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After missing the Super Bowl by few plays two years ago, the Minnesota Vikings have fallen apart, posting a 9-23 regular season record from way back. Baseball betting lines

The Vikings released left guard Steve Hutchinson, right guard Anthony Herrera and cornerback Cedric Griffin, saving more than $13 million for this year by jettisoning 3 players who’ve been in their starting lineup for the better part of the previous 5 seasons or more.

Hutchinson, a 5-time 1st-team All-Pro pick, was the most serious departure, though at 34 year-old with a $6.95 million income that was expected this year he spotted he was just as certain to be fire as any other number of vets who don’t fit in the franchise’s future plan. Hutchinson left the Seattle Seahawks in 2006 to sign the wealthiest contract for a guard in league history and gave the Vikings masses of bang for their buck till injuries slowed him down in current seasons. Baseball lines

With the No. 3 pick in next month’s draft, the Vikings ought to have a shot at celebrated USC left tackle Matt Kalil. If they do that, incumbent Charlie Johnson could be moved to Hutchinson’s spot. They’ll have to get a new starter at right guard, too, without Herrera.

An undrafted free agent who made the team out of Tennessee in 2004, Herrera worked his way into the beginning lineup in 2007 and helped clear holes on some of running back Adrian Peterson’s greatest days. But he’s 31 and would’ve drawn a $2.65 million income. Herrera came off a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and started 12 games last year. Journeyman Joe Berger and Brandon Fusco, a 6th-round draft pick before last season, are 2 actual candidates to take over for Herrera.

Griffin’s comeback from ACL tears in both knees — both in the 2010 calendar year — was an outstanding feat, but the 29-year-old just wasn’t the same in 2011. He appeared in all sixteen games but was benched down the stretch even with the Vikings badly short of able cornerbacks in this increasingly pass-driven NFL. He was apart and moody a lot of the season and expressed his unhappiness with his demotion.

Griffin still had 3 years left on the contract extension he signed in March 2009, including a $4.1 million income for this season. Another top cornerback, Chris Cook, remains in legal limbo with his felony attack trial continuing. But given the way the past year played out for Griffin, bringing him back would have been awkward and most likely pointless.

General Manager Rick Spielman hinted latterly that activities like this were arriving.

“Sometimes, when you move on from guys, it has nothing to do with their character and what they brought to the team. Occasionally, you just have to make some difficult business selections,” he announced.

In a news release distributed by the team, Coach Leslie Frazier referred to this as a “hard decision” while wishing the threesome good.

“All 3 individuals have meant a great deal to the Vikings franchise both on and off field over the years,” Frazier said.

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