Minnesota Vikings clear cap room with Brian O’Neill contract restructure

(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Brian O'Neill
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) Brian O'Neill /

Offensive tackle Brian O’Neill converted a portion of his base salary to a bonus in order to create some salary cap room for the Minnesota Vikings.

The trade deadline has come and gone with another splash seeing tight end T.J. Hockenson being dealt to the Minnesota Vikings but that doesn’t mean teams are done trying to improve their rosters or their positioning heading into the next season.

Unsurprisingly, the purple and gold are still actively working on their roster and contracts. Today, ESPN’s Field Yates shared the news on Twitter that the team reworked their contract with starting right tackle Brian O’Neill to free some salary cap space.

Here is the tweet announcing the move involving their stud offensive lineman:

Do the Minnesota Vikings have plans for that cap space?

This move has heated up speculation that the Vikings could pursue a free agent like Odell Beckham Jr. or Ndamukong Suh. While it is possible Minnesota could be preparing for another big addition to the squad, they could also be preparing for an emergency signing or getting some cap ready to roll over to next season.

It will be interesting and fun to see if there is a transaction made over the next week. Since the Vikings have a 6-1 record at the moment and are on top of the NFC North, it might make sense for Minnesota to go all-in this season and use as many resources as they can to make a run at the postseason.

Plus, more money could be shifted around by the Minnesota Vikings over the coming weeks by restructuring player contracts to create even more salary cap space. That could be something else for fans to potentially watch for over the next few weeks.

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