Grading the acquisition of Vikings S Xavier Woods

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Jack White, Vikings Wire
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The Vikings saw safety Anthony Harris leave in free agency this offseason. It didn’t take long before the team found a free agent replacement, though.

Minnesota is signing Xavier Woods, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Vikings are signing Woods to a one-year deal worth up to $2.25 million, according to Rapoport. Paired with Harrison Smith back deep, the Vikings have solidified that position and the secondary in general.

Woods is coming off a year where he had a PFF grade of 61.9. That said, Woods did not get a lot of help from members of the Cowboys defense. Dallas gave up the fifth most points per game in 2020.

In 2019, the Cowboys defense was better and so was Woods. He finished that year with a PFF grade of 73.0. That season, he also had five passes defended and two picks.

If Woods can return to his 2019 level of play, then the Vikings found an adequate safety. The only caveat is if Woods performs at the level he was at in 2020, there was probably a better value option at safety, like through the draft.

Grade: B