Vikings Allow Two Defensive Standouts to Hit Free Agency

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The Minnesota Vikings, as we’ve discussed on multiple occasions, have a lot of player personnel decisions to make this offseason. And on Monday, Kwesi & Co made their first moves… by doing nothing at all; thus allowing the contracts of (DT) Dalvin Tomlinson and (CB) Patrick Peterson to void. Both players are now free agents and will account for over $8 million in 2023 dead cap hits against the Vikings.

Dalvin Tomlinson, Patrick Peterson off to Free Agency

Sure, Patrick Peterson’s dead cap number for next season is just $750K, so it’s possible we see him return after testing free agency. The same cannot be said about Tomlinson. In his case, the Vikings would have worked out a new contract prior to his fat $7.5 million dead cap charge officially hitting the books.

Luke Braun (Locked on Vikings, Patreon) was first to bring attention to Tomlinson and Peterson’s expiring contracts. His findings were confirmed by Ben Goessling (Star Tribune) shortly after.

What’s next?

Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson were two of the best defensive players on the Vikings roster last season and many fans hoped they’d be back. Peterson is certainly past his prime but he’s competent, affordable and a reunion is still possible.

Tomlinson, on the other hand, is 29-years-old and still playing high-level football. He will be one of the most-coveted interior defensive linemen available in free agency and count $7.5 million against the Minnesota Vikings salary cap, no matter where he ends up.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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