The Minnesota Vikings had a nice 2019 season, making the playoffs and even winning a game during Wild Card weekend. It was nice, but it wasn’t good enough, and this offseason is going to be crucial if they want to make it farther than last season. So how can they improve? Let’s break down three moves the Vikings must make this offseason.
Improve The Offensive Line
Who the Vikings need to sign is tough to say, but there are plenty of options for the Vikings to go after to help improve the offensive line. Garrett Bradbury and Brian O’Neill are both locks to start next season, but outside of that, everything is up in the air.
They went the draft route last year with Bradbury, but they need guys who can be impact players immediately. There are plenty of options available on the free agent market and the team needs to bring at least two new guys in.
If the offensive line doesn’t improve, it’s going to be the downfall of the offense next season, and it will probably keep them out of the playoffs.
Re-Sign Anthony Harris
Anthony Harris will be one of the hottest commodities on the free agent market if he hits it, but the Vikings need to sign him to an extension before that happens.
Harris was ranked 12th overall by Pro Football Focus on their list of the 101 best players of the 2019 season. That was good enough to be the highest-ranked Viking.
Harrison Smith is still a solid player for the Vikings, but he does have a big contract and the Vikings need cap space. Signing Harris and trading away Smith to get some draft capital or another player or two would make a whole lot of sense. Even if the team doesn’t get rid of Smith, they need to bring back Harris for next season.
Draft Kirk Cousins’s Replacement
There is talk about the team signing Kirk Cousin to an extension this offseason, but if the team does that, they are making a big mistake.
The Vikings need to use their first or second-round pick on a player who can replace Cousins. The former Michigan State quarterback has one year left on his contract, and the rookie quarterback could sit behind him for one year.
Cousins isn’t the player that will take the Vikings to the promised land, so there is no point in continuing to pay him money.