With the start of free agency now less than a week away, the Minnesota Vikings have cleared a little more room under the salary cap.
On Thursday, the team announced that they had restructured the contract of punter Britton Colquitt. Colquitt will now make the veteran minimum for the 2021 season, a move that gives the Vikings $1.3 million in salary cap space. This gives the Vikings a little over $10 million in cap room with (hopefully) more moves to be made before the start of free agency on Wednesday.
Colquitt came to the Vikings before the start of the 2019 season. Prior to that, Colquitt had been with the Cleveland Browns for three seasons and the Denver Broncos for several years before that. He had a bit of a down year in 2020, but hopefully he can bounce back in 2021.
In addition, as someone pointed out on the Twitters. . .and my apologies for not immediately remembering who. . .but Colquitt also served as the holder in Cleveland for the man that’s currently the only kicker on the Vikings’ roster in Greg Joseph, who the Vikings signed a few weeks ago. The two played together in Cleveland in 2018, when Joseph hit 17-of-20 field goals and 25-of-29 extra points in 14 games for the Browns.
So, with the release of Dan Bailey, at least one of the Vikings’ specialists from this past season will survive to wear purple in 2021, it would appear.