Questions Answered: The Christian Darrisaw Deal, Ongoing Risner Stuff, Draft Dilemma

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The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by VikingsTerritory. Today is the April 30th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to [email protected].

Questions Answered: The Christian Darrisaw Deal, Ongoing Risner Stuff, Draft Dilemma

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.

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Q: How much will Christian Darrisaw get for his next contract?

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Answer: Probably four years and $100 million.

For now, Laremy Tunsil is the NFL’s highest-paid left tackle, earning $25 million per season. Darrisaw may not be as productive or battle-tested as Tunsil, but when the market resets next offseason, the $25 million per season should seem like the going rate for one of the league’s best OTs.

Minnesota locked in Darrisaw’s fifth-year option this week — the no-brainer to end all no-brainers — so it’s worth noting that his big money won’t kick in until 2026.

We say four years and $100 million, and it might even be more than that.

Q: Do you personally believe Dalton Risner will be back with the Vikings?

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Former Denver Broncos offensive guard Dalton Risner on Monday Night Football during his first start with the Minnesota Vikings. U.S. Bank Stadium, October 23rd, 2023. Risner started for an injured Ezra Cleveland.

Answer: We’ll say it about 35% yes and 65% no.

In March, KFAN’s Paul Allen asked Adofo-Mensah about the chances of Risner returning in purple, and the young executive replied, “Where we’ve wanted to be is best available. That’s where we’ve tried to set ourselves up both in a draft and acquisition standpoint. So every option is on the table. That’s all I can say about that.”

We lean toward no because Minnesota probably would’ve re-signed Riser by now. What are they waiting for if the goal is to reunite him with the 2024 roster?

No matter what, Risner receiving so little love in back-to-back free agency periods is weird. We continue to believe Risner will end up with a team like the Miami Dolphins or Philadelphia Eagles.

Q: Are you worried the Vikings traded too much draft capital to acquire J.J. McCarthy and Dallas Turner?

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A: No. This is how it goes.

Minnesota handed out a lot of mid- and late-round draft capital for McCarthy and Turner — that cannot be denied. It happened.

The Vikings Got:
J.J. McCarthy
Dallas Turner
6th-Rounder (2024)
7th-Rounder (2024)

The Vikings Gave:
No. 11
2nd-Rounder (2024)
2nd-Rounder (2025)
3rd-Rounder (2025)
4th-Rounder (2024)
4th-Rounder (2025)
5th-Rounder (2024)
5th-Rounder (2024)
6th-Rounder (2024)

But it was either that arrangement or sending multiple 1st-Rounders to the New England Patriots for Drake Maye. The Vikings prioritized keeping the 1st-Rounders, and we understand it.

Obtaining the quarterback of the future with a 7-10 record the season prior would always be expensive. It’s the price of the competitive rebuild.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His MIN obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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