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Minnesota Vikings Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-27


Minnesota Vikings Strategy and Personnel 2009-04-27
It's clear from their offseason moves, or lack thereof, that after making the playoffs this past season, Vikings executives were happy with the majority of the team's roster and felt they could fill some needs in the draft.


Quarterback was one area of concern for coach Brad Childress and Co. and the hope is that the addition of Sage Rosenfels can create some competition for Tarvaris Jackson.

FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

--DT Kenderick Allen spent the season on injured reserve after injuring his right wrist during the Vikings' preseason opener. It would not be surprising if he does not return.

--S Michael Boulware spent the year on injured reserve after suffering a broken wrist during the preseason. Could return in a special-teams role in 2009.

--LB Napoleon Harris signed early in the regular season after middle linebacker E.J. Henderson was lost because of a foot injury. Harris, who had been let go by Kansas City before joining the Vikings, likely will be allowed to leave.

--LB Dontarrious Thomas signed during the season to add depth after Henderson was injured. The Vikings probably won't try to bring him back.

--DT Ellis Wyms proved to be a valuable backup to 3-technique Kevin Williams. He has expressed a desire to return.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

--DT Fred Evans: RFA; $1.545M/1 yr.

--FB Heath Farwell: UFA; $7.75M/2 yrs, $3.25M SB.

--CB Charles Gordon: Potential RFA; $535,000/1 yr plus incentives.

--DE Otis Grigsby: Not tendered as RFA; $535,000/1 yr.

--DT Jimmy Kennedy: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--TE Jim Kleinsasser: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, guarantee unknown.

--DE Jayme Mitchell: Potential RFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

--CB Benny Sapp: UFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--FB Naufahu Tahi: RFA; $1.4M/1 yr, $500,000 guaranteed (matched Bengals offer).

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

--WR Glenn Holt: Not tendered as RFA by Bengals; 1 yr, terms unknown.

--CB Karl Paymah: UFA Broncos; $1.55M/1 yr.

--QB Sage Rosenfels (trade Texans).

PLAYERS LOST

--C Matt Birk: UFA Ravens; $12M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.

--LB Vinny Ciurciu (released).

--QB Gus Frerotte (released).

--RB Maurice Hicks (released).

--OT Marcus Johnson: UFA Raiders; terms unknown.

--S Darren Sharper: UFA Saints; $1.7M/1 yr, $200,000 SB.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 27, 2009

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