Notebook: Spielman talks free agency
The Vikings didn't make many splash signings in free agency last year, but it wasn't from a complete lack of trying. General manager Rick Spielman didn't get everyone he took a shining to – notably receiver Pierre Garcon opted for the Washington Redskins after the Vikings reportedly made a run at him – but they added what they believed could be four starters with outside free agents Jerome Felton at fullback, Jerome Simpson at wide receiver, John Carlson at tight end and Geoff Schwartz at guard. For various reasons, injuries being factoring in with three of them, only Felton locked down a full-time job. But free agency was never the primary focus for Spielman's roster-building efforts. His extensive studies of the most successful teams in the NFL have led him to believe that wise drafting and retaining a team's own free agents are the keys to championship-building. "When I...
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