After agreeing to terms with 10 undrafted free agents on Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings saw their roster balloon to 95 players. The additions meant Rick Spielman and his front office would need to release at least five players by the start of the Vikings’ first rookie minicamp this weekend. According to the team’s official website, the Vikings cleared that necessary roster space by waiving five players on Thursday:
RB Henry Josey
TE Ryan Otten
Wentworth and Richardson were undrafted free agents in 2014, but quickly became expendable after the Vikings selected three offensive linemen in last week’s NFL Draft. Richardson was placed on injured reserve last summer after undergoing surgery on both of his knees, possibly ending his career in the NFL. Wentworth appeared in seven regular season games for the Vikings last year after injuries decimated the offensive line.
Dixon was added to the active roster last December, but didn’t step foot on the field. Josey, an undrafted running back out of Missouri in 2014, replaced Ben Tate in late December but did not appear in any games. Both Dixon and Josey were on the Vikings 53-man roster for the regular season finale against the Chicago Bears
Otten was a familar face on the Vikings’ practice squad — he spent two stints with the group last season and was added again in November before signing a futures deal in January.
With the moves, the Vikings head into the rookie minicamp at the 90-man roster limit. Check back for coverage of this week’s activities, which start today and run through the weekend!