A Salary Cap Update Following Minnesota’s Three Recent Signings

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Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Over the past few days, we’ve learned that the Vikings have signed their remaining two rookies and that they added another TE to the roster. The Minnesota salary cap space is thus a little less abundant.

According to Spotrac, Ed Ingram will carry close to a $1.1 million cap hit and Andrew Booth Jr. a little more than $1.5 million. We know that Shaun Beyer is making the $705,000 minimum, so his total won’t impact the team’s cap space right now.

After crunching all these numbers, Spotrac puts the Vikings as having $8,720,613 in space. Currently, that’s the 22nd most in the NFL.

Previously, we’ve explored some ways that Minnesota can create more flexibility with the salary cap. Cuts, trades, and restructures can all be used to give the team more room. Plus, extensions can allow management to lessen the current financial burden by pushing money into future seasons. Minnesota doesn’t need to do these things, but the option is there if it wants to do so.

A topic that’s often of interest to Vikings fans rests in who could be added to improve the roster. Many have speculated about the possibility of signing J.C. Tretter, though there are others who also make some sense. When training camp and the preseason arrive, teams commonly sign the impact veterans who are still available. Injuries and underperformance open opportunities that previously didn’t exist.

For the most part, Minnesota is working with well-paid veterans and a lot of players on their rookie deals. As a result, a lot of the depth behind the starters is unproven young guys. Can ABJ be a strong NFL corner? We think so, but we can’t say with certainty. What about the young edge rushers: Janarius Robinson, Patrick Jones II, and Luiji Vilain? Can any of the three provide strong snaps in 2022? Again, we’ll need to wait and see.

If the team believes that some of the young players aren’t ready, then there is enough room to make a signing or two. Money isn’t abundant, but a deal for a little above the minimum is feasible.