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Vikings Mistake Forces Minnesota to Forfeit 7th-Round Pick With Massive Fines

Larry Rupp
The Minnesota Vikings were forced to forfeit their 7th-round pick and take on massive fines due to a salary cap mistake made by the team.
The Minnesota Vikings were forced to forfeit their 7th-round pick and take on massive fines due to a salary cap mistake made by the team. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images
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The Minnesota Vikings offseason took a hit after they were forced to forfeit their 7th-round pick (No. 242 overall) in the 2021 NFL draft due to a salary cap mistake made by the team. Three team executives were also fined $10,000 due to their role in the situation.

The Vikings violated NFL salary cap rules when it came to a practice squad player's contract in 2019. Details were not released as to the exact mistake, but it is fair to say it must've been a big deal.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman spoke on this matter in a recent statement released by the team. Speilman said: "A mistake was made, we take responsibility and we respect the league's decision and will move forward."

Minnesota still has 11 picks in the draft, which is the most selections in the NFL. This is to be expected after the Vikings set a record with 15 draft picks last year. The selections made by the Vikings and their free-agent signings this offseason will have a major impact on the future of the franchise.

As NFL teams continue to battle salary cap issues, this is the perfect example of what can occur if something goes wrong. The Vikings certainly learned their lesson, but we'll see if anything like this ever happens again in the league.


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