Vikings release OT Riley Reiff to clear cap space; Giants cut Kevin Zeitler

March 10 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Vikings released veteran offensive tackle Riley Reiff to clear $11.75 million in salary-cap space.

The Vikings announced the move Wednesday on social media. Reiff was set to earn a $5 million roster bonus on March 19.


Reiff was due to have a $13.95 million cap hit for the 2021 season. According to Spotrac, his release puts the Vikings about $8.7 million under the cap.

The 32-year-old Reiff took a $5 million pay cut after the Vikings traded for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue at the end of the 2020 preseason. Reiff earned a base salary of $5.9 million last season.

The Detroit Lions selected Reiff in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Iowa. He spent his first five seasons in Detroit before signing with the Vikings as a free agent in 2017.

Reiff started 62 games for the Vikings and allowed only 12 sacks over four seasons.

Also Wednesday, the New York Giants parted ways with veteran guard Kevin Zeitler after two seasons.

The 31-year-old Zeitler was one of the Giants' most consistent offensive linemen last season, but he was set to earn $12 million and count $14.5 million against the cap in 2021.

The Giants acquired Zeitler from the Cleveland Browns in the blockbuster trade involving star wideout Odell Beckham Jr.

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