6 current Vikings who might not be on the roster in 2021

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Riley Reiff – LT

Riley Reiff was almost cut by the Vikings this summer, so a potential departure from the team in 2021 is something that certainly can’t be ruled out.

Reiff was approached by Minnesota to take a pay cut right before the start of the regular season after the team had just acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After some speculation that the veteran offensive tackle was likely on his way out, he decided to agree to a restructured deal and remain with the Vikings.

After this season, Reiff only has one year left on his current deal with Minnesota. That final year comes with a cap hit of $13.95 million and that will be the 12th-highest cap hit of any NFL left tackle in 2021.

Reiff has performed well this season for Minnesota and it might result in the team keeping him on the roster for the final year of his contract. But as we mentioned with Kyle Rudolph, the Vikings might need to make some tough decisions during the upcoming offseason due to the salary cap potentially decreasing in 2021 and Reiff could be someone the team chooses to let go in order to create more cap space.