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Hutchinson, Herrera, Griffin Released

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The Vikings rebuilding process continues as they have released veteran players Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera, and Cedric Griffin. All 3 players have dealt with injuries over the past few years and don’t fit into the Vikings plans long-term. The release of these players will save the Vikings just over 13 million on the salary cap and should put them in a good position to make a run at some free agents. Free agency begins on Tuesday and although the salary cap number hasn’t been released yet, the Vikings should be looking at about 23 million under the cap.

So what does the release of Hutchinson and Herrera mean? I’ve already seen people ask about some of the top free agent guards but I have a hard time seeing Spielman take that route. Spielman hasn’t been shy about a youth movement and sitting at pick number 3 the Vikings are in prime position to take LT Matt Kalil. Kalil would allow Charlie Johnson to move inside and Joe Berger/Brandon Fusco likely to compete for the other guard spot. A offensive line of Kalil, Johnson, Sullivan, Berger/Fusco, and Loadholt would actually looked quite good on paper. As of now it’s all speculation with what the Vikings will do in free agency and the draft but Kalil is looking more likely by the day.


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6 Responses to “Hutchinson, Herrera, Griffin Released”

  1. Dynalee10 says:

    We still need to sign a free agent guard . Johnson should at best be a replacement in the rotation he is not and will never be a starter at either guard or tackle .

  2. Vikadan11 says:

    I’m not sure what to think of Johnson as a OG ~ But I do know the Vikings have a lot of young talent on the OL ~ The real question is how good can they become and how fast can they get there ~

    The young players on the roster now will have as much to do with improvement as any draft pick or FA sign this offseason ~ Coaching is and will be the most important thing taking place this new season IMHO ~

    If some of these young guys can step up and play well (great would be better) this team can turn around quickly with a good draft and a couple of good FA ~

    I dont see any big name FA coming to Minn. but I do look for the Vikings to add some good young players with upside ~ Most anyone they add to the DB’s will be a improvement ~

  3. Lost Viking says:

    When you disassemble an offensive line you should expect some teething problems behind a rookie QB.

    Hutchison was brought in to pair with Birk and McKinnie to provide Adriam Peterson with running room. Before Favre it was to be a run first offense similar to what we’re proposing for 2012.

    Spielman/Frazier may be proposing to rebuild a cheaper O line around Kalil, Charlie Johnson and Sullivan. In time that might work leaving the right side to be a work in progress. Remember this line will have to move ball against Suh/Fairly and GB interior and Chicago. They better stay healthy

    I will miss Hutchison greatly but not as much as Adrian. Herrera was a bruiser and excellent competitor.

  4. Lost Viking says:

    Oshiomoghu Atogwe (S) released by Redskin. Salary for 2012 was to be $ 3.4 million.

  5. Lost Viking says:

    Get ready for one more MetroDome visit from Randy:


    Division: Chicago Bear, Detroit Lion, Green Bay Packer
    NFC West: Arizona Cardinal, SAN FRANCISCO 49er
    AFC South: Jacksonville Jaguar, Tennessee Titan
    NFC 4th Place: Tampa Bay Buccaneer

  6. Dr. K says:

    Clearing up cap space that may never be spent. We need a downfield threat at WR. V.Jackson probably costs too much and it’s going to be hard to convince top flight free agents to come play with a young QB, and a team in rebuild mode. I thought Garcon would have been a reasonably priced possibility but he’s gone. The Bears got B. Marshall relatively cheap, so the WR’s are going quick. A downfield threat is a must to free up Harvin and open up the running game. I’m worried we won’t address that need, or the secondary. We should take a look at Brandon Carr.

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