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Minnesota Vikings News and Links, 23 March 2023

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A free agency continues to crawl forward, the Vikings are continuing with a few small signings. They gave CJ Ham a two year extension which will probably lower his cap hit this year. It is unknown what the details of his contract look like after 2023. The team also added a couple of former Rams in WR Brandon Powell and LB Troy Reeder. These deals are likely close to the minimum without much guaranteed and the players may not make the final 53 although I wish them luck.

The Harrison Smith contract details are posted on spotrac and overthecap and they show his salary reduced to 7.5M with a 500K per game roster bonus and most surprisingly, nothing done to the 2024 and 2025 years. Perhaps the two sides could not agree on those years and will revisit it next offseason when he will be 35. The cap hits are 19.2M in 2024 and 22M in 2025. Those wont happen and the team will either flat out cut Smith next year or ask him to take yet another pay cut.

Za’Darius Smith and Dalvin Cook are still on the cap with the same number. The team could leave them as is and restructure O’Neill to get some cap space to sign rookies but that does not leave much room to do an extension for JJ.

I believe that a large percentage of fans want the team to do nothing with Danielle Hunter’s contract and let him play for the 5.5M he is set to earn because he got paid when he was injured so he owes the team. I suppose the team could do that but the odds of them getting him to sign an extension next year will be very low. They could place the franchise tag om him next offseason. This year it was 19.7M for defensive ends and 20.9M for linebackers. Will he be a end or backer? Also, he’ll have a 11.24M dead money cap hit next year before they do anything so that tag will increase his cap hit to 30M which he could NOT sign until training camp if he wanted.

I think there is still work to do but they are taking their time sorting it all out.


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Trade Partner: Seattle Seahawks
Sent: Danielle Hunter
Received: Round 2 Pick 21; Round 4 Pick 21
Trade Partner: Atlanta Falcons
Sent: Dalvin Cook
Received: Round 5 Pick 24
Trade Partner: Pittsburgh Steelers
Sent: Round 1 Pick 23; Future Round 2 Pick
Received: Round 1 Pick 17
Trade Partner: Cincinnati Bengals
Sent: Round 3 Pick 24
Received: Round 3 Pick 29; Round 6 Pick 29
Trade Partner: Kansas City Chiefs
Sent: Round 4 Pick 17
Received: Round 4 Pick 32; Round 6 Pick 20
Trade Partner: Green Bay Packers
Sent: Future Round 6 Pick
Received: Round 7 Pick 18

17: R1 P17 QB Will Levis - Kentucky 6’3.7” 229

52: R2 P21 EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah - Kansas State 6’3.1” 255

92: R3 P29 C Joe Tippmann - Wisconsin 6’6” 313

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123: R4 P21 LB Owen Pappoe - Auburn 6’0.2” 225

134: R4 P32 CB Terell Smith - Minnesota 6’0.4” 204

158: R5 P23 WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton - West Virginia 6’4” 221

159: R5 P24 RB Evan Hull - Northwestern 5’10.1” 209

197: R6 P20 DL Brodric Martin - Western Kentucky 6’4.5” 337 Boca Raton Bowl - Western Kentucky v Appalachian State Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

206: R6 P29 CB Cory Trice - Purdue 6’3.3” 206

211: R6 P34 G Sidy Sow - Eastern Michigan 6’4.6” 323

235: R7 P18 LB Ben VanSumeren - Michigan State 6’3” 237

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