6 current Vikings who might not be on the roster in 2020
By Adam Patrick
Linval Joseph – DT
Landing Linval Joseph in 2014 is easily one of Rick Spielman’s best free-agent signings since he became the Vikings’ general manager in 2012. Joseph has remained with Minnesota for the past six seasons and he’s been a consistent force in the middle of the team’s defensive line during his time on the roster.
Despite his impressive play over the last few years, the veteran defensive tackle is starting to reach the end of his NFL career. Joseph recently turned 31 and he’s dealt with numerous injuries during the last two seasons that have prevented him from performing at his full potential.
What’s hurting his case to remain with the Vikings past 2019 even more is the job that has been done by the team’s backup defensive tackles in his absence, specifically Jaleel Johnson.
There were a lot of reasons to worry in Week 10 when Minnesota had to go up against Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys without their starting nose tackle. However, Johnson stepped in nicely for Joseph and helped the Vikings hold Elliott to just 47 rushing yards during their win over the Cowboys.
After two straight years of being hampered by injuries, Minnesota may not want to keep their current starting defensive tackle around for next season when he’s scheduled to have a cap hit of almost $13 million.
Joseph’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2023, but the Vikings would free up over $10 million in cap space if they release him or figure out a way to trade him during the upcoming offseason.