The Minnesota Vikings have had an eventful off-season to say the least.
The Adrian Peterson saga rolled on for months and only just now seems like it is starting to settle down. The star running back and his agent were desperately trying to get out of Minnesota, but it seems that no interested NFL team was ready to offer what it would have taken to land Peterson.
So after all that it seems that the Adrian Peterson situation is secure, but it seems like Vikings fans should have been worried about another of their players on offense during the off-season.
Double Knee Surgery
According to a report from USA Today's Tom Pelissero, former Vikings first round pick Matt Kalil underwent double knee surgery during the off-season.
"Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees this offseason, as well as injections designed to help patients deal with joint pain..." Pelissero wrote.
So Much Potential
The Vikings have an excellent young quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, arguably the NFL's best running back in Peterson and a receiving corps made up of Mike Wallace, Cordarelle Patterson and Charles Johnson that could do big things in 2015.
But a breakout year for the Vikings hinges on how well their offensive line can recover from a 2014 season in which they struggled mightily. Kalil was a big part of those problems, failing to live up to the potential he showed as a first round draft pick back in 2012 when Minnesota selected him 4th overall out of USC.
This is the second off-season in a row that Kalil has had these arthroscopic surgeries, which does not bode well for the 25-year old.
The Vikings picked up the fifth-year option on Kalil's contract, one that is worth a shade over $11 million but is only guaranteed in case of injury. That means that if Kalil continues to struggle, whether the reasons are injury-related or otherwise, the team can cut him without suffering any dead money hits against their salary cap.