The next questions are about present Minnesota Vikings subjects, answered by PurplePTSD. Right this moment is the January twenty third version, addressed in a from-the-hip trend. When you’ve got questions, please electronic mail them to DustinBakerNFL@gmail.com.
Additionally, please notice: These are opinion-based responses. Some solutions shall be incorrect on occasion. However we’ll attempt to hold that to a minimal.
Questions Answered: Adam Thielen Touchdown Spots, Diggs’ Unhappiness, Free Agent Defenders
Q: If Adam Thielen does depart the Vikings, the place do you assume he’ll find yourself?
A: Our off-the-cuff shortlist speculates the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, or Inexperienced Bay Packers.
Houston, for now, doesn’t have worldbeaters at large receiver, and Thielen may theoretically get the targets he craves with such a gaggle. The Patriots would get pleasure from Thielen’s surehandedness, and he sort of seems like a Patriot (if he won’t be a Viking, that’s.) After which for the Packers, properly, Thielen and Aaron Rodgers are buddies, and Inexperienced Bay will most likely lose Allen Lazard to free company this offseason.
These are all theories. None are based mostly on suggestions or insider info.
Q: Do you assume Stefon Diggs’ little rage session in the course of the loss to the Bengals turns right into a factor?
A: No, we consider he was simply showcasing the fiery spirit — that he’s all the time maintained — and was mad about shedding.
And why shouldn’t he be upset? The Payments have been at house, misplaced regardless of having the whole world [sans the state of Ohio] of their nook, and haven’t crumbled three consecutive years in need of the Tremendous Bowl.
Diggs will all the time be a lovable and humanitarian firebrand, and we don’t foresee his tantrum turning right into a factor.
Q: Who could be the perfect free-agent defender the Vikings may land in free company?
A: Nicely, most likely Diggs’ teammate — linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Daron Payne, a Professional Bowl defensive sort out from the Washington Commanders, is fascinating, too.
The Vikings ought to discover a premiere defender through free company after which draft defensively as they did in 2022. Edmunds and Payne are assured stars that shall be costly however anchor their positions.
After Minnesota clears cap area by restructuring, releasing, or buying and selling longtime veterans, it ought to have a formidable satchel of money to spend on free brokers. Too, Vikings followers should all the time belief Rob Bbzezinski to determine the cap math.
Edmunds and Payne could be thrilling. Signal us up.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates again to 1996. Listed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).