Free agency: Vikings lose some, still in some

Shaun Hill remains the only outside free agent the Vikings have signed, but there is interest elsewhere, too.

The Minnesota Vikings have stayed true to their word of taking a wait-and-see approach to free agency. On Tuesday, the first official day of the 2015 season, the Vikings signed both Shaun Hill and Joe Berger less than an hour after free agency started. However, since those two signings the Vikings have not made many moves in free agency.

They have lost a few players, too. On Wednesday the Vikings lost multiple players that they had expressed interest in to other NFL teams. When a team has interest in a free agent, it can mean anything from they called the player’s agent one time to they were actively pursuing the player, and everything in between.

One of the players that the Vikings missed out on was offensive guard Clint Boling. Scout.com had Boling rated as the third-best free agent guard in the NFL, and guard was one of the positions the Vikings need to improve. With the ties head coach Mike Zimmer had to Cincinnati, it seemed as though there was a good chance the Vikings could be in pursuit of Boling.

Charlie Johnson has already been released from the Vikings, and they haven’t made a big push to re-sign Vladimir Ducasse. There have been no reports of Vikings further pursuing any more guards, so it really leaves to question what they plan to do at left guard next season, although the draft is a likely possibility to at least create competition with Berger and possibly David Yankey.

Another player the Vikings were reportedly interested in but missed out on Wednesday was Brice McCain. Scout had McCain ranked as the No. 28 free agent cornerback this offseason. It was even reported that the Vikings could be planning to have McCain visit their facilities as a way to further evaluate him.

Whether that meeting was being planned or not, it never happened. Instead, McCain signed with the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. The cornerback position opposite Xavier Rhodes is still up in the air and it is likely the Vikings would have had McCain compete for the starting job.

Even though the Vikings missed out on McCain, there has been reported interest with two other cornerbacks. Former Green Bay Packer Tramon Williams and New Orleans Saint Patrick Robinson were players the Vikings showed interest in. Williams reportedly visited the Saints already. Both of these players are ones who would have a chance to compete for a starting job with the Vikings if the team is able to work out a deal.

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