Same is true with the one year contracts. You bring in a guy for low dollars, he plays great and now he commands bigger dollars. You have the choice to pony up a bigger contract closer to his value or you let him go and try to find another. It's the same game every other team plays on a yearly basis. Do you really think Simpson or Felton would have agreed to multi-year contracts for minimum dollars with no upside. Knowing they could easily be cut at any time. They were both in a position to prove that they deserve a spot on an NFL roster. MN took very little risk with these signings and still have the choice to retain their services going forward.
And painting the selections in the draft as automatic for the first 3 rounds is incredibly naive. There will be plenty of busts in every round, even guys you think are sure hits.
For those keeping track of salary cap, here's a list of where we are at:
» Over the Cap- Minnesota Vikings 2013 Salary Cap Page
Note that currently we are spending $10M more on defense than offense. This is dominated by JA, Greenway, KW, and Robison. The 4 of them count over $46M against the cap, that's over 1/3 of our overall cap dollars tied up in these 4 players. To put that in perspective, the rest of the defense combined only equates to around just over $10M against the cap.
On offense, the spending is dominated by AD and the OL. AD, Load, Kalil, CJ and Sullivan combine for around $32M of our cap space. The rest of the offense combined is around $15M. Tell me we are not a team focused on running the ball :)
It is understandable why Spielman is forced to look for value players in the market. The majority of the team is made up with minimal contracts as I am guessing is the case with most NFL teams.
If I understand correctly, we are currently at $107M plus $2.1M in dead money. I don't see Henderson's contract listed yet. The rookie contracts should equate to around $7M of cap hit, assuming we keep all picks. If Henderson is getting 2-3M, that puts us pretty low on remaining cap space ....$5-6M'ish. That's why I think we'll either see more cuts or more contract restructuring.
If Spielman cut Winfield he at least has to have one or two FA corners in mind. It makes sense, as Josh Robinson has great quickness and pretty good tackling ability to be the nickel corner. I'm assuming Spielman won't be entering the season with AJ Jefferson and Marcus Sherels as the #2/4 corners.
Probably would have given Percy $11M a season if in fact he would have stayed. I'll miss him.
Definitely need to target someone for corner this year, but I don't see big dollars being spent in FA unless we make some more moves with the current roster.
The only option available may be to cut him. which would free up $14.5M in cap space, but probably cost Ziggy a lot more in fan dollars.