As the Vikings paid out more and more money to young, core players, older players with higher salaries necessarily were at risk.
On Saturday, that risk became a reality for veteran defensive lineman Brian Robison.
Per a league source, the Vikings have informed Robison that he is being released. The 35-year-old pass rusher joined the team in 2007, and he became a full-time starter in 2011. Last year, he lost his spot in the starting lineup to Danielle Hunter, but Robison remained a key member of the rotation.
In 11 years with the Vikings, Robison racked up 60 sacks.
Robison had been on the books for a veteran-minimum deal of $1.015 million. He instantly becomes a free agent.