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Mark is at it again, everybody

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NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The combine starts next week from Tuesday, Feb. 26 thru Monday, March 3. There are several sites that list when each position group arrives like this one.

http://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-draft-combine-schedule-dates-tv-channel-live-stream/1c2icnvg5mry01a7c05uiakkht

Luckily for most Vikings fans the offensive line group starts the proceedings along with special teamers and dudes that put their foot on the ball. Since offensive line is the position group where the majority of Vikings fans feel needs the most urgent upgrades then it will likely be watched closely by those that frequent a site like this one.

The Pre-Combine plan is going to be a bit different as usual. I get a lot of feedback when I do these and I like to read other plans to see what those folks think should be done.

So let’s play a little game shall we.

The Vikings start off with $7,252,515 in cap space according to Over the Cap.

They have these free agents as described here ...

Unrestricted Free Agents

LB Anthony Barr

DT Sheldon Richardson

RB Latavius Murray

DT Tom Johnson

OG Nick Easton

OG Tom Compton

WR Aldrick Robinson

CB Marcus Sherels

QB Trevor Siemian

SS George Iloka

OC Brett Jones

RB Ameer Abdullah

PK Dan Bailey

Restricted Free Agents

FS Anthony Harris

OT Rashod Hill

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

FB C.J. Ham

OT Cedrick Lang

TE Josiah Price

P Matt Wile

They also will need enough money to sign the drafted players which is actually about 2.6 mil because the drafted players that make the team will replace some other players already counting against the cap. The details are long and boring but suffice it to say that is fairly close and it could change if they somehow get an extra first round pick for example.

There is not much cap space available to bring back these free agents especially Barr & Richardson. So what to do? What would you do?

First let’s try to create cap space. I’ll start with the players who they could approach about a restructure of some sort and give options.

I will abbreviate signing bonus to SB and dead money to DM. One thing to keep in mind is the cap space in 2020 which is $31,368,487. All moves should be made with an eye towards 2020.


Riley Reiff - $9,400,000 salary + $100,000 workout bonus

Option A - Trade or Release - Saved: $5,100,000

Option B - Restructure - convert 3 mil to a SB - Saved: $2,000,000

(DM last 2 years increase 1 mil)

Option C - Restructure - convert 4.5 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,000,000

(DM last 2 years increase 1.5 mil)

Option D - Restructure - convert 6 mil to a SB - Saved: $4,000,000

(DM last 2 years increase 2 mil)


Everson Griffen - $10,900,000 salary + $500,000 roster bonus + $100,000 workout bonus

Option A - Trade or Release - Saved: $10,543,750

Option B - Restructure - convert 4 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,000,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1 mil)

Option C - Restructure - convert 5 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,750,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1.25 mil)

Option D - Restructure - convert 6 mil to a SB - Saved: $4,500,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1.5 mil)


Linval Joseph - $8,900,000 salary + $500,000 roster bonus + $100,000 workout bonus

Option A - Trade or Release - Saved: $7,100,000 (never will happen so ignore)

Option B - Restructure - convert 4 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,000,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1 mil)

Option C - Restructure - convert 5 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,750,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1.25 mil)

Option D - Restructure - convert 6 mil to a SB - Saved: $4,500,000

(DM last 3 years increase 1.5 mil)


Mike Remmers - $5,650,000 salary + $100,000 workout bonus

Option A - Trade or Release - Saved: $4,550,000

Option B - Restructure - convert 3 mil to a SB - Saved: $2,000,000

(DM last 2 seasons increase 1 mil)

Option C - Restructure - convert 3.75 mil to a SB - Saved: $2,500,000

(DM last 2 seasons increase 1.25 mil)

Option D - Restructure - convert 4.5 mil to a SB - Saved: $3,000,000

(DM last 2 seasons increase 1.5 mil)


If you choose Option A (except for Joseph) for all these restructures you create 20.193 mil in cap space and increase the 2020 cap space by 33.8 mil.

If you choose Option B for all these restructures you create 10 mil in cap space and decrease the 2020 cap space by 4 mil.

If you choose Option C for all these restructures you create 13 mil in cap space and decrease the 2020 cap space by 5.25 mil.

If you choose Option D for all these restructures you create 16 mil in cap space and decrease the 2020 cap space by 7.5 mil.

Obviously, there could be different options in terms of the restructure because it could be that some might come with a cut in pay. But I cannot pretend to project that here. That will come from the powers that be.

I do not see any other candidates for restructure although they could convert 5 mil of Hunter’s salary to a signing bonus which would save 4 mil in cap space and increase the dead money cap hit in last 4 years by 1 mil.

Maybe they consider Rhodes and Smith for this kind of move but it is not something they want to get in the practice of doing. I will leave these moves out of this game.

Now we come to extensions or trades. Extensions will be subjective to the value you place on the player.


Trae Waynes

Option A - Trade - Saved: $9,069,000

Option B - Extend - 5 year 45 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 10.069, 9.1, 9.1, 9.1, 9.1, & 8.1 mil. Increases 2019 cap hit by 1 mil.

Option C - Extend - 5 year 50 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 10.069, 9.1, 10.1, 10.1, 10.1, & 10.1 mil. Increases 2019 cap hit by 1 mil.

Option D - Extend - 5 year 55 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 10.069, 9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1, & 12.1 mil. Increases 2019 cap hit by 1 mil.

Option E - Extend - 5 year 60 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 10.069, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1, 13.1, & 13.1 mil. Increases 2019 cap hit by 1 mil.

Option F - Extend - 5 year 65 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 10.069, 11.1, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1, & 14.1 mil. Increases 2019 cap hit by 1 mil.


Kyle Rudolph

Option A - Trade or Release - Saved: $7,625,000

Option B - Redo - 4 year 24 mil with a 4 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 6.1, 7.1, & 7.1 mil.

Decreases 2019 cap hit by 3.525 mil.

Option C - Redo - 4 year 20 mil with a 4 mil SB with cap hits of 3.1, 6.1, 7.1, & 7.1 mil.

Decreases 2019 cap hit by 4.525 mil.

Option D - Redo - 3 year 21 mil with a 6 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 8.1, & 9.1 mil.

Decreases 2019 cap hit by 3.525 mil.

Option E - Redo - 3 year 18 mil with a 6 mil SB with cap hits of 3.1, 7.1, & 8.1 mil.

Decreases 2019 cap hit by 4.525 mil.


Anthony Barr

Option A - Extend - 5 year 42.5 mil with a 7.5 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 9.1, 9.6, 9.6, & 10.6 mil. Similar to Nigel Bradham.

Option B - Extend - 5 year 45 mil with a 8 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 10.1, 10.1, 10.1, & 11.1 mil. Similar to Mark Barron.

Option C - Extend - 5 year 50 mil with a 9 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 11.1, 11.1, 12.1, & 12.1 mil. Similar to Lavonte David.

Option D - Extend - 5 year 55 mil with a 10 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 11.1, 12.1, 13.1, & 14.1 mil. Similar to Telvin Smith.

Option E - Extend - 5 year 60 mil with a 5 mil SB with cap hits of 6.1, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1, & 15.1 mil. Similar to Jamie Collins.


Sheldon Richardson

Option A - Extend - 4 year 40 mil with a 10 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 11.1, 12.1, & 13.1 mil. Similar to Star Lotulelei.

Option B - Extend - 4 year 44 mil with a 10 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 12.1, 13.1, & 14.1 mil. Similar to Michael Brockers.

Option C - Extend - 4 year 48 mil with a 12 mil SB with cap hits of 4.1, 14.1, 14.1, & 16.1 mil. Similar to Timmy Jernigan.

Option D - Extend - 4 year 52 mil with a 16 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 15.1, 15.1, & 17.1 mil. Similar to Linval Joseph.


If you choose Option C for Waynes, Option B for everyone else you use 4.575 mil in cap space and decrease the 2020 cap space by 37.4 mil which puts you in the red. Of course the structure could be different.

Again, these extensions amounts are just guesses and will be different if they are given at all.

Any restructures done this year are likely to result in a release next year because that is what it looks like especially if you extend Barr, Richardson, Waynes, and Rudolph with any contracts close to being fair value.

We can play the game without a care for 2020 but that would be a little foolish.

Anyway, I am sure everyone has their own ideas and could come up with different scenarios than the one listed.


Here is my latest using the overthecap calculator

AVAILABLE CAP SPACE - $7,252,515

DEPARTURES

Trade Griffen to Colts for the #27 pick in the 4th - Saved: $10,543,750

Trade Waynes to Bills for the #10 pick in the 3rd - Saved: $9,069,000

Trade Treadwell to the Raiders for the #4 pick in the 7th - Saved: $1,804,770

Release Remmers - Saved: $4,550,000

Release Sendejo - Saved: $5,500,000


IN HOUSE FREE AGENTS

Restructure Reiff - Saved: $2,000,000 (Option B from above)

Restructure Joseph - Saved: $4,500,000 (Option D from above)

Extend 2nd round RFA tender to Anthony Harris - $3,110,000

Extend ERFA tender to CJ Ham - $645,000

Extend ERFA tender to Matt Wile - $570,000

Extend Easton with a 2 year 5 mil deal with a 500K SB with cap hits of 2 & 3 mil

Redo Rudolph with a 3 year 18 mil deal with a 3 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 6.1, & 7.1 mil (saves 2 mil in cap space)

REMAINING CAP SPACE - $40,895,035


FREE AGENTS

Brock Osweiler (QB) - 2 year 4 mil deal with a 500K roster bonus with cap hits of 2 & 2 mil

Mike Davis (RB) - 3 year 10 mil deal with a 3 mil SB with cap hits of 2.1, 4.1, & 4.1 mil

Breshad Perriman (WR) - 2 year 4 mil deal with a 500K roster bonus with cap hits of 2 & 2 mil

Matt Paradis (C) - 3 year 18 mil deal with a 3 mil SB with cap hits of 3.1, 6.1, & 6.1 mil

David Irving (DL) - 3 year 18 mil deal with a 1.5 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 6.1, & 7.1 mil

K.J. Wright (LB) - 4 year 32 mil deal with a 4 mil SB with cap hits of 5.1, 9.1, 9.1, & 9.1 mil

Orlando Scandrick (CB) - 2 year 5 mil deal with a 500K SB with cap hits of 2.5 & 2.5 mil

REMAINING CAP SPACE - $16,995,035


I think they bring back Easton but probably only guarantee the 500K in case they cut him.

Osweiler is someone that most wont want but he actually did OK last year. I would only guarantee his roster bonus of 500K as well.

Davis is a back that I think would fit right in as the 2nd back and provide some power.

Perriman has not had a good start to his career but came on at the end of last year with the Browns. At 6’2” 214 with a 4.26 forty he would definitely provide a deep threat. It could be he is really ready to blossom.

Paradis is an obvious signing due to the fact he was in Denver with Kubiak and Dennison. Makes too much sense. It allows Elflein to slide to right guard and see if he can take that spot.

David Irving has already been suspended twice and his next suspension would be for an entire year. From what I have read he was suspended the last time for missing the test. Not for testing positive which could be interpreted many ways. He is really good at getting sacks though. All I would guarantee is the signing bonus and I probably would include incentives in the deal too. It is short enough where he could get another contract if he does well and does not get suspended again. A bit of a risk but 6’7” 290 tackles that can rush the passer are hard to find.

KJ Wright missed games for the first time last year but has always been good in coverage. I like that about his game most of all.

Scandrick is a veteran for insurance.

Heading to the draft the Vikings would have a starting offensive line ...

LT - Reiff, LG - Easton, Collins

OC - Paradis, Edison, RG - Elflein, Isidora

RT - O’Neill, Norton

Replacements were found for Barr, Richardson, Murray, and Treadwell. Another corner was added since the replacement for Waynes is already on the roster.


The draft picks are 1.18, 2.18, 3.10, 3.17, 4.18, 4.33, 6.17, 6.36, 7.4, 7.33, & 7.36

I am using the fanspeak simulator for this draft

NFL Big Board - Aggregate : Random big board option for the computer : Classic difficulty level : Fanspeak team needs

https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=oyghro

18: R1P18 OT ANDRE DILLARD WASHINGTON STATE 6’5” 306

NCAA Football: UCLA at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/andre-dillard?id=32194449-4c18-6167-8a82-fd2a79031894

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/11/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-andre-dillard/

50: R2P18 G CHRIS LINDSTROM BOSTON COLLEGE 6’4” 310

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/chris-lindstrom?id=32194c49-4e45-1080-da0b-72312551b1b2

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/05/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-chris-lindstrom/

74: R3P10 G MICHAEL DEITER WISCONSIN 6’6” 310

NCAA Football: Purdue at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/michael-deiter?id=32194445-4913-7530-3932-9da3d6c8f088

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2018/12/24/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-michael-deiter/

81: R3P17 S AMANI HOOKER IOWA 5’11” 210

NCAA Football: Northern Illinois at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/amani-hooker?id=3219484f-4f28-9885-74ca-b4eda13809f8

120: R4P18 WR TERRY MCLAURIN OHIO STATE 6’1” 205

NCAA Football: Rutgers at Ohio State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2019/02/04/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-terry-mclaurin

https://steelersdepot.com/2019/02/2019-nfl-draft-player-profiles-ohio-state-wr-terry-mclaurin/

135: R4P33 CB ISAIAH JOHNSON HOUSTON 6’2 1/4” 203

Arizona v Houston Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/isaiah-johnson?id=32194a4f-4800-0016-2d84-d0c7257ca660

https://thedraftnetwork.com/2018/12/08/2019-nfl-draft-player-profile-isaiah-johnson/

190: R6P17 DL TRYSTEN HILL UCF 6’2” 315

Central Florida v Temple Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/trysten-hill?id=32194849-4c00-0003-9608-9c2ce3128b7b

209: R6P36 DL MAXX CROSBY EASTERN MICHIGAN 6’5” 265

NCAA Football: Eastern Michigan at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-theres-more-than-what-meets-the-eye-with-eastern-michigan-edge-maxx-crosby

218: R7P4 TE KAHALE WARRING SDSU 6’5” 250

Arizona State v San Diego State Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/kahale-warring?id=32195741-5275-2700-ebaf-ccabda046f86

247: R7P33 S EVAN WORTHINGTON COLORADO 6’2” 205

Colorado v Colorado State Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/evan-worthington?id=3219574f-5261-9673-2d8a-fc39f9875b5a

250: R7P36 K MATT GAY UTAH 6’0” 232

NCAA Football: Washington at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

https://www.nfl.com/prospects/matt-gay?id=32194741-5930-6452-6cb7-6eadc0ce3ec7

With the free agents and draft the Vikings will have lots of options on the offensive line.

Reiff could be let go or traded but it is doubtful after a restructure. They could though. At the very least it is probably the last season. Easton might not make the team and it would only cost 500K to find out.

The lineup would be ...

LT - Reiff, Dillard

LG - Easton, Dieter,

OC - Paradis, Edison

RG - Elflein, Lindstrom, Isidora,

RT - O’Neill, Collins, Norton

An alternate mock

NFL Big Board - Aggregate : Multiple big board option for the computer : Classic difficulty level : Fanspeak team needs

https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/sharedraft.php?d=rfekun

TRADES

HOUSTON TEXANS

SENT: ROUND: 1 PICK: 18 & ROUND: 6 PICK: 36

RECEIVED: ROUND: 1 PICK: 23 & ROUND: 3 PICK: 22

ATLANTA FALCONS

SENT: ROUND: 4 PICK: 18 & ROUND: 7 PICK: 36

RECEIVED: ROUND: 4 PICK: 15

23: R1P23 OT DALTON RISNER KANSAS STATE

50: R2P18 TE IRVIN SMITH ALABAMA

74: R3P10 DL CHARLES OMENIHU TEXAS

81: R3P17 S AMANI HOOKER IOWA

86: R3P22 WR ANDY ISABELLA UMASS

117: R4P15 C CONNOR MCGOVERN PENN STATE

135: R4P33 CB IMAN MARSHALL USC

190: R6P17 EDGE JUSTIN HOLLINS OREGON

196: R6P23 G ALEX BARS NOTRE DAME

247: R7P33 K MATT GAY UTAH

Well there you go. Hopefully it will inspire some of you to come up with some of your own ideas.