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Robbroy's Post-Combine, Pre-Free Agency Mock

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Starting cap space: $5,340,897 (per overthecap.com)

Contract details will be listed at the bottom of this post

Impending FAs

UFA QB Trevor Siemian - Let walk

UFA RB Latavius Murray - Let walk (6th round comp pick in 2020)

UFA RB/KR Ameer Abdullah - Let walk

ERFA FB CJ Ham - Signs ERFA tender - Ham has signed his ERFA tender in real life.

ERFA FB Johnny Stanton - Let walk

UFA WR Aldrick Robinson - Signs 1 year extension - Robinson's camaraderie with Cousins leads Minnesota to bring him back on a 1 year deal with very little guaranteed to fight for a roster spot in training camp.

TE Josiah Price - Signs ERFA tender

RFA OT Rashod Hill - Signs RoFR tender - Hill has proved to be a suitable backup swing tackle over the past two years, is brought back for cheap.

ERFA OL Cedrick Lang - Let walk

UFA OG Nick Easton - Signs 1 year extension - Easton provides viable depth at both guard and center provided he's healthy, which the Vikings safeguard against by giving him few guarantees making him an easy cut if he is unable to return to playing form this offseason.

UFA OL Brett Jones - Let walk

UFA OG Tom Compton - Signs 1 year extension - Compton's friendship with Cousins as well as his veteran presence causes the Vikings to give him a deal similar to Robinson's, one that entices him to re-sign but makes it easy to release him in camp should a younger player prove to be a better fit for the roster than he is.

UFA DT Sheldon Richardson - Let walk (4th round comp pick in 2020)

UFA DT Tom Johnson - Let walk

UFA LB Anthony Barr - Accepts better offer (4th round comp pick in 2020)

UFA SAF George Iloka - Let walk

RFA SAF Anthony Harris - Signs 2nd round RFA tender - Much like Adam Thielen following 2016, Harris signs an extension that gives him a handsome pay raise and locks him into the 2019 fold under the 2nd round tender amount of just a hair over $3 million.

UFA K Dan Bailey - Signs 1 year extension - I think last year was an anomaly, and an offseason and training camp working with a special teams coach not named Priefer would get Bailey much closer to his Cowboys' ways rather than what he produced in 2018. 

ERFA P Matt Wile - Signs ERFA tender - Wile has already signed his ERFA tender

UFA RS Marcus Sherels - Signs 1 year extension - The king returns to his throne for cheap.

 

 

Contracted player moves

WR Adam Thielen - Signs 4 year extension - The Vikings prevent a holdout with Thielen by handsomely rewarding him for his contributions over the last two seasons.

TE Kyle Rudolph - Signs 2 year extension - Rudolph tacks 2 years onto his deal while adding a small amount of guaranteed money to his pockets, giving the Vikings much needed cap flexibility in the process.

OG Danny Isadora - Released

OL Mike Remmers - Released

DE Everson Griffen - Restructures contract - Griffen redoes his contract in order to prevent being cut.

SAF Anthony Harris - Signs 3 year extension - As previously explained, Harris plays 2019 under the 2nd round RFA tender, and receives an additional 3 years that rewards him for the progress he's shown over the past few seasons.

SAF Andrew Sendejo - Released

 

Current cap space: $23,361,263 (reserve ~$8-$8.5 million for draft picks)

 

 

Free agency

RB Alfred Morris - 1 year, $2.5 million with $200k guaranteed. Morris showed there's still a little life in his legs as a power back early in the season, and is brought in for cheap to compete with Mike Boone and the primary #2 back to Dalvin Cook this season.

TE Tyler Eifert - 1 year, $4 million with $800k guaranteed, plus a 1 year, $7 million option. Minnesota buys low on the talented, accomplished tight end who has had some of the worst injury luck in the league over the past few seasons. Eifert is an excellent receiver when on the field and could provide the Vikings some opportunities that would prove very difficult to defend when on the field with Rudolph, Diggs, and Thielen.

OG John Miller - 1 year, $2.1 million with $600k guaranteed - Miller has experience in the past with new OL coach Rick Dennison, having played under him in 2017 when Dennison was Buffalo's OC. He's a much bigger guard than the Vikings usually bring in, but he comes in cheap and with a chip on his shoulder searching for a starting spot after an up and down tenure in Buffalo.

OLB Jamie Collins - 3 years, $19.7 million with $9.3 guaranteed - The main signing of the offseason, Collins won't factor into the compensatory formula for 2020, and should have enough juice left in his legs to fortify a linebacking corps that needs to step up big time next season.

 

 

Trades

WR Laquon Treadwell is traded to Baltimore for pick 6.193 - Treadwell needs a fresh start, and with Baltimore being a run first time that is thin at receiver, the Vikings ship him off to another purple team where his blocking can be accentuated and his receiving deficiencies can be masked for the time being.

CB Trae Waynes is traded to Pittsburgh for pick 2.52 - Minnesota ships Waynes off for a better return than they could get as a compensatory pick if he were to leave in free agency next season. While his loss would sting, the return of Mike Hughes and the promise of Holton Hill make him not quite expendable, but considerably lessen the blow of losing Waynes.

Pick 190 is traded to the Los Angeles Chargers for OG Forrest Lamp - I loved Lamp coming out a couple seasons ago, and the Vikings would be wise to pounce on him after he's clearly fallen out of favor in San Diego Los Angeles. He's young, cheap, and has every opportunity to capture one of the two offensive guard jobs that will be wide open this offseason.

 

 

NFL Draft

Starting picks…

1.18.

2.50.

2.52 (from PIT).

3.81.

4.120.
6.193 (from Baltimore)

6.209 (comp)

7.247 (comp).

7.250 (comp).

 

1.18. TRADED to Oakland (Oakland jumps Pittsburgh for Devin Bush). Minnesota receives 1.24, 3.66, and 6.196 for 1.18 and 6.209

1.24 (from Las Vegas of Oakland). Dalton Risner, OG, Kansas State - Risner has had an outstanding offseason so far, and Minnesota has met with him at the Combine as well as sent scouts to his Pro Day. He could immediately step in at any of the open positions on the line, and in this scenario is penciled in as the day 1 left guard, where his weakness against speed would be masked and his strength and aggression would be highlighted.

2.50. Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas - The last time the Vikings took an athletic freak on day 2 of the draft, they got one of the top 5 defensive ends in the league. Thanks, Scott Crichton. While I personally think Omenihu could end up as a great, albeit a bit undersized, 3-tech, in this scenario, the Vikings grab Omenihu to mold him as the successor to Everson Griffen, who gets another year to rebuild his value, and ease him into the starting role over time opposite Danielle Hunter. Minnesota met with him at the Combine.

2.52 (from Pittsburgh). Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina - One of my personal favorite prospects of the draft and my offensive winner of the Senior Bowl, Deebo would be an outstanding 3rd receiver in this offseason. He's got the speed to win deep and the quick twitch to win on short routes at the line of scrimmage, and while he may be a rough against press, he could feast routinely facing single coverage in an offense that also features Thielen and Diggs. Minnesota met with him at the Senior Bowl.

3.66 (from Oakland). TRADED to Carolina (Carolina jumps up to grab Lonnie Johnson). Minnesota receives 3.77 and 5.154

3.77 (from Carolina). Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois - I went back and forth with this pick between Devin Singletary, a couple corners, and Saunders. I end up going Saunders to complete the d-line. While he's far from the typical 3-tech, he could be a great counterpart to Linval both subbing in for him and playing next to him. He's a great pass rusher for a guy his size, and I have faith that Coach Patterson could round him out as a complete tackle in no time at all.

3.81. TRADED to Jacksonville (Jacksonville trades to get Riley Ridley). Minnesota receives Jacksonville’s 2020 3rd and 6.178 in exchange for 3.81 and 7.247


4.120. Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota - I've been wanting Cashman on the Vikings for a long time, and while this may be a little high, I think there's a very reasonable chance this ends up being his range come late April. His Combine more than proved his ability to step up and be able to play 2-3 downs on defense rather than just being a special teams guy, and his instincts and tenacity could greatly lessen the sting of losing Anthony Barr's ability to defend the run.

5.154 (from Carolina). Lamont Gaillard, IOL, Georgia - Minnesota has met with Gaillard twice already in the offseason, so this is just connecting dots that are there. Gaillard could be a capable backup at all three offensive line spots, and provides a push for Nick Easton to prove he's both healthy and hasn't lost any ability in the year he's taken off from football.

6.178 (from Jacksonville). Devine Ozigbo, RB, Nebraska - Again, connecting more dots, the Vikings met with Ozigbo once already in the offseason, and Rick Spielman was in attendance for his fantastic Pro Day today. I think Ozigbo ultimately goes higher than this spot, but for the time being, he gets slotted here. Ozigbo has barely any tread on his tires, has a ton of potential, and wouldn't need to be rushed into significant playing time given the presence of Mike Boone and maybe Alfred Morris on the roster next season.

6.196 (from Oakland). Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls - The usual project athlete tackle that the team seems to take every year or two, they've met with Pipkins and this just kinda makes sense. Riley Reiff will be moved on from soon, and Pipkins could be groomed either to take over directly from him, or become the main swing tackle once Rashod Hill hits unrestricted free agency in 2020.

7.250 (comp). Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon - This is more wishful thinking than anything, as I think Hollins goes a round or so higher than this come draft day, but it's entirely possible he stays in this range for the entire draft process. Hollins has a ton of raw, physical potential that has yet to be tapped into, and could easily push for a roster spot in place of Tashawn Bower next season with a good camp. Even if he can't stick on the roster, he becomes a very intriguing multi-year project for Coach Patterson to work on.

 

 

 

Contracts

RB Alfred Morris - 1 year, $2.2 million base salary, $200k signing bonus, $100k workout bonus; $2.5 million cap hit, $200k guaranteed

 

FB CJ Ham - 1 year, $645k guaranteed base salary; $645k cap hit, $645k guaranteed

 

WR Aldrick Robinson - 1 year, $1 million base salary, $100k signing bonus, $100k per TD incentive; $1.6 million cap hit, $100k guaranteed

 

WR Adam Thielen - 6 years, $79.5 million, $39.75 guaranteed, $18.5 million signing bonus

Year 1: $1.35 million guaranteed base salary (reduced by $4.5 million, converted to signing bonus), $3.7 million prorated signing bonus, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $5.2 million cap hit

Year 2: $9.85 million guaranteed base salary (raised from current amount by $4.5 million), $3.7 million prorated signing bonus, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $13.7 million cap hit

Year 3: $11.35 million guaranteed base salary, $3.7 million prorated signing bonus, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $15.2 million cap hit

Year 4: $11.35 million base salary, $6.35 million guaranteed, $3.7 million prorated signing bonus, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $15.2 million cap hit

Year 5: $13.35 million base salary, $1.35 million guaranteed, $3.7 million prorated signing bonus, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $17.2 million cap hit

Year 6: $13.35 million base salary, $100k roster bonus, $50k workout bonus; $13.5 million cap hit

 

TE Tyler Eifert: 1 year, $4 million, $800k guaranteed, $500k signing bonus + 1 year, $7.25 million option with a $1 million buyout

Year 1: $3.25 million base salary, $250k prorated signing bonus $500k workout bonus; $4 million cap hit

Year 2: $5.75 million base salary, $250k prorated signing bonus, $1 million roster bonus, $500k workout bonus; $7.25 million cap hit, $1 million buyout (apologies if this is not how options work, I'm kinda guessing)

 

TE Kyle Rudolph - 3 years, $20.155 million, $8.525 million guaranteed, $5 million signing bonus

Year 1: $945k guaranteed base salary (reduced from $7.275 million, $5 million becomes signing bonus), $1.66 million prorated signing bonus, $1 million roster bonus (up from $250k, comes from base salary), $100k workout bonus; $3.705

Year 2: $5.08 million base salary, $1.33 guaranteed (from 2019 base), $1.66 million prorated signing bonus, $500k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $7.34 million cap hit

Year 3: $6.83 million base salary, $1.67 million prorated signing bonus, $500k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $9.1 million cap hit

 

OT Rashod Hill - 1 year, $2.025 million guaranteed base salary; $2.025 million cap hit, $2.025 million guaranteed

 

OG Tom Compton - 1 year, $1.75 million base salary, $250k guaranteed, $250k signing bonus; $2 million cap hit, $500k guaranteed

 

OG John Miller - 1 year, $1.75 million base salary, $350k guaranteed, $250k signing bonus, $100k workout bonus; $2.1 million cap hit, $600k guaranteed

 

OL Nick Easton - 1 year, $1.25 million base salary, $100k signing bonus, $100k workout bonus; $1.45 million cap hit, $100k guaranteed

 

DE Everson Griffen - Base salary reduced from $10.9 million to $2 million, $8 million turned into signing bonus, roster bonus raised from $500k to $1 million, workout bonus raised from $100k to $500k, $5 million in cap room saved

 

OLB Jamie Collins - 3 years, $19.7 million, $9.3 million guaranteed, $4.5 million signing bonus

Year 1: $3.4 million guaranteed base salary, $1.5 million prorated signing bonus, $100k workout bonus; $5 million cap hit

Year 2: $4.9 million base salary, $1.4 million guaranteed, $1.5 million prorated signing bonus, $250k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $6.75 million cap hit

Year 3: $6.1 million base salary, $1.5 million prorated signing bonus, $250k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $7.95 million cap hit

 

SAF Anthony Harris - 4 years, $23.695 million, $5.2 million signing bonus

Year 1: $3.095 guaranteed base salary (2nd round RFA tender), $1.3 million prorated signing bonus, $100k workout bonus; $4.495 million cap hit

Year 2: $3.5 million guaranteed base salary, $1.3 million prorated signing bonus, $250k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $5.15 million cap hit

Year 3: $4.75 million base salary, $1.75 million guaranteed, $1.3 million prorated signing bonus, $250k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $6.4 million cap hit

Year 4: $6 million base salary, $1.3 million prorated signing bonus, $250k roster bonus, $100k workout bonus; $7.65 million cap hit

 

K Dan Bailey - 1 year, $2.75 million base salary, $750k guaranteed, $500k signing bonus; $3.25 million cap hit, $1.25 guaranteed

 

RS Marcus Sherels - 1 year, $1 million base salary, $100k workout bonus; $1.1 million cap hit, $0 guaranteed

 

Apologies if the math is wrong. Any and all feedback is welcomed and encouraged. Thanks for reading.

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Really really like it. You went a different route than the usual and it looks great!

Only nitpicky thing is I'm not a huge fan of the Morris signing. I'd rather have Murray back at that price, but if he doesn't want to be back Morris would be okay. What would the minimum salary be for Morris? I think he would sign for whatever the minimum is.

Great job on the cap details and everything! Nice work.

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Love seeing these mock offseasons! As always, there are a few things that I would do differently but that is good. It would be boring if it was exactly what I would do. My number one question would be paying Rudolph that much while also paying Eifert that amount. It could make sense if Stefanski wants to feature TEs heavily in the passing attack. Of course, I would rather invest that money into hogs to protect the passer and open holes for the RB.

Really like how you break down the contracts that are signed.

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Solid work. I wasn't a huge fan of the Morris signing, but other than that I like it alot. 

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