Every NFL team needs veterans in their locker room, but its important to recognize when a player is past his prime and to make personnel and fiscal adjustments to reflect those changes.
In 2009, along with being one of the league's best teams, the Minnesota Vikings were also one of the oldest and had one of the highest payrolls. After a lackluster 2010 season and a shortened offseason, the Vikings downsized their payroll and got quite younger before moving into 2011. Of course, we all know how those changes reflected their record, but they were necessary changes nonetheless.
To get their salary cap to where it needed to be, the Vikings made three key changes that ultimately gave them the cap space to move forward in a positive way. This included pay-cuts (and eventually releases) for WR Bernard Berrian and S Madieu Williams, and the release of LT Bryant McKinnie—all of whom did not play up to the value of their contracts.
While there aren't as many over-payed players on the roster at this particular moment, there are certainly some players on the Vikings roster that could be in line to lose some money before the 2012 season begins.
Here's a look at seven players that fit this description.