The Vikings moves over the last two days points to two things–getting younger and giving them flexibility. The Vikings entered free agency with $10 million in cap space. With the release last week of veterans Steve Hutchinson, Cedric Griffin and Anthony Herrera, Minnesota shed nearly $14 million more of salary, more than doubling their cap room to pursue help on defense and at WR. This could mean pursuing another cornerback to line up across recently acquitted Chris Cook or safety help from the likes of a Oshiomogho Atogwe. If Minnesota does decide on acquiring cornerback help, it could mean finding a creative solution at safety like moving Antoine Winfield there.
The extra cap space could also mean pursuing one of the many available free agent WRs to give Christian Ponder another target other than Percy Harvin, beacuse Greg Camirillo wasn’t cutting it. The developments in free agency will shape the Vikings upcoming draft as well, so Vikings fans are watching closely and hoping for a few major signings. The signing of fullbacks Lex Hilliard and Jerome Felton certainly aren’t the fireworks everyone is hoping to see, especially since it’s likely Felton will be used at special teams. At least one major signing is needed in the next few weeks or all of us Vikings fans will have a cause for concern.