In a transaction that went under the radar yesterday, the Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Lestar Jean from Injured Reserve.
Dec 2, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive back Robert Johnson (32) is unable to prevent Houston Texans wide receiver Lestar Jean (18) from scoring a touchdown during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Since Lestar Jean had a one year deal anyway with the team, holding him on IR doesn’t make a ton of sense. However, the release does save the team money since he had only $10,000 guaranteed in the $635,000 one year deal. Jean will most likely receive an injury settlement as a part of his release.
Lestar Jean was a guy that the Minnesota Vikings were hoping could come and compete for the fourth or fifth wide receiver spot on the team until an injury forced him to Injured Reserve.
But I’m not sure why this transaction was so under-the-radar. Even the most in touch beat writers got the information second hand and a day late. Here is a Tweet from ESPN Insider Adam Caplan about Lestar Jean’s release:
And that’s how the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Matt Vensel learned of the transaction. Here is his tweet about it:
In a world where information travels at the speed of light and nothing seems to be a secret anymore, it’s hard to believe that a piece of Minnesota Vikings information could slide through the cracks like that. Maybe everyone was too pumped by the release of the depth chart and the fact that Minnesota Vikings football is merely days away, but it still shocks me that Lestar Jean’s release wasn’t reported yesterday.