NFL News & Notes: Spielman on Upcoming 'Tough Decisions'

The Vikings are making one tough move after another

The biggest yet is cutting Kyle Rudolph and it seems more tough decisions are their coming:

This is the reality in today's NFL, especially with the 2021 cap going down due to huge loss of revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the salary cap expected to drop significantly this season, the Vikings sit alongside other clubs over the projected figure. Minnesota GM Rick Spielman said Wednesday his team will need to be more imaginative than ever.

Spielman said "We're going to have to be very creative this year and we're going to have to make a lot of tough business decisions.

He went on saying - the Vikings have already began talks with player reps, which have to be held via video conference or phone calls as opposed to the typical steak dinners at the NFL.

The salary cap has not yet been officially set but most clubs are guessing estimates.

What we do know is the cap won't be operating lower than $180million. Reference says, the salary cap was just under $35 million in 1994 and this was the first year it existed. But in 2020, the cap had expanded all the way up to $198.2 million per team and while the reported salary cap floor for the 2021 season was initially rumoured to be around $175 million.

The final cap number will be released by the NFL league in the next couple of weeks before the new league year officially starts at 3 p.m. on March 17 2021.

It’s going to be a shock as over the past 10 years the cap has been rising by millions, any fall is to cause havoc and have NFL teams rearranging budgeting plans for 2021