The Minnesota Vikings are just two seasons removed from making the NFC Championship Game, and the belief around this years team is that they can make another run in the playoffs.
Last season, the team made a big splash signing bringing in Kirk Cousins, but the offensive line really struggled and didn’t give him much time to pass the ball.
The hope is this season the team did enough to improve the offensive line that Cousins has the time to make passes because he has plenty of playmakers that can make this offense one of the better ones in football.
On defense, the team has Anthony Barr and most of the squad back from last year and still have the talent to be one of the best defenses in football.
On paper, this is one of the most talented teams in football, so they are going to have a lot of tough decisions to make in terms of who makes the roster. Let’s breakdown three guys who could be looking for new teams once the first week of the NFL season rolls around.
3. Holton Hill
At the end of last season, this would seem like a shocking cut, but after what has transpired this offseason, there is a good reason to believe he might never play a regular season game with the Vikings again.
Coming out of Texas, Hill was considered by many to be one of the best cornerbacks in last years draft, but he failed drug tests at Texas and it caused him to be an undrafted free agent.
He made the team out of camp last year and actually played a key part of the defense towards the end of last season. Early in the offseason, it was announced Hill was suspended four games for taking PED’s and that was a red flag.
Just a few weeks ago it was announced that Hill was suspended for another four weeks for a drug violation. The same issue that plagued him at Texas caught up with him again in the NFL. The team may not cut him right away out of training camp and may keep him under team control for the eight weeks he is suspended just in case they suffer injuries, but if they don’t, there is a good chance that once his suspension is up, so will his time with the Vikings.
2. Sean Mannion
The Vikings made it clear that they wanted Jake Browning with how much money they gave him as an undrafted free agent. Browning received a $15,000 signing bonus, and $125,000 of his salary is guaranteed for this season no matter what happens.
Mannion was a solid backup last year for the Rams, but he didn’t do a ton to really move the needle and if the team is impressed with Browning enough, they may make the former Washington Huskies’ standout the backup.
The team also has Kyle Sloter on the roster, who they have been impressed with the last few weeks. If they decide to keep three quarterbacks, Mannion could be the odd man out.
1. Laquon Treadwell
Cutting a former first-round draft pick before his rookie contract is up is usually shocking, but with Laquon Treadwell, if it does happen, it’s been a long time coming.
The Vikings released their first depth chart and he is either fifth or six on it and it’s hard to imagine the team is going to keep him.
The Vikings have had young guys like Chad Beebe and Jordan Taylor show a lot of potential and it would make more sense for the team to see what they have in a young talent over keeping Treadwell, who has been unproductive.
Roster spots are crucial and they need to make sure they are right on the guys they keep. These three guys simply aren’t likely to make the long-term cut.