With no holdouts, Vikings take good vibes into summer break
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Several prominent players across the NFL have skipped mandatory minicamps this week, subjecting themselves to team fines out of concern for their contract status in a league where so little is guaranteed.
Everyone is accounted for in Minnesota, where good vibes from the top of the organization to the bottom of the roster can only help the Vikings in their attempt to better their NFC championship game appearance from last season.
“All these guys, they like to be around each other. So I think that’s part of it,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “We’ve got a lot of really good guys on this football team who care about not just them, but they care about each other. It’s kind of just the way we do things.”
Savvy salary cap management steered by executive vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski has allowed the Vikings to put the majority of their stars in mutually beneficial multi-year deals, but outside linebacker Anthony Barr, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive end Danielle Hunter have all entered 2018 on expiring contracts that must be addressed soon unless the Vikings are willing to let them become free agents and potentially price the club out on the open market.
Falcons without Julio Jones — Matt Ryan once again worked without his favorite target Wednesday on the second day of the Atlanta Falcons’ “mandatory” mini-camp, yet the quarterback said he’s not worried about wide receiver Julio Jones being absent and plans to work out with him soon.
Jones appears to be seeking a contract adjustment to bump his pay grade up into the neighborhood of the NFL’s top receivers. Multiple wideouts have received new contracts, leaving him ranked No. 7 at the position with a salary cap charge this season of $12.9 million.