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Vikings News: Riley Reiff Re-Structure is Sign of Things to Come for Minnesota

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Riley Reiff contract is a sign of things to come for the Vikings.
Riley Reiff contract is a sign of things to come for the Vikings. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings just took care of Riley Reiff. The left tackle had an incentive in his contract which would have netted him a $1 million bonus if he played at least 93.75% of the team's snaps in 2020. Despite playing 100% of the snaps in each of Minnesota's first 15 games, Reiff was placed on the COVID-reserve list for Week 17 and did not play. He ultimately fell just short of reaching the goal.

But, Minnesota re-negotiated his deal and gave him a $1 million signing bonus – a pretty great gesture. While this was certainly a strong, player-friendly move from the front office, Vikings' fans should expect to see terms like "renegotiated, restructured & reworked" all throughout the offseason.

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Minnesota is currently projected to be about $5 million over the cap in 2021. That will make it difficult, if not downright impossible, for the team to be players in free agency. The organization also has a few key cogs set to hit free agency, like Anthony Harris and Eric Wilson.

Without many super obvious cut candidates to free up cap space, the Vikings' best course of action may be restructuring deals, as we just saw them do with Reiff. In fact, there have already been rumblings that Minnesota wants Kyle Rudolph to agree to a paycut, though he's publicly shot that idea down.

Armed with a ton of draft capital, the Vikings will be looking to reload their roster for 2021. But fans should expect to see a ton of restructured deals along the way.

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