An updated look at the Viking salary cap situation
Over the past couple of years, we Minnesota Vikings fans have entered the offseason with legitimate concerns about the salary cap and how the Purples will improve their roster for the coming season. Not only have the Vikings improved their team. . .dramatically, one could argue. . .but they left a lot of space to work with a salary cap.
According to Over the Cap, the Vikings are currently sitting on just over $ 10.3 million in cap space, a number that won’t fluctuate much when they sign their three remaining unsigned draft picks. This should give them a lot of flexibility to do whatever they want in the future, whether that’s extending some contracts or keeping the majority of the money until 2022.
How did they do it? Well, you just have to look at the cap numbers of the players they signed in the offseason to figure it out. Sure, they brought in guys like Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson for a lot of money, but a lot of their deals were pretty cheap.
As it stands, full-back CJ Ham has a salary cap of $ 3 million for the Vikings. That gives him a bigger blow than four guys who all make up a big part of the Minnesota defense this year:
- Bashaud Breeland ($ 2,727,944)
- Sheldon Richardson ($ 2,281,372)
- Xavier Woods ($ 1,720,588)
- Mackensie Alexander ($ 987,500)
Again, all of these guys are going to be important players for the Vikings this year and the team got them for next to nothing. Hell, as Ted has pointed out on Twitter since signing, Sheldon Richardson would have been Minnesota’s best defensive lineman by far in 2020 and, as it stands, he says he’s not even planned to do so. start in 2021.
I don’t know how Rick Spielman and Rob Brzezinski do it, but they do. As Warren said, the Vikings seem to be going all-in for the 2021 season, and they’ve done it by being patient (for the most part) and getting some really talented players at discount prices. Either way, it will pay off for the Vikings. That should pay off on the pitch in 2021, and if those players perform within their abilities this season, at least a few of them will likely move on and allow the Vikings to collect compensatory picks for their starts as well.
After a relatively bland 2020 season, there’s plenty to be excited about moving forward for this team. Can it already be August?