there with them," Vashti told Boal. "It gives me a lot of confidence that I'm up there now and that I can maintain with the other girls, so I hope to keep doing that well."
"He was very happy," Vashti told Boal about her father's reaction. "[He and I] never really show our happiness, but we both did a little bit today."
After his stint with the Vikings, Cunningham played for Dallas and Baltimore in 2000 and 2001, respectively, before retiring from the NFL. Since December 2014, Cunningham has been the head coach of the Silverado High School football team in Paradise, Nevada.
Cunningham's son, Randall Jr., is also a track-and-field standout at USC.
Eric Kendricks interviews NFL Draft prospect Myles Jack
One year after the Vikings drafted him 45th overall, linebacker Eric Kendricks returned to his alma mater for UCLA's Pro Day. While there, Kendricks interviewed NFL Draft prospect Myles Jack.
"I'm feeling great," said Jack, who suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the 2015 season. "I feel like I was 80 percent out there. The knee feels great and everything. I just need to get back in shape and get my conditioning right."
Kendricks and Jack played together at UCLA during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis a few weeks ago, Jack said he admired teammates Kendricks and Anthony Barr, both of whom are now on the Vikings roster.