Thread: Dream FA?
03-06-2014, 08:18 PM #21
Over $40 million under the cap, after today's cuts, but it's going to be tough to get FAs to come here until we get the QB position set.
03-06-2014, 10:29 PM #22Coordinator
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Remind me, which free agents has Spielman brought in the past couple years that have paid great dividends ?
I think Jennings may work out, but Carlson was a bust.
I hope Spielman continues to pursue value free agents from other teams and reserves money to resign Vikings free agents like Griffen and perhaps Cassel.
03-07-2014, 11:21 AM #23
In 08 he brought in Jared Allen
In 2009 he brought in Brett Favre.
If you look at just those players he was instrumental in getting the Vikings in to the 2009 NFC Championship game. Add in some border line good players like Cassel (it wasn't his fault he didn't get to start) and Berrian and he has done OK in the free agent market.
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03-07-2014, 12:28 PM #24Coordinator
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The front office structure in place until Childress was fired in November of 2010, was the concept shared power between Childress, Spielman, and Brzezinski, the infamous triangle of authority , with Wilf as the tie breaker. Childress had full control over the 53 man roster player acquisition was shared.
So the Jared Allen trade, and Favre signings weren't entirely Spielmans doing.
It is much clearer who Spielman has chosen since his promotion to GM and scrapping of the triangle of authority power structure.
That's why I asked about the free agents brought in the past couple of years.
It seems that Spielman doesn't see the big money free agents as a good investment, given what he has done since he has been in charge. I agree with that concept.
I like Joseph, Verner, and others, but the only free agents I see Spielman spending much money on would likely be Everson Griffen or Johnson, and a veteran transitional QB, like Cassel. The rest will likely be value, aka. left over, free agents.
03-07-2014, 02:04 PM #25
Draft: CB Chris Cook*, RB Toby Gerhart*, DE Everson Griffen* and WR Joe Webb*
Free Agency / Waivers: CB Marcus Sherels#
Draft: QB Christian Ponder, TE Kyle Rudolph, S Mistral Raymond and G Brandon Fusco
Free Agency / Waivers: RB Matt Asiata, C Joe Berger*, LB Larry Dean#, G Charlie Johnson*and S Andrew Sendejo
Draft: T Matt Kalil, S Harrison Smith, CB Josh Robinson, WR Jarius Wright, TE Rhett Ellison, WR Greg Childs, S Robert Blanton, K Blair Walsh and LB Audie Cole.
Free Agency / Waivers: DT Chase Baker, TE John Carlson, FB Jerome Felton, TE Chase Ford, LB Marvin Mitchell* and WR Jerome Simpson*.
Draft: DT Sharrif Floyd, CB Xavier Rhodes, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, LB Gerald Hodges, P Jeff Locke, G Jeff Baca and LB Michael Mauti.
Free Agency / Waivers: RB Joe Banyard, LB Desmond Bishop*, QB Matt Cassel*, QB Josh Freeman*, WR Greg Jennings, CB Shaun Prater, T Mike Remmers, FB Zach Line, WR Rodney Smith, CB Robert Steeples, DE Justin Trattou, and T J'Marcus Webb*.
Following the 2013 season, signed S Brandan Bishop, CB Kip Edwards, T Kevin Murphy, DE Spencer Nealy, RB Bradley Randle, & WR Adam Thielen to reserve / future free agent contracts.
Free Agency / Waivers: G Josh Samuda, WR Kamar Jorden, DT Kheeston Randall and LB Simoni Lawrence.
Smegma is right that Spielman does not have a track record of chasing big dollar FA's outside of Jennings and Carlson. And he's batting around .500 at the moment on this huge sample size which may make him a bit gun shy unless someone (Zimmer/Turner) pushes real hard for a particular player.
03-07-2014, 03:14 PM #26
03-07-2014, 03:24 PM #27
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When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?
03-07-2014, 03:28 PM #28
Carlson was a clear miss. jennings looks to be as advertised, just didn't have much of a chance to show himself. Cassell went for market value and I don't see that as a bad signing. You can argue that Frazier never gave him a chance so it was money wasted, but hard to put that on Spielman.
Felton has done well, Simpson has pretty much delivered to the salary he is getting. Berger, Johnson, Sandejo have all contributed and played to their pay level. The rest of them were low dollar special teamers and roster fillers.
03-07-2014, 03:39 PM #29
03-07-2014, 03:42 PM #30
Grading the Minnesota Vikings Free-Agent Signings so Far | Bleacher Report
Nothing but thrash... It's the reason we are averaging 6 wins a season since he took over.
"The approach seems to be: Sign as many mediocre, and basement bargain players as possible and hope that the cream rises to the top and he finds some players to improve the roster."
Outside of Felton who owes a huge part of his pro bowl season to playing with the best RB of all time, everything else has been aweful. I might give you Jerome Simpson...who has had 1 ok season and 2 bust seasons. All this crap was 1 year when we had 40 million to spend.... He gave Favre 20 million when we could have signed other players to restore our roster.
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