No. 1 – Defensive Secondary
$30,075,304 (15.24% of 2020 cap, 17th in NFL)
Alas, the defense-first head coach that outwardly appears to have sentimental ties to the secondary–pays his secondary.
The Minnesota Vikings will pay their defensive secondary proportionally more dollars in 2020 than any other spot on the roster. This amount is largely slipped into the proverbial pockets of its safeties. Between the two of them, safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris will bank nearly $22 million dollars in 2020. Cornerback Mike Hughes will bring home $2.7 million and the rest are below a million.
For what it’s worth, this could have been a lot “worse.” The team parted ways with seven-year cornerback Xavier Rhodes, five-year Trae Waynes, and four-year Mackensie Alexander this past offseason. They will attempt to piecemeal a secondary together infused with youth while having big-dollar safeties as the backbone.
All in all, the Vikings 2020 secondary expenditures are only 17th most in the NFL. Therefore, they are not grossly outspending other teams by any stretch of the imagination.
And, what they have decided to spend on the secondary in the last five years has indisputably worked. Since 2015, the Minnesota Vikings have boasted the league’s second-best passing defense in both yards and touchdowns allowed.