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COMMON CENTS: Vikings To Dump Linval Joseph To Free $12M+ In Salary Cap Space

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota — The Minnesota Vikings, winners of the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs in 2019, can get back into the black in 2020 by losing one key player on their defense: St. Croix’s Linval Joseph.

And according to NFL sources speaking privately to the Virgin Islands Free Press this weekend, Minnesota is likely to do just that — dump star nose tackle Joseph because they are an estimated $12,330,944 over the salary cap.

Joseph, who signed a $50 million contract with the Vikings in 2017, will cost the Minnesota team a cap hit of $12,887,500 if they allow him to stay on the team in 2020.

And for a Vikings team that demonstrated full-on ED in the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers in 2019, sources say it will be a good time to go in a different direction with their formerly “Big D.”

In 2017, Joseph signed a four-year, $50,350,000 contract with the Minnesota Vikings, including a $6,000,000 signing bonus, $31,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $12,587,500. An outright release gives Minnesota a cap savings of about $10.5 million, money the Vikings desperately need, according to the Daily Norseman.

In 2020, Joseph will earn a base salary of $11,150,000, a roster bonus of $437,500 and a workout bonus of $100,000, while carrying a cap hit of $12,887,500 and a dead cap value of $2,400,000.

Joseph, 31, has played nine seasons in the NFL, after starting his pro career as a defensive tackle with the New York Giants.

He was a second-round draft choice, 46th overall in the 2010 NFL draft.

Minnesota has an estimated team salary cap of $211,478,971 in 2020, according to Spotrac. The average age of a player on their team is: 25.68.

The Vikings have already signed 50 of 53 players for their regular season roster in 2020.


Stats from the Decade: 88 games (88 starts); 350 tackles, 15 sacks, 32 tackles for loss, 51 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two passes defensed; one defensive touchdown

“I think Linval Joseph deserves mention (on the Minnesota Vikings’ all-decade defensive players’ team),” Pete Bercich said. “Linval does so much. [The linebackers] standing behind Linval Joseph have benefited from him being around the last few years.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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