Re-Evaluating Minnesota Vikings' Worst Player Contracts

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Re-Evaluating Minnesota Vikings' Worst Player Contracts
Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press
Christian Ponder and Greg Jennings are both under contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. Are they worth it?

The Minnesota Vikings have already made sweeping changes following their 2013 season, with new head coach Mike Zimmer and coordinators Norv Turner and George Edwards joining the team.

General manager Rick Spielman will have his hands full this offseason reviewing current free agents and preparing for the upcoming NFL draft.

But another part of his job will be to review current players under contract and make decisions that could ultimately determine the player's future with the club.

We've broken down five of the worst contracts for Minnesota heading into 2014.

These deals may be bad for a variety of reasons, including performance this season, comparison to other player contracts at the position, cap hit next year and viability for the future.

For example, fullback Jerome Felton was excluded from this list, despite ranking as the most overpaid player by Forbes prior to the 2013 season.

He ended up ranking as the sixth-best fullback by Pro Football Focus (subscription required) and has a similar contract to some of the fullbacks just ahead of him, such as Mike Tolbert and John Kuhn.

The following players, on the other hand, don't quite have the same return on investment given the overall cost of their current deals.


Statistics courtesy of, unless otherwise noted. Player rankings and advanced statistics courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

All contract details courtesy of

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