Vikings Free Agency 2016

Re-Sign Mike Harris, OT: 1 year, $9 million

Grade: B

Harris was the Vikings best lineman last year, far more competent than fat Phil Loadholt or cement feet Matt Kalil.

I imagine they’re banking on Clemmings developing and just need a fill-in. That in mind, this is a solid deal with no risk.



Travis Lewis, LB: 1 year, $810,000

Grade: A-


Lewis is a special teamer primarily, and a good one at that. He also had some solid experience playing as a reserve linebacker in 2015 for the Lions.

He’s still young so there’s potential to grow, but he’s likely already entered his prime so he’s probably pretty close to his peak as a pro.

For the vet. minimum, I like this deal quite a bit.



Emmanuel Lamur, LB: 2 years, $6 million



Lamur was absolutely dreadful in limited snaps in 2015. He’s shown potential before, which is why Zimmer brought him in.

What makes no sense at all is why he paid anything more than bottom dollar for him. Three mil per year is absolutely absurd for a guy who’s never even kind of proven it.  He likely had virtually no market.

This one is pretty bad, worthy of a Baalke (F) grade.



Michael Griffin, S: 1 year, $2.5 million, $750k guaranteed

Grade: B


Griffin is over the hill. No doubt about that. He is, however, still all right.

He’s being paid a little bit over veteran minimum with hardly any guaranteed money at all, so the signing makes sense for depth purposes.

Griffin cannot start any longer.



Alex Boone, G: 4 years, $26.8 million, $10 million guaranteed

Grade: A-


This is probably the best offensive lineman signing of the season so far.

Boone is an excellent mauler run-blocker that should bust open plenty of holes for Adrian Peterson through the life of his contract.

To get a top-flight free agent guard at a little over 6 mil per year is an excellent signing. It’s a bit under market value.



Re-Sign Kenrick Ellis, DT: 1 year, $810,000

Grade: A

An absolutely massive human being, Ellis is a non-factor in the pass rush but solid in run support as a reserve defensive lineman.

He has starter experience so getting him at this cheap rate is an excellent move.



Re-Sign Audie Cole, ILB: 1 year, $840,000

Grade: B+

Described as a special teams guru, Cole is tall for a linebacker at 6’5, with a full 250 lb frame. He’s played in 41 games since his career began in 2012

He’ll continue to play well on special teams, but likely won’t contribute much as a reserve linebacker so he’ll need to maintain a high level of play to not get beat out for a younger option.



Re-Sign Adam Thielen, WR: 1 year, $600,000

Grade: A-

Thielen is a solid special teams guy who has played in all 32 games of his pro careeer.

He can offer some decent snaps at receiver and scored a touchdown in 2014, but he doesn’t offer much there. His value is on special teams.

A dirt cheap contract like this is perfect for a camp body.



Re-Sign Carter Bykowski, OT: 1 year, $600,000

Grade: B

A seventh round pick out of Iowa State in 2013, Bykowski has never played in an NFL game.

He’s 25, with a 6’7 313 lb frame and started every game for Iowa State as a senior at left tackle. He had 18 starts in his college career.

He’s coming off an injury, so the Vikings must see something in practice, and there’s very little investment here. He’s likely just a camp body.



Re-Sign Andrew Sendejo, S: 4 years, $16 million, $6.9 million guaranteed


He’s a good special teams guy and ok depth in the secondary, but when he was forced to play due to a ridiculous string of injuries, he did not play well.

He certainly didn’t earn his way into a 4 year, 4 mil per year extension. The guaranteed money is a bit too high as well.

Overall, this one leaves me scratching my head, the Vikings must think he’s going to take a step he hasn’t yet in this league. I am not of that opinion. This is an egregious Baalke (F) Grade.

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