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Vikings Will Be Limited In Free Agency

A reader named Pat put me on the trail of some interesting information regarding free agency and the Vikings.

To clarify, here is an excerpt from


During the Final League Year, the eight clubs that make the Divisional Playoffs in the previous season have additional restrictions that limit their ability to sign unrestricted free agents from other clubs. In general, the four clubs participating in the championship games are limited in the number of free agents that they may sign; the limit is determined by the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs. They cannot sign any UFAs unless one of theirs is signed by another team.


The article goes on to say:


In the case of all final eight teams, the first year salary of UFAs they sign to replace those lost cannot exceed the first year salary of the player lost with limitations on the per year increases.


My immediate reaction to this is that the Vikings will probably re-sign as many of their free agents as possible, with the exception being Chester Taylor.  It will be interesting to see how it plays out, though.

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5 Responses to “Vikings Will Be Limited In Free Agency”

  1. Pat d says:

    So considering we have 5 UFA’s chances aren’t looking good at getting a decent UFA from another team.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Right, Chester is the only one who amde enough money to allow us to get a decent UFA.

      Something tells me we’ll be seeing a lot of draft picks fly around with tenders and trades this year.

      To make matters even worse, each team can tag TWO players this year…

      UFA’s are going to be VERY slim pickins.

  2. Pat d says:

    Hopefully the Union and the league get together after the Superbowl and hammer something out. Otherwise this is going to be an interesting off season for the Vikes. I wouldn’t mind seeing them trade their 1st rounder for some kind of proven talent in the secondary or more picks in the draft.

  3. Herrmannator says:

    Letting Chester go, moving Percy to “3rd down” back. Using Chesters salary we can make a push for Dunta Robinson, or perhaps, Haloti Ngata. My guess is Nate Clements will be released in SF with no salary cap implications, he would be a great pick up.

  4. Mark S says:

    I think that Dunta Robinson & Ngata are pipe dreams. No way Ngata gets released or let go by Baltimore. They will tag him if necessary. It all depends on how much Chester signs for elsewhere. Whatever he signs for we cannot sign somebody else for more than that and he is not going to get Robinson or Ngata money. I think the Vikings may try and sign a guy like D’Qwell Jackson MLB from Cleveland if Chester signs elsewhere.

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