Minnesota Vikings Top 10 Biggest 2015 Player Salaries

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#8:  John Sullivan

Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan (65) gets ready to snap the ball in the game with the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Vikings win 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

2015 Base Salary:  $4.65 million

2015 Salary Cap Hit:  $5.75 million

Guaranteed:  $1 million

John Sullivan was the only reliable starter on the offensive line for the Minnesota Vikings during the 2104 NFL season.  That shouldn’t be a surprise since he’s constantly been solid for the team since he was drafted in 2008.

While the pieces around him were either injured or ineffective, Sullivan was an anchor.  He had to deal with another season in Minnesota of dealing with multiple quarterbacks taking snaps in games (Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Ponder).  Sometimes, changes along the line or at quarterback can be a disaster for a center, but he handled it like a professional.

While releasing John Sullivan would save $4.75 million against the salary cap, it would likely be impossible to replace his effectiveness at the cost, so Sullivan‘s spot on the roster should be considered safe.