OT, G, WR, S, CB, DE, LB – The Minnesota Vikings are an older team with upcoming free agents that they must sign. Charlie Johnson (LT) and Visanthe Shiancoe (TE) are key players on offense that the Vikings need to have back. One key for the Vikings will be how they handle the players they have on the defensive side of the ball that will be free agents in 2012, namely starters Chad Greenway (OLB), E.J. Henderson (MLB) and Erin Henderson (OLB). Husain Abdullah (FS) and Tyrell Johnson (SS) are among the secondary players that will be up for free agency this year also. The Vikings struggle in pass defense and they are ranked in the bottom third of the NFL in that category. As a group they are an aging team that needs a shot in the arm via younger players through the draft or free agency. On the offensive line the Vikings have older veterans at guard in Steve Hutchinson (34) and Anthony Herrera (31). Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder has shown that he has ability and protecting him is a massive priority. They need to upgrade the offensive line as a unit and tackle and guard are priorities. While the Vikings run the ball very well with franchise running back Adrian Peterson there is an area that is lacking and that is the passing game. The Vikings lack a true No. 1 wide receiver and that is an area of need that the Vikings must address for this offense to take a step forward. The Vikings play in a division with very potent offenses and while they have gotten home in the pass rush more this year, they need an infusion of playmakers along the defensive front and at middle linebacker. Stopping offenses from teams within their own division like Green Bay and Detroit will take a concerted effort to not only get to the quarterback but to play well in the back end of the defense as well. The Vikings secondary is an aging unit and both corner and safety are areas to address.