Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt takes a pay cut to stay with Vikings

AP

With free agency approaching and a load of cuts expected around the league the next two days, some guys are willing to take less to stay where they are.

Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt is apparently one of those.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Loadholt has agreed to a new deal that will pay him $2 million in base salary and incentives that could bump it to $3.5 million. He was scheduled to make $5.4 million this year.

But coming off a torn Achilles last preseason, Loadholt would have likely been released if he hadn’t taken the pay cut.

The Vikings also re-signed exclusive rights free agent wide receiver Adam Thielen and tackle Carter Bykowski, and gave an restricted free agent fullback Zach Line a tender to keep him for another year.

34 responses to “Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt takes a pay cut to stay with Vikings

  1. What a smart move by Phil.

    Who cares about the money?

    Because when you’re on the historic Minnesota Vikings, you’re almost guaranteed to get a Super Bowl Ring.

    Best Defense in the NFL.

    Best Coach in the NFL.

    Best Fans in the NFL.

    The Dynasty is a pendulum.

    And the pendulum is in full swing.

  2. Smart move by Loadholt which I wish more players would take note of when they start getting up in years and are coming off a season where they contributed little or nothing to their team.

    When healthy he is still one of the better RTs in the league and if he recovers fully I can see him snagging one more contract at a nice chunk of pay. He’s betting on himself and I hope it works out for him.

  3. Big Phil was the #1 rated RT in football before the injury!

    Really happy to have him back. I was afraid we would cut him.

  4. bassplucker says:
    Mar 7, 2016 2:48 PM

    Smart move by Loadholt which I wish more players would take note of when they start getting up in years and are coming off a season where they contributed little or nothing to their team.

    When healthy he is still one of the better RTs in the league and if he recovers fully I can see him snagging one more contract at a nice chunk of pay. He’s betting on himself and I hope it works out for him.
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    Smart move, yes. One of the better RTs in the league? I somewhat disagree. I think he’s one of the best at run blocking. But protecting the QB has been a major disappointment throughout his career. He has difficulty covering LDEs that have any kind of burst.

    All in all a good signing by both the Vikes and Phil.

  5. Big Phil was the #1 rated RT in football before the injury!

    He was ranked number 6 before his injuries. If he can get back close to the top ten he’ll be a huge steal and upgrade.

  6. Good move by Phil and the Vikes. Clemmings could slide over to RG or get groomed a little. I don’t blame him for his erratic play last year, since he was thrown into the fire right after Loadholt’s injury. College and the NFL are not the same and one needs to develop in order to start in the NFL.

    Hopefully, Loadholt is doing well.

  7. It’s refreshing when a player is able to recognize his true value to the team and not let his ego and pride get in the way. This guy can be a huge asset to the Vikings in this scenario. A J Hawk (Packers) never lived up to his draft status, but he was a great field general and was a huge asset to the young players. He accepted a cut in pay commensurate with his age and abilities. I always admired him for that. He knew he was a journeyman and had no problem with it.

  8. stellarperformance says:
    Mar 7, 2016 3:20 PM

    It’s refreshing when a player is able to recognize his true value to the team and not let his ego and pride get in the way. This guy can be a huge asset to the Vikings in this scenario. A J Hawk (Packers) never lived up to his draft status, but he was a great field general and was a huge asset to the young players. He accepted a cut in pay commensurate with his age and abilities. I always admired him for that. He knew he was a journeyman and had no problem with it.
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    I like the comparison. I think Hawk did well but I agree never lived up to his potential but came up big in the Superbowl year. Phil had high expectations and there are times he plays very well. But there are times he’s like a turn-style. Great post!

  9. I like that Spielman is keeping guys like Loadholt and Sendejo with incentive-laden contracts that make them very affordable as depth but reward them if they turn out to be starters. This leaves flexibility for signing or drafting a better option but we’re not stuck if that doesn’t materialize.

  10. The Vikings are better than they’ve been in a very long time.

    Loadholt is good but not great and has a better chance of contributing in MN than anywhere else.

    Contrary to what certain Packer trolls will say, this is not a bad move.

    Contrary to what the purples will say, Jesus is not coming back anytime soon, and especially not to Winter Park, because of this move.

    This is a decent”value” move on the part of the player and the team. Nothing more, nothing less.

  11. As my old CEO told us of upcoming hard times. You all, from the top down, can take a 15% pay cut or be forced into a 100% pay cut.

  12. Okay. What do we do about revolving door Matt Kalil at LT? This position is a glaring problem and needs an upgrade this off season.

  13. Thanks, stellarperformance and ejmat2 for posting some classy remarks about the players. It’s just so refreshing after a few weeks of seeing people post some of the most atrocious, juvenile insults back and forth. In all honesty, most of these were pretty good, I must say. Hope Phil can pull his weight, I love that he still wants to play for our Vikings. Some of these guys really seem to get it, you know?

  14. “As my old CEO told us of upcoming hard times. You all, from the top down, can take a 15% pay cut or be forced into a 100% pay cut.”

    The head of my old company showed up one year exhorting all the workers to put most of our 401K money into company stock. “We are poised to really take off,” he said very earnestly, then laughed. “Of course, if I’m wrong I guess someone else will be in to talk to you next year.” We all had a good chuckle.
    The next year, there was a new guy talking about how the company was re-organizing and downsizing, and we had pennies for our dollars.
    The old company head? Well he had a nice soft landing elsewhere with his golden parachute of course.
    Pay cuts are very, very, very rarely “from the top down.”

  15. He is without a doubt one of the better RT in the league, all you need to do is start listing better one’s…it’s not a long list. That said, Clemmings is going to be a real stud, considering what he was forced to do last year, he played well. Either keep him at LG, or slide him to LG and put Fusco back where he belongs. This o line is just healthy players playing at their proper locations on the line from being elite. Imagine a healthy Loadholt, Sullivan and Fusco back to LG. Sign Osemele, and we’re talking a realistic shot for AP to shoot for 2,000+.

  16. vikingforlife says:
    Mar 7, 2016 4:58 PM

    Thanks, stellarperformance and ejmat2 for posting some classy remarks about the players. It’s just so refreshing after a few weeks of seeing people post some of the most atrocious, juvenile insults back and forth. In all honesty, most of these were pretty good, I must say. Hope Phil can pull his weight, I love that he still wants to play for our Vikings. Some of these guys really seem to get it, you know?
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    Thank you for the kind words and I agree. Talking about football instead of the trollish spew makes this site much better and I wish it would end from fans of all teams. Not just Vikings and Pack. Almighty Cabbage and In Teddy We Trust had great posts as well.

  17. Great posts from Packer fans and Vikings fans.

    I’m ok with disagreeing with people, if they talk football. You guys all did a great job of talking football here. It’s a rarity on this site nowadays.

  18. I was worried they might just cut him, but taking a $4m/year payout saved his job. He is only 31, and gives them something to fall back on if they don’t take an OT in the draft. He is arguably the best run blocking RT in football and avg as a pass protector. Clemmings would be a great RG. If they go get someone like G Kelechi Osemele in Free Agency, then the OL has been significantly upgraded before using a single draft pick. Would love to get C Ryan from Alabama in the 3rd and use one of the first two picks on an OT. That would push Kalil and Loadholt and give them some depth. Fusco would then backup the OG spots.

  19. Loadholt does a slightly better job blocking for pass plays than for run plays, but both blocking stats are well above average for the RT position. Also, his impact block is roughly in the middle for a RT, so he should be knocking defenders down at a standard rate… but thanks to his high situational awareness, he is able to react very quickly to lane blockings.

  20. The Vikings are in Great Cap Shape, and are signing smart contracts.
    In the mean time these 6 or 7 Packer Trolls with multiple screen names have sexual moments with themselves while they post here….
    While their team SUCKED last year and seem to accept the fact The Vikings are going to Rule the North for the next Decade by making 0 moves to
    stop the Bleeding! Ted’s In Bed, Mike’s still pacing the Halls, and Packers are using their worthless stock for Toilet Paper!

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