For a team that's generally not known for making flashy moves in the offseason, the Minnesota Vikings spent a lot of time in the spotlight during the first week of NFL free agency. It's time to break down what Minnesota's offseason moves mean for next month's NFL draft.
According to spotrac.com, the Vikings started the week with about $13.6 million left under the salary cap. That doesn't take into account the contract signed by new wide receiver Greg Jennings.
The Jennings deal is tricky. Spotrac lists the contract at five years and $47.5 million ($18 million guaranteed). Not including any bonuses, that makes the yearly average roughly $9.5 million. Apply that to this year's cap, and that basically leaves the Vikings with $4 million.
Obviously, the team will have to do some restructuring and move some other money around to give itself room to sign its draft picks and restricted free agents.
The downside to all of this is that it looks like the Vikings are essentially done with the free-agent market for this year. The good thing is that knowing what the roster currently looks like makes it easier to predict what the team might do in the upcoming draft.
The upcoming slides are organized by position. Each slide will show the notable additions and subtractions for that position, a current status report and a prediction of what the Vikings will do to address that spot in the draft.
Click on for a breakdown of what Minnesota's offseason moves mean for the NFL draft.