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singersp
04-01-2012, 10:37 AM
Vikings Still Have More Than $14 Million Remaining In Cap Room

Vikings Still Have More Than $14 Million Remaining In Cap Room - SB Nation Minnesota (http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/3/31/2916892/minnesota-vikings-salary-cap-room-nfl-draft)

singersp
04-01-2012, 10:39 AM
It's somewhat odd to see that Minnesota has 51 contracts - more than most teams with less room, but are among the highest in teams with free space. They're not paying many players big dollars.

That's because they don't have many playmakers.

KevinK
04-01-2012, 12:13 PM
Great article singer...Thanks!

Webby
04-01-2012, 12:42 PM
When you have no corners, no safeties, no receivers....easy to save cash.

We will spend some this year, but when and on who? Yikes.

i_bleed_purple
04-01-2012, 09:58 PM
Our big money players are K-Will, Allen, Peterson and Winfield.

our QB is on a rookie cap, so no big money there, Harvin makes decent money, but nothing huge. Other than that, who makes significant money on the team? Carlson?

mountainviking
04-02-2012, 09:55 AM
Greenway got a good deal. Sully got resigned. There's some mid-large contracts.

14 mil isn't all that much cap room really, we've got an early pick in every round and a couple extra 4ths, we'll likely have 6 or so in rookies leaving us with 9 mil or less. All the top-tier WRs and CBs got 10+/year, still out of our budget.

Besides, we're going to want a lil wiggle room to sign guys to fill injury holes mid-season, and/or to sign a couple of suddenly Free Agents due to who their former team picks in the draft and/or to fill the holes we missed on in the draft...

I think we're actually doing this right. We're not at the point of a quick turn around here, we're looking at 2-3 year rebuilding project. Next year, hopefully, we'll have a lil extra space going forward from this year, and expiring contracts of aging vets (Hutch, Griff, Herrera) off the books.

jmcdon00
04-02-2012, 07:03 PM
It's all part of their plan to Steal Wallace from Pittsburgh after the draft.

skum
04-02-2012, 07:12 PM
It's all part of their plan to Steal Wallace from Pittsburgh after the draft.

We just signed our new WR, some free agent from the Chargers with 3 career catches.. WOO We comin!!

seaniemck7
04-02-2012, 10:54 PM
Greenway got a good deal. Sully got resigned. There's some mid-large contracts.

14 mil isn't all that much cap room really, we've got an early pick in every round and a couple extra 4ths, we'll likely have 6 or so in rookies leaving us with 9 mil or less. All the top-tier WRs and CBs got 10+/year, still out of our budget.

Besides, we're going to want a lil wiggle room to sign guys to fill injury holes mid-season, and/or to sign a couple of suddenly Free Agents due to who their former team picks in the draft and/or to fill the holes we missed on in the draft...

I think we're actually doing this right. We're not at the point of a quick turn around here, we're looking at 2-3 year rebuilding project. Next year, hopefully, we'll have a lil extra space going forward from this year, and expiring contracts of aging vets (Hutch, Griff, Herrera) off the books.

Meh.... I beg to differ. That $14.5M number represents about 12% of the total cap of ~$120M. That's not chump change. There are only 2 other roster spots that would count against the cap since the Vikes are already at 51 (Top 53 contracts count against the cap when you have expanded rosters in the offseason). The $5M rookie pool is a good guess, but still a guess. Even if we did have only $9M to work with there are creative ways to make that number work for us with signing and roster bonuses versus salary numbers. Hell we could add 2 more Carlson-type contracts or one of those $10M+ per year WRs. This is a really basic contract but check it out:

Hello Mr. Wallace here is my offer to come to the Vikes.
5years- $50M contract Ė Year 1 salary $1M with a signing bonus of $12.5M- guaranteed $25M. Salaries for remaining contract are Year 2, and 3 $8M; year 4 $9.5M; and year 5 $11M. Cap hits per year look like this:



Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5



$3,500,000
$10,500,000
$10,500,000
$12,000,000
$13,500,000



While it remains to be seen whether or not we are playing our cards right, we certainly arenít being hand cuffed by our cap numbers.

singersp
04-03-2012, 06:26 AM
While it remains to be seen whether or not we are playing our cards right, we certainly arenít being hand cuffed by our cap numbers.

We are however, handcuffed by Spielman.

seaniemck7
04-03-2012, 08:57 AM
We are however, handcuffed by Spielman.

True statement. I just get this sense that he truly does think he is out smarting and out maneuvering the rest of the football world- which consequently is not a true statement.