Breaking Down What Minnesota’s Offseason Moves Mean for the NFL Draft

March 20, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For a team that's generally not known for making flashy moves in the offseason, the Minnesota Vikings spent a lot of time in the spotlight during the first week of NFL free agency. It's time to break down what Minnesota's offseason moves mean for next month's NFL draft.
According to spotrac.com, the Vikings started the week with about $13.6 million left under the salary cap. That doesn't take into account the contract signed by new wide receiver Greg Jennings.
The Jennings deal is tricky. Spotrac lists the contract at five years and $47.5 million ($18 million guaranteed). Not including any bonuses, that makes the yearly average roughly $9.5 million. Apply that to this year's cap, and that basically leaves the Vikings with $4 million.
Obviously, the team will have to do some restructuring and move some other money around to give itself room to sign its draft picks and restricted free agents.
The downside to all of this is that it looks like the Vikings are essentiall...

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