Devin Bush
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush (55) is announced during the national football league game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 24, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Remillard: Cap-Friendly Free Agency Targets for Vikings


Four Free Agency Targets for Vikings

The National Football League’s free agency window is quickly approaching, with the legal negotiating period beginning March 15h.

For teams, it’s all about finding the right piece to add to your roster, at the right price.

A strong showing in free agency can help put your team over the top and improve your chances of making an extended playoff run.

The Minnesota Vikings are currently around $15 million over the salary cap. However, several predicted upcoming cuts will open the door to numerous free agents.

So, which free agents should the Vikings add this offseason? Here are four players that would make a good fit.

LB Devin Bush

With the recent release of linebacker Eric Kendricks, the Vikings will look to fill the hole that the veteran leaves behind.

Bush had 81 total tackles, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits during the 2022 season in Pittsburgh. That was his most tackles since his 2019 rookie season (109).

The 24-year-old played 62% of the Steelers’ defensive snaps.

Bush would provide the Vikings with a solid starting linebacker at a lower price tag. He was also in Pittsburgh while current Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores was the team’s defensive assistant and linebackers coach.

CB Tre Flowers

Another position that the Vikings will look to improve is cornerback.

With Minnesota currently in cap trouble, looking toward a cheaper veteran could be the answer.

While it’s still uncertain if the team is ready to move on from Patrick Peterson, another name they could potentially look at is Tre Flowers.

In 2022, Flowers made 22 tackles and one interception in 15 games with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Flowers is only a couple of years younger than Peterson, but would likely come at nearly half the cost. He would also still provide the veteran knowledge in a younger cornerback room.

WR Jacobi Myers

With Adam Thielen potentially being cut due to salary cap concerns, the Vikings are going to be looking for a WR2 to go along with Justin Jefferson.

While it would be nice for Minnesota to take a swing at one of the top free-agent wide receivers (think Robert Woods or DJ Chark), they just don’t have the cap space to make it work.

Jacobi Myers is a four-year NFL vet, who averaged 12 yards per reception last season with the New England Patriots. Myers led the Patriots in targets (96), receiving yards (804), and receiving TDs (6) in 2022.

The 26-year-old would fit nicely into a wide receiver room with Jefferson, K.J. Osborn, and Jalen Reagor.

Myers would be a nice asset to have when opposing defenses take away Justin Jefferson.

K Randy Bullock

One position the Vikings need to consider during free agency is the kicker.

Last year, Greg Joseph went 78.8% on field goals and only 87% on extra points.

While the Vikings were incredible on one-score games in 2022, having an inconsistent kicker will eventually lead to the team losing games.

If Minnesota is looking at adding a kicker in free agency, Bullock may be a good place to start.

Last season, Bullock completed 17 of his 20 field goal attempts and all 28 of his PATs.