In the first surprise move of cut down day, the Minnesota Vikings have reportedly cut defensive tackle Fred Evans.
Evans was believed by most to be firmly entrenched on the defensive line, but that just goes to show how little we know about what really goes on behind-the-scenes.
Rick Spielman originally brought Evans to the Vikings in 2007 and he quickly established himself as a solid backup at the nose tackle position. Many thought he should have started over Letroy Guion the last few years.
The only thing that kept the occasionally-dominating Evans from becoming a starter in Minnesota was lack of consistency. Now, with Mike Zimmer bringing a new approach to the defensive line, Evans has been let go.
Another team should quickly snap up Evans as soon as he hits the waiver wire. He is a good backup defensive tackle.
The Evans cut means Shamar Stephen is a virtual lock to make the team. Tom Johnson is also in good shape.
Evans, a bubbly character known for his breakdancing prowess, will certainly be missed in the Vikings locker room. This one is a bit of a surprise but this only reinforces the fact that there’s a new regime in town.
Want proof that Mike Zimmer isn’t Leslie Frazier, just look at the list of Frazier-era mainstays who are now gone.
Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Fred Evans, Jamarca Sanford, Mistral Raymond, Chris Cook, Letroy Guion, Erin Henderson…all history.