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Vikings release Greg Childs, Letroy Guion

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Wide receiver Greg Childs has continued working to return to the field after tearing both of his patellar tendons in both of his knees in August of 2012, but if he makes it back it will be with someone other than the Vikings.

The Vikings announced Thursday that they have released Childs and defensive tackle Letroy Guion. Childs was a rookie when he suffered the dual knee injuries and suffered a previous patellar tendon injury while at Arkansas, leaving the former fourth-round pick with long odds of ever playing in an NFL game.

Guion was a fifth-round pick of the Vikings in 2008 and played 68 games for the team over the last six years. He started all 28 games he played over the last two seasons, but only ranked sixth in total snaps on the defensive line last season. He was set to count $4.3 million against the cap and the Vikings will get most of that space back now that he’s off the roster.

Jared Allen, Everson Griffen and Kevin Williams are set to be free agents, which could mean a very different look on the defensive end in Minnesota next season.

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25 Responses to “Vikings release Greg Childs, Letroy Guion”
  1. tjacks7 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:54 PM

    I was looking forward to seeing Childs’ return to the field. I hope he catches on elsewhere or returns. Hopefully, it works out for him.

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    The move of a champion.

    The Vikings franchise is one step ahead of yours.

    GM’s of other franchises should be taking notes right now.

  3. stevent92 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:56 PM

    Releasing Childs after 2 yrs of rehab makes no sense. At least get him to Training Camp.

    Also, please re-sign Griffin.

  4. FlashPatterson says: Mar 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    That’s a bummer.. I was looking forward to seeing Childs on the field. Also resign Everson Griffen. the dude is a beast, perfect 3-4 outside lb in my opinion

  5. scoops1 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:58 PM

    SKOL?????

  6. seatownballers says: Mar 6, 2014 4:00 PM

    That defense keeps on getting thinner! Spielman will have 4 first round picks this year. Ponder and Freeman for the qb battle! Clown music all season

  7. lovemyqueens says: Mar 6, 2014 4:10 PM

    I was really looking forward to watching Greg play this season. He bulked up pretty substantially. He went from a somewhat scrawny kid to looking like a linebacker. I hope they bring him back for a look because his college footage showed him making plays in the open that reminded me of Calvin Johnson or Brandon Marshall is probably more accurate.

  8. gbmickey says: Mar 6, 2014 4:14 PM

    Wonder how many teams castoffs they will sign because Spielman sure doesn’t have the ability to Draft the replacements.

  9. tokyosandblaster says: Mar 6, 2014 4:21 PM

    These two have to be thanking their lucky stars.

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  10. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    Zimmer said that the nose tackle was a key position in his defense, so they must be getting ready to make a run at someone like Linval Joseph of the Giants. Dude is a 3-year starter, 25 years old, and huge.

  11. whatjusthapped says: Mar 6, 2014 4:24 PM

    This has got to be scary. The Vikings weak link is their defense (for a team that starts Ponder at QB, that itself is a scary statement) and the weakest part of their defense is their secondary and now they are losing 4 of their defensive linemen, a not so weak part by comparison.

    It sounds like the Vikings recognize that last place isn’t so bad so let’s start over by cleaning house. They should really start with the GM but that ship has already sailed.

  12. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 6, 2014 4:27 PM

    Everyone is pulling for Childs to be successful, but I think we all knew when he blew out both patellar tendons as a rookie that his chances of making it back were less than 1%. I’m guessing they wouldn’t have released him unless things weren’t going well in his rehab because he isn’t making much money.

  13. myfootballknowledgeisgreaterthanyours says: Mar 6, 2014 4:31 PM

    The Re Todd Ed Rick Spielmans next stupid move will be letting Kevin Williams walk, the dudes still a stud in the NFL I’m sure Rick will draft some horrible DT’s this draft way to high just like Shariff Floyd who proved that he isn’t very good in his rookie season. Which will cost this team multiple games next season along will finishing in the bottom of the NFC North again which will continue to happen until Zygi finally realizes thats the core of the problem here in Minnesota is the idiot GM Rick Spielman and finally fires him and when that happens I will celebrate like they just won the SB its just a matter of time probably after this season thank god!

  14. duluthvikesfan says: Mar 6, 2014 4:39 PM

    Entirely new coaches means new players. It is what it is. These coaches have no ties to the current players. Big part of bringing in a new coaching team is so they can bring in the guys they want. I’m getting more excited by the day to see what this team looks like this season! And I have a feeling they will be very active in free agency. Just don’t expect flashy names. Zimmer and Turner know who the underdogs are in the league who can play some good football.

  15. grantsbuds says: Mar 6, 2014 4:45 PM

    Re-sign Griffen and KWill

    Go get:
    Linval Joseph or Solai
    Michael Johnson
    Jon Asamoah or Geoff Schwartz (never should have let him go Squeelman!)

  16. ninefingers9 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:51 PM

    Packers are still the only team in the nfl to have a convicted serial killer to call one of their own

  17. ariani1985 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:51 PM

    Haha green bay, notice that you don’t have talent?

  18. thevikesarebest says: Mar 6, 2014 5:00 PM

    The vikings still putting a great roster together.meanwhile turd bay is thinking of building a statue of Darren sharper.thats if anyone isn’t too lazy to do it.SKOL

  19. GenXJay says: Mar 6, 2014 5:06 PM

    you’re correct Mr. Alper.
    MN defensive end position will look different. Especially with Clowney on the roster.

  20. wafflestomp says: Mar 6, 2014 5:45 PM

    I seriously can’t even decipher some of these Green Bay putdowns. This was an article about Greg Childs, right?

    Serial killers and Darren Sharper jokes? And I honestly don’t know what the pftpoet is smoking.
    Maybe I should go back and watch the movie Fargo so I can understand you guys.

    Anyway, tough break for this kid. Disappointing to see his career hit such a low point before it even got started.

  21. deeppurple23 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:50 PM

    Bummed about Childs, I was looking forward to seeing him in purple. I wish him the best of luck, he’s a good kid.

  22. purpleguy says: Mar 6, 2014 6:53 PM

    the Vikes did keep Childs around for two full years, but it’s a shame he likely can’t recover from a double injury no other player has recovered from to be effective previously. As to Guion, he unfortunately never took full advantage of the many chances he was given.

  23. im2fast4you123 says: Mar 7, 2014 7:34 AM

    Whoever said we are gettin clowney is an idiot.

  24. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 7, 2014 1:28 PM

    Last year they cut Winfield to give Jennings a big contract.

    This move gives them an additional 3-4 mil with their already 32+ mil space. Expect the Vikings to be big players this year in free agency.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 7, 2014 3:11 PM

    Here we have yet another high profile draft blunder from the incompetent Rick Spieldope.

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