Beckham’s very friendly contract
Given the lack of cap space the Vikings currently have ($12.3 million) and some other moves they would like to make this offseason, they’re not about to acquire someone like Odell Beckham if he could end up hurting them financially for multiple years.
While Beckham’s cap hit in 2020 is pretty high ($14.25 million), the final three years of his contract are worth taking a gamble on.
If Minnesota were to acquire the current Browns receiver this offseason and he didn’t end up being a good fit for the offense, then the Vikings would have the option to release him in 2021 without owing him any money. The same goes for the terms of his deal in 2022 and 2023.
Since Beckhams’s cap hit for next season is more than the amount of salary-cap space Minnesota currently has, they would obviously have to figure out a way to create some more spending money before acquiring him.
But the Vikings have done this plenty of times in the past, so if there is a chance they can land him in a trade, they’re going to make sure they create the cap space necessary to complete a deal. No matter what it takes.