After another good season and a big draft class there are going to be a lot of tough decisions to be made when the cut days come in Minnesota. With expectations of the team growing and a shiny new stadium awaiting them in September the standard of play required to make this team has grown incredibly, and there will be some well known names who miss out on a place.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
Things just haven’t gone as planned with Patterson in Minnesota. After 77 targets as a rookie in 2013 and almost 1,400 yards on kick return the expectations were high but the Vikings offense seemed to just push Patterson to the side. Last year He had just 2 targets as a wide receiver, and while he was still a deadly kick returner you can’t justify having a retuner eat up $2.3 million in cap space. They’ll half that if they get rid of Patterson, and they have a chance to recoup a little something from their first round investment.
Phillip Loadholt, OT
After drafting TJ Clemmings in the first round last year and then signing Andre Smith this year the Vikings are obviously not happy with their tackle situation. With Matt Kalil still holding a big dead cap number the only option they have to clear up the tackle situation is to cut the massive Phil Loadholt. At 30 years old and often battling a weight problem Loadholt has declined particularly as a pass blocker in recent years, he also hasn’t played a full season since 2012. After missing all of last season with a torn achilles it would make a lot of sense for the Vikings to drop Loadholt this summer, even if it may be a bit cold.
Chad Greenway, OLB
The veteran linebacker signed a new one year contract this offseason, but the Vikings can save $2 million by cutting him. Greenway’s performance has dropped severely as his physical ability has declined with age. While there is no obvious replacement for him with the nickel being the most used formation in football now the need for 3 linebackers has dropped. The Vikings drafted Kentrell Brothers who may be able to step into that role and Emmanuel Lamur, signed from Cincinnati, is a good bridge until he is.