Vikings Rumors: Cassel, Cousins, Cook

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spoke about the Vikings’ offseason goals on Saturday during the 19th annual Arctic Blast snowmobile rally to benefit the Vikings Children’s Fund, reports Master Tesfatsion of the Star Tribune. Spielman stated his intention to acquire two more draft picks, and find a young quarterback in the draft, though not necessarily with their current first round pick. Here are some other rumors surrounding the team:

  • Tesfastsion also notes that Spielman spoke about Matt Cassel‘s free agency, saying the team will be in contact with the quarterback’s agents, leaving open the possibility of his return in 2014.
  • In their search for a young quarterback, Kirk Cousins could make sense, writes Ben Goessing of However, with the Vikings looking to acquire draft picks rather than spend them, this could be a risky move. Goessing warns not to fall in love with the Redskins’ backup, as he sees similarities between his career and Matt Flynn.
  • For a secondary that struggled in 2013, a deep pool of free agent cornerbacks could provide a quick fix. Goessing sees Alterraun Verner and Sam Shields as great fits, even if they may prove to be expensive commodities. He also sees the Vikings re-signing Chris Cook, taking a chance on their own player on a cheap contract with some potential upside.
  • The Vikings also will have to replace Jared Allen at defensive end, which will be tough with other holes on the defense. Goessing sees the Vikings trying to re-sign Everson Griffin on a short term deal to give him a chance to prove himself. He also writes that if they do not spend money elsewhere, they may be able to make a run at Michael Johnson of the Bengals in free agency.
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