Despite losing breakout rookie Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL, the Minnesota Vikings were one of the NFL's top rushing teams last year thanks to the duo of Jerick McKinnon
The Vikings have wasted little time filling a roster spot on the running back depth chart, as the team reportedly will tender exclusive-rights (that is, super-duper restricted) free agent running back Mack Brown.
Brown signed a one-year deal for $630,000.
Another note on a #Vikings exclusive-rights free agent. A source says the Vikings will tender exclusive-rights free agent running back Mack Brown on a one-year deal for $630,000. They picked Brown up off waivers last October from Washington and he got into one game.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 8, 2018
This is a smart move by the front office. Brown has some upside at just 26-years old. The Vikings have had success with lesser-known running backs in the past, too, so there's no reason to write him off.
If anything, Brown provides a low-cost insurance policy in case things go south with Cook again.
Not at all, cheap insurance. He’s good— LonelySuperstar (@SuperstarLonely) March 8, 2018
Not for nothing, Brown played with Kirk Cousins all of 2016 season and part of 2017. The Vikings could be in pole position to sign the star QB in free agency.
Maybe he'll be used as a recruiting tool to lure in the free agent quarterback next week? He deserves a bonus if that's the case.