2 Vikings Players’ Contracts Loaded with Incentives

Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) reacts after losing a wild card game against the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

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January 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) reacts after losing the wild card game against the New York Giants at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Back in March, two more major free-agent moves from the Minnesota Vikings included running back Alexander Mattison and newcomer cornerback Byron Murphy.

Both are contractually committed to the team till the end of 2024, so two years.

Revealed: 2 Vikings players’ contracts full of incentives

And on the last day of May, the terms of the deals are available, complete with details of the players’ incentives.

July 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) during training camp at the TCO Performance Center. Mandatory credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Incentives are relatively common in NFL contracts; This is not a ‘Vikings thing’.33rd Teams, Ari Merow Revealed Mattison’s bonus this week is as follows:

  • 750 to 999 rushing yards = $250,000
  • 1,000+ rushing yards = $500,000

they are amounts simultaneously Mattison’s two-year, $7 million contract, a gravy package if production exists.

October 9, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison (2) scored with the ball against Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith (58) in the first quarter at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

The 24-year-old was set to hit free agency in March, and many Vikings fans expected Mattison to leave. Dalvin Cook, Ty Chandler, and Kenye Nwanagwu were under contract at the position, and Mattison was probably the odd man out on his way to joining another NFL team. But Minnesota held on to the Boise State alumnus, meaning he could be on deck for RB1 responsibilities, especially if his teammate Cook is traded or released in June. stay tuned.

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Byron Murphy spent four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, a second-round draft pick. He was signed by the Vikings from free agency in March 2023.

On the other side of the ball, Murphy was arguably the most impressive player of the off-season. Minnesota allowed CBs Patrick Peterson, Duke Shelley, Cameron Dentzler, Chandan Sullivan and Chris Boyd to join other teams this year, meaning the acquisition of a proven veteran CB was imperative. That man is Murphy. Have a look at their incentive package:

  • = 70% of defensive snaps $250,000
  • = 75% of defensive snaps $500,000
  • = 80% of defensive snaps $750,000
  • = 85% of defensive snaps $1 million
  • Named First-Team All-Pro = $1 million
  • Named Second-Team All-Pro = $500,000
  • Pro Bowl = on original ballot $250,000
September 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. (7) Celebrates after scoring on a 59-yard fumble recovery in overtime against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Murphy missed eight games in 2022 due to a back injury, and it’s clear the Vikings downplayed his two-year risk, signing a $17.5 million deal accordingly. If the man comes in and bowls out, he will be paid extra. Should the injury bug strike again, it’s $8.75 million per season.

The Vikings’ defense struggled in 2022 despite the club’s mighty 13–4 division-winning record. To start the season, Ed Dontel’s defense found its footing, especially in a wild win at the Buffalo Bills, but afterward, the Bills’ win marked the beginning of a defensive slump, which ended in a Viking loss all the way. Kind of went into the postseason. At the home of the New York Giants.

With a new defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, plus Murphy, EDGE rusher Marcus Davenport and some rookies, Minnesota looks to improve on the defense that allowed the third-most points in the league a year ago.


dustin baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, vikesnow, He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday roan sau And Sal Masala, His Vikings passion dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds and The Doors (band).

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