The Vikings are widely expected to cut veteran receiver Bernard Berrian, in order to get under the salary cap. They’ve begun the process by cutting another veteran player: defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.
Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Kennedy will get the heave-ho, clearing $2.5 million off the books.
Kennedy announced the move on Twitter. “Viking fans, thank you for accepting me as your own, but I’m sorry to inform you I am no longer with the team,” Kennedy wrote. “I love you guys.”
Kennedy, the 12th overall pick in the 2003 draft, spent three years with the Vikings. He signed a two-year, $5 million contract last year.
The Vikings are $4.8 million over the salary cap, according to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. Once Kennedy is cut, the number will drop to $2.3 million, pending other moves. Pelissero speculates that cutting Kennedy could be aimed at creating cap space for veteran Pat Williams.
And Kennedy could always come back at a lower salary. With Pat and Kevin Williams facing four-game suspensions for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy way back in 2008, the Vikings will need replacements.