Well, the free agency negotiating window starts in 3 days and the Vikings only have $5,340,897 in cap space. I guess they are waiting until the last minute to release or restructure players. It would be a classy move if they released players before the window opens so they can get out there early.
Kind of hard to do a mock draft without speculating on what moves they might make. I think they can go in a number of directions. Release several players creating a lot of cap space and then hitting free agency as hard as they can or restructuring (not pay cuts just converting salary to signing bonuses) and not doing much in free agency. In this plan I am going with the latter.
I will start with the restructures and releases.
Restructure Danielle Hunter gets 8 mil of salary in a signing bonus saving 6.4 mil in cap space
Restructure Everson Griffen gets 4 mil of salary in a signing bonus saving 3 mil in cap space
Restructure Linval Joseph gets 6 mil of salary in a signing bonus saving 4.5 mil in cap space
Restructure Riley Reiff gets 3 mil of salary in a signing bonus saving 2 mil in cap space
Restructure Harrison Smith gets 3 mil of salary in a signing bonus saving 2 mil in cap space
Release Andrew Sendejo saving 5.5 mil in cap space
Restructure Mike Remmers saving 4.5 mil in cap space
Total cap space saved in 2019 - 27.9 mil
New cap space available - 33.241 mil
Apply 2nd RFA tender to Anthony Harris costs 3.1 mil
ERFA Tender for CJ Ham costs 645K
ERFA Tender for Wile costs 570k
Sign Easton to a 1 year 1.5 mil deal with a 250K roster bonus and 250K guaranteed
New cap space available - 27.431 mil
This is plenty of cap space to sign Richardson and Barr if they want but I think they might want to let those players test free agency and then maybe talk later. I doubt they will return though so I wont include that here.
This plan also leaves Waynes’ and Rudolph’s last year of their deals alone which I believe is a bad way to manage the cap and get a return on your investment. But they still have the option to move them.
It also leaves Treadwell on the team which means they might just eat his salary if he does not make the team. They could still try to trade him but finding a team that wants him may prove to be tough.
So which free agents would be necessary and a good fit. Obviously a linebacker and possibly a DT.
I think the starting offensive line before free agency begins would be ...
Reiff, Easton, Elflein, Remmers, and O’Neill. You have Collins, Isidora, and Edison as the main backups.
This is sure to warm hearts but the new offensive line coach did comment about the talent so maybe he believes he can coach them better than they were last year?
Here are the free agents I would target.
Malik Jackson (DT) gets a 3 year offer for $10,000,000 per year (6 mil cap hit in 2019)
Jamie Collins (LB) gets a 3 year offer for $8,000,000 per year (4 mil cap hit in 2019)
TJ Lang (G) gets a 2 year offer for $4,000,000 per year (3 mil cap hit in 2019)
Brock Osweiler (QB) gets a 2 year offer for $2,000,000 per year (1.75 mil cap hit in 2019)
Mike Davis (RB) gets a 2 year offer for $2,500,000 per year (2.25 mil cap hit in 2019)
Total cap space used in 2019 - 13.25 mil
New cap space available - 10.431 mil
I had to scramble to adjust after the recent releases but the larger signings are not UFAs and wont affect the compensatory picks next year.
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24: R1P24 OT ANDRE DILLARD WASHINGTON STATE 6’5” 315 4.96 forty
35: R2P3 WR DK METCALF OLE MISS 6’3.3” 228 4.33 forty
81: R3P17 C ERIK MCCOY TEXAS A&M 6’3.3” 307 4.89 forty
120: R4P18 TE KAHALE WARRING SAN DIEGO STATE 6’5.1” 252 4.67 forty
142: R5P4 S DARNELL SAVAGE, JR. MARYLAND 5’10.6” 198 4.36 forty
180: R6P7 DL JOHN COMINSKY CHARLESTON 6’5.2” 286 4.69 forty
190: R6P17 CB JORDAN BROWN SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 6’0.3” 201 4.5 forty
196: R6P23 DL RENELL WREN ARIZONA ST 6’4.7” 318 5.01 forty
209: R6P36 LB BEN BURR-KIRVEN WASHINGTON 6’0” 230 4.56 forty
247: R7P33 LB DRUE TRANQUIL NOTRE DAME 6’2” 234 4.57 forty
250: R7P36 WR MILES BOYKIN NOTRE DAME 6’3.3” 220 4.42 forty
Well, there you go. This is obviously going to be invalid in probably a day or two at most.