They won't cut Waynes, agree there, they are already down a CB.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:55 pmAccording to Spotrac, we'll be at $10.577 million in cap space.
Where could we cut?
Cutting Trae Waynes would save us $9 million, but with Mike Hughes questionable to be ready for the beginning of the season, it seems tough to cut Waynes. Plus, he's playing great football.
Cutting Kyle Rudolph would save $7.625 million. Not sure how I feel about that.
Cutting Andrew Sendejo would save $5.5 million.
There would be some dead money associated with Mike Remmers, but he'd net us about $4.1 million in cap savings if we cut him.
Cutting Mack Alexander would save about $1 million.
Everyone else would represent a savings of less than a million each.
Might restructure Kyle, he isn't producing for the kind of money he is getting, but they have absolutely nothing else to replace him with, so they won't cut him I don't think. 3 million in savings.
Sendejo might be gone, but 5.5 million is really cheap for a starting safety.
If you cut Remmers you will need two starting guards next season, not just one.
Mack will probably stick.
Griffen might retire, and that would be 10 million.
I think after some finagling and after the cap goes up, they will optimistically have 20 million next season to spend on FA's (after signing rookies). That is without a starting DT, LBer, and LG. Unless they feel comfortable having Sloter as the only backup, they would need to spend 2-5 million on a reliable backup.
Then there is Thielen, who is making less over the next 2 seasons than Diggs makes in one season. He is running out of time to make bank in the NFL, and I wonder what will happen next season when he is making about 15 million less than guys he is arguably better than. Normally the Vikings would re-do his deal to keep him happy, but I don't think they can do that with how close up to the cap they are over the next 2 seasons. Would anyone blame him if held out for more money?
They are either going to need to hit a home run in the draft, hopefully picking late in each round, or accept downgrades at a couple of key positions. Certainly no big splashes in FAs, assuming Griffen sticks with the team.