Fans of the Minnesota Vikings have questions about how many of their free agents will be coming back. Guys like Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn, Terence Newman, Chad Greenway and Cordarrelle Patterson have all played significant roles and some, most or all of them will have to be replaced.
For those who don’t come back from the list of Minnesota unrestricted free agents, they will join the cast of players who carry the moniker “former Viking” on their NFL resumes.
Shockingly, they are far from alone. If the Vikings so wish, they could stock a decent portion of their roster with former Vikings. Most won’t get the call to come back, but you never know.
Need a backup quarterback? You have your choice of Matt Cassel (Tennessee) or Christian Ponder (San Francisco).
If Adrian Peterson doesn’t come back, the Vikings may be in the market to sign a running back in free agency, which includes three players the team has already kicked the tires on – Jordan Todman (Indianapolis), Ronnie Hillman (Los Angeles Chargers) or DuJuan Harris (San Francisco)
If A.P. does come back, they may consider reuniting him with the fullback he really liked – Jerome Felton (Buffalo).
Need a wide receiver? A couple former Vikings are technically out there – Percy Harvin (Buffalo) and Bryan Walters (Jacksonville). The first one isn’t really an option they would consider.
The Vikings will be in the market for offensive linemen and three of their former players are back on the open market – tackle Mike Remmers, center John Sullivan (Washington) and guard Vladimir Ducasse (Baltimore)
If they’re in the market for a defensive tackle, Leger Douzable (Buffalo) is out there to be had.
A trio of linebackers that the Vikings liked at one time or another – Gerald Hodges (San Francisco), Michael Mauti (New Orleans) and Jason Trusnik (New Orleans) are available if wanted.
Not to speak for the Vikings organization, but it is highly unlikely that they would have an interest in any of their three former starters who are able to come back if they want them – cornerback Josh Robinson (Tampa Bay) and safeties Robert Blanton (Buffalo) and Jamarca Sanford (New Orleans).
Even a new kicker is a possibility since Steven Hauschka (Seattle) got his start in Minnesota and could see his career come full circle years later much in the same way Hill’s did.
Free agency is coming in a month-and-a-half and several of the names on the current list of Vikings free agents will move into the realm of former Vikings. But, there are a lot of them out there that found their ways onto other teams, so there is hope for them that there is life after Minnesota.