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Minnesota Vikings 2017 Offseason preview


January 3, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings 2017 offseason preview.

The Minnesota Vikings had a disappointing ending to a 5-0 start that makes this season seem like a distant memory. Instead of being one of the 12 remaining teams battling for NFL supremacy, we begin 2017 as pivotal offseason to the future of the Minnesota Vikings.

Mike Zimmer stated that Sam Bradford has earned the starting nod to begin 2017 as Teddy continues with his rehab on his recovery.

Adrian Peterson has an upcoming cap hit of 18 million for the 2017 season. Adrian has already expressed interest in retiring with the Minnesota Vikings. He has previously stated that he’d be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Minnesota. None of the 18 million is guaranteed. However, he is owed a 6 million dollar roster bonus after the new league year begins in March. Many people have asked the question if Adrian Peterson is coming back next year. Mike Zimmer stated that Adrian is under contract however Rick Spielman will reevaluate the salary cap side of things.


Key Free Agent possibilities

Adrian Peterson if cut-2017 due 18M
Matt Kalil-2016 salary 11.1M
Captain Munnerlyn-2016 salary 4.5M
Chad Greenway-2016 salary 2.75M
Andre Smith-2016 Salary 3.5M
Terrance Newman-2016 Salary 3M
Cordarelle Patterson-2016 Salary 2.3M

Adam Thielen *Restricted* 2016 salary 600K

Does Chad Greenway retire? Chad Greenway stated at the beginning of the year that this is most likely his last season in the NFL. No formal decisions have been announced yet.

NFL Draft. With no first round pick this year due to the trade for Sam Bradford, the Minnesota Vikings will have their first selection in the second round. There are a couple question marks that need to be addressed. The needs start at the depth of the offensive line, or the possible replacements of Adrian Peterson or Chad Greenway. A couple options include Dan Feeney an offensive guard from Indiana or D’onta Foreman a running back from Texas. Rick Spielman has been known to make a trade to get back into the first round, there are two extra picks from the Miami Dolphins.

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