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, could they still make more?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteDaily Norsemana Minnesota Vikings communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryVikingsOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsFiled under:Minnesota Vikings 2019 OffseasonVikings Still Interested in Ryan Schraeder?New,109commentsWith the moves the Vikings have made on the offensive line, could they still make more?CDTShareTweetShareShareVikings Still Interested in Ryan Schraeder?Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsA month and a half ago, the Vikings expressed interest in right tackle Ryan Schraeder, who had just been released from the Atlanta Falcons.The Houston Texans also had interest, but so far Schraeder remains a free agent.Perhaps the reason Schraeder has not been signed is that he is designated for a June 1st release, which allows the Falcons to spread his dead cap hit into next year.Given that, he may not be able to sign with anybody else until that time.But the question remains - are the Vikings still interested in him post-draft?The Vikings drafted likely starters at center and guard, but not tackle - presumably because they’re comfortable with Brian O’Neill and Riley Reiff. But then why were they interested in Schraeder, who played right tackle for the Falcons, in the first place?There is one potential explanation.Brian O’Neill played left tackle in college, and has all the athletic and size traits to play left tackle in the NFL.He didn’t allow a sack in his rookie year, according to PFF, and had a higher pass blocking efficiency than Reiff.There has been speculation since O’Neill was drafted that at some point O’Neill will replace Reiff at left tackle.Mike Zimmer also mentioned prior to the draft that the Vikings had entertained the idea of moving Reiff to left guard.Given the acquisition of Dru Samia, that may no longer be in the Vikings plans, but it may also signal that the Vikings aren’t 100% satisfied with Reiff at left tackle.Ryan Schraeder, 30, is the same age as Reiff and had declined in performance since Steve Sarkisian took over as offensive coordinator for the Falcons from Kyle Shanahan in 2017.Kyle Shanahan was Gary Kubiak’s offensive coordinator when he was head coach in Houston, and runs a similar offense- including an outside zone run scheme.Schraeder graded very well in both pass protection and especially run blocking - with a near-elite 88.9 run blocking grade - under Shanahan in 2016.His overall PFF grades in 2015 and 2016 were 79.3 and 83.4 respectively.The point here is that Schraeder may be a better fit for Kubiak’s offense than Riley Reiff.He also may be cheaper from a salary cap perspective.Schraeder is coming off a contract that averaged $6.3 million a year.Reiff, by contrast Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019
, has a $11.7 million cap hit this year, which increases to $13.2 million next year, and nearly $14 million in 2021. A post June 1st release or trade of Reiff would free up $9.5 million in cap space for the Vikings this year, including a $2.2 million dead cap hit.There would be an additional $4.4 million dead cap hit next year.So, if the Vikings traded or released Reiff and acquired Schraeder for $6 million a year (his previous average) for 2-3 years, they would save about $3.5 million in cap space this year and $2.8 million next year, and $8 million in 2021.That’s not huge, but it is substantial for a team that’s up against the salary cap limit for the foreseeable future.Of course the primary issue isn’t salary cap, but whether the Vikings would be better served with Schraeder at right tackle and O’Neill at left tackle, rather than the status quo.One can make the argument that O’Neill, as the better pass protector should move to the blind side, while Schraeder is a good scheme fit that could do well at right tackle.And if that saves some salary cap dollars in the process, which helps the Vikings to extend adefensive back like Anthony Harris, MacKensie Alexander or Trae Waynes - all on the last year of their contracts - so much the better.There hasn’t been any news or update on Ryan Schraeder or the Vikings interest since March, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens. We’ve almost made it to the final game of the 2018 NFL regular season, and our favorite football team is in a must-win situation as the Minnesota Vikings will line it up on Sunday afternoon against the 2018 NFC North champs, the Chicago Bears. The Vikings are officially into the 2018 NFL playoffs with a win, regardless of what any other team does, and they know what’s on the line in this one. Is it going to be enough to get themselves a victory?Well, you’ll know if you’re following along with all of the action Armon Watts Jersey nfl draft
, and we’re here to tell you just how to do that.Television InfoThis game, as we’ve gone over numerous times, will kick off slightly later, with the festivities set to get underway at 3:25 PM Central time. This game will be on FOX, which is KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities, and the play-by-play will be handled by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Normally I’d be annoyed by that, but the last time Buck and Aikman were at U.S. Bank Stadium for a Vikings game it went pretty well, so I won’t gripe too much.If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the broadcast area for this week’s game, here is the map from the good folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Bears game is represented by the red area.If you’re using your DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket package to find this one, you’re going to want to turn to Channel 717.For viewers in the United Kingdom, this game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Action. Kickoff is slated for 9:25 PM UK time.For our men and women in uniform overseas, the American Forces Network will be showing this one live. . .yes, I’m as surprised as you are. . .on AFN Sports. Coverage will get underway at 2100Z, which is a 2200L start time in Central Europe, 0130L on Monday morning for everyone in Afghanistan, and 0600L on Monday morning for fans in Japan and Korea.Radio InfoIf you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).For those that have satellite radio, you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 113 or XM Channel 231. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.Referee InfoFootball Zebras informs us that the officiating crew for this week’s crucial contest is led by Clete Blakeman. The Vikings haven’t seen Blakeman since 2016 Replica Armon Watts Jersey
, when his crew officiated the Vikings’ 30-24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.Weather InfoObviously, this game is being played inside, which means that weather won’t be a factor there. If you’re planning on doing any sort of partying before things get underway, do what you can to stay warm. According to our friends from WeatherNation, the temperatures won’t get above freezing all day on Sunday, but at least it looks like the winds won’t be too bad.Streaming InfoThere are several other legal subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are Fubo.tv, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.Since it has recently been brought up, I want to make it perfectly clear that streams from Reddit or other places are not. . .I repeat, not. . .legal. If you’d like to argue about that, you can argue it somewhere else, because the moderators won’t listen to that garbage. Until Reddit, or anywhere else, has a deal with the National Football League, those streams are illegal and not welcome to be put up on this site. If you want to use them, go find them on your own and don’t be plastering them in the comments section here unless you’d rather not be in the comments of the Game Thread. . .or any other thread. . .here at DN.That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the fun!