Kwesi Adofo-Mensah not interested in bidding wars

March 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Vikings fans have mostly expressed dismay at how things have played out during free agency. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah preferred the bench to the playground, the punch bowl to the dance floor.

Indeed, his approach was above all cautious and methodical. There were no rash decisions. Instead, the Vikings were able to retain their own talent while slowly rebuilding the team’s middle class.

In its recent press release, KAM clarified that it was not interested in being the winner of the bidding wars:

This response speaks to his philosophy of team building, which becomes increasingly clear as time goes by. Obviously, the Vikings didn’t have too many plans to outspend rival teams. They could had enough money to sign JC Jackson, Austin Corbett or several others. They chose not to.

As discussed recently, the painting is still in progress. By September, we’ll know if the artist – Kwesi Adofo-Mensah – has put together a beautiful image. Until then, we will only have a partial vision of what is in place. We can get a beautiful work of art; we can get something that doesn’t look great.

The Packers have taken a step back this offseason. Losing Davante Adams hurts, and there’s no guarantee that the Preston Smith/Rashan Gary duo will be as fierce next season. If one of those passing throwers is struggling, the defense will feel it. The NFC North therefore certainly seems more winnable.

Plus, there’s still time for the Vikings to make a move or two. There is now more money thanks to the restructuring of Thielen. Any number of other moves could be made to free up even more space.

Bidding wars often lead to huge headlines and excitement among the fanbase. More often than not, however, they don’t result in wins. There are exceptions, of course, and many teams have found a way to translate critical free agent acquisitions into Super Bowl success. Over time, the team will likely land one or two more notable names. Nonetheless, expect the approach to be intentionally understated.



Laura J. Boyer