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Monday, September 10, 2007

Vikings tops in cap space

Peter King of Sports Illustrated had an interesting note in his must-read "Monday Morning Quarterback."

The Vikings have a league-high $19.05 million in salary cap space, just ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Where is the rest of the NFC North?

The Packers are ninth, with $12.8 million space, while the Detroit Lions are second to last with $1.68 million and the Chicago Bears are last with $647,000 in space.

The defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts have $13.32 million in space.


Blogger Pete said...

Well then let's play this season and see what we need to improve, and re-sign the guys that perform. I honestly think the Vikes are close to being a great team again. A few offensive sparks and some defensive depth should make these guys contenders in the next few years . . . I hope.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

The fact that the Colts have so much cap space available demonstrates that you don't have to go out to grab the highest-priced free agents to build a good team. A good deal of it comes down to luck, coaching, and draft success.

I think the Vikings are making the right choice sitting on their cap money and drafting well. If a free agent comes along that would benefit the Vikings, they have demonstrated that they will go out to get him.

The fact is that there were no real high quality free agents available this year.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Tom C said...

First off, this list doesn't reflect the resigning of Pat Williams who will likely receive the majority of his guaranteed money this year. So I'd expect the Vikings to be around $10-12 million at this point.

Ryan, please don't talk about what you don't know. The only reason the Colts have that much money is because Manning restructured his contract and Tarik Glenn retired. Glenn was scheduled to make around $9 million this year. I wonder where most of that $13 million came from...?

1:48 PM  
Blogger Megdi said...

Could someones PLEASE say what's wrong with Mewelde Moore????? Please!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Good point, Tom.

Also, way to be a dick about it.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Andrew E. said...

Tom, though certainly obstinate, was only partly right. Ryan pointed out (as Madden/Michaels touched on) that the Colts do not sign free agents. Of their 22 starters on Thursday, how many were not drafted/signed off the street by the team? I think that it's 22/22, not counting Booger who's out for the year. This fact allows one to draw the conclusion that Ryan expressed in his last sentence, so perhaps Tom should be hesitant to criticize.

Compare the Colts with the Vikings, where only 12/22 starters are homegrown. It's no secret that rookies are cheaper than veterans, which is what allows the Colts to keep the stars that they want to.

When Randy was traded, many people pointed out that one had to look beyond Williamson/Harris, but also at the cap room created by his departure. If the Vikings had kept Mospepper, then the team would not have had the cap room to sign free agents and resign McKinnie/Henderson/Williamses. In other words, the franchise made the choice to build the rest of the team at the expense of jettisoning the pro bowl QB/WR tandem.

The Colts exmplify the smart business model of building from within, drafting well, resiging core players and letting the others leave.

3:08 PM  

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