Friday, November 27, 2015

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Back in January, as part of our Free Agency Preview features, I opined that the biggest question facing the quarterback depth chart this offseason was whether or not the team would be keeping veteran Matt Cassel who has been relegated to backup status due to the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings could certainly do worse than Cassel when it comes to their primary backup position, but he carries a cap number of $4.75 million in 2015 which is considerable for a backup. Still, some are surprised (like our friend Christopher Gates over at Daily Norseman) that the Vikings are non-committal about Cassel being on the roster during the upcoming season.

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Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) of 105 The Ticket, Fangraphs, and Sports Data LLC stopped by to talk Twins baseball as well as our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings.

We open the show with Vikings News: the mandatory Adrian Peterson talking point, took a glance at free agency & the recent cut players the Purple might chase, which Vikings might still get cut (looking at you Greenway), as well as the first volume of the Purple FTW! Draft Wishlist.

Brandon then joined me to talk about the Twins and the outlook for the young, promising squad in 2014 and beyond. We went with some baseball love this episode because spring is around the corner, pitchers and catchers are already at spring training, and there’s only so much Adrian Peterson f***** speculation that the human mind can take. Plus what better way to wait for training camp in Mankato than grabbing a beer and watching the Twins give it their best at Target Field this summer? Besides, Brandon is no Vikings neophyte and he also gave some solid, rational takes about Teddy and the team going forward. Which is quite a departure from my usual hot fire.

Wrapping up the show, I give my review of House of Cards season 3, which I finished watching at 5pm Friday. The 13 episode season dropped at 2am that day so… Do the math. ***WARNING: I do reveal spoilers starting at (1:21:42).***

All that and more “bi-lateral strengthness” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump.

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At the University of Minnesota’s pro day on Monday, the media was able to catch up with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, who touched on a number of topics.

Spielman was asked for an update on the Adrian Peterson situation and he explained that the team is now able to have open communications with Peterson, and that they are.

“We are able to have communication now with Adrian,” Rick Spielman said. “We’ll keep all those communications internal. I don’t want to sit here and give you guys a blow-by-blow every day. I think it’s been clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back. There’s no question about the talent, and he’s a unique talent, and he’s under contract with us next year.”

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According to the daily salary cap report released by the NFLPA, the Minnesota Vikings have used $131,365, 934 of their cap room. That report indicates the Vikings have $5,723,960 in carryover space, which means that their adjusted salary cap is $149,003,960 (given that the salary cap number released today is $143,280,000). The difference is $17.6 million.

That number should be the impact the top 51 salaries have on the cap. Given that guard Charlie Johnson’s release was on the official NFL transaction wire, that should also include relief from cutting Johnson. This should also include all adjustments made after the incentives from last year have been calculated, which include an additional $624,000 in retroactive bonuses doled out to players.

The controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson, including moves towards a trade, as well as potential movement on veterans (for example, potentially restructuring or cutting Chad Greenway, Greg Jennings or Brian Robison) should change that landscape before free agency. The Vikings have a few, though not many, free agents of their own they may want to re-sign, most notable of which are backup defensive tackle Tom Johnson and last year’s starter at middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley.

This nails down a number instead of simply relying on estimates, and the amount seems a bit smaller than expected—third-party estimates had the Vikings with $23 million in space.

I’m not sure where the discrepancy comes from, though I suspect incentives in contract play at least a small role.

UPDATE: According to Andrew Krammer at ESPN1500, the $131,365,934 number comes from counting all contracts, not the top 51, which is the rule for cap compliance in the offseason. Krammer says the top 51 calculation gives the Vikings $23 million or so.

That makes sense, given that the Vikings cap page for has total spending match, more or less, the NFLPA amount but a Top 51 number that is $6 million less.

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The Vikings have been attempting to trade Adrian Peterson for weeks

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Multiple sources have confirmed to me that the Minnesota Vikings are working as hard as they can to trade Adrian Peterson, and are willing to unload him “any way they can.” Though ownership and the front office have made overtures to keeping Adrian Peterson, the reality is that they are attempting to get him off the team through any means necessary.

One source told me multiple teams are interested in Peterson, though the strength or seriousness of their interest was not relayed to me.

The Vikings have been attempting to trade Adrian Peterson for weeks.

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