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Vikings Free Agency 2012: Open Market Awaits For Most Vikings Free Agents

Most of the Minnesota Vikings’ in-house free agents are set to hit the open market rather than be re-resigned by the team, according to an article from the Pioneer Press.

Free agency opens on Tuesday afternoon and, following last season's debacle, it doesn't seem like many players will be back in purple next year if they're not currently under contract.

But with plans to inject youth into the locker room, the Vikings appear more interested in subtracting their own players than keeping them.

The article goes on to say that, with nearly $25 million in salary cap space, the Vikings are in position to pursue some big-name free agents. Writer Jeremy Fowler pinpoints cornerback and receiver as two positions that the Vikings could aggressively pursue in free agency.

Nearly $13 million in 2012 salary was freed up Saturday when the Vikes cut Steve Hutchinson, Cedric Griffin and Anthony Herrera.

For more on the Minnesota Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the NFL Free Agency period in general, check out the SB Nation NFL Free Agency stream.

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