KAM can only do so such with the roster and the signings that Rick would have faced if he had stayed. The had a questionable OL, a QB that likes big multi year contracts and several star players like JJ, Hock and Hunter to sign. Maybe by year three KAM will have the luxury of a better roster after sifting through Zim’s guys and will have addressees our neglected OL. It would be nice to have most of our needs filled and have some luxury picks.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 31, 2023 12:02 pm KAM hit this one out of the park.
Hunter gets paid, but for one year only, and the Vikings can't use the franchise tag on him. That means Hunter gets paid this year and gets his shot to hit the free agent market next year ... which means he will be highly motivated to play well on a prove-it deal in 2023.
Next year is another story, but I get the sense that the Vikings will be ready to move on from Hunter at that point anyway.
I know that KAM's drafting has left many Vikings fans shaking their heads. At best, the jury is still out on almost every player he's drafted. But there's no doubt the man has a plan from a salary cap standpoint. The way you afford guys like JJ and Darrisaw is to not waste resources by carrying a ton of dead cap. KAM will have trimmed almost all the dead cap off the books by 2024.
My fear was that they'd give Hunter a long-term deal and he'd out-age his contract. That's definitely not going to happen. So in my book, this was a solid signing.
Some fans have very little patience and too high of expectations going into year two. I look for a competitive (aka competitive rebuild) team that will continue to add and subtract pieces whenever it means an improvement. I still believe that process will take three of KOC and KAM’s five years to see their stamp on it. The final two years after overhauling the roster will be their make or break years.
My question to fellow Vikings fans is what if they continue to show improvement but fail to bring home a Lombardi? I would vote to sign then to an extension but some will take the opposite approach and provide solid reasoning to support their case. There are valid points with every opinion but I find that reality takes entirely unexpected turns. The folks with strong opinions and a laundry list of stats to back them up have never won the lottery. Keep that in mind when considering the August predictions.