Now that the NFL draft and the main stage of free agency has come and gone, it's time for the Minnesota Vikings to evaluate their talent and shape their roster. Coming off an abysmal 3-13 performance in 2011, the team decided to cut its losses and enter rebuilding mode.
Going into the draft, the team had 68 players on its roster (now 67 with the release of Caleb King). Add on the Vikings' 10 draft picks and 15 free agent signings, and the Vikings have 93 players, 40 more than what the final roster will look like.
The 2012 Vikings are playing for the future. By releasing older veterans Anthony Herrera, Steve Hutchinson and Cedric Griffin, as well as not retaining others such as Visanthe Shiancoe and E.J. Henderson, it appears the team will be considerably younger than last year.
While the Vikings are retaining their core talent (Jared Allen, Chad Greenway, etc.), there are still plenty of roster spots that aren't secure. Here are five players on the Vikings that may be on the way out during the team's youth movement.