Two players waived by the Minnesota Vikings have new teams after being claimed off waivers, keeping their dreams of an NFL career alive.
When cuts are made to trim rosters to 53 players, sometimes other teams are interested in the players who are let go and claim them on waivers. That is exactly what happened to two players recently let go by the Minnesota Vikings.
The purple and gold made the tough decisions to let go of quarterback Kellen Mond as well as defensive lineman Armon Watts to get their roster down to 53 and have what they believe is the best roster possible heading into the regular season.
Those two players did last very long on the waiver wire. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero shared the list of players claimed on Twitter and noted nine highlighted claims that included both Mond and Watts.
How will these former Vikings perform with their new teams?
Kellen Mond joining the Cleveland Browns is an interesting move. It’s no secret that the quarterback room of the Browns is one of the most polarizing in the league due to the trade for Deshaun Watson and the massive contract he was given.
During Watson’s 11-game suspension, Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback with Joshua Dobbs likely acting as his backup, making Kellen Mond the team’s third quarterback and likely a project for the team with an attempt to develop his skills. The only real question is what will happen with Mond once Watson’s suspension is over.
Meanwhile, Armon Watts adds more depth to a Bears defense that could use a beefy defender up front to slow down opposing teams. He will likely be behind Angelo Blackson on the depth chart unless Chicago is truly impressed with the former Vikings defender.