The Vikings actually did pay him his salary last year, but not because he tried to come back.
A player who is placed on a Non-Football Injury or Illness list (â€œN-F/Iâ€) will not be entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such list but, except as provided below, his contract will continue to run while in such status. A player on N-F/I who is in the final year of his contract (including an option year) will have his contract tolled. However, if the player is physically able to perform his football services on or before the sixth regular season game, the club must pay the player his negotiated salary (pro rata) for the balance of the season in order to toll such playerâ€™s contract. If such player is taken off NF/I during the period when such action is allowed by League rules, his contract will not be tolled.