2010 Vikings free agency
Free Agency
VikingUpdate.com
Posted Mar 29, 2010
Tim Yotter


Which Vikings free agents are restricted and which ones unrestricted? Links to Scout.com's free-agent rankings, recent stories and analysis on free agency, past Vikings free-agent periods, and more links added weekly.

FREE AGENCY RANKINGS

Overall Rankings | By Position | 2009 Team | Signed Team | College | Name
QB | RB | FB | WR | TE | OT | OG | C
DE | DT | OLB | ILB | CB | S | K | P


 MUST-HAVE FREE-AGENT PIECES
Top 10 positional salaries
2010 NFL calendar  | The new rules of free agency
Vikings at top of their contract game
Scout.com free-agent blogs:  | Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 
SCOUT.COM FREE AGENCY CENTRAL


VIKINGS FREE-AGENT STORIES
Rosenfels trade unlikely
Lurtsema: McNabb and OT | Tim Yotter chat transcript
McNabb trade rumors heat up | Lurtsema: Free-agent fallout       
Young prepares for opportunity | Adam Caplan chat transcript
Paymah frozen out |Scout's Notebook: Jimmy Kennedy     
Trades the new trend | Scout's Notebook: Albert Young
L.T. picks J-E-T-S | New free-agent approach     
L.T. latest in Vikings-Jets feud | Kennedy chooses Vikings
Edwards ready to listen | Tomlinson leaves with no deal
Pros and cons of L.T. and A.D. |Tomlinson to visit Vikings      
Sapp re-signs with Vikings | Scout's Notebook: Rhys Lloyd
Lloyd signing, CB interest make sense |Locker room assets lost    
A tender balance | Hicks signs with Redskins
Hicks on the move | Taylor signs with Bears
CB Jackson sounds like perfect fit  | Vikings can still pound 'street'
Typical protocol for Hicks |Kennedy sure of talent   
Vikings aren't completely restrcted | Vikings' tenders; NFL rules clarification
Adam Caplan chat transcript | Analyst breaks down L.T. vs. BWB
A.D. wants two more years of Favre  | Tendering level critical to Vikings
Rumor alert: CB  Childress talks to Favre
Vikings vague on veteran RBs
 | No answer from Favre
Concussion status first issue for BWB  | L.T. is slow-time speculation
Taylor not tag-worthy  |
Team's free-agent options limited
Agent: Pat will be back  | Vikings holding hope for their own
Lurtsema's Reaction: Vikings' UFAs  

VIKINGS FREE AGENCY 2010
(updated from the start of the free-agent period to the start of training camp in July)
RATING SYSTEM
Viking Update ranks its FREE AGENTS with the following guidelines based on our assessment of the players:

= All-Pro quality player, player deserving but league depth at position keeps player back.
= Would start for most teams, elevated growth/fringe All-Pro.
= Starting quality, average to slightly above average player.
= Solid to serviceable player, backup for most teams.
= Roster bubble long-shot, special teams only type contributor, no defined role in position.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Chester Taylor RB Signed with Chicago for four years, $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed.
Artis Hicks OL Signed with Washington for three years, $9 milllion.
Benny Sapp CB Signed with the Vikings for two years, up to $4.5 million with $1.5 million guaranteed.
Jimmy Kennedy DT Signed with the Vikings for two years, up to $6 million. 
Greg Lewis WR Signed a one-year contract with the Vikings.
Restricted Free Agents
Ray Edwards DE Tendered at the first-round level, paying him $2.521 million
Tarvaris Jackson QB Tendered at the original-round level, paying him $1.176 million.
Naufahu Tahi FB Tendered with a right of first refusal, paying him $1.176 million.
Ryan Cook OL Tendered at the original-round level, paying him $1.176 million.
Fred Evans DT Tendered at the second-round level, paying him $1.759 million.
Karl Paymah CB Signed a one-year contract with the 49ers.
Eric Frampton S Tendered at the original-round level, paying him $1.1 million.
Released

March 8: Signed kicker Rhys Lloyd to a two-year contract.

Signed

* January: Re-signed safety Colt Anderson, T Patrick Brown, T Chris Clark, RB Ian Johnson, DT Tremaine Johnson, WR Vinny Perretta, T Drew Radovich and CB DeAndre Wright to futures contracts. Signed WR Taye Biddle and RB James Johnson to futures contracts.  

RECENT VIKINGS FREE AGENCY

2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002



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Lurtsema’s Reaction: The Vikes' unrestricteds
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Feb 22, 2010
Vikings don’t have an answer from Favre
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Feb 25, 2010
Level of tendering critical to Vikings’ RFA
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Mar 2, 2010

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