TheLeviathan Old-Timey Member Posted January 16, 2022 Share Posted January 16, 2022 Let's have some fun! How do we get our Vikings on the right track? I'm using Spotrac to do some roster management and I'm going full aggressive rebuild here: Hire Bills OC Brian Daboll as head coach. We saw him run circles around Belichek on Saturday night. He has turned Josh Allen into a running and throwing nightmare for defenses. Let him hire some smart, savvy coaches and let's get to work: Resigning Free Agents: I'm cutting everyone but two. That means Barr, Peterson, Conklin, Cole, Richardson, Hill, Vigil, Griffin, etc. They are all gone. I am resigning these guys: K Greg Joseph - 3 years 4.5M I like what I saw, I'll invest in keeping the kid around. P Jordan Berry - 1 year 1.2M Solid enough guy to keep That means we enter the offseason over the cap with dead money from Barr and all sorts of other moves. Here comes some more dead money but we do it for the children. By which I mean....future Vikings teams. Trades If you watched the finale of the NFL season you know this team can't stop the run: DT Michael Pierce to the Chargers for Pick 79 - This moves saves about 6M in cap room with 4M in dead cap and 2M the following year. Guy can't stay healthy and I prefer to just let Tomlinson go back to NT. Three team deal: QB Kirk Cousins to Cleveland, Baker Mayfield to the Denver Broncos, Picks 40 and 78 to the Vikings- The Browns are all-in and Baker isn't getting it done. Stefanski gets his man, the Vikings hit reset, and the Broncos get an upside play at QB for a 2nd rounder. This will save the Vikings 35M on this season but it allows the team to hit reset. SS Harrison Smith to the Bengals for Pick 57. This one is going to hurt, but at this point I'm gutting "Zimmer's Guys" from the roster. We eat dead cap hits of 7M, 5M, 3M, and 1.5M to do this but it saves 6M, 12M, 14M, 19M over the next four years. Worth it. Finally....and people will hate it but screw it.....RB Dalvin Cook to Miami for CB Nelson Igbinoghene and Pick 22. This will dead cap the Vikings 9M, 6M, and 3M so there are almost no savings this year but 12M and 13M are saved the following two years. We're out of cap hell and we're no longer relying on a back that simply can't stay on the field. (Tried to be realistic, maybe I was too generous with trade returns. Always hard to say) Free Agents (Projected available space 35M) 1. We need a veteran QB that can hold the fort while we develop the next guy. Daboll brings in a guy he knows (and we do too, you won't like it): 2 year deal for QB Mitch Trubisky for 6M. 2. DT Tim Settle from the WFT - young DT with 5 sacks this year. He can push the pocket and shown flashes, I want to invest in guys on the young side of free agency. 3 years 21M 3. S Terrell Edmunds - a talented safety from one of the league's best defenses. A ton of experience but still really young, 3 years 24M 4. CB Donte Jackson - another young player with upside and a glut at his position on Carolina. 3 years 24M. We may need to sign some cheap options for filler but there is room for that. Draft: Current picks are 12, 22 40, 46, 57, 77, 78, 79. 154, 184, 192, 207, 228 (using https://www.nflmockdraftdatabase.com/mock-draft-simulator ) Pick 12: DT DeMarvin Leal - a pass rushing dynamo. Who else is sick of seeing zero pocket push from our DTs? *Raises hand* Well. We just ended that. With Settle and Tomlinson we can ease the kid in. It wasn't the plan he'd be available, but since he is....we'll take the next Chris Jones. Pick 22: CB Kair Elam - a big, physical corner. 6'2 and feisty. Pick 40: QB Desmond Ridder - gutty, athletic, competitive player. Yeah, he didn't look great against 'Bama, but that was a low end D1 team against an NFL team. He played with guts and I'll take that with the talent he shows. Let Daboll work his magic. Pick 46: CB Daxton Hill - another tough, physical corner Pick 57: RB Isaiah Spiller - his shiftiness and vision as a runner are ridiculous. This kid is going to fit great. 77, 78, 79 - Vikings trade up to land EDGE Ebiketie and LB Brandon Smith from Penn State. First they deal 78 and 79 for pick 59 and 92. Then deal 79 and 92 to move back up to pick 61 to land the two players. The rest of the picks are roster filler. Roster: QB - Trubisky, Ridder, Mond RB - Mattison, Spiller, Nwangwu FB - Ham WR - Jefferson, Thielen, Osborn, Johnson, Smith-Marsete, Chisena TE - Irv, Ellefson, Davidson OL - Darrisaw-Cleveland-Bradbury-Davis-O'Neill basically unchanged (but poised for future cap room to change that) DL - Settle, Tomlinson, Watts, Leal, Robinson, Wonnom, Hunter, Lynch, Jones, Ebiketie LB - Dye, Surrat, Bradon Smith, Kendricks, Connelly, Lynch CB - Elam, Hill, Igbinoghene, Dantzler, Jackson, Boyd S - Edmunds, Bynum, Metellus, Hand Is this team going to make anyone super thrilled? Maybe not. I didn't take any OL so that's going to bug some people. (hated the options in the draft frankly) But we're younger, tougher, and more physical in the secondary. We got a LOT more athletic and havoc-wreaking caliber talents in our front seven (Leal, Smith, Ebiketie). We have a young, cheap RB. A future franchise QB (I hope) And....wait for it.....a team that might have upwards of 60-70M in cap space to build around an ascending QB. nicksaviking, Vanimal46 and cHawk 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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