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But it does solidify things for the next two years at least, with Spielman and Frazier at the top of the organization’s pecking order.

Now a team that posted back-to-back last-place finishes in its division for the first time in the franchise’s proud history appears primed to get back into contention much sooner than first thought. Peterson will have a full healthy summer to work out after being limited last year while recovering from ACL surgery, Ponder will have another year of development under his belt and the Vikings will look to continue to the productive drafting that has aided the quick turnaround.


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