No. 3 – Offensive Line
$26,440,564 (13.39% of 2020 cap, 29th in NFL)
Wipe that smile off your face; he’s not kidding.
The oft-criticized Minnesota Vikings offensive line can be perceived in two ways from a spending standpoint.
First, this unit takes up the third-most percentage of dollars on the team’s depth chart. So, the Vikings have prioritized the position in relation to their other spots on the team.
However, the Vikings will spend the fourth-least amount of money on offensive linemen in comparison to the rest of the 32 NFL teams. In layman’s terms: the Vikings spend a lot of funds on the offensive line by their own organization’s standards, but not all that much by NFL standards.
Of the $26-plus million spent by the Vikings on the offensive line unit, nearly half of it goes to left tackle Riley Reiff. The bottom 15 players split the remaining $13 million. On Reiff, this is likely why he is so often the subject of trade rumors.
If the Vikings had any interest in aligning with the rest of the league in terms of spending averages, they would need to entertain trimming dollars from their defensive personnel and donating those trimmings to the offensive line.