Canadian_Cheesehead wrote:How do the Vikings and Eagles always have so much cap room. Every year the Vikings make a massive signing (Culpepper, Winfield, Smoot, Hutchinson) and they always are 20 million under the cap.
The reason for this is for a number of years we had cheap Red McCombs as our owner. He didn't like spending money, and thus as time went on the team's defense got worse and also the coaching staff, other workers and the facilities had less and less money invested into them. However, Red knew he had to sign some players and spend some money. So, to do so he gave players huge signing bonuses that counted largely against that year's cap. So next year...the Vikings were in the same position.
I also want to take this time to disagree with something someone said on here stating the Vikings aren't close to being a playoff team. I would have to disagree. The defense was better last year. Not great, but better. It remains to be seen how much more it will be upgraded this offseason, but I believe there will be at least somewhat of an upgrade. The offensive line has Hutch now (or at least will....no way Seattle will match that offer of all guarenteed money) and Birk is returning (hopefully healthy). We'll add another guard for sure. That problem is then fixed. I am a Chester Taylor believer and he will be solid....effective....behind that line. K-Rob returns as the #1 pass catcher. Johnson will have enough protection behind the re-built line. The offense will be better, and it all starts at the O-Line.
Green Bay is not as good as the Vikings. The Lions (until proven otherwise) are always a mess....however...they will do better without Harrington under center. That leaves the Bears, who still do not have a proven QB....but yes, have a heck of a defense. The Vikings are a playoff caliber team next year if they continue to add the pieces I expect them to add.