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Vikings: Defense, deterioration guided change

The Vikings followed the presumed plan: replace older players on defense with younger ones on the rise. But the defensive scheme being employed also played a big factor in who the Vikings targeted.

A change in defensive scheme and the age of some of the existing players went a long way toward guiding the Vikings' philosophy and targets in free agency. The majority of the big-money contracts over the last week were executed on defense. It started with the re-signing of defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.5 million contract and continued with the signing of unrestricted free...

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