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Minnesota Vikings Waive Five Players

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:

S Ahmad Dixon

RB Henry Josey

TE Ryan Otten

T Antonio Richardson

G Austin Wentworth

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!

 

 

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  1. I was wondering with all the people the Vikings were dealing with how they would handle that situation I hope all these guys know that they had to play an important part for the Vikings to get where they need to be! The Vikings appear to be a competent organization and are putting themselves into a great position as far as the quality and the type of players they will have on their team! It is their time to get better in that division and will be a nightmare for opposing teams!

  2. Vikings keep on getting better, with another year under the bridgewater. Ruff seas ahead for Norths division opponents. Keep it up Vikings and we might see you battling in the playoff picture.

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