The Minnesota Vikings were forced to release five players in order to reach the league maximum for individuals allowed on a team. Because of that, some players that had received quite a bit of hype ended up being released today.
After the players that were acquired in the 2015 NFL Draft and the undrafted free agents that were signed, the Minnesota Vikings were left with some tough decisions to make as far as players to keep and try to develop with the team. Some of the players that the Vikings were forced to release showed quite a bit of potential in the past.
Here is the list of players released by the Minnesota Vikings according to CBS Sports:
Feb 25, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears defensive back Ahmad Dixon back pedals in a footwork drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Safety Ahmad Dixon was a surprise as the Minnesota Vikings have brought him back to the team on a couple occasions and seemed to want to see what they could get out of the young man. He had a reputation of being aggressive and physical, which are two things that the Vikings seem to love.
The release of Henry Josey goes even further to prove that the team is confident in their current crop of running backs. Since Adrian Peterson went nowhere during the draft, Jerick McKinnon is still developing, Matt Asiata is a short-yardage machine and they brought in former Packers RB DuJuan Harris, the competition at that position is already intense.
The major surprise on the list was Antonio “Tiny” Richardson, who struggled with knee problems since joining the franchise but still was viewed as a very high potential player who possibly just needed time to get healthy. However, after getting a steal in the 4th round acquiring OT T.J. Clemmings, it’s likely there just wasn’t room for him anymore.
We at The Viking Age would like to thank Dixon, Josey, Otten, Wentworth, and Richardson for their time with the Minnesota Vikings and wish them the best of luck on their future endeavors.
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