3 Landing Spots for Lewis Cine if He’s Cut by Vikings

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Minnesota Vikings safety Lewis Cine is the almighty roster bubble player this summer, stuck at a roster spot with too many formidable names ahead of him.

3 Landing Spots for Lewis Cine if He’s Cut by Vikings

In fact, some Vikings-themed voices consider it a foregone conclusion for Cine to exit the franchise late in August. Otherwise, Minnesota may have to keep seven safeties on the 53-man roster, an astronomical amount.

Lewis Cine Pitched a Shutout vs. Lions. And Not in a Good Way.
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There is no financial incentive to cut ties with Cine, but if Minnesota’s coaching staff takes the plunge, these are the top three landing spots for his services ranked in ascending order (No. 1 = most likely landing spot).

3. Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni in the first half as the Eagles came to East Rutherford, NJ, and defeated their division rivals, the New York Giants, 48-22 on December 11, 2022. Philadelphia Eagles Came To East Rutherford, NJ, And Defeat Their Division Rivals, The New York Giants, On December 11, 2022. © Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The Case for Philadelphia, in Short: It’s what the Eagles do — add players from the University of Georgia.

The Eagles employ these men from the University of Georgia:

  • Jalen Carter (DT)
  • Jordan Davis (DT)
  • Nakobe Dean (LB)
  • Kendall Milton (RB)
  • Kelee Ringo (CB)
  • Nolan Smith (OLB)

It is not normal for a team to have that many players from one school on its active roster. It’s just not. Therefore, the Eagles front office has a very real affinity for Bulldogs, and if Cine hits the waiver wire later this summer, Philadelphia could flock to grab his services.

Most of the men on the list above are former Cine teammates.

2. Dallas Cowboys

Mike Zimmer Press Conference | Dallas Cowboys 2024. Zimmer took over as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator in February 2024 when Dan Quinn accepted a head coaching job with the Washington Commanders. Zimmer coached the Vikings from 2014 to 2021.

The Case for Dallas, in Short: The home-state angle.

Cine isn’t from Texas — he was born in Haiti — but he did finish high school in the Lone Star state before trekking to Georgia for college. He attended Trinity Christian. That school is 20 minutes from the Cowboys’ stadium.

There’s also a slight roster need in Dallas. One starting safety for the Cowboys, Donovan Wilson, fired up a 66.2 Pro Football Focus grade in 2023, which isn’t elite. Cine could add depth.

Also — Cine + Mike Zimmer could be fun.

1. Baltimore Ravens

Georgia Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken looks on during warms ups before the start of a NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. © Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The Case for Baltimore, in Short: Todd Monken.

During Cine’s collegiate career, the offensive coordinator at Georgia was Todd Monken, who currently runs the Ravens’ offense. Of course, Cine doesn’t play offense, but Monken should be rather familiar with his skillset, especially the productive collegiate version.

There’s also irony here, as Vikings fans cannot go a day without suggesting Minnesota should’ve drafted Kyle Hamilton over Cine. In this scenario, Baltimore could pair Cine with Hamilton, and voilà, Vikings fans can watch Ravens games henceforth with the utmost resentment, which they already do when Hamilton is on the television.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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