5 potential salary cap casualties for the Minnesota Vikings in 2020

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Xavier Rhodes
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Xavier Rhodes #29 of the Minnesota Vikings slams the ball to the field after a near interception in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 13, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings will need to try to find a way to create some salary cap this offseason and it may come in the form of releasing a starting player.

The NFL is a business. While it would be great for a team like the Minnesota Vikings to be able to sign great players to any contract possible and fill a roster with amazing talent, the league’s salary cap has forced the league to be competitive with its salary cap.

For the 2020 NFL season, the purple and gold are in trouble. While there will likely be an increase in the salary cap announced for the upcoming year, as it stands the Vikings are over $11 million over the cap and will need to make some changes.

After signing draft picks and filling out their roster, getting under the cap will be even more of a challenge. The team will need to free up some salary cap by restructuring players or releasing players with a high cap hit and low guaranteed money.

There are some contenders for release on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings for the 2020 NFL season and it wouldn’t be shocking to see these individuals approached for restructuring, a pay decrease, or even an outright release.

Here are five players to keep an eye on this offseason.

*NOTE: Salary cap figures are from Spotrac