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The Number Is In: $115.3 Million

One of the greatest mysteries surrounding this offseason is how things will shake out one year following the new Collective Bargaining Agreement being put into place.

Kevin Seifert over at ESPN has just about figured it all out… or at least seems close.

The NFL salary cap is not expected to grow much from where it was last year, which was $120 million, and the highest number I have seen is $125 million.

According to Seifert, the Vikings currently have a cap total of $115.3 million, which doesn’t give them a whole lot of spending cash considering they are expected to have a large class of rookies in need of a contract.

The top tier free agents of 2012, such as Vincent Jackson or Carl Nicks, will not get the kind of money they are looking for from Minnesota unless the team figures out a way to clear up significant cap space.  This could happen via releasing expensive veterans and/or restructuring contracts.

Either way, if the Vikings are going to make moves like that, we should start hearing about them pretty soon.  Keep an eye on Steve Hutchinson and Kevin Williams.

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  1. I think Hutchinson is gone. That should save quite a chunk. I think some contracts will be restructured to turn some salary into pro rated bonuses. It’s a good thing the Vikes have one of, if not the best cap master around.

  2. Players who must go or

    Jared Allen DE $8,979,438 Keep
    Adrian Peterson RB $10,720,000 Keep (bad contract)
    Steve Hutchinson G $6,680,000 Bye Bye Steveo
    Antoine Winfield CB $7,550,000 Keep
    E.J. Henderson LB $4,700,000 Keep ( half price or go EJ)
    Kevin Williams DT $6,000,000 Keep
    Visanthe Shiancoe TE $3,100,000 Bye Bye Shankdizzle
    Cedric Griffin CB $3,350,000 Keep
    Percy Harvin WR $655,000 Keep
    Anthony Herrera G $2,650,000 Bye Bye Tony
    Charlie Johnson T $1,000,000 Keep
    Greg Camarillo WR $1,700,000 Cut
    Christian Ponder QB $375,000 Keep
    Husain Abdullah S $1,835,000 Fasting
    Chris Kluwe P $1,180,000 Freds hates Klue
    Toby Gerhart RB $405,000 Keep
    Erin Henderson LB $1,200,000 Ha Ha Ha…LOL, LMFAO
    Chris Cook CB $405,000 Keep (in jail)
    Tyrell Johnson S $555,000 NO
    Phillip Loadholt T $480,000 Keep
    Xaiver Adibi LB $555,000 Who the hell is this?
    Asher Allen CB $480,000 No way…no stinkin’ way
    Letroy Guion DT $555,000 Keep
    John Sullivan C $555,000 This number sure isn’t right
    Lorenzo Booker RB $555,000 Bye
    Everson Griffen DE $405,000 Keep, sit Robinson
    Jamarca Sanford S $480,000 Hell no
    Kenny Onatolu LB $480,000 Keep
    Jasper Brinkley LB $480,000 Keep
    Joe Webb QB $405,000 Double his pay!!
    Patrick Brown T $405,000 Who?
    Marcus Sherels CB $330,000 No, this should end now.
    Ryan Perrilloux Brian who??

    There we are now under the cap.

  3. Haha Freds is on a roll tonight. Speilman better watch out or Freds will get his job. The only one I would question is keeping Cedrik Griffen at $3,350,000.

  4. This just goes to show what a horrible position the old regime got us in. It’s amazing such a terrible team can be so close to the cap.