The Vikings got around to announcing their roster moves a couple of hours after the deadline to make them on Saturday, which meant there was plenty of time for the biggest name to leak out ahead of time.
Or the biggest player, anyway. That would be Polish import Babatunde Aiyegbusi, who announced his own departure on Facebook well ahead of the Vikings’ decision to do the same thing.
The Vikings also parted ways with defensive tackle Chigbo Anunoby, defensive end B.J. DuBose, guard Isame Faciane, center Tom Farniok, wide receiver Donte Foster, wide receiver Isaac Fruechte, safety Anthony Harris, running back DuJuan Harris, defensive tackle Greg Hickman, defensive end Leon Mackey, linebacker Michael Mauti, linebacker Brian Peters, cornerback Shaun Prater, fullback Blake Renaud, cornerback Josh Thomas, tackle Tyrus Thompson, center Bob Vardaro, linebacker Brandon Watts (pictured), wide receiver Ryan Whalen, running back Dominique Williams and offensive lineman David Yankey.
Thompson, Watts, Yankey, Mauti and DuBose were all drafted by the team with Thompson and DuBose coming in this year’s draft.