Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) leads teammates out of the tunnel during pre game warm ups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Will Have Cap Room To Spend

As of now, the Vikings have the 4th most cap space available entering free agency.  Minnesota still has several in-house free agents to sign, but after that, they should still be in a good position to make a run at a high end free agent or two.

Minnesota is currently approximately $23 million under the cap, if we assume that the 2014 salary cap will be aroud $126 million.  The only three teams with more cap room at the moment are the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here is the total cap value by position for the Vikings:

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) hands the ball off during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback (1): $3,232,213

Running back (4): $17,725,999

Wide receiver (5): $10,456,320

Tight end (4): $7,613,280

Offensive line (6): $18,318,687

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive line (5): $12,441,182

Linebacker (3): $9,370,027

Cornerback (4): $3,650,455

Safety (5): $6,855,788

Specialists (3): $2,410,531

As you can see, the Vikings will need to add several players to reach the number of players at each position that they will be comfortable with.  That includes a couple quarterbacks, linebackers, and defensive line players.

After they sign those players, which big name free agent do you think Minnesota should go after?  Let us know in the comments!

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  • kyle

    After they lock up Griffen, the target has to be Verner. Pair him with Rhodes and we would have a nice 1-2 punch in the secondary. The other big name free agent should be Linval Joseph. Pairing him with Floyd in the middle would provide a boost to the interior pass rush that’s been lacking since fat pat left.

    • manbearpig01

      Verner will swallow up too much cap. I’d rather see them get a B+/A- kind of player much cheaper than spending $10mil/year on Verner.

      • kyle

        If Guion and Sanford are released, that puts an extra $6M back into our pockets and, more than likely, Greenway will restructure his contract to alleviate some cap space as well. We are looking at close to $30M in cap room with these moves. I would rather spend money on Verner and Joseph knowing that they landed the top two free agents at their positions than signing multiple lower tier free agents. This would be money well spent in my eyes. Our interior pass rush and pass defense have been horrid and I’m tired of it. A better pass rush + a better pass defense will provide a cover for our horrid linebacker play.

    • Daniel Laxen

      I’m not sure Griffen stays? He might end up in Tampa with Frazier is what I’ve been told? You have to realize that he wants to win and is from a warm weather state.(Arizona) He played for Pete Carrol and Seattle will have a need at DE/OLB, as their DEs are due huge money. We all know that Seattle seems to be Vikings west…Don’t be surprised if he walks!

      • kyle

        The newest report I read is that Griffen fits what Zimmer is trying to do on defense. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the top in house target re-signed.