According to Jason La Canfora at CBS, owners were informed that the 2015 Salary Cap for the NFL will rise, possibly up to $142 million.

The fact that it could rise even higher than that means a lot when it comes to contracts. Because the amount of space a player takes up on a team’s overall payroll is the only thing worth caring about when it comes to player contracts (unless you have a moral objection to a particular player or group of players drawing large sums of money), this changes the 2015 landscape for a number of teams, including the Vikings.

Here’s a table (courtesy of OverTheCap.com) below with the 2015 cap hits for Vikings players and what percentage of the cap they take up. Next to the two different columns for the different caps is a column that looks at how much of the cap their average cap hit took up in the year they signed with Minnesota:

Player Signed Cap Hit Percent (138.6M Cap) Percent (141.8M Cap) Original Avg When Signed
Adrian Peterson 2012 $15,400,000 11.1% 10.9% 12.2%
Greg Jennings 2013 $11,000,000 7.9% 7.8% 7.3%
Chad Greenway 2011 $8,800,000 6.3% 6.2% 6.6%
Everson Griffen 2014 $8,200,000 5.9% 5.8% 6.4%
Phil Loadholt 2013 $6,750,000 4.9% 4.8% 5.1%
Kyle Rudolph 2014 $6,550,000 4.7% 4.6% 5.3%
Matt Kalil 2012 $6,290,644 4.5% 4.4% 4.1%
John Sullivan 2012 $5,750,000 4.1% 4.1% 3.9%
Brian Robison 2011 $5,450,000 3.9% 3.8% 4.3%
Matt Cassel 2013 $4,750,000 3.4% 3.3% 3.8%
Linval Joseph 2014 $4,600,000 3.3% 3.2% 4.7%
Captain Munnerlyn 2014 $3,833,333 2.8% 2.7% 2.9%
Brandon Fusco 2014 $3,550,000 2.6% 2.5% 3.2%
Ben Tate 2014 $2,950,000 2.1% 2.1% 2.2%
Anthony Barr 2014 $2,896,272 2.1% 2.0% 2.4%
Charlie Johnson 2011 $2,500,000 1.8% 1.8% 2.4%
Jerome Felton 2013 $2,500,000 1.8% 1.8% 1.8%
Harrison Smith 2012 $2,271,355 1.6% 1.6% 1.5%
Sharrif Floyd 2013 $2,202,600 1.6% 1.6% 1.7%
Xavier Rhodes 2013 $2,129,046 1.5% 1.5% 1.6%
Cordarrelle Patterson 2013 $1,969,376 1.4% 1.4% 1.5%
Teddy Bridgewater 2014 $1,556,705 1.1% 1.1% 1.3%
Marcus Sherels 2013 $1,250,000 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%
Andrew Sendejo 2013 $1,066,668 0.8% 0.8% 0.7%
Josh Robinson 2012 $950,250 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
Jarius Wright 2012 $765,027 0.6% 0.5% 0.5%
J’Marcus Webb 2014 $745,000 0.5% 0.5% 0.2%
Rhett Ellison 2012 $735,146 0.5% 0.5% 0.3%
Robert Blanton 2012 $712,763 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Scott Crichton 2014 $705,507 0.5% 0.5% 0.6%
Gerald Hodges 2013 $690,027 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Blair Walsh 2012 $689,483 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Shaun Prater 2013 $660,000 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Audie Cole 2013 $660,000 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Jerick McKinnon 2014 $648,750 0.5% 0.5% 0.5%
Jeff Locke 2013 $631,048 0.5% 0.4% 0.5%
Michael Mauti 2013 $600,682 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Chase Ford 2013 $585,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Joe Banyard 2013 $585,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Zach Line 2013 $585,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
David Yankey 2014 $561,725 0.4% 0.4% 0.5%
Antone Exum 2014 $538,947 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Shamar Stephen 2014 $526,287 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Brandon Watts 2014 $525,612 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Jabari Price 2014 $525,455 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Antonio Richardson 2014 $510,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Austin Wentworth 2014 $510,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Charles Johnson 2014 $510,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Adam Thielen 2014 $510,000 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%

The total adds up to $129 million, which doesn’t account for the fact that perhaps half of the young players will end up cut cap-free or on the practice squad. the Vikings have a negligible dead space hit for 2015 (so far) at only $264,000. With new rookies coming in and some of these young players being pushed out, expect the cap number to be somewhere between $131-$133 million or so without any changes. That gives the Vikings somewhere between $5.6 million and $10.8 million. I’m not comfortable with that number, so expect to see some restructuring, trading or outright cutting when it comes to Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway, Greg Jennings and perhaps Brian Robison.