The Minnesota Vikings enter the 2012 training camp in a rebuilding mode. This became very evident early in the offseason when new GM Rick Spielman released many veterans, some of whom were still playing at a starting-level caliber.
Some of those released were five potential players that could have started in 2012 like G Steve Hutchinson (32), G Anthony Herrera (32), NT Remi Ayodele (29), CB Cedric Griffin (29) and K Ryan Longwell (37) in favor of either a younger player that fits the rebuilding model and/or salary cap reasons.
In addition, the Vikings did not re-sign key free agents that could have contributed like S Husain Abdullah (26), S Tyrell Johnson (27), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (32) and MLB E.J. Henderson (32) to new contracts and saw longtime TE Jim Kleinsasser (35) retire.
That is a combined average age of a little over 31-years-old, which is not necessarily retirement age by any means but for a rebuilding team it is time to give some younger players the opportunity to learn on the job.
The 2012 NFL draft for the Minnesota Vikings saw 10 new players added to the roster along with many free agents acquisitions averaging just over 26 years old with CB Chris Carr being the oldest at 29.
If the Vikings maintain that trend I will give you five names that are the most likely to be cut in favor of youth.