In an effort to shave nearly $10 million from their salary cap commitment, the Vikings will reportedly release starting guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera.  The decision, which plays to the notion that they would like a younger roster, was finalized on Saturday according to multiple reports.

Both players have struggled with injuries and seen their production slip in recent seasons, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Hutchinson is welcomed back under a greatly reduced contract.  He has stated his desire to play one more NFL season.

The Vikings have in-house options to fill the guard position that include Joe Berger, Brandon Fusco, Charlie Johnson, and possibly Chris DeGeare.  Additionally, there is a lot of talent expected to be available via free agency and the draft.

These moves are sure to fuel speculation that the Vikings would like to sign Carl Nicks.


  1. Although I would really have liked Hutchinson to say if he took a paycut, this might be the best for the rebuilding proces. The line will have a chance to flux together this season and for many forward. I think after we draft Kalil, C. Johnson will move to left gaurd and I think Brandon Fusco will win the starting gig in the offseason. They might draft a great gaurd in the 2nd or 3rd round should somebody great fall to them, but I doubt they will take one that early.


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