Did the Vikings Just Escape Any Salary Cap Worries?

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For the past few seasons, there has been plenty made of the Vikings’ inability to build a complete roster as they deal with a salary cap stifling their spending.

Did the Vikings Just Escape Any Salary Cap Worries?

In an offseason in which they are expected to have significant paydays to hand out, does last week’s news mean they have escaped for now?

Changing Thoughts
January 10th, 2024. Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell and GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center concluding the 2023 NFL regular season. Minnesota finished 7-10 in 2023 and missed the postseason.

When figuring out how to handle the 2024 season, the Vikings’ first and greatest decision will be what they do at the quarterback position. Kirk Cousins is no longer under contract, and he is again looking for a sizable payday. While that means that Minnesota would need to hand out a handsome chunk to a guy coming off a significant injury into his later thirties, having greater spending power could allow them to do it.

Initial suggestions should have revolved around Cousins getting a modest contract that would allow him continuity of playing with a team close to breaking through. That doesn’t appear to be possible, and paying him near the top end of the market will be on deck if the Vikings hope to keep him. That could be problematic when needing to extend Justin Jefferson and factor in what happens with Danielle Hunter as well.

Just Escape Any
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Thirty million in additional funds between what was able to be spent and what can be now is a significant difference. Whereas a sport like baseball doesn’t have a salary cap, and some teams simply don’t try, the NFL has a hard stop, and almost everyone gets as close as they can to the number. While needing to deal with the most positions in sports and pay an unprecedented amount for a wide receiver, it can’t be a bad thing to have been given additional breathing room.

How the change ultimately influences the Vikings’ decisions is something we probably won’t ever know. If they do opt to go the rookie route, though, the increase in cap space would give them even more financial flexibility to fill out holes on the roster beyond just the quarterback position.

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With that reality as the greatest bonus to hitting on a rookie signal caller, it can’t be overstated how far those funds would go throughout the roster. There is also the probability that agents will use the enhanced spending power to negotiate larger deals for their clients or push the market as a whole.

For now, this is all a good thing to see for the Vikings, but to what extent is more of a wait-and-see scenario?


Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.

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