The Minnesota Vikings made a surprising cut in cutting starting guard Alex Boone.
Welcome to the craziness that is the NFL roster cut season. The Minnesota Vikings are parting ways with starting guard Alex Boone according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. The Star Tribune reports that means the Vikings will be eating over three million in dead money owed to Boone.
As Andrew Krammer pointed out, this means that the Vikings will be putting both Nick Easton and Pat Elflein in the starting lineup to start the regular season.
The Vikings had signed Boone in March of 2016 to help sure up the offensive line for the Vikings. The purple and Boone agreed to a four-year $26.8 million dollar deal. Of course, Boone only ended up playing one year of that deal.
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When Boone was brought in, it was thought that his presence would greatly solidify the offensive line. The offensive line as a whole struggled last season for the Vikings and Boone did not really help the situation. Maybe Boone was hyped up too much in the mind of Vikings fans, but Boone did not impressive in his season with the purple.
Before his one season stint with the Vikings, Boone had spent seven seasons as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
It didn’t appear that Boone was really going to fit in the scheme the Vikings were going to go with this season, especially compared to the other options on the offensive line. Boone potentially could’ve been used as some offensive line depth, but with Boone’s outspokenness, it might be simply easier for the team to cut the lineman than potentially deal with a disgruntled employee.
The Vikings will break out a new look offensive line on September 11 in their first game of the regular season on Monday Night Football. The matchup against the New Orleans Saints will be shown on ESPN.