By Adam Roberts – 2/11/2021
Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff was unable to play the team’s season finale against Detroit due to being placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, and because of that missed out on a one million dollar playtime incentive.
To make up for the unfortunate situation for Reiff, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has decided to pay him the money in the form of a signing bonus. A very nice gesture first reported this morning by Tom Pelissero.
This probably couldn’t have happened to a more deserving player than Reiff, who notably took a sizable pay cut so the team could sign Yannick Ngakoue last season. It remains to be seen whether Reiff’s long-term future is in the Twin Cities, however; according to Vikings’ reporter Courtney Cronin, Reiff is owed a five million dollar roster bonus three days after the start of the new league year on March 19th. The Vikings also will want to lower his cap hit for this year at just under 14 million dollars, and Reiff could realistically earn more money by electing to enter free agency after this upcoming season.
Either way, thanks to a generous move by the team, Reiff won’t have to miss out on a cool million due to factors largely out of his control.