3 Vikings players who could be released ahead of time in 2022

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Which Minnesota Vikings players could be candidates for release ahead of time during the 2022 offseason?

Although the Minnesota Vikings haven’t given up hope of reaching the postseason in 2021 just yet, some glances are already being cast towards what’s going to be an important offseason. Speculation continues to mount regarding the future of Mike Zimmer, with some established veterans looking for new deals and things looking on the bleak side from a salary-cap standpoint based on projections.

According to Spotrac, the Vikings are currently a little more than $10 million over the cap. Not exactly ideal for a team that could be in line for a major makeover if Zimmer is removed as head coach.

This is all yet to be determined. It might be hard for Minnesota to let Zimmer go if he achieves playoff football once again, which is a real possibility considering how much things are constantly changing where the NFC wildcard picture is concerned.

General manager Rick Spielman and his staff will be tasked with keeping the Vikings competitive despite the money being tight. Recent history tells us that he won’t hesitate when it comes to making the necessary sacrifices, no matter how popular or important a specific player is to the team’s chances.

With this in mind, here are three Vikings players that could be candidates for a shock early release to save funds this offseason.