Grading the Minnesota Vikings moves in free agency after day one
By Adam Carlson
Mike Remmers, guard – Released
Let’s be honest…this was a no-brainer for the Vikings. Mike Remmers has underperformed badly since coming to Minnesota and was even pulled out of his starting job at offensive tackle to move inside to guard…where he still struggled.
Releasing Remmers freed up $4.55M in salary cap space, which is something the team desperately needed in order to bring back some of their more talented players. It may seem counterproductive to release a player at a position of need, but Minnesota can’t afford to have him on their offensive line as a starter anymore. Grade: A+
Andrew Sendejo, safety – Contract option declined
I know it’s not a popular opinion, but Andrew Sendejo was massively underappreciated while he was in Minnesota. Fans were always chirping because they wanted other players to start at his position, but the physical nature of Sendejo made him one of the most intimidating forces in the team’s secondary.
That said, the emergence for Anthony Harris made the decision on Sendejo’s contract a bit easier since letting him walk would free up $5.5M of cap. At age 31, it makes sense for the Vikings to move forward with a younger player and shift that money to other positions of need. Grade: B+