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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Vikings Roster Next Season

Max Staley
Eric Wilson is one of three Vikings who might be playing elsewhere in 2021.
Eric Wilson is one of three Vikings who might be playing elsewhere in 2021. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings have failed to meet expectations recently. Despite fielding some top-tier talent on both sides of the ball, Minnesota has only made the playoffs once in the past three seasons.

That's just not going to cut it in the NFL. GM Rick Spielman has a ton of draft capital to work with in 2021, though, boasting 10 total selections and six in the first four rounds. That could allow Minnesota to revamp its roster in a hurry.

But in order to do so, the Vikings might need to make some tough calls, as they're currently projected to be about $4 million over the 2021 cap. Here are three Vikings that might not be on the roster in 2021 as the team reloads for a playoff push.

3. Anthony Harris, S

Anthony Harris had a stellar 2019 campaign, earning every bit of the $11.4 million he received from Minnesota via the franchise tag. But after a somewhat disappointing 2020 campaign, it's tough to see Minnesota spending big to retain the 29-year-old. The Vikings don't have much money to work with and have too many holes to justify paying Harris the contract he's looking for. He's likely walking this offseason, which makes sense for both parties.

2. Kyle Rudolph, TE

Earlier in the offseason, tight end Kyle Rudolph publicly stated he would be unwilling to re-structure his contract. That's not ideal for the Vikings, who need to find a way to clear some cap space. Carrying a $9.45 million cap hit in 2021, it's tough to justify keeping Rudolph at that price – especially with a ready-made replacement in Irv Smith Jr. waiting in the wings. Minnesota would incur a dead cap hit if it moved him, but it would still save about $5 million. The 31-year-old should fetch a nice return, and a trade feels like the best outcome for both sides.

1. Eric Wilson, OLB

Eric Wilson was an important piece for the Vikings' defense in 2020, as fellow linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks both missed significant chunks of the season. While Wilson had a big role, he wasn't particularly efficient. PFF gave him a 53.5 overall grade, which is far from ideal for a guy whose about to enter free agency. He was a solid playmaker who appeared in all 16 games, but Barr and Kendricks already have a combined cap hit of about $27.5 million in 2021. Already strapped for cash, there's no way Minnesota can justify re-signing Wilson and paying that much money to a linebacking corps that there would still be some legitimate questions about. Spielman will likely let him walk and draft his replacement with one of his many third-round picks.

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