So, according to Spotrac, Josh Freeman signed a 1-year deal worth $2,830,000 dollars, however only $1,997,647 of that will count against the cap. I don't know why...I'm just reporting the numbers here. According to Over the Cap, prior to the Freeman deal the Vikings had $2,692,872 in available cap space remaining. If these numbers hold true, then the Vikings will not necessarily have to make any additional moves to get under the cap. I have no way to verify if Spotrac is correct in their cap hit calculations, but let's presume for a moment that the entirety of the Freeman deal counts against the cap. Under that scenario, the Vikings would need to find a way to trim $137,128.
It seems as though the most likely roster cut that is coming is a release of 3rd string QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, and his cap hit of $482,500 would be more than enough to cover the difference. But again, even if the Spotrac cap numbers are accurate, then cutting Bethel-Thompson wouldn't even need to be done, at least from a salary cap perspective. However, obviously, someone needs to be cut as the team currently has 54 players on the roster. Let's also not forget about Greg Childs who is on the Reserve/PUP list and could be eligible to return to the team in a few weeks. If Greg Childs does return, who else might see a visit from The Turk?
Lastly, if McLeod Bethel-Thompson is indeed cut (and I expect him to be the most likely person cut), he could still find his way onto the practice squad. He doesn't have enough active games accrued yet and to my knowledge is still eligible. Who would be cut from the practice squad in that scenario? Looking at the contracts of practice squad players from Over the Cap, it would seem that either Robert Steeples or Joe Banyard might be at the bottom of the totem pole.
So, what say you? What moves do you think the Vikings will make with regards to the roster now that Josh Freeman has been signed?