The Full Details Behind The O’Neill Extension

We all knew it was coming. Brian O’Neill deserves it. Yesterday, the news emerged that the O’Neill extension is for 5 years, $92.5 million with our Minnesota Vikings.

PFT offered up this full breakdown:

“1. Signing bonus: $20 million. Of that amount, $3 million will be paid within 10 days, $13 million will be paid in 2022, and $4 million will be paid in 2023.

2. Roster bonus: $1.576 million, earned September 8.

3. 2021 base salary: $1.05 million, fully guaranteed.

4. 2022 base salary: $4.4 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed one the third day of the 2022 league year.

5. 2023 base salary: $14.5 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2023 league year.

6. 2024 base salary: $14.4 million, $7.7 million of which is guaranteed at signing and $12 million of which becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2024 league year.

7. 2025 base salary: $17.4 million.

8. 2026 base salary: $18.9 million.”

I’ll readily admit that it’s an eye-catching amount, one that is far larger than I anticipated. Take a look at the 2025 and 2026 years, though: no mention of guarantees beyond what has already been paid. The Vikings, then, could reasonably move on with two years left, if needed. These final years would also be a good time for an extension if O’Neill is still playing well.

As every purple fan knows, the offensive line is a perpetual concern. O’Neill is part of the solution for our Minnesota Vikings, so signing him to an extension was always the best move. If Christian Darrisaw can come back and emerge as a solution at LT, Minnesota will be all set at tackle for years to come. That’s a step in the right direction, folks.

Our season begins this Sunday against the Bengals. Hopefully, we can see O’Neill keeping Cousins clean and clearing lanes for Dalvin.