Amid free agency, where do the Vikings rank on PFF’s 2021 improvement index?

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Jack White, Vikings Wire
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Minnesota is coming off a down season, but the team has made plenty of changes in order to rectify the team’s past inconsistency.

PFF ranked how much each team has improved in 2021 free agency. Despite all the Vikings’ signings, they did not receive high marks from PFF.

The outlet gave the Vikings a WAR Change of -0.09 and Improvement (%) of -1.79. That ranked Minnesota among the bottom half of NFL teams for its free agency gains and losses so far.

What’s even worse is that PFF included 2020 opt-out players returning to their teams for the 2021 season, so the Vikings’ poor numbers have Michael Pierce returning factored in.

Though PFF’s numbers did not put Minnesota in a positive light, the outlet gave an optimistic outlook on the CB Patrick Peterson. Here’s what it said:

“Peterson comes to the Vikings on a one-year deal, and we see him adding around 0.05 wins in 2021. Peterson has seen his WAR decline for two straight seasons, but a resurgence is possible in new surroundings.”

I think with S Anthony Harris already elsewhere and LB Eric Wilson presumably leaving this offseason, the Vikings defense could take a step back. But DT Dalvin Tomlinson and Peterson could help this defense improve. We’ll have to see whether the Vikings added enough talent to make strides in 2021. But according to PFF’s numbers, that does not appear to be the case at the moment.