Minnesota Vikings: Release of Michael Jenkins Hopefully a Sign of Things to Come

By Andrew Fisher
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Changes, that’s all the Minnesota Vikings fans want, changes at wide receiver. Well the people got change on Monday, when the team released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

This was a move that almost took place last summer, but Jenkins restructured his deal to avoid being cut. Now nearly a year later, he’s gone. Nothing against Jenkins, because he’s a decent receiver, but he just doesn’t have a place in Minnesota any longer. It’s time for the team to get younger and better.

I guess it took a year like 2012 before the Vikings realized that they had to something about their receiver corps. Many were screaming for new acquisitions a season ago, but there were bigger needs to address on the roster. Now that the team has a solid offensive line and secondary in place, it can expand the re-tooling to the receivers.

More than anything, I hope the cutting of Jenkins is a sign of things to come in Minnesota. Beyond Percy Harvin and Jarius Wright, I could care less if they bring back anyone else. Last year’s unit didn’t get the job done, and it’s time for some new players to get a chance. Ridding the team of the aging Jenkins was just the first logical move.

The Vikings will now turn their focus to free agency in a few days. Fans can only hope the changes keep rolling in, and the team inks a solid play-maker to the roster. They shouldn’t expect any huge names, but it’s realistic now to think the team will make a little noise in the free agent market.


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