A lot has happened in the NFL since you were last sitting in front of your computer at work. Let’s go over a few of the most important developments…
– The Vikings released CB Cedric Griffin and OGs Anthony Herrera and Steve Hutchinson on Saturday. The moves cleared a reported $13.4 million in cap space.
– The Vikings can now use that extra cap space to pursue free agents. Free agency begins on Tuesday at 3:00 PM CT. I’ll be on with Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen this morning from 9:35 to 11:00 to talk draft, free agency and all things Vikings, so tune into that for more information.
– The NFL announced that the salary cap this year will be $120.6 million.
– All of this, plus more, is discussed in this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag.
– The St. Louis Rams found a trading partner and now we know who will draft QB Robert Griffin III next month. The Washington Redskins traded their 1st-round pick this year (#6 overall), their 2nd-round pick this year and 1st-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in order to jump up to #2, presumably to select RG3. It’s a huge price to pay, but obviously the Redskins believe in RG3 so you have to commend them for going after a player they believe will change their fortunes.
– As we mentioned earlier this morning, the Rams-Redskins trade essentially puts the Vikings on the clock now. They can take the best non-QB on their entire draft board, or they can use the next 6 weeks to field trader offers from teams who’ve fallen in love with WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne or LT Matt Kalil.
– While it appears RG3 has a team, free agent QB Peyton Manning does not. But he’s commenced the process of finding a new home by visiting with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardianls, in that order, over the weekend. He’s now returned to Miami, with no other visits with any team scheduled to this point. It’s been reported that the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks have bowed out of this dance, and we’ve also found out that the Tennessee Titans, via owner Bud Adams, are absolutely interested in signing Manning, who played college football at the University of Tennessee.
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