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.

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  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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