Inadvertently, Vikings RT Brian O’Neill got some really good news today
Brian O’Neill became a richer man on Wednesday, if only symbolically and futuristically.
The New Orleans Saints have extended the contract of right tackle Ryan Ramczyk, a 27-year-old offensive lineman who won All-Pro honors in 2019. Oddly, Ramczyk has yet to be elected to a Pro Bowl. .
But who cares ? Now he’s rich. Different numbers have been released as to his overtime amount, but both are record-breaking news.
Of ESPNfrom Adam Schefter:
Saints OT Ryan Ramczyk signs a five-year, $ 90 million extension that includes $ 60 million guaranteed and makes him football’s highest-paid new straight tackle, a source told ESPN.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 30, 2021
And then from NFL.com:
– NFL (@NFL) June 30, 2021
A big paycheck for Jameis Winston’s blind protector in New Orleans is an influential circumstance. Usually, left tackles bring the bacon home, caused by a mentality that men protecting the blind side of quarterbacks are more important than righties. To some extent, this is correct as most passers are right handed, leaving their backs turned for left tackles to protect.
The deal with Ramczyk should redefine the rules of the game for attacking tackles. Men who are in Ramczyk’s performance pantheon will expect cash at the same stadium. One of those men is Brian O’Neill, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
The only bright spot in the Vikings’ maligned offensive line, O’Neill deserves a paycheck more than any other offensive lineman associated with the team – and that is far from true. O’Neill joined Minnesota via 2sd-Choice in the draft in 2018, drawn at the time as a “project player”. The timeline of the project was sped up and O’Neill saw the playing time almost immediately. He never looked back.
The offensive trenches are hard to judge with conventional stats, so this is the little summary of his Focus on professional football notes:
- 2018 = 63.0
- 2019 = 70.7
- 2020 = 78.0
Because the Vikings don’t have offensive linemen with that consistency, nor do they have any that climb that ladder of career development like O’Neill does – he feels on the edge of Christ in Minnesota. . O’Neill is seen as the only bright light – a savior – for a Minnesota offensive line that is the usual butt of jokes and frustration.
His contract expires at the end of 2021. It’s in about six months. CEO Rick Spielman hopes to strike deal with University of Pittsburgh alumnus before the 2021 season begins. Otherwise, the end of winter 2022 will be full of suspense.
The impact of Ramczyk’s deal on O’Neill is palpable. Yesterday, O’Neill was aiming for a deal of around $ 9-12 million per season. Ramczyk’s bag of money increases O’Neill’s bounty – probably a few million.
Minnesota has the cap space to start talks now. Spielman has around $ 14 million in ceiling space, a quirk for the Vikings at this point in the calendar.
If Spielman doesn’t spend any of that on an RDE or WR3 for 2021, it should end up in O’Neill’s wallet.