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).
The Vikings and starting LT Riley Reiff are closing in on a restructured contract to stay with the team, per league source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 1, 2020
Minnesota keeps its stalwart offensive tackle.
The #Vikings are finalizing a restructured contract with left tackle Riley Reiff, sources tell me and @RapSheet. One day after Reiff was offered a pay cut and said goodbye to teammates, he’s back and the O-line stays intact.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2020
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 spotrac.com.
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