|Offense||10th||122.3 (9th)||234.6 (10th)|
|Defense||1st||83.6 (3rd)||192.4 (2nd)|
|64||Andrews, Josh||C||6-2||311||6/21/1991||3||Oregon State|
|84||Beebe, Chad||WR||5-9||165||6/1/1994||R||Northern Illinois|
|43||Cliett, Reshard||OLB||6-2||222||4/29/1992||2||South Florida|
|13||Coley, Stacy||WR||6-1||195||5/13/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|79||Compton, Tom||G||6-5||313||5/10/1989||6||South Dakota|
|83||Conklin, Tyler||TE||6-4||240||//||R||Central Michigan|
|33||Cook, Dalvin||RB||5-11||213||8/10/1995||2||Florida State|
|8||Cousins, Kirk||QB||6-3||202||8/19/1988||7||Michigan State|
|67||Edison, Cornelius||C||6-3||309||7/10/1993||2||Portland State|
|65||Elflein, Pat||C||6-3||303||7/6/1994||2||Ohio State|
|73||Floyd, Sharrif (FA)||DT||6-3||311||5/28/1991||5||Florida|
|18||Floyd, Michael (FA)||WR||6-3||220||11/27/1989||7||Notre Dame|
|59||Gonzalez, Chris||G||6-3||310||//||R||San Jose State|
|73||Gossett, Colby||G||6-6||311||6/23/1995||R||Appalachian State|
|97||Griffen, Everson||DE||6-3||273||12/22/1987||9||Southern California|
|30||Ham, C.J.||FB||5-11||235||7/22/1993||2||Augustana (S.D.)|
|69||Hill, Rashod||T||6-6||309||1/12/1992||3||Southern Miss|
|92||Holmes, Jalyn||DT||6-5||270||1/25/1996||R||Ohio State|
|63||Isidora, Danny||G||6-3||306||6/5/1994||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|36||James, Craig||DB||5-10||187||4/29/1996||R||Southern Illinois|
|78||Joseph, Dieugot||T||6-6||302||3/21/1994||1||Florida International|
|98||Joseph, Linval||DT||6-4||329||10/10/1988||9||East Carolina|
|68||Lang, Cedrick||T||6-7||269||5/12/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|51||Mata'afa, Hercules||DE||6-2||252||//||R||Washington State|
|89||Morgan, David||TE||6-4||265||5/19/1993||3||Texas-San Antonio|
|23||Newman, Terence||DB||5-10||197||9/4/1978||16||Kansas State|
|44||Overbaugh, Jeff (FA)||LS||6-0||236||11/24/1993||1||San Diego State|
|87||Price, Josiah||TE||6-4||249||7/19/1993||1||Michigan State|
|6||Pujals, Peter||QB||6-2||185||//||R||Holy Cross|
|4||Quigley, Ryan||P||6-3||188||1/26/1990||6||Boston College|
|74||Remmers, Mike||T||6-5||310||4/11/1989||6||Oregon State|
|29||Rhodes, Xavier||DB||6-1||218||6/19/1990||6||Florida State|
|38||Richardson, Horace||CB||6-0||212||9/28/1993||1||Southern Methodist|
|18||Robertson, Korey||WR||6-2||210||6/22/1995||R||Southern Miss|
|82||Rudolph, Kyle||TE||6-6||265||11/9/1989||8||Notre Dame|
|1||Sloter, Kyle||QB||6-4||218||2/7/1994||2||Northern Colorado|
|22||Smith, Harrison||DB||6-2||214||2/2/1989||7||Notre Dame|
|45||Taylor, Brett||LB||6-2||225||8/8/1994||R||Western Illinois|
|19||Thielen, Adam||WR||6-2||200||8/22/1990||5||Minnesota State|
|32||Thomas, Roc||RB||5-11||193||//||R||Jacksonville State|
|39||Tocho, Jack||CB||6-0||202||2/8/1996||1||NC State|
|11||Treadwell, Laquon||WR||6-2||215||6/14/1995||3||Ole Miss|
|26||Waynes, Trae||CB||6-0||190||7/25/1992||4||Michigan State|
|9||Wieneke, Jake||WR||6-4||221||//||R||South Dakota State|
|56||Williams, Antwione||LB||6-3||240||5/26/1993||2||Georgia Southern|
|15||Zylstra, Brandon||WR||6-2||215||3/25/1993||R||Concordia (Minn.)|
Richardson's stint with the Seahawks appears as if it'll end after one season, which included 44 tackles and a career-low one sack. The deadline to hand out a franchise or transition tag came and went without the team tabbing any of their players, but negotiations apparently have continued between the two parties. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Richardson is seeking a deal with an average annual value of $11-15 million per year. Richardson's first meeting, post-Seattle will be with the Vikings, who employ a 4-3 defense and have an opening at defensive tackle next to Linval Joseph.
Harris was a key depth player for the Vikings in 2017, drawing three starts in place of injured and subsequently suspended Andrew Sendejo. The fourth-year safety also played 57-of-133 defensive snaps in Minnesota's two playoff games last season. He will likely fill a similar role in 2018.
Hill missed Monday's win over the Bears and was limited in practice on Wednesday, but his full participation bodes well for his game status against the Packers this Sunday.
Most of the contract restructures at this time of year merely convert base salaries into signing bonuses, pushing the cap hit into future seasons to free up room for the current year. Murray may actually have taken some form of pay cut, as his $5.1 million non-guaranteed base salary for 2018 feels a bit pricey for a guy who averaged 3.9 yards on 216 carries and 6.9 yards on 15 receptions last season. The Vikings do have a need for his services, given that Jerick McKinnon is signing with San Francisco while Dalvin Cook recovers from a torn ACL. Murray's likely role entering the season will depend on Cook's progression in the rehab process.
Sloter had been acting as the Vikings' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Case Keenum the past three games while Sam Bradford (knee) was unavailable. Though Bradford was placed on injured reserve and isn't likely to return this season, the team activated fellow signal caller Teddy Bridgewater (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list in a corresponding move, pushing Sloter down a rung on the depth chart. He could be inactive for each of the Vikings' final eight games if both Keenum and Bridgewater remain healthy.
It was recently reported that Cook remains ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn ACL and his ability take the field for individual drills Wednesday only provides further optimism on that front. It sounds like he'll remain limited throughout OTAs and mandatory minicamp, but once training camp rolls around, Cook should be cleared for full participation. Of course, the Vikings will likely be as cautious as possible with their running back, so Cook could get days off here and there. All that said, fantasy owners can likely expect a fully healthy Cook for the start of the regular season, barring any setbacks in camp or the preseason.
After starting 24 games in Denver over the past two seasons, Siemian will become the clear backup in Minnesota with the team set to finalize a three-year contract with Kirk Cousins, the top quarterback on the free-agent market. Siemian had surgery in January to repair the posterior capsule in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but should be back to full strength ahead of the 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old had an uneven track record as a starter in Denver, but should make for quality insurance policy behind Cousins.
Hill will return to his role as the starting right tackle against a battered Packers defense.
Cliett was drafted by the Texans in the fifth round of last year's draft but never appeared in a game, bouncing between a few different teams. He was a quality pass rusher in college, totaling six sacks during his senior season for the University of South Florida in 2016. He'll face stiff competition to make the Vikings roster but could catch on as a depth linebacker or special teams player.
Treadwell wasn't previously dealing with an injury, so it's at least somewhat concerning that he was limited to the rehab field with players such as Dalvin Cook (knee) and Kyle Rudolph (ankle). That said, clarification should be provided as OTAs and mini-camp resume moving forward, so continue to monitor the situation. While the Vikings opted to release Jarius Wright this offseason, they then picked up free agent Kendall Wright, so Treadwell could be stuck in the No. 4 receiver role to start the year.
A 2015 second-round pick, Kendricks has started 41 times in 45 career regular-season games, piling up 314 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and 16 passes defensed. While the contract may seem hefty for a player who isn't even among the league's elite at a non-premium position, the Vikings likely know they'd have a tough time finding another three-down linebacker with similar aptitude in coverage. Kendricks posted career-high totals for tackles (113) and defensive snaps (967) last season, but his IDP production fell shy of what's typical for a three-down inside linebacker, in part because Minnesota's opponents often had to abandon their running games.
Rudolph took part in spring drills on a limited basis, but another month of rest and rehab hasn't gotten him to full health at this point. Once he does rejoin the mix, Rudolph will look to develop a rapport with the club's new quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who signed a three-year deal in the offseason. It's quite possible Rudolph will remain limited during the rest of the Vikings' offseason program, but a return for the start of training camp could be in the cards.
A top special teams performer, Sherels will return to the only team he has known during his NFL career for a ninth season. The 30-year-old averaged 9.5 yards on punt returns and 24.6 yards on kickoff returns, taking the field for 319 special-teams snaps.
Griffen suffered a torn plantar fascia in Week 8 and was hampered for the rest of the season, recording only three sacks over the team's final eight games of the regular season. The 30-year-old battled through the injury to finish the year with 45 tackles, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 games. He appears to be entering offseason workouts at full strength, noting Tuesday that his foot feels great, per Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Overbaugh was picked up late in the 2017 season after starting long snapper Kevin McDermott was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. With McDermott's recovery coming along well, Overbaugh will test free agency.
Odenigbo is undersized for an end at just 258 points, and his lack of arm length will make it difficult for him to shed blocks. However, he is an impressive athlete with above-average metrics in nearly every Combine drill. Minnesota's depth up front means that Odenigbo has his work cut out for him if he wants to make the 53-man roster as a rookie.
Although he wasn't a huge factor in IDP circles, Rhodes put together a brilliant 2017 campaign that ultimately earned him first-team All-Pro honors. As strong as he was against the pass, Rhodes was also a force in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 17th ranked cornerback in that department (out of 121 qualifiers). Under contract with the Vikings for another five seasons thanks to the extension he signed last summer, Rhodes will return to Minnesota in 2018 as one of the best players at his position. However, fantasy owners will need to avoid overvaluing him based on his reputation, since his statistical production doesn't truly reflect his on-field worth.
Andrews underwent surgery on this hand just a few weeks earlier, and now he's expected to return to a reserve role against the Redskins on Sunday.
Compton spent last season with the Bears, starting five games at both left and right guard. Before that he spent three seasons with the Redskins and will now be reunited with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Because of his versatility, Compton figures to compete for a starting role on the offensive line this season.
Alexander mostly served as a nickel and dime package cornerback for the Vikings, but he also contributed on special teams. Veteran Terence Newman is likely to consider retirement as he enters free agency after his 15th season in the league, which could leave an increased workload for Alexander in his third season.
Wright hasn't quite lived up to his status as the 20th overall selection from the 2012 draft, but he's at least proven to be an effective slot man in three-wide formations. The Vikings probably don't need him to be anything more, as they already boast one of the league's top wideout duos in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. This signing suggests the team doesn't have much faith in 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell, who caught 20 passes for 200 yards in 16 games last season. Of course, the No. 3 receiver role likely will lead to no more than 4-5 targets per game, considering the Vikings also need to feed TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and RBs Dalvin Cook (knee) and Latavius Murray. Per Cronin, Wright led all qualified receivers last season with an 80.4 percent catch rate on targets while playing from the slot.
Remmers was a limited participant early in the week, but he put in a full practice session Friday to avoid the questionable tag. The 28-year-old hasn't seen game action since Week 8 against the Browns, but he should return to his role as starting right tackle for Week 15.
Bell is rehabbing from shoulder surgery he underwent in December. In his third season, Bell made just three catches for 19 yards and zero touchdowns behind Kyle Rudolph (ankle) on the depth chart. As long as Rudolph is on the Vikings' roster, Bell will likely remain a situational, run-blocking tight end.
The Vikings made significant changes on offense early in the offseason, luring John DeFilippo away from the Eagles to replace Pat Shurmur as coordinator, then signing Cousins to replace the departed trio of Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback. The team also lost running back Jerick McKinnon and added receiver Kendall Wright, but retained four of five starters on the offensive line as well as its top three pass-catchers from 2017 (Diggs, Thielen and Kyle Rudolph). Diggs is hoping for a true breakout in the final year of his rookie contract after turning in three seasons that were productive but unspectacular, marked by fast starts followed by mid-season swoons. He did at least bounce back from his slump in 2017, scoring a touchdown in each game Weeks 15 through 17, then catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and a touchdown in two playoff contests. The 24-year-old should get a few more deep shots in 2018 with Cousins under center.
Thielen finished the 2017 regular season on a low note and played through a pair of minor back fractures in the playoffs, but he seems to have made good on his stated expectation that he wouldn't have any restrictions during the offseason. He can now turn his focus toward building chemistry with Cousins and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, hoping to replicate -- or even exceed -- his 2017 campaign. The 27-year-old wideout finished fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,276) and eighth in receptions (91), but his touchdowns (four), yards per target (8.9) and catch rate (63.6 percent) all dropped of a bit from his breakout 2016 campaign. Diggs finished a distant second on the team with 95 targets, posting similar efficiency marks (67.4 percent catch rate, 8.9 yards per target) while scoring eight touchdowns in 14 games. Diggs was far more productive than Thielen in the playoffs, catching 14 of 22 targets for 207 yards and one very memorable touchdown.
Easton fractured his right ankle in late December but didn't require a lengthy recovery process. His participation in spring workouts implies he has received medical clearance from the Vikings' medical staff. Though he's currently set to play the 2018 season on an expiring contract, Easton and the Vikings reportedly have mutual interest in a long-term deal, according to Tomasson.
Hunter saw a slight downtick in production following a tremendous 2016 season in which he recorded 12.5 sacks. However, the talented defensive end was still a vital element of a Minnesota defense that ranked first in both total and scoring defense this season, and his presence opposite Everson Griffen makes the Vikings front four one of the most dominant in the NFL. Hunter is also only 23 years old, meaning he still has potential to grow as a pass-rusher.
As the third-string tight end, Morgan played a mix of offense and special teams, never exceeding three targets in a contest. Kyle Rudolph will continue to handle the bulk of the load at tight end for the foreseeable future, which leaves Morgan as a distant afterthought in most fantasy circles for the time being.
Ham switched from running back to fullback in the offseason after spending the 2016 season on the practice squad. While he wasn't utilized consistently on offense, he still managed to record 204 offensive snaps on the season and adding an additional 290 snaps on special teams. Under contract through 2019, Ham should retain his role as fullback in 2018.
The Vikings exercised Floyd's fifth-year team option last April, despite the defensive end having undergone arthroscopic surgery to repair his meniscus in September 2016. During the operation, a nerve in his right knee was disrupted, which stymied his recovery and prevented him from playing in 2017. Rather than placing Floyd on injured reserve, Minnesota stashed him on the reserve/Non-Football Injury list for the entire 2017 season, a designation that allowed the Vikings to pay the defensive tackle an amount of their choosing rather than the $6.76 million salary figure. Floyd contends that his knee injury shouldn't have been classified as a non-football injury and that he should have been placed on IR, which would have guaranteed him the full salary. It remains to be seen when a resolution to the contract squabble will come forth, but no matter how the situation plays out, it's quite likely that Floyd's NFL career is over due to the nerve damage in his right leg.
Barr suffered a hamstring injury in the NFC Championship game back in January, though it seems highly likely he's back to full strength after a full offseason. The 26-year-old linebacker is currently playing in the final year of his rookie deal and is likely looking for a contract extension at some point in the future considering he's been to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive years. Coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't confirm if Barr's absence from OTAs was contract related, however, so it's simply a situation to montitor as minicamp and training camp approach.
Brown played in one game for the Vikings in 2017 after being waived by the Redskins, returning one kickoff for 17 yards. The third-year running back will likely hold a depth role for Minnesota in 2018.
McDermott suffered the injury in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Packers, but it was originally believed to be a dislocated shoulder. Jeff Overbaugh has since been signed to serve as the team's long-snapper for the remainder of the season.
Overshadowed by a pair of 2017 first-team All-Pros in his own secondary (Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes), Sendejo quietly put together an outstanding season in his own right and ultimately finished the year as Pro Football Focus' 17th-ranked safety out of 89 qualifiers. In fact, opposing quarterbacks managed a meager 69.6 passer rating when throwing into Sendejo's coverage and his 80 tackles checks in at 22nd among all defensive backs. The 30-year-old veteran, who remains under contract with Minnesota for another two seasons, injured his calf during the Vikings' NFC championship loss to the Eagles but there's been no reported concern over his availability for the start of offseason workouts.
Joseph was inactive for a couple of weeks due to personal reasons after he was signed to the active roster in mid-September. He was expected to serve as a depth option on the offensive line when healthy.
Barring any setbacks, Kearse should be ready for Sunday's game against the Packers. If active for the contest, he'll likely work in a depth role in the secondary.
Elflein is recovering from a fractured left ankle he suffered in January's NFC championship game. It sounds like he's close to full health, but the Vikings aren't rushing him back. The center noted that he isn't certain what his participation level will be for the team's mandatory minicamp held June 12-14.
With a fully guaranteed deal worth $84 million, Cousins has inked the largest one on a per-year basis in NFL history, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. There's a chance he won't hold the crown long due to the likelihood the division-rival Packers sign Aaron Rodgers to a significant extension this offseason. Nevertheless, Cousins' arrival rounds out a stacked roster on both sides of the ball. Upon stepping on the field in the fall, he'll have at his disposal a 1,000-yard wide receiver (Adam Thielen), another explosive option (Stefon Diggs) and a reliable tight end (Kyle Rudolph). Plus, running back Dalvin Cook, a 2017 second-round pick, will be looking to bounce back from a torn ACL. Cousins could soon be working with the best supporting cast of his career.
Forbath re-signed with Minnesota this offseason but the renewing of vows between the two could be short-lived. Newly-acquired kicker Daniel Carlson is believed to be one best kickers in this year's draft class. Forbath's time in Minnesota could be up, but he'll likely still be kicking for someone else next season.
A first-round pick of the Cardinals in 2012, Floyd was one of the up-and-coming wideouts in the NFL after posting at least 840 receiving yards and five touchdowns in three consecutive campaigns between 2013 and 2015. In the past two years, though, his production has fallen off a cliff, as he's racked up a modest 47 catches (on 93 targets) for 566 yards and five TDs in 26 games between Arizona, New England and Minnesota. The Ravens don't have much depth at wide receiver beyond free-agent additions Michael Crabtree and John Brown, so Baltimore could be a decent enough springboard for a bounce-back season.
Gedeon, a fourth-round rookie, won the starting weakside linebacker job in the preseason. However, because he would come off the field whenever Minnesota went to one of their nickel packages, Gedeon played less than an average starter would. Nevertheless, winning a starting job as a first-year linebacker is an impressive feat, and Gedeon will have room to grow in the final three years of his rookie contract.
When healthy, Isidora projects as a backup to starting right guard Joe Berger. He will now look to improve on his health heading into Week 2.
Jones, who was on the Vikings' practice squad last season, will be permitted to compete in all of the team's offseason and preseason practices, as well as exhibition games. Once eligible to return from his suspension, Jones' roster prospects will hinge on the health of the team's wideout corps at that juncture.
This is a surprising development given the experience Williams received in his rookie year coupled with the fact he seemed to be in the mix for a starting role in 2017. The Lions are probably hoping he'll clear waivers and be able to stash him on their practice squad.
Robison's tackles and sacks were his fewest since 2010. The veteran still managed to play in 15 regular season games, a number he hasn't dipped below his entire career. With Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter the now starting on the edges, Robison has moved into more of a backup role on the defensive line, a position he should find himself in again during the final year of his contract in 2018.
Selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2013 draft, King spent time with three other organizations before landing on the Giants' practice squad in September of 2015. He didn't reach the 53-man roster until Week 1 of the next season, which he capped off with a 41-yard touchdown in a wild-card loss to the Packers. King proceeded to make his greatest impact as a pro last year in the absence of Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall. From Week 6 onward, King hauled in 18 of 37 passes for 240 yards and three TDs. Expect the 27-year-old King to compete for slotting on the Vikings' depth chart with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell.
Parry landed on injured reserve with an ankle issue after playing just three snaps last season and was later handed a four-game suspension. However, that has been served and he will be eligible to rejoin the action to start the 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old has a history of production and should provide some key depth for the Vikings.
Newman played in every game for the Vikings last season, logging 560 defensive reps in the process as he split time with Mackensie Alexander in the nickel cornerback role. He may have a reduced role at age 40 and with the Vikings taking Mike Hughes with the 30th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, however.
Smith captained a Vikings defense that allowed the fewest yards in the league while limiting opponents to a 25.2 percent conversion rate on third downs -- the lowest rate ever recorded since the stat was introduced in 1991, according to the Vikings' official site. Not only did he earn first-team All-Pro honors for his performance, Smith also finished as Pro Football Focus' highest-graded safety where his 36.0 overall grade was nearly twice as high as the second-ranked Adrian Amos (18.3). He remains under contract with Minnesota in 2018 and should be considered among the first handful of safeties to be considered in fantasy drafts.
Waynes saw a lot of targets playing opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro Xavier Rhodes, as opposing offenses tend not to throw the latter's way. While Waynes largely struggled in coverage in his first two seasons in the league, the 2015 first-round pick turned a corner during the second half of the 2017 campaign. Still, he could face competition for his starting role at some point from 2018 first-round draft pick Mike Hughes.
Joseph backed up his stellar 77-tackle, four-sack 2016 campaign with another strong season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-ranked defensive tackle against the run and eighth overall at his position. His on-field success translated to the fantasy realm considering the eight-year vet finished as the 13th-highest scoring defensive lineman in standard IDP scoring. Under contract with the Vikings for years to come, Joseph should continue to produce at a high level and remain a strong fantasy asset.
Johnson adds another big body inside for the Vikings front, checking in at 6-foot-3, 316 pounds. His subpar combine, including a mere 19 reps on the bench that ranked in just the fifth percentile among defensive linemen, made him a Day 3 pick. That said, he has impressive tape and was able to rush the passer from the interior with 7.5 sacks as a senior. Johnson figures to add depth at the right defensive tackle spot behind Sharrif Floyd, whose future is a bit cloudy due to nerve damage in his knee.
It's probably not a huge distinction as Tocho may play special teams more than defense if he's able to win a spot on the final roster. Tocho ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the Combine, so he may not have the speed to play cornerback regularly.