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Vikings set Fred Evans free

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An early surprise on 53 day comes from the land of 9,947 more lakes than that.

The Vikings have parted ways with veteran defensive lineman Fred Evans, per a league source.

Evans has served as a key member of the team’s defensive tackle rotation since 2007.  In 2013, he appeared in 14 games with three starts.

His departure should be regarded as good news in one respect.  If Linval Joseph wasn’t expected to be ready to return from getting shot in the leg after a preseason game, Evans probably wouldn’t have been cut.

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44 Responses to “Vikings set Fred Evans free”
  1. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Aug 30, 2014 10:06 AM

    Actually theres just under 12,000 lakes in Minnesota… just sayin

  2. bigdinla says: Aug 30, 2014 10:06 AM

    Again Dallas should have him on the phone immediately.

  3. linemanguy74 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    Packers will pick him up

  4. gtodriver says: Aug 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    Wish you the best of luck, Fred.

  5. igocommando says: Aug 30, 2014 10:11 AM

    Looks like Shamar Stephen made the roster. Good luck in GB Fred.

  6. boomboombrown says: Aug 30, 2014 10:11 AM

    Making room for Shamar Stephens. The next John Randle. UDFA wise.

  7. f1restarter says: Aug 30, 2014 10:11 AM

    “Set free”.

    That’s a good way of putting it where the Minnesota Vikings are concerned.

  8. rightwingguy says: Aug 30, 2014 10:12 AM

    Skol

  9. patsbrat says: Aug 30, 2014 10:16 AM

    Interesting. Most teams cut players. But with the Vikings players are ‘set free.’

  10. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 30, 2014 10:19 AM

    In other news, the Vikings annual offseason world dominance only continues for another 5 days. Unfortunately for them, the actual season starts at that time and they must reclaim their usual, and rightful, place at the bottom of the barrel. So let it be written; so let it be done.

  11. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 30, 2014 10:21 AM

    Superbowl homeboy!

  12. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 30, 2014 10:21 AM

    I hope Lynval Joseph doesn’t get shot again.

  13. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 30, 2014 10:22 AM

    Look for the Packers or Seahawks to pick him up. In all seriousness, he’s better than Letroy Guion and Kevin Williams.

  14. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 30, 2014 10:23 AM

    10,000 Lakes
    15,000 Swamps
    4 Billion Mosquitoes
    3 Fish

  15. getadealdonealready says: Aug 30, 2014 10:30 AM

    Good Luck Fred, enjoyed watching you during your time with us! NFL caliber player who will land somewhere, best of luck wherever that may be!

  16. davetrembley says: Aug 30, 2014 10:30 AM

    Oddly enough, I was watching the Vikings 4th preseason game the other night, (yes, I don’t have a life), and the camera found Fred Evans on the sideline, and the announcers were talking about him.

    “Fred Evans?” my wife, a football genius who once asked me if Marshawn Lynch and John Lynch were brothers, said “Why, I’ve never heard of him.”

    “He’s a fixture on the Vikings sub-in packages,” I replied. “A fixture…”

  17. getadealdonealready says: Aug 30, 2014 10:32 AM

    PFT – could you possible make some kind of mute tab? There are too many posters on this site that have nothing constructive to say, and it would be nice if I could choose for their comments never to show up in my feed. Thanks for what you do, I love the site, but starting to look for info in other places because of all the trolls.

  18. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 30, 2014 10:34 AM

    I hope my Pack sign him. He is a quality player and would start along side Letroy Guion on our DL. Considering our last couple of picks on the D-Line have been complete busts (Datone Jones, Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy, etc.)

  19. arianil985 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:41 AM

    How is cutting him going to put an end to us finishing in last place the last 6 seasons!!!!

  20. Norseman says: Aug 30, 2014 10:43 AM

    Evans got cut because late round draft pick Shamar Stephen beat him out for the job. He played virtually the entire 3rd pre-season game and had a great game. He’s impressed in practice as well.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers pick up Evans, who need help at NT in a big way after Raji went down.

  21. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:51 AM

    He’s happy, he’s still trying to get rid of that Vikings stench from his system!

  22. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 11:05 AM

    Evans doesn’t stink. Sounds like a salary/age decision more than anything. He’ll catch on somewhere else.

  23. boomboombrown says: Aug 30, 2014 11:08 AM

    Packer fans….. no life if it wasn’t for trolling Viking threads. Sad, really sad!

  24. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 30, 2014 11:11 AM

    I’m sure it’s difficult for the Vikings to figure out who to cut given the trash on this roster from top to bottom. The Vikings front office just pulls numbers out of a hopper like the lotto to help them decide knowing that there is no wrong answer.

    And I do find it funny how the Vikings talk about the Packers picking him up when it’s the Queen’s who have a huge history of signing Packers castoffs.

  25. doublehardtwelve says: Aug 30, 2014 11:15 AM

    Boomboombrown – you are spot-on. On top of the fact that the Packer fan trolls have no life, their attempts at humor are pathetic.

  26. fluffy19 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:18 AM

    Thanks for the effort, Fred. Happy trails…

  27. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 30, 2014 11:27 AM

    I’ll always remember good ole Fred for how he managed not to get shot by a degenerate Viking fan. Best wishes.

  28. wtfru2 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:38 AM

    Fred has never been spectacular, but he’s always been dependable. When the rest of them were hurt Fred was always there to fill in. I sure hope these youngsters are as reliable as he has been. Green Bay could do a lot worse! (like who they currently have)

  29. justatrophy says: Aug 30, 2014 11:39 AM

    Whatthehellisgoingonoutthere would be my first mute! To be honest though I look at the names now and once I see a repeatedly boorish troll I don’t even read/thumbs down their comments since they’re so useless.

    As surprising as it may seem, the Vikings defensive line is the strongest unit on the team and top to bottom has exceptional depth after releasing two Hall of Famer’s and both the starting nose tackle and his quality/superior back up!

  30. lateefthetruthspeaker says: Aug 30, 2014 11:51 AM

    We don’t need him!

  31. purpleguy says: Aug 30, 2014 12:02 PM

    Fred was a good, but average player for the Vikes, and I wish him the best. If he moves on to the east, there will be two interesting things to follow: (1) how the Pack fans spin the signing of a measly Viking cast-off; and (2) how long before he gets hurt under the lousy conditioning, training and medical staff/procedures that team employs.

  32. lifesuckshereinloserville says: Aug 30, 2014 12:03 PM

    Tokyosandtroll would be MY fist mute! Oh and even though im a V rube…pftPoet would be second!

  33. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 30, 2014 12:06 PM

    He blames it on that guy who kept showing up at the practices carrying a “FREE FRED EVANS” sign.

  34. drs12522 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:35 PM

    This happens with new coaching regimes. A multi-year vet thinks he has a spot made and just uses the preseason to get in shape and try not to get hurt. Young guys impress the new coaching staff with their energy. Old reliable gets cut. He will be on a NFL roster after week one.

  35. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    This team isn’t good.

    I don’t really have to put any bells and whistles on it.

    Facts are facts.

    The Packers have cut more talent than the Vikings had on their entire 90 man camp team.

  36. guessthenguessagain says: Aug 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    With their feet.

    Point made.

  37. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    He was a viking through and through.

    He was there with Adrian Peterson when Brett Favre actually won a playoff game for the vikings.

    He is very proud that the vikings won 24 games in the last 4 seasons.

    Oh, for the good ol’ days of Brad Childress!!

  38. atthemurph says: Aug 30, 2014 1:50 PM

    yourfavoriteteamstinks says:
    Aug 30, 2014 10:06 AM
    Actually theres just under 12,000 lakes in Minnesota… just sayin
    ———————————————————-
    Or about 3,000 fewer than in the state of Wisconsin.

  39. ariani1985 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:54 PM

    I am sure our weak little sisters to the east will be all over him.

  40. gobuxfla says: Aug 30, 2014 2:02 PM

    Fred, come on down to Tampa. We could use the depth in our 6-8 man DL rotation.

  41. ejmat2 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    How is cutting him going to put an end to us finishing in last place the last 6 seasons!!!!

    Funny. I never knew last place teams made the playoffs. One time the the NFCCG. Just sayin’

  42. ldbeachtecorion61 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:45 PM

    Good Luck in Wisconsin Fred, We’ll miss you.
    I think all these Cheese head TROLLS are really Closet Vikings fans. Must be it, seems there are more of them here than us.
    This wont be the same team they faced the last few years,
    Your equipment folks better put some extra padding in your players pant seats, they will be needing it!

  43. kmossg says: Aug 31, 2014 1:20 AM

    A very solid veteran DT who can play the run and also generate a little rush up the middle. Played very well in the KC preseason game. Looks like the potential shamar stephen has flashed this preseason was too much to pass up.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Aug 31, 2014 3:20 PM

    How can you say Fred Evans was a solid contributor? to what? the Vikings finished near the bottom in most defensive categories and nearly every team ran the ball with ease against the Vikings front 7.

    It wasn’t all Fred Evan’s fault but he was a part of the crummy performance. And to suggest that he will catch on somewhere else is delusional When your defense finishes nearly dead last and you were a big part of that, it spells the end of the line for your career. That’s true of most Vikings that are cut but especially the defensive stumps.

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