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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