MINNEAPOLIS – Less than three weeks after the Minnesota Vikings sent a pick in the fifth round to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for Kaare Vedvik, the Vikings parted ways.
Saturday with the former draft picker of the first round, Laquon Treadwell, who played no part in Minnesota's offensive during the three seasons following his 23rd draft overall in 2016.
After a period of uncertainty over the specialists, the Vikings go with Dan Bailey as kicker, Matt Wile as punter and rookie Austin Cutting as long-snapper. According to one source, there is hope that Team Vedvik will be able to join the squad on Sunday if he lifts the exemptions.
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Vedvik's struggles accumulated during the last days of the preseason. In Minnesota's last practice, before playing in Buffalo, Vedvik went 5: 9 through field goals. When asked what he learned in dealing with kickers who had to fight in the preseason, coach Mike Zimmer pointed out what role he must play in overcoming hurdles for these players.
"That's a good question," Zimmer said. "I think the biggest thing is that I probably need more patience."
Treadwell came off a campaign in 2018, in which he recorded his first touchdown as a professional, reaching a career high of 302 receiving yards in seasoned passes. Minnesota decided not to use the recipient 's option for the fifth year, which would have cost the Vikings $ 10,162 million in the next season bonus ($ 1,356,360) and the guaranteed portion of its 2019 salary ($ 1.15 million) USD).
According to a source with language skills in Treadwell's contract, there is an offsetting clause, which means that Treadwell waives the guarantee if he waives waivers. The Vikings' debts will be reduced by the amount the new team pays.
The news of Treadwell's release is not surprising as the last three seasons have passed. Minnesota attempted to trade Treadwell this off-season, at several times that date back to the 2018 season – both on the closing date and again towards the close in October, to the level of expectations he set when he was in the first Round was used as a large, physical external receiver, who also set up in the slot and could lead to disagreements while running under routes. Treadwell was rejected on the depth map by others and could not reach the number 3 behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the years 2017 and 2018.
The Vikings have not separated from many preliminary rounds of picks before their fourth season. The last was Troy Williamson, No. 7 in the 2005 Draft, who traded the Vikings for three seasons against a six-round top. Among Minnesota's other notable cuts on Saturday was Kyle Sloter, who had the highest preseason pass rating among quarterbacks with 40 or more attempts. Sloter was 39-of-51 in the preseason for 443 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 120.0 pass rating over.
The Vikings also tried to find a trading partner for Sloter on Saturday before releasing it on the deadline. The quarterback came to Minnesota in 2017 after being recalled by Denver, where he began his NFL career as an unoccupied free agent. Sloter was quickly promoted to active squad by the training team following a non-contact knee injury suffered by Sam Bradford at the start of the 2017 season.
Sloter never had an action in a regular season game in Minnesota But regular high numbers are regularly scheduled on outings in the preseason. Despite an impressive record in these games, Sloter never took on a second-team representative at quarterback. This is the role that takes [Sean Mannion] this season in Minnesota behind starter Kirk Cousins .
"I do not know you guys know all the little details about everything, you just see how he makes the game," Zimmer said about Sloter's preseason appearances. "He has to do a lot better in many other areas where he's a quarterback, make the right checks, get people in the right lineup, make sure the movement is there, and do not miss the clock when it's eight yards is in front of him. " There are a lot of things he needs to improve if he wants to be the backup quarterback.
At the beginning of the preseason, Zimmer criticized Sloter's abilities in practice compared to what he does in games, while the preparation practices in July and August are open to the media, but this is not the case during the season. According to several team sources, these exercises were the biggest factor in Sloter, who has not been on the depth map for the last three seasons, his efforts to control the crowd, get the right playcall and cadence along with his accuracy and decision making, hampered Sloter's ability to assert himself as a cousin backup.