Vikings cut ties with Datone Jones
Off-season signing Datone Jones is officially no longer a Viking after Minnesota agreed to an injury settlement with the veteran defensive tackle. The Vikings will pay Jones $1.838 million on top of the $1.6 million signing bonus he received in March. Because of the settlement, a portion of his salary comes off the books and he is eligible to sign with another team.
Jones signed with the Vikings after four years with rival Green Bay and figured to be part of the tackle rotation. Rookie Jaleel Johnson, however, overtook him for the third spot on the depth chart. Jones was not released during roster cuts and was instead placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury so he could be released later.
Greenway calls out Boone
Longtime Viking linebacker Chad Greenway criticized former teammate Alex Boone during a radio interview with KFAN Minneapolis/St. Paul, saying the guard came to camp out of shape. Boone was cut after just one year in Minnesota.
“I had heard through some players that I know that are out there every day that said he came back not the Alex Boone of old, a little bit out of shape, and wasn’t really prepared for the season, and I thought that was pretty interesting,” Greenway told KFAN.
Boone was one of 37 cuts Vikings made last week to bring the roster down from 90 to 53. Reports are he was released for refusing to take a pay cut. He has since signed with the Arizona Cardinals but Minnesota still owes him $3.4 million in guaranteed money.
Zimmer chooses captains
Three offensive players and three defensive players earned captain honors for 2017 as selected by head coach Mike Zimmer. Quarterback Sam Bradford, tackle Riley Reiff and tight end Kyle Rudolph will represent the offense while defensive ends Everson Griffen and Brian Robison and cornerback Terence Newman will represent the defense. Griffen, Robison and Rudolph were all captains in 2017 as well.
Injury report for Monday night
Minnesota will begin the 2017 as healthy they could hope for, with the exception of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who begins the season on PUP. Of those on the active roster, only two players are listed on the injury report. Rookie guard Danny Isidora is out with a knee injury and newly-signed corner Tramaine Brock is listed as questionable with a groin. Neither man was expected to start early in the season anyway.
Brian Robison, Marcus Sherels and Anthony Harris also have injury questions entering Monday’s game. Robison was limited participation again today with a sore groin while Sherels and Harris were both full go. All are expected to be ready for Monday night’s tilt with the Saints.