The Vikings begin the process of the 2005 offseason following the end of their playoff run, and one of the first steps will be addressing their own free-agent needs. Here is a quick look at what they'll be facing:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
* Morten Andersen -- Became a field goal liability, he won't be back.
* Chris Claiborne -- Wants to come back, but as a middle linebacker, which likely won't happen. But, the Vikings liked his run in the playoffs and will try to re-sign.
* Billy Conaty -- Teams loves him, but with Matt Birk and Cory Withrow signed, his spot is taken.
* David Dixon -- He wants back for one more year and the Vikings should sign him.
* Gus Frerotte -- Will test the free-agent waters and likely will return.
* Chris Hovan -- See ya.
* Keith Newman -- A valuable backup who earned his roster spot.
* Jermaine Wiggins -- Led the team in receptions, but Vikings won't get in a bidding war.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
* Kelly Campbell -- Daunte's buddy likely keeps a roster spot.
* Jose Cortez -- Changes coming at kicker.
* Adam Haayer -- The Vikings like the depth they've developed on the O-line.
* Shaun Hill -- Still viewed as ideal No. 3 quarterback.
* Willie Offord -- Has one more year to earn his place on the roster.
* Brian Russell -- Gets burned too often. Vikings want to keep him, but likely not as a starter.
* Brian Williams -- Got burned too often, but still a player the team plans to build around with Antoine Winfield in the secondary.
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