Vikings go young, release Rosenfels, Carr
AUG 31, 2012 9:01p ET
Veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels and veteran cornerback Chris Carr were among the more notable releases by Minnesota on a day in which the team released 21 players and put offensive lineman DeMarcus Love on injured reserve to reach the required 53-man roster for the regular season. Suspended receiver Jerome Simpson does not count toward the final 53-man count.
In most cases when deciding between two players at the same position, the Vikings opted for the younger player as they look to bring the roster more in line with the youthful trends in the league and build a roster than can sustain success.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was letting go of Carr, whom the team signed as a free agent during the offseason. Carr, a former starter with the Baltimore Ravens, had worked as the third cornerback for much of the preseason and training camp behind starters Antoine Winfield and Chris Cook. Yet, Carr, 29, was entering his eighth season in the NFL. Minnesota kept rookie Josh Robinson, second-year player Brandon Burton and two key special teams players, returner Marcus Sherels and Zack Bowman, behind Winfield and Cook.
Rosenfels was the mentor to young quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Joe Webb after coming to the team midway through last season. But undrafted first-year player McLeod Bethel-Thompson showed some promise and a strong throwing arm during the preseason, enough to make the Vikings keep him over Rosenfels.
Among the vested veterans released were defensive end Jeff Charleston and safety Eric Frampton. Frampton had played five seasons for Minnesota, spending almost his entire career as a standout special teams player. Carr, Charleston, Frampton and Rosenfels immediately become free agents as vested veterans, players with five-plus years of NFL experience. If on the roster for Week 1, their entire yearly salary would have been guaranteed.
Players with four years or fewer of experience go through waivers. The Vikings waived wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux, defensive tackle Chase Baker, guard Chris DeGeare, fullback Ryan D'Imperio, cornerback Bobby Felder, defensive tackle Trevor Guyton, running back Lex Hilliard, guard Tyler Holmes, cornerback Reggie Jones, tackle Kevin Murphy, linebacker Corey Paredes, guard Austin Pasztor, defensive end Nick Reed, center Quentin Saulsberry, tight end Mickey Shuler and running back Jordan Todman.
Arceneaux lost the competition at receiver, as Minnesota kept Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton and Jarius Wright behind Simpson, Percy Harvin and Michael Jenkins. Shuler had been competing with Allen Reisner for the final tight end spot. Hilliard and Todman were cut as the Vikings went with Matt Asiata as the third running back.
Guyton, a seventh-round pick, was the only one of Minnesota's 10 draft picks from April to not make the roster. But Guyton played on perhaps the strongest unit on the team, the defensive line.
The Vikings also own the No. 3 waiver priority and could look to make more changes before Saturday's waiver deadline of 11 a.m. CST. After the waiver process is done at 11 a.m., Minnesota can sign eight players to its practice squad and could look to bring back some of the players waived on Friday.
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