Wednesday Full Of Moves: MBT, Robison & Trattou
Josh Freeman stole most of the headlines regarding the Vikings this week, but Wednesday brought a flurry of activity from Winter Park, and here are your resulting roster updates:
McLeod Bethel-Thompson: Many Minnesota fans hoped to see “MBT” sneak onto the practice squad after he was the casualty cut following the Freeman signing. Not only would retaining him have allowed the Vikings to continue developing him, but it could have provided them greater flexibility and leverage in potential trade scenarios involving either Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel. Instead, the San Francisco Forty-Niners claimed him off waivers. MBT started his career with the Niners, but has yet to see any regular season playing time with any of the teams he has signed with since 2011.
Brian Robison: One of my favorite Vikings is defensive end Brian Robison, mainly because of his unheralded consistency on the left side, so I was elated to hear that the Vikings signed him to a four year contract extension. The deal is reportedly worth $28.3 million, with $13.1 million in guarantees and a $5 million signing bonus. Robison has been one of the best 4-3 left ends in the NFL, particularly in the pass rushing department, so it is no surprise that the contract incentives are tied directly to sack numbers. Robison, the class act that he is, joked with reporters that the quality of bass fishing in Minnesota was a major factor in his decision to re-up. Defensive ends Jared Allen and Everson Griffen are also in contract years.
Justin Trattou: The Vikings also made a waiver claim on Wednesday and they were awarded defensive end Justin Trattou who was recently released by the New York Giants. Trattou was undrafted out of Florida in 2011 and has bounced around the Giants practice squad and active roster over the last couple of years. He has very limited playing time and is mostly an unknown at this point. Still, the Vikings front office thought highly enough of his potential that they jettisoned defensive end George Johnson to make room for him.