Vikes won’t make any cuts before March 4

AP

With more than 25 players set to become free agents whenever players become free agents, the Vikings aren’t signing many/any of them to new deals.  As to the players under contract for 2011, the Vikings won’t be cutting any of them, either.

Vikings V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman said Thursday that the team will not be parting ways with any current players, for now.

“Right now, we’re going to keep our roster status quo,” Spielman said, per Tom Pelissero of 1500espn.com.  “I don’t anticipate any moves.  Again, that’s always etched in oatmeal.  Don’t anticipate anything happening.”

It makes sense.  With no salary cap in place and uncertainty as to what the salary cap may be (if it even returns), there’s no reason to cut any player unless the team has decided that it wants the player back under no circumstances.  The only other reason to part ways before March 4 would be to do the guy a favor, giving him a shot at getting paid early, in lieu of squatting on his contract through the point at which the free-agency money will flow.

And if a team is able to carry a large cap number through the offseason, the team can then try to squeeze the player into taking a pay cut in late August, when it would be very hard to land with another team and make an immediate contribution.

At some point, the Vikings will have to make a decision about safety Madieu Williams and receiver Bernard Berrian.  Both are set to make much more than their production would justify.

21 responses to “Vikes won’t make any cuts before March 4

  1. Poor Brad Childress…You can’t help but wonder what the guy is going to do for the rest of his life.

  2. @thenewenglandpatriots12

    Brad Childress?

    He has already turned down an offensive coordinator position.

    He’ll likely be coaching in the NFL for the rest of his life…

  3. “At some point, the Vikings will have to make a decision about safety Madieu Williams and receiver Bernard Berrian. Both are set to make much more than their production would justify.”

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why single out just those two guys? Hell, I could make an arguement for another 10-15 Vikings that are vastly overpaid and another 10 for being merely overpaid. Granted, Berrian is the poster child for all that is wrong for attempting to build a team thru FA’s but the Viking’s last place finish was a total team effort.

  4. I would tend to think that the difference is by cutting a player before March 4, you would have a clean slate cap-wise.

    If you wait until after a new CBA is in effect, you’ll likely have to absorb the accelerated signing bonus against your cap as dead money.

    Of course this could change in negotiations, but it has never been reported that this is an issue to either side, so why would it be any different in a new CBA?

    I don’t see a team’s advantage in holding on to an underperforming contract beyond March 3.

    I suppose that since players cut now are free to sign with any team until March 3, teams could be holding on to these type of players until that date, leaving them no time to sign elsewhere, making it more likely they could be enticed to return at a lower price.

  5. They need to keep as much cap space open so they can add another $7 million to whatever contract they use to lure Favre out of retirement again.

    Who is going to go and fetch him down in Mississippi this time?

  6. @JimmySmith

    “Hell, I could make an arguement (sic) for another 10-15 Vikings that are vastly overpaid and another 10 for being merely overpaid.”

    Someone’s wearing their big boy pants today! Let’s see this list. 20-25 players. Go.

  7. “…unless the team has decided that it wants the player back under no circumstances.”

    I’m not going to say his name, because I refuse to say his name. First name, five letters. Second name, five letters. Many passes at guys (or girls) not wearing purple. Looks older than me, but he’s not. I’d take him on in lawn mower races, riding or push.

  8. @ agentpyro

    You won’t get it. Little jimmy is just running his mouth again. According to him, none of the Vikings could crack the Badger’s starting lineup.

  9. brewdogg says: According to him, none of the Vikings could crack the Badger’s starting lineup.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I never said that but I do think last year’s Badger’s could go toe to toe with the 2010 Vikings. There are 3 or 4 Badgers that are better than their counterparts on the Vikings and one of them is a QB.

    You know, the best part of the Viking collaspe isn’t the karma taking hold, its not having to listen to you clowns proclaim next year’s Superbowl, an annual rite of spring on PFT.

  10. Come on Jimmy….

    I want to see this list as well. Hopefully spielman reads this website so he can tap into that dangerously insane mind of JimmySmith. Afterall, he is part owner of the SB champs. As part owner, how many personnel moves are you responsible for? I heard that you made the big push for bringing in Gary, the Assitant Custodian. Kids got a bright future. Keep up the good work Jimmy

  11. MichaelEdits says:
    Feb 25, 2011 11:15 AM

    I’m not going to say his name, because I refuse to say his name. First name, five letters. Second name, five letters. Many passes at guys (or girls) not wearing purple. Looks older than me, but he’s not. I’d take him on in lawn mower races, riding or push.

    ——–

    I think the player you’re thinking of is no longer under contract so they don’t need to cut him. I wish they could still cut him, just because it would feel so good.

  12. JimmySmith says: Feb 25, 2011 11:49 AM

    brewdogg says: According to him, none of the Vikings could crack the Badger’s starting lineup.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I never said that but I do think last year’s Badger’s could go toe to toe with the 2010 Vikings. There are 3 or 4 Badgers that are better than their counterparts on the Vikings and one of them is a QB.

    You know, the best part of the Viking collaspe isn’t the karma taking hold, its not having to listen to you clowns proclaim next year’s Superbowl, an annual rite of spring on PFT.

    —————————————-

    So man up and give us your list. 10-15 grossly overpaid and another 10 that are just overpaid, you said. Let’s see it.

    And btw, do you really think there are any fewer Packer fans who proclaim the Packers destined for the SB than Vikings? Really, get a clue. just because you want to believe the Packers fans doesn’t mean you should forget that part of it.

  13. I’ll do it!

    Using Sports city: http://www.sportscity.com/NFL/Minnesota-Vikings-Salaries and http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team/minnesota-vikings/salary/67053

    Antoine Winfield 7.5 mil, Jared Allen 8.9 mil, Steve Hutchinson 6.7, maybe 3 years ago, Mt. McGoofus 4.9 mil… Wow, you guys thow money around like drunk McGoofus at a bar !

    Henderson 4.7 mil – the guy can’t cover Rbs! Jim Kleinsasser gets a welfare check for 3 mil… He’s the back up! They have fat Pat down for 6 mil. Greg Lewis made 650,000… for 17 catches that works out to a big waste.

    What am I at? lucky number 9? Granted these two guys aren’t big money, but they certainly didn’t earn a dime of their handout – Asher Allen 300k and Heath Farwell – kinda big money at 4.5 million.

  14. goombar the comedian says:

    “Antoine Winfield 7.5 mil, Jared Allen 8.9 mil, Steve Hutchinson 6.7, maybe 3 years ago, Mt. McGoofus 4.9 mil…”

    pro bowl, pro bowl, pro bowl, undeserved pro bowl…

    “Henderson 4.7 mil – the guy can’t cover Rbs! Jim Kleinsasser gets a welfare check for 3 mil… He’s the back up! They have fat Pat down for 6 mil. Greg Lewis made 650,000… for 17 catches that works out to a big waste.”

    Henderson has had a couple horrific leg injuries since he signed that contract as a player on the verge of the PB. Kleinsasser is being paid as the best blocking TE in football. Pat isn’t getting that 6mil, and everyone knows it. And are you really going to bring up Greg Lewis? Fine….

    Thanks for the link, it makes it easier to review what the packers are paying.

    Barnett, coming off a second injury-shortened season in three years and hasn’t put up a Greenway-type season since 2007 – 5.5 mil

    Ryan Grant – will he even be the starter? – 3.5 million

    Matt Wilhelm – 3 mil for 4 tackles
    Brandon Chillar – 2 mil for 13 tackles
    Brady Poppinga – 2 mil for 7 tackles
    And last year you gave AJ Hawk over 4 mil!!
    And the Vikings have a problem with overpaying LBs? Please…..

    Donald Lee’s welfare check is 2.2 mil… Is he even the backup?

    Clifton and Tauscher are getting 9.85 mil – maybe three years ago….

    So how am I doing?

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