As every Vikings fan knows, one of the biggest weaknesses on the team last year was the interior line. This weakness is something they haven’t quite addressed in the draft or free agency this year and it they may be too late to fix it.
The best solution would have been to go get Jason Peters, who was available as a free agent this year and was recently signed by his former team the Eagles for a one year deal. The 11 year veteran (9 of them pro-bowl seasons) moved from tackle to guard and could of brought much needed experience to a very young offensive line in Minnesota. He would of been able to open up lanes for Cook to run through and provided much needed time in the pocket for Cousins to throw daggers all over the field. Now the 38 year old veteran has resigned with his former team, and will more than likely retire as an Eagle.
Another star I was waiting for Vikings to sign in free agency with Larry Warford. The 29 year old guard was still looking for a place to call home in Free Agency but as of July 28th, he decided to opt-out of the 2020 season for COVID-19 concerns. He had 3 consecutive pro-bowl seasons with the New Orleans Saints and was a solid piece in giving Alvin Kamara lanes to run in. This would have been crucial for helping Cook run down defenses throats and have another breakout season. But, since Warford has to wait a year to play now because of his decision to opt-out makes this option void for the 2020 season. This may be a possibility for next year and hopefully the Vikings will keep their eye on him to beef up the interior line position.
Vikings only shot at securing the interior line this year would be to sign former Viking Josh Kline and possibly move Riley Reiff to help get depth at the interior line position. This would make Josh Kline, Riley Reiff, and Pat Elflein all compete for the starting gig, bringing out the best of all them in training camp. Their is also players on the roster like Dru Samia and Dakota Dozier who also might be in the mix for the starting positions as well that Vikings fans should keep their eye on. Only time will tell but I feel with defensive lines like the Bears, Packers, and 49ers, the Vikings interior line will be stressed keeping up with them all year if no changes are made to protect the middle.
With this being said, What are your thoughts on what the Vikings should do to beef up their interior line positions? Should they make some moves in free agency still or stay put? Or should they see what happens with the current roster they have now?
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