The Minnesota Vikings have one decision made for them in free agency and their management of the salary cap.
The team will be on the hook for the salary of defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
There was some question about whether the Vikings would honor – or have to honor – the fifth-year option of the former first-round pick after getting only one game out of him in 2016, but they have no choice.
Because Floyd was injured and because he isn’t expected to pass a physical by the start of the league year on March 9, the Vikings are required to pay Floyd his fifth-year option, according to a source.
“Sharrif’s situation is, in fact I just saw him continuing to rehab, so he is under contract for the Minnesota Vikings next year,” general manager Rick Spielman said last week.
Floyd will make $6.757 million next year under terms of the fifth-year option.
The Vikings had to make a decision on their 2013 first-round draft picks last May, before Floyd had more knee issues that took much longer to recover from than the team expected. They decided to pick up his fifth-year option and that of fellow first-round pick Xavier Rhodes but declined the option on wide receiver/kickoff man Cordarrelle Patterson.
Floyd played in only one game before a knee injury took him out of action. The team was holding out hope that he would be ready by midseason, but eventually placed him on injured reserve after he was unable to make it back in action.
“When he is healthy, he’s a pretty good player,” Spielman said. “Our defense played well last year, but we did miss Sharrif, because when he is healthy he’s a significant part of our defense and can make a difference in games when he’s in there.”