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Free Agent Fits, 61-70: Corners & Passers

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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.

1-10: Tuesday
11-20: Monday
21-30: Sunday
31-40: Saturday
41-50: Saturday
51-60: Friday
61-70: Thursday
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81-90: Click here
91-101: Click here

The free agents listed 61-70 by NFL.com include two cornerbacks, a safety and two linebackers. The tabulation of the latter considers Dwight Freeney as a defensive end in a 4-3 because of the volume of plays he made from that spot instead of as a linebacker in a 3-4. Gurus would likely refer to him these days as a "situational edge rusher."

This grouping also includes quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Brian Hoyer, who entered the NFL under vastly different circumstances just days apart. Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in 2009, and Hoyer was an undrafted free agent days later. After six seasons each, both are expected to hit the market when the NFL's 2015 League Year begins next week.

With the Vikings announcing on Wednesday an agreement to trade veteran Matt Cassel to the Bills, might Sanchez or Hoyer enter consideration?

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.

61. CB Walter ThurmondThurmond has started nine of the 36 games he's played since being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by Seattle. His finest season was 2013 in which he defended the slot and helped the Seahawks claim the title, but followed by his signing a one-year deal with the Giants five days after hitting the market. He only appeared in two games in 2014 and will turn 28 during training camp.

62. CB Buster SkrineSkrine has started 37 of 64 games in four seasons with the Browns, recording four interceptions. As Joe Haden's stock has continued to rise in Cleveland, opponents have increased the times they challenge Skrine. The 5-foot-9, 182-pounder is under the size of corners that many teams covet. He turns 26 on April 26.

63. QB Mark SanchezSanchez is 37-33 as a starter with a career completion percentage of 56.3 percent and passer rating of 74.1. He went 4-4 in Philadelphia in 2014, completing a career high 64.1 percent of passes, one year after missing all of 2013 with the Jets. He will turn 29 in November.

64. S Kendrick LewisLewis has started 66 of 69 games, including all 16 in 2014 after signing a one-year deal with Houston. He had two interceptions last season after recording seven in four seasons in Kansas City. The 2010 fifth-round pick will turn 27 in June.

65. QB Brian HoyerHoyer signed with New England as an undrafted free agent two months after the Patriots traded Cassel to Kansas City. His starts have been limited to 17 (all but one coming in the past two years in Cleveland). Hoyer is 10-7 as a starter and has a career completion percentage of 56.5 and passer rating of 76.8. He will turn 30 in October.

66. LB Mason FosterFoster is a middle linebacker who is capable of making plays on the ball, which is important as offenses continue to attack the middle of the field. The 2011 third-round pick has five interceptions and 13 pass deflections, as well as 6.0 sacks in four seasons with the Buccaneers. The 26-year-old has started 54 of 57 games but missed six because of injury in 2014.

67. LB/DE Dwight Freeney
68. RB Reggie Bush 69. LB Bruce CarterCarter, a second-round pick of Dallas in 2011, performed well in the final year of his rookie contract, recording all five of his career interceptions and 11 of his 17 passes defensed in starting eight of the 13 games he played in 2014. Carter's versatility could be a commodity for teams that are evaluating linebackers.

70. DE Cory Redding

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