Minnesota Vikings: Free Agency Week 3 And The Moritz Bohringer Factor

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Two solid weeks of free agency under wraps and many more to go, the Minnesota Vikings hope to fill more holes before the 2017 NFL Draft.

Unfortunately, Week 3 of 2017 NFL free agency did not resolve anymore of the lingering issues that the Minnesota Vikings have, except for increasing their cap space. Veteran defensive end, Brian Robison, agreed to an extension, reducing his payout by $1.4 million, which in turn also keeps him signed through 2018.

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Robison was a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft and has been a durable leader along the Vikings’ front seven on defense. The defensive end is coming off one of the best seasons of his career while splitting time with second year sensation, Danielle Hunter. Robison racked up 7.5 sacks while compiling a total of 28 tackles while forcing three fumbles.

In other news, the Minnesota Vikings also made the re-signing of Adam Thielen official, yet the wide receiver position for Minnesota remains an issue needing to be resolved.

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The Vikings currently have four receivers returning that were on the active roster from last season. Including Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright, and Laquon Treadwell are the remaining three. With Charles Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson leaving Minnesota, the Vikings will now turn their focus on some offensive weapons to acquire either through free agency or the draft. Another option that hasn’t been brought up thus far this offseason is the potential inclusion of last year’s rookie out of Germany, Moritz Böhringer.

The receiver, more or less known by “Mobo” by his teammates, is as athletically gifted as they come. But needed to make the adjustment to professional football and the terminology used. Even the practice squad receiver noted that he was thinking too much during the preseason of last year, resulting in dropped balls in practice. Now the practice squad player could see the field more as a result of the position being thinned out currently.

Could Bohringer also become a feel-good story from the practice squad as Adam Thielen has recently? Minnesota fans wouldn’t be opposed to the idea. After a brief run after Alshon Jeffery in free agency, many are wondering if they feel they had made a mistake by drafting Treadwell with their first round pick last season.

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Either way, do not expect much more noise out of Rick Spielman or Minnesota until after the draft. There’s usually a second wave of free agency directly after the draft, and don’t be surprised if the Vikings are one of the teams buying come May.