5 Cuts That Could Create Serious Cap Space for the Minnesota Vikings

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5 Cuts That Could Create Serious Cap Space for the Minnesota Vikings
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Vikings could save $2 million by severing ties with Chad Greenway.

It could be a very entertaining offseason for the Minnesota Vikings

According to Spotrac.com, the Vikings are expected to have $22.9 million available to re-sign their own players or sign free agents. 

And with starters like Chris Cook, Charlie Johnson, Jared Allen and Jerome Simpson set to hit the market in addition to contributors like Fred Evans, Marcus Sherels and Everson Griffen, the Vikings have important decisions to make. 

To make things more interesting, the team owns a top-eight pick and has a dire need to find a franchise quarterback. 

But if the Vikings want to, they could make the offseason more interesting by severing ties with veterans under contract for 2014 and beyond to create additional cap space. 

Now, Minnesota could cut Adrian Peterson and create substantial cap space. But we all know that won't happen, and it'd be foolish for the team to do that. 

The purpose here is to assess which contracts the Vikings could do without to create even more cap space for what should be an exciting offseason. 

The Vikings could cut plenty of people toward the bottom of their depth chart. But that wouldn't do much good for creating cap space. 

All players on this slideshow are veteran players who would create at least $1 million in cap space for 2014 (and potentially beyond). 

The following five players aren't listed in any particular order and all have contracts through at least the 2014 season. 

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