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Formidable free agents could hit open market

Brent Grimes

The Vikings might be in the bargain business when free agency hits, but there could be several very good players available this year at positions of need because of the depth charts and spending of their current teams. Len Pasquarelli looks at a half-dozen quality starters, some Pro Bowl types, that could be become free agents because of the money spent by their current teams.

Free agency is about tradeoffs. Comparisons of talent levels, needs, age, roster compatibility, and, hardly least of all, money. Put it all together and teams may lose good players simply because they are overstocked at that position. The contracts of some players, and the investments that a franchise has made in a certain unit, often preclude a team from retaining a free-agent player at the...

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