With the offseason officially under way, Around the League will examine what's next for all 32 teams.
Coach Mike Zimmer is bringing in a strong personality and defensive scheme that should whip a disappointing Vikings group into shape. The key for Minnesota, however, will be the quarterback position. General Manager Rick Spielman insisted Christian Ponderwould be back in 2014. The Vikings must draft a young quarterback and bring in a veteran. Matt Cassel, Minnesota's best quarterback in 2013, voided his contract.
» QB Matt Cassel: Cassel knows he'll likely find a better situation and more lucrative contract on the open market.
What they need
Quarterback is the most obvious need, though Spielman could fear forcing another Ponder-type selection if his top targets are off the draft board come pick No. 8. The Vikings desperately need to add secondary playmakers after getting toyed with last season. The linebacker position is also a mess.
On the way out?
» DT Letroy Guion: Another player that might benefit from Minnesota's healthy-cap situation and feeble defensive personnel. However, he would save $4 million if cut. The fifth-round pick isn't worth close to that type of money.
Offseason crystal ball
The Vikings will take their quarterback of the future in the draft and then load up on the defensive side of the ball via the draft and free agency. Greenway and Guion will restructure their contracts freeing up even more room to re-sign Griffin and chase Michael Johnson -- who played for Zimmer in Cincinnati. Allen and Gerhart both leave Minnesota. Cassel entertains returning but decides to move on, leaving Norv Turner with a youngster, scrap-heap veteran and Ponder at quarterback.