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Team Needs:

OG, OT, LB, DT, TE

Available Draft Picks:

1(18), 2(50), 3(82), 4(114), 6(178)

Starting Cap Space:

$5,823,944

Trades:

None

Restructures:

TE Kyle Rudolph from $7,625,000 to $5,625,000

DE Everson Griffen from $11,743,750 to $10,500,000

Kyle Rudolph and Everson Griffen are both big pieces to this Vikings team so cutting them isn’t in the best interest of the team when it comes to competing and winning as soon as possible. That being said, both of them carry pretty big cap hits and I’d think that they want to help the team make some moves to be more successful so they could be on board for restructuring their contracts to free up some space.

Cuts:

S Andrew Sendejo to save $5,500,000

OT Mike Remmers to save $4,550,000

Sendejo started the first five games of the season before getting injured and missing the rest of the year, he’s had a nice career for the Vikings but it seems like it’s time to say goodbye as a cap casualty. Mike Remmers started all 16 games last season and was serviceable but less than stellar. Unfortunately for him, he just wasn’t good enough to keep around and finding his replacement in the draft shouldn’t be overly difficult.

Re-signings:

K Dan Bailey for 2 years, $2,500,000

S Georga Iloka for 1 year, $1,100,000

P Matt Wile for 1 years, $645,000 (ERFA)

RB/TE C.J. Ham for 1 year, $645,000 (ERFA)

Dan Bailey had a less than stellar season in 2018-19 but we’ve seen that he can kick consistently at a high-level so if he can return to the level he played at in Dallas, he can help out this Vikings team a ton. George Iloka was a bit of a surprise cut in Cincinnati last season but he came to Minnesota and played well when he was on the field. At the very least, Iloka is a quality depth safety that could easily step into a starting role if there are some injuries. Matt Wile was arguably a top-10 punter in the NFL last season and since he’s an early right free agent, the Vikings cna bring him back on a very cheap deal and spend money elsewhere. C.J. Ham is one of those guys that doesn’t really have one set position. Capable of playing running back, fullback, or tight end, his versatility makes him a bit more valuable than he would be if he only played one position so bringing him back on his ERFA contract to backup three positions is the smart move here.

Free Agent Signings:

G DJ Fluker for 3 years, $9,450,000

LB Brandon Marshall for 2 years, $10,000,000

DT David Irving for 1 year, $1,250,000

I know a lot of Vikings fans are really hoping for Rodger Saffold but I just can’t see that realistically fitting into the budget while being able to address other needs so another option here is DJ Fluker. Fluker had a pretty good year all-around last season and although he’s not a great run blocker, he can help protect Kirk Cousins, which should be priority #1 going into this offseason. Anthony Barr is most likely leaving Minnesota and he won’t be very easy to replace but by signing Brandon Marshall, the Vikings get a starter quality linebacker and maybe address it again in the draft. David Irving has struggled to put it all together in Dallas but he’s flashed potential so the Vikings take a shot on him here to play as their 3-technique. (3-technique is more of a pass-rushing defensive tackle, for those of you that don’t know the techniques.

Draft Results:

Pick 1.18 – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Cajuste is one of my top tackles in this draft class and I think he’s capable of being a starter for years to come at either tackle spot so the Vikings get a bookend tackle here and let him step in right away to play on the right side. After this coming season they may want to move him to left tackle, start Brian O’Neill at right tackle, and cut Riley Reiff to save almost $9,000,000 for the 2020 offseason.

Pick 2.50 – Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

Although he’s not a household name (yet), Chris Lindstrom is one of the most pro-ready and complete offensive linemen in this year’s draft class that could step in immediately and help this offensive line improve as a unit.

Pick 3.82 – Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford

Bobby Okereke is one of the best coverage linebackers in the NFL draft so taking him to play as the weak-side backer in this defense is a great value pick in the mid-late third round. He’ll be able to step in and start immediately.

Pick 4.114 – Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Miles Sanders deserves more hype than he’s currently receiving. Unfortunately, he’s the guy that had to attempt to replace Saquon Barkley in Penn State’s offense so when compared to Barkley he’s obviously not going to look great. He’s got what it takes to be a quality back in the NFL to replace Dalvin Cook when he’s tired or if he gets injured again.

Pick 6.178 – Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State

Dax Raymond is one of the best tight ends from a small school in this draft class. He’s a great receiving option that leaves a lot to be desired in the run game, but he’ll be able to produce over the middle of the field with all the space freed up by Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$3,640,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$9,400,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$5,318,637

Total Cap Remaining:

$264,057

Backfield Starters

QB: Kirk Cousins

RB: Dalvin Cook

FB: C.J. Ham

Receiver Starters

WR1: Adam Thielen/Stefon Diggs

WR2: Stefon Diggs/Laquon Treadwell

Slot WR: Adam Thielen

TE1: Kyle Rudolph

TE2: Dax Raymond

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Riley Reiff

LG: Chris Lindstrom

C: Pat Elflein

RG: D.J. Fluker

RT: Yodny Cajuste

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Danielle Hunter

DT: David Irving

DT: Linval Joseph

SDE: Everson Griffen

Linebacker Starters

WLB: Bobby Okereke

MLB: Eric Kendricks

SLB: Brandon Marshall

Secondary Starters

CB1: Xavier Rhodes

CB2: Mike Hughes

Slot: Trae Waynes

FS: Harrison Smith

SS: Jayron Kearse

Special Teamers

K: Dan Bailey

P: Matt Wile

KOS: Dan Bailey

LS: Kevin McDermott

KR: Brandon Zylstra

PR: Brandon Zylstra

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