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Overview Of Minnesota Vikings Free Agents On Eve Of Free Agent Frenzy

What an exciting day it's been for the National Football League and its legion of loyal fans across the country. The lockout is officially over, training camps are set to start as early as Wednesday for some clubs, and on Tuesday morning, free agency will officially get underway. Before the madness begins, let's take one last look at the Vikings' free agent situation, specifically which guys who played on the squad in 2010 are currently not under contract and awaiting news about whether they'll be back in Minny or heading elsewhere to play in 2011.

 

Restricted Free Agents (three or more accrued NFL seasons)

Player

Position

College

First refusal/ compensation/

Abdullah, Husain

DB

Washington State

2nd

Henderson, Erin

LB

Maryland

ROFR

 

 

Unrestricted free agents (four or more accrued NFL seasons)

Player

Position

School

Baskett, Hank

WR

New Mexico

Cook, Ryan

G

New Mexico

Edwards, Ray

DE

Purdue

Evans, Fred

NT

Texas State

Favre, Brett

QB

Southern Mississippi

Frampton, Eric

DB

Washington State

Jackson, Tarvaris

QB

Alabama State

Leber, Ben

LB

Kansas State

Lewis, Greg

WR

Illinois

Longwell, Ryan

K

California

Ramsey, Patrick

QB

Tulane

Rice, Sidney

WR

South Carolina

Sheppard, Lito

DB

Florida

Tahi, Naufahu

RB

Brigham Young

Walker, Frank

DB

Tuskegee

Williams, Pat

NT

Texas A&M


Obviously there's some big names on the URFA list -- Ray Edwards, Pat Williams, Ben Lieber, Ryan Longwell, Sidney Rice (and if you're one to believe the most recent rumors, Brett Favre). You can count on the Vikings parting ways with one or more of these mainstays in the coming days, and as it almost always is, it will be tough for fans to say goodbye to players they've followed and rooted for over the years. But that's life in the NFL where the rules are intentionally structured to keep player movement high and the competitive balance fair.

Buckle up, just getting started folks!

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.