Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Three Potential Value Signings


With the 2022 NFL Draft concluded, training camp is inching closer. The Vikings finished the draft with varied grades based on their trade-happy approach. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah traded with two-division rivals to haul in two potential defensive cornerstones for the near feature. Yes, the 12th overall pick is more valuable than the haul received, but the trade may have worked out. I had Andrew Booth as my 3rd cornerback in the draft and picking him at pick No. 42 is exceptional value.

Despite the potential from players such as Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth, the Vikings still lack depth at many positions. Luckily, there are a handful of NFL starting-caliber players still available on the market, most holding particular value. 

Will Fuller V

Will Fuller V played only two games last season and has never surpassed 14 games a season (rookie year) providing to has high risk. So why even explore this avenue? Well, when healthy, Will Fuller V can open up an offense due to his deep threat ability. With the starting roles also locked up by Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn, the Vikings could implement a snap count for Will Fuller V in an attempt to keep him fresh and healthy. This would be the first time that Will Fuller V would be a role player, and a cheap 1-year prove-it deal could have potential for both parties.

JC Tretter

This is not much of a flashy choice. JC Tretter’s name has been discussed by many writers and analysts as a potential fit with the Minnesota Vikings. Although it makes too much sense. Kirk Cousins was pressured in more than 25% of his dropbacks, largely in part because of Garrett Bradbury. JC Tretter has been one of the top pass protecting centers in the league and would help give time to our ultra-expensive quarterback and add leadership to a young offensive line group.

Blake Jarwin

This is one of my favorite free agents. Blake Jarwin is a 27-year-old tight end who was projected to have a breakout year in 2020, to then tear his ACL and get overshadowed by the breakout of Dalton Schultz. With the loss of Tyler Conklin, I believe that Blake Jarwin would be a great replacement. Even if Kevin O'Connell fully replicates the Los Angeles Rams 11 personnel offense, Irv Smith Jr is coming off an ACL and Johnny Mundt has 93 career yards. Jarwin is coming off an offseason hip injury which gives a big red flag, but the Vikings could potentially get him for the minimum with the potential of upside with full health.

Obviously, we have to take into consideration the limited cap space available. Spotrac has the Vikings at $12,204,750 remaining in cap space with the rookie class remaining unsigned. Although Rob Brzezinski always seems to find a way. Will Fuller V, JC Tretter, and Blake Jarwin could provide exceptional value to enhance the potential and depth of this Minnesota Vikings team.

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