Vikings: 1 participant who might reduce to avoid wasting cap area earlier than the NFL Draft

The Minnesota Vikings have little or no cap area to work with within the NFL Draft, which suggests Rick Spielman might need to chop a veteran to make room. 

As if issues couldn’t get any extra demanding in Minnesota, the Vikings are charting April’s NFL Draft waters with solely round $1.9 million in accessible cap area.

Not nice, Bob.

Regardless of loads of strikes made by common supervisor Rick Spielman, it is probably not sufficient heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. So if one other Vikings participant is certain to be reduce within the coming weeks, who’s now the likeliest cap casualty?

To date, the Vikings have already launched gamers like tight finish Kyle Rudolph, offensive deal with Riley Reiff, defensive deal with Shamar Stephen and kicker Dan Bailey. They’ve additionally restructured the contracts of out of doors linebacker Anthony Barr and punter Britton Colquitt. Whereas they may look to restructure security Harrison Smith and huge receiver Adam Thielen’s offers, the simplest reduce for the Vikings to make is painfully apparent.

Vikings draft rumors: How can Minnesota make cap area?

Minnesota reducing the often-injured cornerback Mike Hughes might be the transfer Spielman makes to unlock some desperately wanted cap area.

Although Hughes was initially a first-round choose by the Vikings in 2018 NFL Draft out of UCF, he has not been the identical participant since sustaining a neck damage on the finish of the 2019 NFL season. He has solely performed in 24 of a attainable 48 regular-season video games in three years, making simply seven begins. It doesn’t really feel like Minnesota can be utilizing its fifth-year choice on him at any level this summer season.

So with the Vikings’ having the sixth-worst cap scenario within the league heading into April, they could find yourself reducing Hughes earlier than the draft to take one other cornerback who doesn’t have these sort damage issues. The Vikings have three top-100 choices to be made on the finish of the month, together with No. 17 general within the first spherical. They will get one other cornerback with any of those picks.

Reducing Mike Hughes might save the Vikings a number of million {dollars} heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

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