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Fifth Free Agency Primer Highlighted by 7 AFC Players

The 2016 Free Agency Primer series uses *'s Top 99 Free Agents list to break down this year's class and take a look at which players may be fits for the Vikings.*

1-9: Tuesday, March 8
10-19: Monday, March 7
20-39: Saturday, March 5 | Click here
40-59: Friday, March 4 | Click here
60-79: Thursday, March 3 | Click here
80-99: Wednesday, March 2 | Click here

Note: updated its list after several teams made franchise/transition tag designations and other roster moves, which caused some changes in the rankings.

This grouping of 10 players includes seven players from the AFC who might land with new teams or be re-signed, as well as three from the NFC that are highlighted by a familiar foe of the Vikings: Matt Forte, who has suited up against Minnesota since he was drafted by Chicago in 2008.

10. Janoris Jenkins, Los Angeles Rams, CB

A second-round pick in 2012, Jenkins has started 58 of the 60 games he's played. He has returned five of his 10 interceptions for touchdowns and totaled 48 passes defended by age 27.

11. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, RB

Forte turned 30 in December and is trying to join Adrian Peterson in showing there's life after 30 for some running backs. He started all 13 games he played in 2015, rushing for 898 yards and four touchdowns, while adding 44 receptions for 389 yards and three scores. Since the Bears released him earlier this offseason, Forte is eligible to sign before free agency opens Wednesday. He has 8,602 career rush yards and 4,116 receiving yards.

12. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins, RB

Speaking of dual-threat running backs, Miller rushed 194 times for 872 yards and eight scores and added career highs of 47 receptions, 397 yards and two touchdown catches in 2015. He's missed just three games in four seasons and is only 24 years old.

13. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos, QB

With the pending retirement of Peyton Manning, many expect the Broncos reins to be handed to Osweiler. He went 5-2 with an 86.4 passer rating in filling in for "The Sheriff" in 2015.

14. Sean Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, CB

The first of three Chiefs in a row on this list, Smith has started 100 of 108 games in Miami and Kansas City since 2009. He has 10 interceptions and 87 passes defended.

15. Jaye Howard, Kansas City Chiefs, DL

Howard has 25 starts in 37 games played to his credit, including 14 of 16 in 2015 when he posted a career-best 5.5 sacks.

16. Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs, LB

The 33-year-old Johnson has made four Pro Bowls and garnered one All-Pro selection since being drafted in the first round in 2005. Johnson has started 141 of 154 games and posted 13 interceptions, 67 passes defended, 21 forced fumbles and 26.5 sacks.

17. Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks, T

Will Seattle become a one-Russell team? Okung, the sixth overall selection in 2010, has been selected to one Pro Bowl. The 28-year-old has started all 72 games he's played, but injuries have caused him to miss a total of 24 starts in six seasons.

18. Damon Harrison, New York Jets, NT

At 6-foot-4, 350 pounds, Harrison is known as "Big Snacks." The 27-year-old also has found significant playing time in the league, starting 48 of the 53 games he's played.


19. Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns, C

The three-time Pro Bowler is 30 years old and has reportedly voided his remaining contract with the Browns to pursue other options. He's started all 101 games he's played.

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