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Vikings have fourth-most cap space

2/12/2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- As the Minnesota Vikings head into the busiest part of the NFL offseason, beginning next week with the scouting combine in Indianapolis, they'll have plenty of things to think about. High on that list will be their 15 players soon to hit unrestricted free agency -- and the significant amount of money they'll have at their disposal if they decide not to bring back many of those players.

In fact, the Vikings have the fourth-most cap space in the NFL at the moment, with just over $103 million committed to 54 players for 2014. Assuming the cap figure lands around $126 million, the Vikings would have almost $23 million to spend this spring. Only the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars would have more money available.

The flip side of all this, as we've been discussing in our Meet the Free Agents series, is that the Vikings have plenty of decisions to make on which players they'd like to bring back. They'll undoubtedly re-sign a number of their free agents, so they're unlikely to walk onto the open market with $23 million to spend, but much of their available money was freed up by the expiring of Jared Allen's contract; the Vikings don't have many other high-dollar UFAs, so even if they were to bring back a couple of them, they'd still have cash available for possible free agents.

Here is a snapshot of the Vikings' current salary cap picture, with their contract commitments at each position:

Quarterback

Under contract: 1

Total cap value: $3,232,213

Top cap charge: Christian Ponder ($3,232,213)

Running back

Under contract: 4

Total cap value: $17,725,999

Top cap charge: Adrian Peterson ($14,400,000)

Wide receiver

Under contract: 5

Total cap value: $10,456,320

Top cap charge: Greg Jennings ($7,000,000)

Tight end

Under contract: 4

Total cap value: $7,613,280

Top cap charge: John Carlson ($5,000,000)

Offensive line

Under contract: 6

Total cap value: $18,318,687

Top cap charge: Phil Loadholt ($5,750,000)

Defensive line

Under contract: 5

Total cap value: $12,441,182

Top cap charge: Brian Robison ($5,300,000)

Linebacker

Under contract: 3

Total cap value: $9,370,027

Top cap charge: Chad Greenway ($8,200,000)

Cornerback

Under contract: 4

Total cap value: $3,650,455

Top cap charge: Xavier Rhodes ($1,774,205)

Safety

Under contract: 5

Total cap value: $6,855,788

Top cap charge: Jamarca Sanford ($2,750,000)

Specialists

Under contract: 3

Total cap value: $2,410,531

Top cap charge: Cullen Loeffler ($1,270,000)