5 Vikings players who could be cap casualties in 2024

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Possible Vikings cap casualty No. 3

Harrison Phillips, defensive line

Whether or not Harrison Phillips should even be considered to be a salary cap casualty for the Minnesota Vikings is something that could be hotly debated. The defensive tackle is entering the final year of a three-year contract worth $19.5 million.

2024 is interesting because Phillips is set to have a salary cap hit of $8,833,334 with $2,333,334 in guaranteed money. That means his release would free up $6.5 million, which is a significant amount of cap space.

However, the Vikings need help on the defensive line pretty badly. Phillips should be considered the team's best player in that unit, so releasing him could be a huge mistake that might negatively impact the defense as a whole.

With the Minnesota Vikings needing to add talent at so many other places on the roster, saving $6.5 million by letting a quality player in the final year of his contract go would be a huge decision for the team's front office.