The vikings.com 2015 Free Agency Preview series uses NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents list to break down this year's class and take a look at which players may be fits for the Vikings.
As would be expected, the three-day negotiation window before free agency begins generated considerable activity within the top 10 players grouping in NFL.com's list of the top 101 free agents.
Teams were allowed to re-sign their own players before the new league year begins at 3 p.m. (CT) March 10 to prevent them from hitting free agency. New England did so with Devin McCourty (previously listed at No. 2), as did Green Bay with Randall Cobb (previously ranked No. 4).
A couple of names remained in the top 10 Monday morning, despite multiple reports that they reached agreements with new teams because ink isn't on the paper yet. Official "offers," written or oral, are not allowed during the negotiation window.
The Vikings have said they don't expect to be highly aggressive or pursue a running back when the market opens. That doesn't mean they won't keep an eye out for players that become available through good deals.
Note: The rankings by NFL.com are subject to change because teams may release players in the coming days, causing them to hit the market.
1. DT Ndamukong SuhVikings fans likely won't mind if Suh takes his talents outside the division as weekend reports indicated he's preparing to do. Multiple reports over the weekend indicate Suh is prepared to sign a substantial deal with Miami.
2. TE Julius Thomas 3. RB DeMarco Murray
4. DE Jerry HughesUPDATE: It was announced Monday morning that Hughes has re-signed with Buffalo.
5. G Mike IupatiOf all the players in this grouping, Iupati's name has been the most mentioned by the media in regard to Minnesota. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons and started all 75 of the games he's played since he was selected 17th overall in 2010. Listed at 6 feet, 5 inches and 329 pounds, Iupati will turn 28 in May and is considered the top guard available. Click here to read about an alternative at the position who is set to hit the market.
6. DE Greg HardyHardy, who missed all but one game in 2014 because of suspension, will be eligible to sign with teams, but his status for 2015 is reportedly still in question.
7. CB Byron MaxwellIt's been quite a climb for Maxwell, a sixth-round selection in 2011, but he's shown what can happen when a player doesn't lose focus while waiting for opportunity. The 27-year-old has started 17 of 47 games and recorded six interceptions and 30 pass breakups. Maxwell's case is further bolstered as a member of the Legion of Boom who played an important role in the Seahawks demolition of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Maxwell, according to weekend reports, will sign with Philadelphia.
8. WR Torrey Smith 9. LB Jason Worilds 10. OLB/DE Pernell McPheeMcPhee moved up two slots because of the signings of McCourty and Cobb, and is included in this previous grouping of 11-20. McPhee, it was reported Monday, will sign with Chicago.