Options in Free Agency Still Exist

The Vikings will have some key decisions to make in the next week or so when it comes to evaluating talent currently on their roster and deciding if they need an upgrade via free agency. Options still exist at quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker – all potential areas of need. We list the best players available with comments on the top ones at each position.

Rankings and analysis from Scout.com NFL expert Adam Caplan:

Kerry Collins - He'd like to get a chance to start and could wait until right before the regular season begins or shortly thereafter to sign on with a team.
Tommy Maddox - A decent option as a team's No. 2 quarterback. Had visits with Miami, Oakland, and New Orleans earlier this year.
Vinny Testaverde - Cleveland has interest in him should their current plan for the No. 2 job not pan out.
Tony Banks
Shane Matthews
Jeff Blake
Ty Detmer
Craig Krenzel
Travis Brown
Josh Harris
Rod Rutherford

Running Back
Jonathan Wells - An excellent special teams player and good short-yardage back. He also did a good job last year when filling in for RB Domanick Davis.
Lamar Gordon - A once-promising back has bounced around the last few seasons and hasn't received a lot of attention in free agency.
Stephen Davis - Philadelphia has shown interest in him and he clearly wants to still play. Probably only a short-yardage, situational back at this point in his career.
Mike Cloud
J.R. Redmond
James Jackson
Kerry Carter

Jarrod Baxter - Decent blocker and can start if needed.
Harold Morrow
Omar Easy

Wide Receiver
Kevin Johnson - Clearly the best free agent receiver out there and could fill a team's No. 3 role.
Az-Zahir Hakim - Strictly a slot receiver and can return punts.
Arizona and Detroit had shown interest in him recently.
Johnnie Morton - Could still fill a role as a team's No. 3 receiver.
Ricky Proehl - He still wants to play a few more years and brings an excellent veteran presence with him. He could fill a No. 3 or No. 4 role.
Patrick Johnson
Rashaun Woods
Dez White
P.J. Fleck

Tight End
Lamont Hall - Known for his blocking only.
Roland Williams
Cam Cleeland
Shad Meier
Chad Lewis
Brian Kozlowski
Zeron Flemister
Sean Berton

Ron Stone - It's kind of surprising that he's still available.
He's clearly not the player he once was but, at worst, he could provide solid veteran depth for team.
Kendyl Jacox - A solid veteran backup who could start in a pinch if needed.
Victor Riley (OT)
Tom Nutten
Larry Moore (C)
Cameron Spikes

Offensive Tackle
Orlando Brown - His starting days are clearly over, but he could provide backup depth if needed.
Matt Stinchcomb
Ethan Brooks
Jacob Rogers
Scott Gragg

Jeff Mitchell - He probably could still be a starter but it appears he wants to retire.
Cory Raymer - A solid backup.

Todd Peterson - Atlanta seems content on passing on him.
He'll get a call from a team that isn't happy with their kicking game.
Paul Edinger - Poor on kickoffs but decent on field goals.
Jose Cortez - Kickoff specialist only.
Billy Cundiff

Kyle Richardson - Still a decent option for a team that needs a punter.
Tom Tupa - Another ageless punter who can still get it done for a team.
Sean Landeta
Bryan Barker
Toby Gowin

Defensive Tackle
Grady Jackson - The Jets had him in for a visit last week and it's the second time in the last few years that they've shown interest in him. Consistency is an issue with him, but when he's motivated, he's a supreme run stopper.
Brenston Buckner - Certainly could fill a role as a team's third or fourth tackle.
Steve Martin
Matthias Askew
Travis Hall (DE in 3-4)
Willie Blade

Defensive End
Duane Clemons - Could fill a role as a team's third end.
Gary Walker (DT in 4-3) - Injuries have worn him down but he could have enough left to be in a backup role.
Adrian Dingle
Carl Powell (DT)
Mark Word

Inside/Middle Linebacker
Earl Holmes - It's kind of surprising that he's not on a team. He could start easily for many teams if needed as he can play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme.
Rocky Calmus - He's had a lot of injuries but he's still very young and is healthy.
Chris Claiborne (WLB) - He's coming off of knee surgery but when healthy, he's capable of starting.
Orlando Ruff
Trev Faulk (OLB)
Ronald McKinnon
Frank Chamberlin
Kenyatta Wright
Zeke Moreno

Outside Linebacker
Jamie Sharper (ILB/WLB/SLB) - He can play just about any linebacker position and might have a few years left.
Peter Boulware (SLB) - Probably a situational pass rusher at this point of his career.
DeLawrence Grant (SLB)
Marcus Reese (SLB)
Eddie Moore (SLB)
Chris Clemons (SLB)

Will Peterson - Back problems are leaving his career up in the air.
Dexter McCleon - Could fill a nickel role for a team.
Joseph Jefferson (S)
Kevin Thomas
Denard Walker
Dale Carter
Willie Williams
Dewayne Washington
Terry Fair
Will Poole
Ray Walls

Lance Schulters - Could certainly still start for a team.
Seattle showed interest in him earlier this year.
Brent Alexander - It's uncertain whether he still wants to play.
Kim Herring - Could fill a backup role for a team.
Jerome Woods - He would like to start for a team but probably best used as a backup at this point in his career.
Reggie Tongue
Keion Carpenter
Ronnie Heard
Earl Little
Jerry Wilson
Ifeanyi Ohalete
Bracy Walker
John Howell

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