4 Vikings players who could retire after the 2020 season

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Riley Reiff – OT

There is nothing to suggest that Riley Reiff is done with the game of football just yet. The left tackle has enjoyed a superb campaign for the most part despite the team’s overall struggles. But there could be some questions emerging about his future with the Vikings in the coming months.

Reiff restructured his deal earlier this year to give Minnesota some much-needed breathing space on their salary cap. However, given the expected state of their finances ahead of 2021, releasing the offensive lineman and saving more than $11 million is simply too much of a temptation to turn down.

But where does this leave Reiff?

If he decides that moving to a new environment at this stage of his career is a risk not worth taking, then he might decide that riding off into the sunset with his faculties intact is a better option.

The former first-round pick out of Iowa doesn’t need the money having made around $58 million during his career, so he has the luxury of putting his desire to play over financial necessity at this juncture.

It would be a huge shock if Reiff decided to hang up his cleats. But after nine years and 135 career games – 125 of which he has started – perhaps walking away with so much wear and tear on the body might not be the worst idea in the world.