The Minnesota Vikings' offseason got off to a rollicking start the day before the Super Bowl when former Vikings star Cris Carter was elected to the Hall of Fame and then Adrian Peterson became the third Vikings player to win the league MVP award.
After the appropriate amount of back-slapping and congratulating, the team is back to the business at hand, trying to improve the ballclub heading into the 2013 season.
The Vikings proved that the NFL is indeed a business with their first move on Wednesday night, choosing to pick up a previously undisclosed option year on head coach Leslie Frazier's contract, according to the Star-Tribune, rather than signing him to an extension that most observers thought they would.
In a nutshell, the Vikings' owners have basically said they're not completely sold on the uptick the team showed in 2012 and that they're not ready to go all in on Frazier. It was a smart move, Frazier isn't going anywhere and the Vikings' owners were burned the last time they handed out a contract extension to Brad Childress.
Next on the Vikings' agenda has to be the future of Percy Harvin. Every other move the Vikings make this offseason will be predicated on whether or not Harvin is in their plans for the future.
Harvin's future is being bandied about by every media outlet that follows the Vikings, but nobody really has a handle on it one way or another. It's perfectly legitimate to say that the odds of Harvin being in purple next season are 50/50.
The Vikings brass may know otherwise, but they're playing it close to the vest as of yet.
With Harvin's future hanging over everything else, here is a breakdown of the Vikings salary cap by position.