The Minnesota Vikings are entering the 2012 offseason with a lot of question marks.
The Vikings can rebuild by signing its own free agents, outside free agents and with its expected 10 draft picks.
The first part of the process is signing its own free agents.
The Vikings have one exclusive rights free agent. Here is offensive tackle Patrick Brown.
College: Central Florida
Experience: 2 years
College Highlights: He started 50 straight games for the Knights…helped Knights’ running back Kevin Smith rush for 2,567 yards in 2007, the second highest total in college football history…helped lead the Knights to the Conference USA title in 2007 and earn a berth in the Liberty Bowl…played under former Viking defensive coordinator George O’Leary.
Transactions: 4/29/2009 – signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers; 9/05/2009 – waived by the Panthers; 9/07/2009 – signed to the New England Patriots practice squad; 09/24/2009 – released by the Patriots; 9/29/2009 – signed to the Vikings practice squad; 1/27/10 – signed to the Vikings active roster; 9/04/2010 – released by the Vikings; 9/05/2010 – claimed by the New York Jets off waivers; 9/23/2010 – released by the Jets; 09/24/2010 – claimed by the Miami Dolphins off waivers; 11/09/2010 – waived by the Dolphins; 11/11/2010 – signed to the Vikings practice squad; 11/24/2010 – signed to the Vikings active roster.
Pros: He has good size and strength. He is an intelligent offensive lineman that reacts well to his opponents. He has a good work ethic and plays hard from whistle to whistle.
Cons: He is not athletic or fast and doesn’t have the quickness to stop explosive edge pass rushers. He is best suited to be a reserve, mostly playing at guard.
2012 Outlook: As an exclusive rights free agent, the Vikings can offer him the three-year veteran minimum salary and he has to take or quit the NFL. There is no negotiation in this process. If the Vikings want him back, offer the veteran minimum and he has no choice but to sign it. The Vikings can also declining to offer him the contract and let him become an unrestricted free agent. The Vikings have signed him twice, despite four other teams signing and cutting him over the last three seasons. So, I think the Vikings will bring him back and let him battle for a roster spot.