Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
- NFC North
- U.S. Bank Stadium
- Head Coach
- Mike Zimmer
- Offensive Coordinator
- Gary Kubiak
- Defensive Coordinator
- Adam Zimmer & Andre Patterson
- Special Teams Coach
- Marwin Maaloof
- Defensive Scheme
The Minnesota Vikings have been actively discussing a possible long-term contract extension with safety Anthony Harris, according to sources. There has been speculation that the Vikings were looking to trade Harris after putting the franchise tag on him, but they may wind up keeping him after all. There is an increasing belief that the 28-year-old, the NFL's top safety in 2019 per Pro Football Focus, will play for the Vikings in 2020, whether it's on the franchise tag of $11.441 million or on a new long-term deal. Harris' preference is to stay in Minnesota. He wants a deal that would put him among the highest paid safeties in the league, which could be an average of around $14 million per year. The combination of Harris and Harrison Smith give Minnesota one of the best safety combinations in the game. That is, if Harris remains with the Vikes. They'll need a strong safety duo after losing four cornerbacks during free agency.
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah to an undisclosed deal on Friday. Abdullah, a second-round pick of the Lions in the 2015 draft, only had 23 rushing attempts for 115 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and no rushing scores in his first full season with the Vikings in 2019. He added 15 receptions on 21 targets for 88 yards and one touchdown. Behind Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison and Michael Boone on the running back depth chart, Abdullah is unlikely to move the needle in fantasy once again in 2020 unless Minnesota's running backs are hit hard by the injury bug.
The Minnesota Vikings are signing former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to an undisclosed one-year deal on Wednesday, according to a source. Sharpe will likely slide in as the No. 2 wideout behind Adam Thielen, filling the void left when the team dealt Stefon Diggs to the Bills last week. The 25-year-old will certainly receive a big boost in playing time, depending on what Minnesota does in the draft, after he fell down the Titans depth chart in 2019. The former fifth-round pick in 2016 had only 25 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games (six starts) last season. He'll have a chance to be a nice late-round value pick in fantasy drafts this fall in his new home.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will leave the team and enter free agency, according to his agent, Brian Murphy. "We have broken off talks with Minnesota because they have to spend their money elsewhere and we decided to now focus our attention on free agency," Murphy said in a statement. Plenty of teams will have interest in the four-time Pro Bowler on the open market. Griffen had eight sacks, 41 tackles (26 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 24 QB hits and one interception in 15 games for the Vikings last season. He'll turn 33 this December but continues to be a productive pass-rusher in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings re-signed kicker Dan Bailey to an undisclosed deal on Thursday. Bailey, 32, fell off in 2017 and 2018 but rebounded in 2019 with Minnesota to make 93.1 percent of his field-goal tries on 29 attempts, including going 3-for-3 from 50-plus yards out. He made 40 of his 44 extra points and finished as the No. 6 fantasy kicker in football. Given that he will continue to kick indoors in at least half of his games in 2020, Bailey should be owned in most fantasy leagues to begin the season. He's a career 87.3 percent kicker on 268 field-goal tries over nine seasons, the last two with Minnesota.