August 14, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears defensive line Akim Hicks. Compulsory Credit: John Durr – USA Today Sports
Akiem Hicks was initially whispered – and often – as a free agent who could land with the Minnesota Vikings in 2022. But that will not be the case. Hicks signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday instead.
Hicks joined his fourth NFL squad, having previously spent time with the New Orleans Saints, the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears.
In Tampa Bay, Hicks immediately joined a Super Bowl contestant, not provided by the Bears since the 2018 season. However, the outlook for the Buccaneers seemed a bit bleak at the start of the off-season. Tom Brady retires, leaving the franchise in the hands of Kyle Trusk or quarterback for later naming. Soon, though, Brady came to his senses and retired six weeks later.
Hicks is an oppressor, specifically designed in a lab somewhere to torture the Vikings. Minnesota fans longed for the Hicks-Vikings relationship in 2022, if only to reverse the terror that drives the purple team. In the Minnesota vs. 10 career game, Hicks lengthened 8.5 sacks, a grim figure for a man. Inside Defensive line.
During the first wave of free agency, Hicks didn’t get much nibble because he clearly planned to join a playoff team after the spring. Well, now is the time. Hicks has been associated with the Vikings several times this offseason, mainly because of his relationship with Ed Donatell, the Vikings’ current defensive coordinator. The two men were co-workers for four seasons in Chicago.
The move by Tampa Bay ensured the end of his relationship with Endamukong Suh, who had a three-season span with the Buccaneers and included a Super Bowl victory. Suh remained a free agent during the Hicks signing.
With Hicks off the board, it’s not clear if the Vikings have plans to upgrade the interior of the defensive line. For now, the initial trilogy includes Dalvin Tomlinson (NT), Armon Watts (DT), and Harrison Phillips (LDE). Whether or not this is an adequate group for a team looking to compete for the playoffs is controversial, as the Vikings have maintained all offseason as their mission statement.
If not, Minnesota may still seek out free-agent candidates for the aforementioned Suh, Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunzobi, or Star Lotuleli.
The Vikings have about $ 11 million per cap space OverTheCap.com.
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