EAGAN, Minn. — Two familiar names will not be wearing the purple of the Minnesota Vikings for the 2019-20, likely the first of many as the team begins to reshape its roster in the quest for a Super Bowl.
The club announced Monday that the contract of offensive lineman Mike Remmers has been terminated, and the option year of veteran safety Andrew Sendejo has been declined by the Vikings.
Remmers came to the Vikings as an offensive tackle from the Carolina Panthers, but played last year as a guard on a much-maligned offensive line. NBC's Pro Football Talk reports that the move frees up $4.5 million in cap space for the cash-strapped Vikings.
Sendejo was a scrappy defensive back who signed with the Vikings in 2011 and was seemingly fighting for his job every training camp. He made his first starts on defense during the 2013 season and became a full-time starter a couple of years later, but injuries and a suspension kept him from ever playing all 16 games in a season. He was limited to five games in 2018 due to a groin injury.
Cutting Sendejo will save the Vikings a reported $5.5 in cap space. Both he and Remmers will officially become part of a growing free agent class on Wednesday.
The club did tender one-year contracts to a pair of restricted free agents, safety Anthony Harris and offensive tackle Rashod Hill. With Sendejo gone Harris could compete for a starting spot in the defensive backfield.