The Vikings made a pair of roster moves Thursday afternoon, one not surprising at all, the other only minimally surprising.
The expected move came when the team officially announced the release of Letroy Guion. The cut saves the Vikes $4 million against the salary cap.
The somewhat unexpected move came when the Vikings also announced that they have released Greg Childs.
The move to part ways with Childs is not about the cap, since his cap number was tiny. It is about all the uncertainty swirling around Childs’ future as a player.
Childs hasn’t played a single snap since being drafted by the Vikings in 2012. A training camp injury wiped out two seasons for the former Arkansas receiver.
Childs fought to get back on the field in 2013 but ultimately was shut down without ever seeing action. Childs will now have a chance to catch on somewhere else and attempt a full comeback.
But the odds are strongly against Childs ever making it back, let’s be fair. It’s inspiring that the guy worked so hard but it was always a very long-shot that he would become even a marginal NFL player after the devastating injury.
The Vikings free up a roster spot by cutting Childs. That’s basically what they accomplish. They are now $37 million under the cap and have open spaces all over the place.
Multiple free agent moves will have to be made to at least acquire backup-quality players at various positions. And there’s the draft.
Rick Spielman and company will barely have a moment’s rest from now until May.