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Report: Vikings to cut Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera

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With free agency starting in three days, the Vikings apparently are clearing some cap space in the hopes of making a move or two.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the team will release guard Steve Hutchinson and guard Anthony Herrera.

Cutting Hutchinson, who was entering the final season of a seven-year, $49 million contract, avoids his base salary of $6.95 million.  Herrera’s release clears another $2.65 million unpaid salary.

That equates to $9.6 million in cap space.

They may need to spend some of that money on a guard or two.  Hutchinson started on the left side, and Herrera started on the right side.

Hutchinson was swiped from the Seahawks via a poison-pill offer when Mike Holmgren was the coach in Seattle and Brad Childress was the coach in Minnesota.  They both now work for the Browns, and we’d be surprised if Hutchinson doesn’t end up there, too.

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43 Responses to “Report: Vikings to cut Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 10, 2012 3:31 PM

    Hutchinson and Herrera are both great guys. I wish we could have kept them but it makes sense to go with cheaper, younger players.

  2. MedCityBob says: Mar 10, 2012 3:35 PM

    That would be a great move by the Browns !!

  3. gdeli says: Mar 10, 2012 3:36 PM

    I hope the vikes make some good moves but we’ll see. They didn’t do squat last year with some glaring holes. Didn’t make sense.

  4. tjacks7 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:37 PM

    Hutchinson already played for Childress. I doubt he’ll want to do that again.

  5. lolb23 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:39 PM

    Hutchinson to the Lions where he wanted to play his whole career.

  6. mrlynch33 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    Hutchinson will look good in that Niners red and gold.

  7. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Hope this means they’re going after some free agents

  8. rip4gehrig says: Mar 10, 2012 3:41 PM

    Why would he want to go to Cleveland, to lose and freeze at the same time?

  9. kingviking414 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:44 PM

    Good luck Hutch.
    He played well, but is certainly way passed his prime.
    It sure looks like the right play now for the team is to draft Kalil and move Johnson inside. This should (hopefully) make the left side a strength for a while.
    Keeping Ponder from getting killed still has to be the top priority.

  10. ep2404 says: Mar 10, 2012 3:49 PM

    Hutchinson to Saints replace Nicks.

  11. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 10, 2012 3:51 PM

    so the vikings don’t have: left tackle. offensive guards. linebackers. safeties. corners. a receiver not named percy harvin.

    great, great approach. and you’re multi million dollar running back is coming off disaster surgery.

    good god. the vikings will be top 3 pickers for the next 10 years.

    and Ricky Rubio is out for the year! gahhhh.

  12. jbvikes says: Mar 10, 2012 3:53 PM

    Kalil for pick # 3 and Nicks from the Saints in Free Agency, then move our current LT to guard and let’s keep Christian vertical! Plenty of receivers in draft. Let’s get the O side of the ball addressed first!!

  13. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 10, 2012 3:56 PM

    the Browns now can’t draft
    Luck
    RGIII
    Kalil.

  14. packerswambulance says: Mar 10, 2012 4:05 PM

    Sad to see both go. Good luck guys.

  15. vikingsinla says: Mar 10, 2012 4:13 PM

    ITS KALIL TIME!

  16. gb4mn0 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    gbiscottagecheesefatties says:
    Mar 10, 2012 3:56 PM
    the Browns now can’t draft
    Luck
    RGIII
    Kalil.

    —————————————-

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!

  17. cardinalz1 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:28 PM

    Steve Hutchinson would look good in Cardinals Red to help protect Peyton Manning!

    Go Cardinals

  18. oside760 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:32 PM

    perfect for the chargers

  19. drama419 says: Mar 10, 2012 4:48 PM

    Vikes are being smart, it’s what you have to do to move foward. Dump the old high price guy’s, create cap room, get younger guy’s in their prime and draft quality players.

    Draft
    1st rd: Kalil
    2nd rd: WR or DB
    3rd rd: DB or WR
    4th and on: Draft LB, OL, S and BPA

    FA
    Try and get Vincent Jackson and Hicks

    Vikes will be a better team with all that, and then be in posistion in two years to make a leap to the play-offs and beyond. It doesn’t take much to turn things around quickly in the NFL. And dumping these guy’s is a start. Hutch and Griff will be missed good quality people and players in their prime.

  20. vikesfanforlife says: Mar 10, 2012 5:02 PM

    all you fans of other teams that are drooling over the idea of Hutchinson signing with your team have obviously not watched the man play the last 2 seasons. His body is failing him and because of that, factored with his age (36) and his skills have eroded. Can he still play? sure. But not at a high level. His shoulder is destroyed and he has off season surgery on it to prop him up long enough to play through the season, then he has surgery again. not to mention his last two seasons ended on injured reserve with concussions. love the guy, but he is pretty much at the end of the road. as for Anthony Hererra, he was a decent run blocking guard, but his knees are done. he was average at best, even when healthy. vikes need to draft kalil, move Charlie Johnson inside, and draft a guard or sign Carl Nicks, Ben Grubbs, or Evan Mathis

  21. cotts1 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:08 PM

    Yea I’d love to see Hutch reunite with his former Michigan teammate Jeff Backus but I can’t see him being much of an upgrade, if any, given his age and injury history.

  22. fwippel says: Mar 10, 2012 5:12 PM

    I hope this means the Viking will spend some of that cap space on a couple of starting guards, because they don’t have any right now. Either that, or one of their younger players needs to step up fast.

    Otherwise, Ponder may find himself getting hurt again.

  23. dolfanjosh13 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:30 PM

    cardinalz1 you can keep hoping for Manning but those visits to other teams are just a formality. He’s not going to Denver or KC or Zona. His mind has been made up for weeks now that he’s going to play in Miami……where he and Wayne both live.

  24. christinamer says: Mar 10, 2012 5:32 PM

    Too bad about Cedric. You never want to see a guy suffer injuries that he never quite rebounds from and end up making him irrelevant. Hope he can continue trying to rebuild a career elsewhere.

  25. truthserum4u says: Mar 10, 2012 5:35 PM

    @ gdeli

    In compensatory terms, the players you sign as free agents off sets what you lose in free agency, regardless of what kind of money they sign for (minimum salary players excluded). So if the Vikings signed more free agents they would have lost the 3rd & 4th round picks they are likely to get for losing S Rice & R Edwards.

    Since they also didn’t have a lot of cap space last off season it was wiser to get the valuable draft picks instead. This year is completely different in players lost and cap space, so they should try to add a few very good young vets.

  26. geeforcer says: Mar 10, 2012 5:50 PM

    Unfortunatly, the very thing that made Hutchinson great, his ferocious play on every down is also what turned his body into a spent husk at this point.

  27. truthserum4u says: Mar 10, 2012 5:50 PM

    gb4mn0 says:Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!

    ——————————

    Oh, you mean like when the Packer fans were all excited about being 4-12 and picking second in the 1989 draft so they could select one Tony Mandrich?

  28. jason1214 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:56 PM

    Newsflash, Hutch is done, and Herrera was never any good. But hey fans of other teams have at em’

  29. upyoursnfu says: Mar 10, 2012 5:57 PM

    Nobody wants to go to Cleveland

  30. contra74 says: Mar 10, 2012 6:03 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM
    —————————————-

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!
    ——
     Yes, the only disrespectful post singer came from a packer fan. Keep making the packer Fanbase proud super-packer-hero!

  31. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 10, 2012 6:39 PM

    @gb4mno

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!


    Did I say I was proud ????

    Please use all your wisdom and point that one out for me…. Education clown, go back to college

  32. gb4mn0 says: Mar 10, 2012 6:56 PM

    truthserum4u says:
    Mar 10, 2012 5:50 PM
    gb4mn0 says:Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!

    ——————————

    Oh, you mean like when the Packer fans were all excited about being 4-12 and picking second in the 1989 draft so they could select one Tony Mandrich?
    ————————————————–

    You got the year right ’89′ but really what I had in mind was 10/12/89 the day vike rubes were filled with gay giddiness when vike GM Mike Flynn traded for Herchel Walker.

  33. vikefan says: Mar 10, 2012 7:20 PM

    Mar 10, 2012 6:56 PM

    truthserum4u says:
    Mar 10, 2012 5:50 PM
    gb4mn0 says:Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!

    ——————————

    Oh, you mean like when the Packer fans were all excited about being 4-12 and picking second in the 1989 draft so they could select one Tony Mandrich?
    ————————————————–

    You got the year right ’89′ but really what I had in mind was 10/12/89 the day vike rubes were filled with gay giddiness when vike GM Mike Flynn traded for Herchel Walker.
    ———————————————————
    hahahaha…….just gotta keep tryin to find a thought worse than your playoff loss…..oh those green & yellow trolls can never get enuff of demeaning others…..what a life

  34. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:27 PM

    @gb4mn0

    LOL makes it even more said that herschel walker wasnt the worst decision that year hahahahah
    Go back to high school

  35. g99r33 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:36 PM

    Come to the jets!!

  36. expertop says: Mar 10, 2012 7:42 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 6:56 PM
    truthserum4u says:
    Mar 10, 2012 5:50 PM
    gb4mn0 says:Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!

    ——————————

    Oh, you mean like when the Packer fans were all excited about being 4-12 and picking second in the 1989 draft so they could select one Tony Mandrich?
    ————————————————–

    You got the year right ’89′ but really what I had in mind was 10/12/89 the day vike rubes were filled with gay giddiness when vike GM Mike Flynn traded for Herchel Walker.
    _______________________

    I think he actually meant a few days later – 10/16/89 – when Walker averaged 8.2 yards per carry. Who was that against…?

  37. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 10, 2012 7:44 PM

    @gb4mn0

    HAHAHA. little man syndrome! I can smell the trailer on you from over here.. HAHAAHAHHAHAH.

    I can’t wait to troll this page like you do DAILY and just bash because it makes me feel better about my life, oh … oh wait. No my life doesn’t suck!

    Why am I on this site on a Sat. night, because my girl is in the shower and my best buddy is on his way over to have a brew and BBQ, what’s your excuse? I’m sure it’s because your mom didn’t want to take you to the movies tonight.

  38. detroitcityryda says: Mar 10, 2012 8:44 PM

    Lions should pick hutch up and re unite him with backus like Michigan days they can go couple more years

  39. 7ransponder says: Mar 10, 2012 9:14 PM

    Why are my valid and on topic posts not being allowed though while gb4mn0′s vitriolic posts that offer no value to the discussion at hand still showing up?

    This place confuses the heck out of me sometimes.

  40. skolvikeshomeboy says: Mar 10, 2012 9:22 PM

    gbiscottagecheesefatties your life obviously does suck since you said your girl is in the shower and you are waiting for your buddy for beer and bbg! you should have been in the shower with your girl while your buddy was waiting for you in the bedroom so you could pound him when your girl is done pounding you in the ass!
    HaHaHa-drunken sconies!

  41. packerfansarefat says: Mar 10, 2012 9:41 PM

    To gb4mn0………go back to testing the vescocity of the lotion on your moms tummy….lol…why do I see you eating a giant turkey leg…oil from your ONE hair covering your entire body…could be sweat from eating…unsure….typing on your 1983 apple computer.

  42. grannyvi4 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:58 AM

    gb4mn0 says:Mar 10, 2012 4:16 PM

    gbiscottagecheesefatties says:
    Mar 10, 2012 3:56 PM
    the Browns now can’t draft
    Luck
    RGIII
    Kalil.

    —————————————-

    WOW! Only in Loserville (Manya$$holesrus, MN) can you be proud of picking 3rd in the draft resulting from a 3-13 season. You toads are such losers!
    ————————————–
    gb4mno: On the article about Suh getting bent all out of shape after reports of his speeding ticket surfaced, your comments alluded to some mental health issues he might have. Then I got it. Of COURSE you would know about mental health issues, having obviously experienced them firsthand. Whenever I see a post that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever I look at the name, and sure enough, it’s always you. You’re so funny and predictable.

  43. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Mar 11, 2012 4:23 AM

    skolvikeshomeboy

    you think I am from Wisconsin? How F’n dumb are you!

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