New news plus a follow-up on an earlier story. The new: The Vikings have announced the release of cornerback Cedric Griffin. It was long-assumed that Cedric would be among the veterans cut loose as part of the team’s rebuilding plan, but with Chris Cook’s legal problems it seemed there was a slight chance he might be retained as insurance. Not so much.
Griffin was once a solid corner for the Vikings but a pair of knee blow-outs, one in the 2009 NFC title game, really slowed him. He tried to fight through in 2011 but it became increasingly apparent as the year wore on that he was neither physically nor mentally capable of holding down the position. Griffin finally landed in Leslie Frazier’s doghouse, but Frazier nonetheless expressed support for Cedric. We have to wonder if Leslie fought for Cedric to stick around but was ultimately over-ruled by Rick Spielman, who now wields the hammer for the Vikings as GM.
And now the follow-up. The Vikings have confirmed the releases of Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera. The purge is on in Minnesota…a year too late, if you ask some people.