The Dalton Risner Deal is Pretty Friendly for the Vikings

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In the end, the cost wasn’t too high to bring the LG1 back.

Ben Goessling of The Star Tribune came through with the details for the Dalton Risner deal. Per Goessling, these are the numbers: “Dalton Risner got a $1.41M base ($600K guaranteed), a $500K signing bonus and a $500K roster bonus from the #Vikings. Total of $2.41 million.”

The Dalton Risner Deal and the Vikings’ Budget

Hop over to Over the Cap and the Vikings are sitting in a pretty good spot.

OTC suggests that Minnesota is operating with a pretty hefty $26.275M in cap space. At this stage in the offseason, it’s quite a large amount.

Nov 27, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) reacts with tight end Josh Oliver (84) and guard Dalton Risner (66) after a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Getting Risner back onto the field will mean Minnesota is very likely to have a starting front five that looks like this: Christian Darrisaw, Dalton Risner, Garrett Bradbury, Ed Ingram, and Brian O’Neill.

Risner, 28, is listed at 6’5″, 312. He was chosen 41st overall back in the 2019 NFL Draft. He jumped into fifteen games for Minnesota last season, starting eleven while playing 746 snaps on offense. PFF insists that he didn’t allow a single sack.

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Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) celebrates after a touchdown with guard Dalton Risner (66) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Whoever lines up under center in Week 1 — Sam Darnold or J.J. McCarthy — is going to benefit from having a strong front five (what QB wouldn’t?). Lately, there has been a lot more confidence in the tackle tandem than in the iOL that consists of Dalton Risner, Garrett Bradbury, and Ed Ingram. Seeing the inner three take a step forward would certainly offer a boost to Minnesota’s offense.

Risner will turn 29 on July 13th. He’ll be looking to turn a strong 2024 into a chance to secure a larger payday next offseason.

Editor’s Note: In formation from Pro Football Reference, PFF, and Over the Cap helped with this piece.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.