Friday, September 4, 2015

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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 OverTheCap.com 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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I already essentially wrote this article last May, but since the NFL is getting closer to awarding 32 compensatory draft picks to the eligible franchises, I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind you not to get your hopes up.

The NFL has a highly complex and secretive formula it uses to award 32 extra draft picks to franchises just before the Draft takes place. The picks are awarded to teams that lost more players to free agency than they gained. They can be anywhere from third to seventh round picks which is decided on a number of factors like the age, salary, and performances of the free agents each team let leave in free agency and those that they signed.

In May, I predicted that the Vikings would be awarded one seventh round draft pick. Their potential haul was cancelled out due, in large part, to the signings of Linval Joseph, Captain Munnerlyn, and Corey Wootton.

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