Vikings' free agents-to-be make cases

Posted Dec. 11, 2010 @ 1:53 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Knowing that RB Adrian Peterson and WR Sidney Rice remain the team's top two priorities for long-term deals, the Vikings are starting to create a pecking order for contracts to be offered to other key players thereafter. A Vikings source told PFW earlier in the season that the team had identified "three or four" key players they would like to lock up beyond this season but currently are held back by the lack of a new labor agreement to dictate how the NFL economics will shake out past this season. Tops on their list appears to be SLB Chad Greenway, who has been a very strong and consistent performer all season long, even if he hasn't made a ton of big plays. Next would appear to be DE Ray Edwards, but we have heard he is looking for a big payday and might outprice himself in Minnesota. And then you have to wonder about the future of WLB Ben Leber, who has become a two-down linebacker (but still a productive one) and might not be considered a team priority. Leber could return, but it might have to be on lower terms than he would want at age 32.