The Minnesota Vikings are going younger this offseason in their attempt to catch up with the rest of the NFC North.
Some of their most experienced starters have contracts and ages that make them candidates for a pay cut - or for simply being cut from the roster themselves.
One of them is a five-time first-team All-Pro. Left guard Steve Hutchinson is scheduled to make $6.95 million in 2012, the last year of his contract. Hutchinson tells The Associated Press he realizes the salary cap situation but says it's beyond his control.
The 35-year-old says he has considered the possibility of being let go before free agency begins next month.