|Offense||28th||75.3 (32nd)||239.8 (18th)|
|Defense||3rd||106.9 (20th)||207.9 (3rd)|
|44||Asiata, Matt (FA)||RB||6-0||219||7/24/1987||6||Utah|
|64||Beavers, Willie||G||6-5||322||10/2/1993||2||Western Michigan|
|61||Berger, Joe||C||6-5||305||5/25/1982||13||Michigan Tech|
|81||Boehringer, Moritz||WR||6-4||225||10/16/1993||1||No College|
|76||Boone, Alex||G||6-8||310||5/4/1987||8||Ohio State|
|Carter, Kyle||TE||6-3||245||12/17/1992||1||Penn State|
|32||Exum, Antone||CB||6-0||219||2/27/1991||4||Virginia Tech|
|Fragel, Reid||T||6-8||308||2/22/1991||2||Ohio State|
|63||Fusco, Brandon (FA)||G||6-4||306||7/26/1988||7||Slippery Rock|
|52||Greenway, Chad (FA)||OLB||6-3||237||1/12/1983||12||Iowa|
|Ham, C.J.||RB||5-11||235||7/22/1993||1||Augustana (S.D.)|
|79||Harris, Michael (FA)||G||6-5||338||12/5/1988||5||UCLA|
|Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||3||Old Dominion|
|69||Hill, Rashod||T||6-6||309||1/12/1992||2||Southern Mississippi|
|13||Hill, Shaun (FA)||QB||6-3||230||1/9/1980||16||Maryland|
|99||Hunter, Danielle||DE||6-5||252||10/29/1994||3||Louisiana State|
|92||Johnson, Tom||DT||6-3||288||8/30/1984||7||Southern Mississippi|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||8||East Carolina|
|Lamur, Emmanuel||LB||6-4||245||6/8/1989||6||Kansas State|
|48||Line, Zach (FA)||FB||6-1||233||4/26/1990||5||Southern Methodist|
|72||Long, Jake (FA)||T||6-7||322||5/9/1985||10||Michigan|
|Lucas, Marquis||T||6-4||318||3/25/1993||1||West Virginia|
|Mathews, Mitch||WR||6-5||222||4/15/1991||1||Brigham Young|
|21||McKinnon, Jerick||RB||5-9||205||5/3/1992||4||Georgia Southern|
|89||Morgan, David||TE||6-4||265||5/19/1993||2||Texas-San Antonio|
|Murray, Latavius||RB||6-3||230||1/18/1990||5||Central Florida|
|23||Newman, Terence||CB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||15||Kansas State|
|28||Peterson, Adrian (FA)||RB||6-1||220||3/21/1985||11||Oklahoma|
|25||Price, Jabari||CB||5-11||200||8/31/1992||4||North Carolina|
|Quigley, Ryan||P||6-3||188||1/26/1990||5||Boston College|
|Remmers, Mike||T||6-5||310||4/11/1989||5||Oregon State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||CB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||5||Florida State|
|Roberson, Tre||DB||6-0||200||10/22/1992||1||Illinois State|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||7||Notre Dame|
|Sinkfield, Terrell||DB||6-1||200||12/10/1990||R||Northern Iowa|
|22||Smith, Harrison||FS||6-2||214||2/2/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|Symmank, Taylor||P||6-2||193||10/2/1992||R||Texas Tech|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||4||Minnesota State|
|Trattou, Justin (FA)||DE||6-4||258||8/28/1988||6||Florida|
|Truesdell, Nick||TE||6-7||240||3/14/1990||R||Grand Rapids CC MI|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||3||Michigan State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Minnesota's sixth-rounder in 2016, Boehringer is an athletic freak but failed to generate any noise in the preseason. Now with a year of NFL experience under his belt, the German-born receiver will again jockey for one of the Vikings' last roster spots at receiver.
The former 2013 first-round selection spent the past four seasons in Green Bay, racking up 74 tackles and nine sacks during that span. He now heads to the division-rival Vikings where he'll likely take a backup role behind starters Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. However, Robison, who is currently 33, could see his reps begin to dwindle, which may provide an opportunity for Jones to make his mark. The 26-year-old did spend some time at linebacker with the Packers, so the Vikings definitely have options for how to utilize their newest signee. For the most part, Jones has been underwhelming through his first four seasons in the league, but a change of scenery could fix that.
Despite his large tackle totals, Harris struggled in coverage as he gave up several big plays. Still, he'll likely continue to start at safety as long as Smith is sidelined.
Mathews signing adds depth to the Vikings receiving corps, though it is not clear that the 6-5 wideout will clear final roster cuts in August. Mathews spent his college career at BYU, where he recorded 152 receptions for 2,083 yards and 24 touchdowns in 41 games. He spent last offseason with the Chiefs before joining the Browns practice squad for part of the regular season.
Bradford returned to play the second half, so Hill should remain on the bench next week against Jacksonville.
Murray is a strong pass blocker with good size and solid hands, but he's never been particularly explosive or evasive and doesn't break nearly as many tackles as one would expect of a 225-pound running back. While capable of staying on the field in any situation, he's essentially a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. The Vikings would ideally want to pair their offseason addition with a more explosive runner -- perhaps even hoping Jerick McKinnon can be that complement. If not McKinnon, the team could address its backfield in a draft that's strong at the position, though the offensive line is a more pressing concern. Signed to a three-year deal in mid-March, the 27-year-old Murray is expected to miss Minnesota's offseason program after having surgery last week to remove bone spurs. He should be back to full strength for the start of training camp, and he's a clear favorite to take the team's first snap of the season.
Greenway, a first-round pick out of Iowa in 2006, spent his entire career in Minnesota, where he was named the team's Defensive MVP in 2010, 2012, and 2013. Along with earning two Pro Bowl selections as well, Greenway finishes fourth in Vikings history with 1,334 career tackles. In fact, the 34-year-old registered at least 93 stops in his first eight seasons played, which only came after tearing his ACL in his first preseason game as a rookie. Following that lost year, Greenway went on to miss merely four games over his subsequent 10 seasons, showing great consistency over the course of his career.
"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.
The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.
Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.
Treadwell, the 23rd overall pick of last year's draft, finished his rookie campaign with merely one catch on three targets for 15 yards. That production fell far short of the expectations associated with his draft slot, and foot and ankle ailments ultimately limited Treadwell to nine appearances before he was placed on injured reserve. While Zimmer said he thinks Treadwell is healthy again, which bodes well for him when next month's offseason program starts, and backed the second-year pro to have a good year, he also said Treadwell needs to improve his understanding of some of the subtleties of an NFL offense. On the same token, Zimmer said Treadwell has a better grasp than Cordarrelle Patterson did at a similar stage in his career, so now that Patterson has left for the Raiders, Treadwell could use his added reps to improve his standing behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on the Vikings' depth chart.
Bradford's trade to the Vikings prior to Week 1 caused waves across the league, and by winning his first four games at the helm, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start in Minnesota. Although the team's performance significantly fell off over the course of the campaign, Bradford was hardly the reason for that, as he not only set a new NFL record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but also threw for a career-high 3,877 yards. With 20 touchdowns versus just five interceptions as well, Bradford filled the sudden void created by Teddy Bridgewater's devastating knee injury rather well, justifying Zimmer's vote of confidence in him ahead of next season, when Bridgewater's status is still to be determined.
Kendricks was a force to be reckoned with Saturday, leading the game in nearly all defensive statistical categories and seemingly getting to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers with ease. Those were his first logged sacks of the season though, so don't expect this level of production in the pass-rush department on a weekly basis from the former UCLA Bruin. Nonetheless, he'll look to end the campaign on a strong note in the Vikings' season finale next week against the Bears.
Rudolph posted career highs in targets, catches and yards in this one while finding the end zone on a 22-yard connection with Sam Bradford in the second quarter. He showed a strong rapport with Bradford after the latter was acquired just before the season and finished with personal bests in nearly every major offensive category after falling just short of his personal best with seven touchdown receptions. Rudolph has emerged as a reliable fantasy option and should enjoy another strong season in 2017 even though the team could experience some turnover on the offensive side of the ball.
Sankey spent the summer with the Titans and has since made stops in both New England and Kansas City. If something were to happen to Jerick McKinnon or Matt Asiata, expect the former second-rounder to receive a call from Vikings brass.
Griffen ended a streak of five consecutive games without a sack. He now has eight sack and could match last season's 10.5 sacks in his last three games.
Brothers was one of the more highly-regarded linebackers in the class heading into the Combine, but miserable pre-draft athletic testing pushed Brothers this far down the order. A bit undersized at 6-foot, 245 pounds, Brothers ran a 4.89-second 40-yard dash while logging problematic jumps -- 28.5 inches in the vertical and 110 in the broad jump. Still, he was quite productive at Missouri, posting 274 tackles over his last two seasons.
Rhodes' interception return for a touchdown was a huge turnaround as he picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it all the way for a touchdown. Rhodes has been a difference maker in the secondary when healthy this year, but he's missed two games and played through injuries in several more. He looks healthy and in top form for the final six games, however.
Stephen is mostly a run stuffer and gets time in the defense line rotation behind Linval Joseph, so don't expect many tackles or sacks.
Clemmings may attempt to return after halftime, but his 2016 season could in fact be over.
Alexander saw just 68 snaps in 2016 after being selected in the second round of last year's draft. He wound up on injured reserve due to his groin injury, though the injury wasn't disclosed until recently. He wasn't at all limited during the first few days of the Vikings offseason program and is expected to compete for the nickel corner position in 2017.
Exum injured his leg in Sunday's preseason game and was waived in the days after. Now that he's cleared waivers he was eligible for placement on the IR and is done for the season.
Asiata had a productive season with 402 yards rushing, six touchdowns and 32 receptions for 263 yards. He worked as the goal-line back and the No. 2 running back most of the season with Adrian Peterson missing 13 games. His 3.3 yards per carry wasn't impressive, but he was running behind an injury-depleted offensive line and he's always been more of a sure-handed player than explosive back. He'll likely have a similar role in 2017, but much of his fantasy value depends on whether the Vikings bring back Adrian Peterson.
Johnson was placed on IR Monday but it doesn't sound as if Johnson's injury is very severe. He'll be back to full health in 4 to 6 weeks and won't be at all limited with the injury come spring practices.
Robinson missed Sunday's win over the Jaguars with an ailing hamstring, but he's slated to return in Week 15 against the Colts.
Diggs started his sophomore campaign with back-to-back 100-yard outings and later tallied consecutive 13-reception performances, but there were also quite a few duds mixed in, with knee and hip injuries perhaps playing a role. He finished the year with 903 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games, showing flashes of No. 1 receiver potential in an otherwise stale Minnesota offense. Diggs is locked in as the team's top target in the passing game, but it's unclear if he'll be catching balls from Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater (knee) when Week 1 rolls around. There hasn't been any indication that Diggs' late-season hip injury will be a factor this offseason, leaving him with solid fantasy prospects heading into the 2017 campaign.
Born and bred in Minnesota, Thielen developed a nice rapport with Sam Bradford in 2016, tallying three 100-yard outings en route to 69 catches (on 92 targets) for 967 yards and five touchdowns. Now back in the fold, he joins Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph to form a steady base for the Vikings' passing attack. What's missing is a deep threat, but Thielen gave the offense a fair alternative with his team-leading 16 catches of 20-plus yards last season.
Heinicke returned to practice Oct. 19 and had to be activated within a 21-day window. The Vikings decided to bring him back at the last second, but he'll only be No. 3 on the depth chart, clearly stuck behind both Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill.
Fruechte has earned a hometown appearance in Week 17, as the former Minnesota Golden Gopher will get a chance to see targets behind Adam Thielen and Cordarrelle Patterson due to several injuries at wide receiver.
Unlike his visit with the Patriots, Peterson's trip to New Orleans didn't include an on-field workout, according to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe. It doesn't mean the Saints' interest isn't legitimate, but the team might want to bring Peterson back for a second visit before it considers an actual signing. From the 32-year-old running back's perspective, New England would seem to be a better fit, with the Patriots currently surveying alternatives to fellow free agent LeGarrette Blount for the team's power-back role. If he were to join New Orleans, the future Hall of Famer likely would have to compete with Mark Ingram for early-down carries. While the Patriots also have a crowded backfield, the running backs currently on the roster -- James White, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead, D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden -- are all valued for their receiving, blocking and/or special teams contributions more so than their running ability. Blount had 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, taking double-digit carries in each of the team's 16 regular-season games. Aside from New England and New Orleans, other possible fits for Peterson include Green Bay, Detroit and Oakland -- though Marshawn Lynch may soon account for the Raiders' vacancy.
Lamur had played just six snaps on defense in eight games before Sunday, but saw action with Eric Kendricks out with a concussion.
Berger returns to the field after missing the last two contests due to a concussion. He is expected to resume his role as the team's starting center.
Ham had been on the practice squad since the beginning of the year and was signed in the wake of Mackensie Alexander (undisclosed) moving to injured reserve. Likely the fourth option at running back, Ham isn't likely to see much time on offense barring a slew of injuries to Minnesota's backfield.
Long signed with the Vikings a little over a month ago after Andre Smith (triceps) and Matt Kalil (hip) were lost for the season. The Vikings' offensive line continues to be ravaged by injuries, with the team bringing in Rashod Hill to replace Long.
Floyd was reportedly struggling in his rehab but it wasn't clear until recently the issues he was dealing with. The nerve that controls the quadriceps still isn't firing in Floyd's right leg, and doctors are unsure when or if the nerve will heal. It remains a possibility that the former first-round pick will be able to play in 2017, but he's without a return timetable until his knee begins to show signs of progress.
Barr was able to play all 16 games after missing six games combined the past two years, but otherwise had a disappointing year. He graded poorly in most metrics and created few of the big plays he was known for his first two seasons. Head coach Mike Zimmer even said that Barr was "coasting" two weeks ago. Whatever the reason for Barr's subpar year, getting him back on track as a disruptive force should be a focus for the Vikings defense next season.
Sendejo's 2016 season came to a premature end after he suffered a knee injury that placed him on injured reserve. The veteran safety still amassed 69 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 14 games last year, and should have another strong campaign alongside Harrison Smith in the back end of the Vikings' secondary this coming season, given that he is able to stay healthy.
Kearse was essentially benched after missing a tackle and allowing Jordan Howard to have a long run early in the game. Anthony Harris played most of the snaps thereafter. It looks like Harris would start if Andrew Sendejo remains out with an ankle injury.
Fortunately, Minnesota has a deep enough secondary to absorb the loss of Price.
Forbath stabilized Minnesota's kicking situation after the release of Blair Walsh as he made all 15 field goal attempts. He did miss three extra point attempts, however. Forbath is signed through 2017, so he should return as Minnesota's kicker next season.
Kai Forbath is under contract for next season and should retain the starting job after making all 15 field goal attempts this season. However, it's not impossible that Koehn could win the job in a competition next summer.
Keenum's deal with Minnesota is for one year and worth $2 million, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The veteran began last season as the Rams' starting quarterback, but relinquished those duties to then-rookie Jared Goff after an inauspicious nine-game stretch. Overall, Keenum finished with 2,201 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 10 appearances. While that display has likely ruled him out of being considered as a starter going forward, the 29-year-old embodies a decent backup option to Sam Bradford in Minnesota, where Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) status for the upcoming campaign remains uncertain.
"At some point" may occur during the 2017 season, but there's the distinct possibility that Bridgewater misses back-to-back campaigns due to the devastation wrought upon his left knee during practice on Aug. 30. With uncertainty reigning, the Vikings can only take a wait-and-see approach as rehab dominates his day-to-day regimen. The Vikings can take solace in the fact that Sam Bradford filled in admirably for the 2014 first-round pick last season, setting an NFL record for completion percentage (71.6), accruing a career-best 3,877 yards and compiling a 20:5 TD:INT across 15 games. Expect the risk-averse Bradford to helm the offense for most, if not all, of the upcoming campaign, no matter the progress made by Bridgewater.
"It's great," Boone said. "It's different, obviously, [after] playing next to Anthony [Davis] all those years, now you move over play next to Joe [Staley]. Both great tackles. Footwork's a little diferent, handwork is a little different, but at the end of the day it’s come along real well."
Robison agreed to reduce his 2017 base salary from a non-guaranteed $5.3 million to a fully-guaranteed $3.9 million, with the number then dropping to $3.2 million (including $1.25 million guaranteed) for 2018. He'll turn 34 in April and has never recorded double-digit sacks in a season, but his run defense and consistency have long made him an asset to the Vikings. Robison has played 15 or 16 games in each of his 10 NFL seasons, recording 4.5 or more sacks each of the past six years while starting every contest he's played.
Fusco, a sixth-round pick in 2011, has started 63 of his 66 career games played, predominately featuring at right guard. However, after the Vikings surrendered 104 quarterback hits, the seventh-most in the league this past season, change was inevitable along their offensive line, thus explaining Fusco's release.
Harris missed all of this past season due to a non-football illness, but he totaled 21 starts in 28 regular season appearances after joining the Vikings in 2014. Upon his release, Harris will now be free to sign with any other team once free agency begins.
Wright languished on the bench nearly all season but got some unexpected work in the season finale. He finished the season with just 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. He missed the first four games in part due to a hamstring injury, but he was buried on the depth chart as he even fell behind little-used rookie Laquon Treadwell. Wright is signed trough 2019 and the Vikings would lose over $2 million in dead money if they cut him, so he may return next season. However, his role in the offense is very uncertain.
After managing just 3.4 yards per carry in Adrian Peterson's absence last season, McKinnon had to know the team would bring in serious competition even if it chose not to keep Peterson around. Murray isn't the most talented runner, but he does offer versatility and has a better track record than McKinnon. The Vikings could still further upgrade their backfield through the upcoming draft, potentially giving McKinnon competition from multiple sources as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. Murray is the clear favorite to handle the lead back job.
Newman was a free agent but will return to the Vikings. Although 37 last season, graded well in coverage. However, he could have a reduced role at age 38 as 2015 first-round draft pick Trae Waynes will compete for the starting job. Or Newman could shift to covering the slot with Captain Munnerlyn leaving to sign with the Panthers.
Smith missed two games due to his high ankle sprain but managed to play on the injury in the final two weeks of the season and the Pro Bowl. He initially said he wouldn't need surgery, but later determined that the cleanup was the best option. He's expected to be back to full health by the time training camp roles around.
Line started four of his 15 games played in 2016, rushing for 15 yards on seven carries. Now slated to be an unrestricted free agent, Line's hip procedure doesn't sound like something that should impact his availability ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Waynes missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 14 but he's since cleared the concussion protocol. He'll be one of the team's top backups behind starting cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman.
Joseph was sidelined the majority of practice this week but will take the field Sunday despite his shoulder aliment. The Vikings may limit the defensive tackle's reps, in which case Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen are likely to see increased playing time.
Sinkfield spent the 2016 offseason with the Vikings, but will join the team as a cornerback this time around. The Northern Iowa product has been impressive in the Canadian Football league over the last three years, recording 102 catches for 1537 yards and 10 touchdowns over that time frame. Sinkfield may require some time to adjust to playing cornerback, so keep an eye on his progress in order to determine where he will end up on the Vikings' defensive depth chart come roster cuts.