Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski is entering his 20th season with the Vikings, and maintaining Minnesota’s current roster of talented players is turning out to be somewhat of a balancing act.
Brzezinski and Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman have planned ahead, as demonstrated by signing Harrison Smith, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph and Eric Kendricks to extensions over the past two years.
There are still other players on the horizon that the team hopes to retain, however.
Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune wrote that Brzezinski, who has “earned a reputation in league circles as a shrewd negotiator who is skilled at tap dancing around the restraints of the salary cap,” will be praised once again if he “pulls off this magic trick.”
Scoggins said that Brzezinski compared the balancing act “to keeping a family budget.”
“I’m you’re going to spend more money on vacation this year, then there might be less money to go to the movies or other recreational things,” Brzezinski told Scoggins, who wrote the following:
The Vikings are vacationing in the Maldives and Maui, which stretches the budget awfully tight. Brzezinski never tells Spielman he shouldn’t pursue a player because of cost. He only lays out the cause-effect on the roster in each case.
Brzezinski learned high-stakes business on the job, not in a textbook.
Scoggins quoted Brzezinski who said “you’re learning in the real world” when you get into the career…