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Report: Riley Reiff telling teammates he expects to be cut by Vikings

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Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Riley Reiff (71) against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Riley Reiff’s time with the Vikings appears to be nearing an end.

The left tackle has told teammates he expects to be cut, according to Pro Football Talk. This comes after the Vikings reportedly approached Reiff about restructuring his contract to create salary-cap space after Minnesota acquired defensive end Yannick Ngakoue on Sunday in a trade with Jacksonville.

The Vikings were $12.5 million under the cap, according to Over The Cap, before the trade. Ngakoue reportedly agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract but the Vikings want to have more space under the cap.

Reiff’s salary for 2020 is scheduled to be $10.9 million and cutting him would open up $8.7 million in cap space. It also would leave $2.2 million in dead money both this year and next.

Reiff, 31, signed a five-year, $58.75 million deal with the Vikings in 2017 and was under contract through 2021. With the Vikings’ regular-season opener against Green Bay only two weeks away, Minnesota would have to turn to a new left tackle. As you can see, the move could be to switch Brian O’Neill to left tackle as second-round pick Ezra Cleveland develops behind him.