Minnesota facing more cap issues in 2020
The Minnesota Vikings spent most of the offseason right near the top of the salary cap and it looks like in 2020 that could be the case again. According to Ben Gossling of the Star Tribune, the Vikings currently have $211.638 million in contracts counting towards the cap for the 2020 season.
The cap ceiling this upcoming season is $188.2 and that number should go up at least a little bit next season, but probably not up to $211 million.
This is an issue and could hurt their ability to sign free agents this upcoming season, but it might not actually be as bad as it looks on paper. They have $211 million in contracts, but not all are guaranteed, so there is plenty that can be trimmed to give them some flexibility.
Riley Reiff, defensive end Everson Griffen, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes all have contracts next season that aren’t guaranteed and each contract is worth more than $12.9 million. Cutting even two of them should get them pretty close to being at the cap. With the team reworking contracts, they should find a way to get under the number.
This season it’s all about the Vikings getting back to the playoffs and making a run for the Super Bowl. After the season they can worry about the rest.