That's very likely too steep a price for the Vikings to pay for Colon when there will be other unrestricted free agents they can pursue at offensive tackle, as well as tackle being a deep position in the draft.
As NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell noted, he doesn't believe Colon is worth signing if a high draft pick is required in return.
"It's what you have to give up. See, I think you can get Willie Colon in the fourth round of the draft. I think Willie Colon is a nice player and nothing more. He's more than just a guy, but I would not give up a second-round pick to get Willie Colon," Cosell told Viking Update at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think you can get right tackles in the second round, third round, fourth round on your own without having to give up that. I watched him a lot this year because I watched the Steelers pretty much every week, and I think there are times he played well and I think there are other times he struggled. I think there is an inconsistency to his game. I think he's a solid player on a good team, but I would not give up a second-round pick for him."
Colon likely will have to settle for the one-year tender and a $2.198 million salary.
The Vikings are in solid position with the salary cap, believed to be about $31 million under the adjusted cap of $127 million. All NFL teams gained another $4 million in cap space, the NFL told them Wednesday, because they didn't spend enough on player salaries in the previous three years, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network.
The Vikings have tendered qualifying one-year offers to restricted free agents Fred Evans, a defensive tackle, and Naufahu Tahi, a fullback, for $1.01 million and signed cornerback Charles Gordon to a one-year deal that could be worth that much after incentives.
According to Schefter's figures, Tampa Bay has the most cap space at $61 million after their Wednesday purge of veterans, including Derrick Brooks, Joey Galloway, Ike Hilliard and Warrick Dunn. Next is Kansas City with $57 million, Philadelphia at $48 million, Denver at $37 million and Green Bay at $34 million.
The Carolina Panthers have the least amount of cap space at $1.9 million, meaning they likely will have to release or restructure others before signing their top draft picks. New England has $3.2 million, Indianapolis $6.6 million and Pittsburgh $7.4 million, according to Schefter.