There have been rumors circulating about the 2021 NFL free agency period being one of the crazier years in recent memory. It was announced on Thursday morning that the salary cap will be no lower than $180 million for the 2021 season, up from the original mark of $175 million.
Although this is good news for the Vikings, they are still slated to come in at roughly $9.3 million over the cap. This doesn’t give the team a ton of wiggle room without restructuring or cutting some of their players, so they will have to do their best at finding valuable players that won’t cost as much.
There are still several areas that the Vikings need to improve on from their mediocre 2020 campaign. The defense needs depth, the offensive line needs help on the interior and the wide receiver three position needs some spice as well.
On Wednesday evening NFL Rumors tweeted out that the Vikings are expected to target former Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole.
It’s impossible for anything to become official with free agency still a month away, but I did confirm at the very least that there is interest from the Vikings’ side. After all, the Vikings did just hire his former wide receivers coach in Kennan McCardell, so the rumors make a lot of sense.
Cole has been in the league for four seasons now and has shown flashes of being a good receiver. He would instantly bring a boost to the Vikings wide receiver three competition and could also help sure up one of the league’s worst return games.
Over his four-year career with the Jaguars, Cole totaled 159 catches for 2,224 yards and 12 touchdowns.
This wouldn’t be the flashiest move for the Vikings to make, but they don’t have the money to be making flashy signings. Bringing in a player like Cole would make a lot of sense because he wouldn't cost as much as some of the other free agents and he can still make the roster better from day one.
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