Vikings Trying to Re-Work Contracts of Two Cornerstones

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The Minnesota Vikings are continuing their effort to save 2021 salary cap space, as we inch closer and closer to tomorrow’s opening day free agency bell. In order to get everything they want out of the offseason, they will next look to the contracts of two cornerstone veterans, Adam Thielen and Harrison Smith (per multiple reports) to find more room under the cap.

Per Darren Wolfson (KSTP, SKOR North), the team has been working on Smith’s new contract for a bit longer, but the latest chatter on Thielen is that his deal is closer to being complete. Of course, neither Adam nor Harrison are expected to take any pay cuts. Rather, their new deals will likely include more money guaranteed or more of it up front.

This is a business. Players (rightfully) need incentive to make these things happen. Anthony Barr’s incentive, for example, was a faster return to the free agency pool. Most of the time, it’s money. Just like it is for everyone else. Welcome to the real world.




Others have confirmed Doogie’s report that Thielen’s deal is getting close to complete. Again, there will never be more talent in the free agency pool and the Minnesota Vikings have a lot of holes still to fill, specifically on the offensive line and defensive secondary.

Adam Thielen and Harrison Smith are still huge pieces of this puzzle. As long as Spielman and Brzezinski don’t get too crazy with money and guarantees down the road, there’s no reason new contracts for both guys should come back to haunt the front office.

The new deal Spielman is working out with Thielen, via Ben Goessling (Star Tribune), would save the team $7.5 million in cap space for 2021. According to Chris Tomasson (Pioneer Press) the Vikings have $5.3 million in space right now.




Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan