6 current Vikings who might not be on the roster in 2020

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Linval Joseph
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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Riley Reiff
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Riley Reiff /

Riley Reiff – LT

During the 2017 offseason, free-agent left tackle Riley Reiff was brought in by the Vikings in their effort to improve an awful offensive line. After five seasons with the Detroit Lions, Reiff was lured to Minnesota by a five-year, $58.75 million contract.

His first season in purple went pretty well and it seemed like the Vikings had found the right guy to be their starting left tackle for the next few years. However, Reiff’s performance since 2017 has not been worth the high amount of money that Minnesota is paying him.

This season, the veteran blocker has given up five sacks and drawn seven penalties. For a guy who is due to have a cap hit of more $13 million in 2020, Reiff has not given the Vikings many reasons to consider keeping him around past the current season.

There a few options Minnesota can take when it comes to their left tackle in 2020. They can either convince him to agree to a restructured deal with a much lower cap hit or they can just go ahead and release him to free up almost $9 million in cap space.

If the Vikings opt to cut Reiff, the team will then have to turn to the early rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft or free agency to find someone who will actually be worth the price of being their starting left tackle next season.