Given his struggling performance on Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers, many of you were probably wondering why the Minnesota Vikings waived WR Stacy Coley today instead of the failed first round draft pick Laquon Treadwell.
It all comes down to money people.
As ESPN.com's Courtney Cronin lays out in the tweet below, cutting Treadwell hits the Vikings some $5 million right in the pocket book. By waiving Coley they're only eating just under $150,000.
1. Treadwell's 2018 base salary is guaranteed, so there's no cap saving by releasing him due to that.— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) September 18, 2018
2. $1.15 M of his 2019 base salary is guaranteed, so it could add that amount in dead money to 2019 cap.
3. If Vikings release Treadwell now, they incur $5.215 in dead money
That's a big difference when you're trying to finagle an $84 million contract for your quarterback, sign your core players and consider bringing in some more next season.
Here are the specifics on both contracts for whatever it might be worth...