Former third-round draft pick is the latest to get let go by the Vikings

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Cameron Dantzler
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Cameron Dantzler /

As the Minnesota Vikings continue to transform their roster this offseason, the team made the decision to waive veteran cornerback Cam Dantzler on Friday.

Shortly after they announced the release of wide receiver Adam Thielen on Friday, the Minnesota Vikings made another roster decision that resulted in the team waiving cornerback Cam Dantzler.

Minnesota Vikings move on from Cam Dantzler after three seasons

After he emerged as a starter in his rookie season, the Vikings likely felt they landed a steal in Dantzler after selecting him in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The young defender wound up starting 10 games during his rookie campaign with Minnesota, which eventually led to him finishing as the team’s top-rated cornerback, according to PFF.

In the two years after his rookie season, however, Dantzler’s development didn’t exactly continue to speed forward. His overall numbers were still solid, but more often than not, the young corner found himself being on the wrong end of a game-altering play for the Vikings.

By waiving Dantzler, Minnesota will save more than $2.7 million in cap space. So, yes, this move will help the Vikings as they attempt to get under the 2023 salary cap before next Wednesday’s deadline, but it clearly wasn’t a decision that was entirely made about money.

At 24-years-old, Dantzler should still have plenty of interest this offseason from teams around the NFL that are in need of improving their cornerback depth.

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