The Minnesota Vikings have released offensive tackle Riley Reiff, which saves them $11 million in salary cap space. Many teams are releasing veteran players on big contracts to save cap space, due to the NFL’s salary cap shrinking in 2021.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Vikings released veteran OT Riley Reiff, saving about $11 million in salary-cap space.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2021
Reiff has spent his entire career in the NFC North, being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012. He then signed a five-year, $58.75 million contract with the Vikings in 2017, which included an $11 million signing bonus. He has missed 24 games in his nine-year NFL career, playing in 120 out of a possible 144.
Releasing Reiff will make him a free agent, free to be signed wherever he wishes. The $11 million salary cap savings will be applied to the Vikings’ 2021 budget.
As more players are moved, cut, traded and re-signed, stay tuned to TGH’s continuing coverage of the busy NFL offseason.
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