What Should The Vikings Do With The Remaining Salary Cap?


The Vikings 2014 regular season is rapidly approaching.  This means that the team will want to have the best players possible on the field to compete.  While Minnesota already has a lot of young talent on the roster, they could look to add another player when cuts on other teams are made in order to add competition.  They could look to give extensions to players who are in the final year of their deal.  Or they could just roll it over until next year.

According to Spotrac.com, the Vikings have approximately $8.1 million available to spend.  Let’s look at the options as to how the team could use that money:

Signing Players

  • Teams always have to make their cuts to make it down to 53 players on their final roster.  Many good players don’t make the cut or are stashed away on other team’s practice squads.  This is a great opportunity to swoop in and grab a talented player at a huge discount.  This is especially true since the Vikings have an early spot on the waiver list.  With there being some concern at a couple positions, Minnesota may look to increase their talent this way if a player they really like is released.

Extend Players

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Brandon Fusco (63) 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

There are several players that are entering the final year of their contracts that the Vikings may want to lock up to long term deals.  Players like tight end Kyle Rudolph and offensive guard Brandon Fusco are both guys that Minnesota will want to have around for many years to come.  Locking them down now could save a lot of headache and confusion in the future.

Save It For Later

  • Fans love when a team can make a big splash in free agency, and the Minnesota Vikings look poised to be able to make another one in 2015 free agency if they can roll over their money.  With the rumors that the salary cap with jump to over $14o million in 2015 and the Vikings only sitting at about $118 million in contracts, Minnesota could be looking at having approximately $30 million to play with if they roll over the $8 million from this year.

What do you think the Vikings should do with their salary cap?