Vikings should have plenty of cap space

The Vikings have a league-average amount of cap space, and that’s before any moves with Adrian Peterson, Chad Greenway or Jerome Felton.

Much of the Vikings’ planning process for the 2015 season will depend on how much money they believe they will have to invest in free agency.

As things currently stand, the Vikings have nearly $17 million in available salary cap without carrying over any of their remaining 2014 cap. However, that number could take a significant spike in the comings weeks and months.

It’s no secret that the Vikings aren’t going to pay Jerome Felton $2.5 million next season to be a part-time fullback. He may well opt out and test free agency if he is true to his word.

With the new television contracts kicking into the NFL coffers, early estimates have that the current cap level of $133 million rising up to a figure in the $140 million range by the March 10 start of the NFL calendar year.

The $17 million figure takes that into account but doesn’t take into account the current contract status of Adrian Peterson and/or Chad Greenway, or Felton opting out. If the Vikings opt out of their relationship with Peterson and Greenway, they could have around $36 million.

Depending on what they end up doing, they could have much more to spend on players that Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner want to be on the roster.

Get your free-agent lists ready.

MONDAY NOTES

  • A pair of recent Vikings saw action over the weekend in the playoffs. Mike Remmers, claimed off the Vikings practice squad by Carolina, started at right tackle in Saturday’s win over Arizona, while running back Ben Tate deflected a check-down pass that ended up between the knees of Terrell Suggs and shot down Pittsburgh’s chances of advancing in the playoffs.

  • There is positive buzz that the availability of a massive state-of-the-art stadium is both a pro and a con for the Wilf family to lure a MLS franchise. Clearly no other local bidders – or national bidders for that matter – will be able to compete with the palace the Vikings are building on the old Metrodome dumpsite. But there is a fear that a soccer franchise might be better suited for a smaller, more intimate venue. Since when is being too palatial a downside?

  • There continues to be national buzz that the Vikings are in contention for Larry Fitzgerald after he is released by the Cardinals – in lieu of him accepting a massive pay cut/restructuring of his current deal in Arizona. There is nothing in the M.O. of Rick Spielman that says he would sign Fitzgerald for anything more than about one-fourth of his current $23.6 million cap number that has him on the Cardinals’ likely chopping block. It’s not in his G.M. DNA.

  • You have to feel for Lions fans. With Sunday’s come-from-ahead loss, Detroit continued its streak of not winning a postseason game to 23 years. The last time Detroit won a postseason game, Teddy Bridgewater had yet to be born, and the time previous to the last win before that one was before either of his parents were born.


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