With more than $20 million in cap space as free agency began, plenty of Vikings fans expected the team to do something/anything to address the team’s many needs.
So far, the biggest move has been the addition of tight end John Carlson. The Vikings also have re-signed multiple mid-level-or-lower players, along with a few other relatively no-name free agents from other teams.
G.M. Rick Spielman explained the team’s strategy to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“We’re again taking it slow,” Spielman told Hartman. “I just don’t believe in going out and spending a lot of big money on one or two free agents.”
Generally speaking, it’s a good approach for the long-term growth of a team. But with the Vikings sliding into the basement of the NFC North and with the gap between them and the Packers, Lions, and Bears potentially growing and with efforts to get a new stadium built in Minneapolis sputtering, the team needs a shot of adrenaline that can come only from creating the impression that the franchise is trying to inject some excitement into the operation.
Spielman thinks the excitement will come from within, eventually. “I think the best way you continually build your roster is to have solid drafts,” Spielman said. “We had a very good draft last year, and a lot of those young kids will come into their second year and have to contribute.”
Again, not a bad long-term strategy. But perhaps not ideal given the current state and circumstances of the Vikings.