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Free-agent exam: Vikings vs. the guards

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Don't expect the Vikings to get involved in the initial hunt for free-agent guards, but there are some quality ones that could last into the second and third stages of free agency. We take a look at the top options.

PURPLE REVIEW The Vikings appear more poised to shed guards than gain them in the coming weeks. It is a position where they could make the most headway in gaining salary-cap space compared to the production of their players and the importance of the position, an analysis the Vikings studied this offseason. Leading the way among the potential salary-cap casualties is left guard Steve Hutchinson...

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