Sunday, August 30, 2015

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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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[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the 10th article, focusing on the defensive tackles and nose tackles. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backstight endsfullbackswide outsspecialistssafeties, cornerbacks, and defensive ends.]

Yesterday, we discussed the Vikings’ biggest needs at defensive end, which include adding depth behind Brian Robison and addressing Corey Wootton’s expiring contract. Many fans enjoy watching the edge rushers, as they tend to be one of the more disruptive defensive groups. Without a solid nose or defensive tackle, though, players like Everson Griffen wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they were in 2014.

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