Riley Reiff Accepts Contract Restructure to Stay with Vikings

Photo: Duane Burleson - Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings were out of salary cap space, after trading for Yannick Ngakoue over the weekend. To balance the books, Rick Spielman decided on a very risky but calculated ultimatum. Riley Reiff would need to restructure his salary (take a pay cut) if he wanted to stay on the roster for the 2020 season.

Slick Rick’s risky business paid off today, when Riley Reiff begrudgingly accepted the Vikings’ offer, after 2 days of painful soul searching (or trade searching).

This was absolutely best-case scenario for the Minnesota Vikings. We are yet to hear how much relief they will get from this restructure. Even if it is minimal, it’s necessary. The Vikings currently sit $600K in the red, after balancing their salary cap checkbook, according to

As I anxiously detailed yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings need Riley Reiff just as much as he needs them, if they want to compete for a Super Bowl. Even with Reiff holding down the left edge of the offensive line, it’s still one of the biggest weak spots on the team.

Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook are just as happy as Rick Spielman, this afternoon.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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