|Steve Hutchinson |
On Saturday the Vikings knew they needed some more space for free agency which starts this Tuesday. They got rid of nearly $14 Million off the 2012 salary cap. (By the way if you haven't heard, 2012 is the year the Vikings get really good and unexpectedly win the Super Bowl. Just so you know.) How did they get the extra money off? They unfortunately had to release Steve Hutchinson, Cedric Griffin, and Anthony Herrera from the Vikings.
Cedric Griffin was once one of the many stars on the Vikings lineup. But in recent years knee injuries have impacted the way he can play the game. Another reason the Vikings have gotten off track the last two seasons.
Herrera and Hutchinson also got caught up with injuries and were expected to be released this off season.
Possible replacements might be eight-year veteran Joe Berger and 2011 sixth-round pick Brandon Fusco, and left tackle Charlie Johnson can slide inside should the team draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall pick.
"It was a tough decision as we move forward and prepare for the upcoming season and the future of our organization," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in a statement released through the team. "All three individuals have meant a great deal to the Vikings organization both on and off field over the years. We wish all of them the best and thank them for their service to the Minnesota Vikings."