The Minnesota Vikings will have some interesting calls to make as they complete the process of retaining their own players and begin dipping into free agency.
The Vikings have already made a couple of moves ahead of Wednesday’s opening of free agency. This weekend, the team reportedly re-signed DT Kenrick Ellis and S Andrew Sendejo to new contracts. It’s also been reported that the team has offered RG Michael Harris a new two-year deal.
Of the moves made so far, the Sendejo one is the most controversial among fans in that it seems to suggest the Vikings will now not pursue a top-drawer free agent safety. It has been revealed that Sendejo’s reported 4-year, $16 million contract is not quite what it appears, so it’s hard to say for sure what impact if any the move will have on the Vikings’ plans regarding the safety position.
Perhaps the Vikings’ hardest calls concern their own players. Some big deadlines are coming up this week, and millions of dollars are on the line.
As of right now, the Vikings have about $23 million in cap space and could free up more cap space via cuts and re-negotiations.
With all this in mind, let’s briefly break down five moves I think the team should and will make in the coming days.