Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Riley Reiff (71) against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff football game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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Vikings cut T Riley Reiff in cost-cutting move

The Minnesota Vikings continued to chop salary ahead of the start of free agency by announcing Wednesday that they released starting left tackle Riley Reiff.

According to reports, the move will save the team approximately $11 million in salary-cap space for the 2021 season.

The Vikings revealed the news on the same day the NFL announced next season’s salary-cap limit would be $182.5 million next season, over $15 million less than this past season.

Entering the day, the Vikings were projected to be a little less than $10 million below the projected cap, according to Over The Cap. One day earlier, the team released kicker Dan Bailey in a move that cleared $3.8 million of cap space for 2021. Minnesota also cut longtime tight end Kyle Rudolph last week, which saved a reported $5.1 million in cap room.

Reiff, 32, has been the team’s starter at left tackle since joining the Vikings in 2017. He was almost a victim of a salary-cap cut before the 2020 season, but took a pay cut instead. The Vikings reworked his contract briefly after last season to ensure he received a $1 million incentive that would have been missed after he was placed on the COVID-19 list to cause him to miss the season finale at Detroit.

Originally picked by the Lions in the first round (No. 23 overall) in 2012 out of Iowa, Reiff played his first five seasons in Detroit. Before the 2017 season he signed a five-year, $58.75 million contract with Minnesota.

Reiff has started 127 of 135 regular-season games played in nine seasons.

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