Top 5 priorities for the Vikings heading into the 2019 offseason

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 18: Khalil Mack #52 of the Chicago Bears rushes against Riley Reiff #71 of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on November 18, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 25-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Restructure existing contracts to make cap room

According to Over The Cap, the Vikings currently have roughly $11.3 million in salary cap room heading into 2019.

With a need for immediate help on the offensive line and several players coming due for contract extensions, Minnesota’s front office financial wizard, Rob Brzezinski, will have his work cut out for him to keep several players happy and create some cap room at the same time.

One of the biggest candidates for a restructure is Riley Reiff. The left tackle had a drop off in 2018 after a solid first season with the Vikings and although he was Pro Football Focus’ 22nd-best offensive tackle in the NFL this season, he also had games like the one against Buffalo in Week 3 where Jerry Hughes lit him up for 12 quarterback pressures.

With an $11.7 million cap hit next season, it’s possible something could be done there.

Other potential names that Minnesota could ask to take a pay cut this offseason includes Xavier Rhodes, Everson Griffen and Trae Waynes.