3 Vikings who (probably) won’t make the 53-man roster in 2024

Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine
Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine / Ric Tapia/GettyImages

More than two weeks have now passed since the start of this year's NFL free agency period, and we've already seen the Minnesota Vikings undergo some significant changes.

The Vikings have parted with some longtime members of their roster like quarterback Kirk Cousins and pass rusher Danielle Hunter, and they've spent the majority of their cap space on beefing up the talent level of their team on the defensive side of the ball.

With Minnesota adding more than a handful of new faces to their roster this offseason, the tenure with the organization for some players might now be closer to reaching the finish line.

3 Minnesota Vikings who (probably) won’t make the 53-man roster in 2024

Lewis Cine - S

Despite Lewis Cine being selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the young safety has made almost no impact out on the field during the last two seasons.

Cine's rookie year was cut short by a gruesome leg injury, and his recovery from that might have had an effect on his performance last season. In two years with Minnesota, the former University of Georgia safety has appeared in a total of 12 games, and he's only accumulated a single tackle.

The Vikings decided to re-sign safety Theo Jackson earlier this offseason and that seemed to be a big indicator of the team not keeping Cine around for the 2024 campaign.

Things could change for the former Minnesota first-round pick during the next few months, but he's definitely running out of time to prove he belongs on the team next season.

N'Keal Harry - WR

Like Cine, N'Keal Harry is a former first-round draft pick who hasn't come anywhere close to the expectations he was given as an opening-round selection.

Harry joined the Vikings last year after four uninspiring seasons as a member of both the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. With Minnesota in 2023, the 26-year-old wide receiver didn't catch a single pass in nine appearances.

The Vikings currently have more than 10 receivers on their roster, and even if they choose to keep six around for the 2024 regular season, Harry probably isn't going to be one of them.

Nick Mullens - QB

Prior to the start of the 2022 regular season, Minnesota made a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders to acquire quarterback Nick Mullens to be the top backup behind Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings brought him back for the 2023 campaign as well, and after Cousins tore his Achilles, Mullens was thrust into the starting lineup after Josh Dobbs' magic had run out.

In just five appearances last season, Mullens wound up throwing for 1,306 yards, seven touchdowns, and eight interceptions. At times, he was great at getting the ball downfield to some of Minnesota's top offensive playmakers. And then, at other times, he gave the football up to the Vikings' opponent way too much.

With the Vikings' signing of Sam Darnold earlier this offseason, the drafting of Jaren Hall in 2023, and the expectation of the team trading up to draft a new signal-caller this year, there probably won't be enough space for Mullens in the team's quarterback room for the 2024 season.

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