Vikings release WR Michael Jenkins in salary cap move
Although Michael Jenkins was set to earn only $825,000 in base salary for next season, he was just a few days short of receiving a $2.425 million roster bonus, which the Minnesota Vikings had no interest of paying. In 16 games and eight starts last season, Michael Jenkins had 40 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season, his second year with the Minnesota Vikings.
By releasing Michael Jenkins, the Minnesota Vikings have five receivers remaining on their roster. However, only two of those receivers caught more than 10 passes last season, including Minnesota Vikings’ time leading receiver Percy Harvin, who is also in the final year of his rookie contract. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to revamp their receiving corps during free agency this year.
Michael Jenkins was signed in the first round of the 2004 drafts by the Atlanta Falcons. But at the end of seven-year career with the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Jenkins agreed to a three-year, 8.75 million contract prior to the Minnesota Vikings’ 2011 season. Appearing in 27 games (15-starts) with the Minnesota Vikings, Michael Jenkins finished with 78 receptions for 915 yards and five touchdowns over the past two seasons.
Now as a free agent, Michael Jenkins, who turns 31 in June, is likely to receive a modest incentive-laden offer while on the open Market.
Minnesota Vikings are expected to address the depleted depth at the position quickly. Pittsburgh Steelers veteran receiver Mike Wallace and Green Bay Packers’ Greg Jennings are expected to feature on the open market after not being franchised or receiving a new contract by the team up to Monday’s deadline.
However, both players will cost the Minnesota Vikings a chunk of their 2013 salary space. Moreover, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman indicated that the team is going to add younger bodies to their roster, whether through free agency or addressing the position at the 2013 NFL draft.
"We have a number of positions that we're going to try to get addressed, and that's one of them," coach Leslie Frazier said of the replacements being sought in the receivers rich NFL draft. "But we need an all-encompassing guy, a guy who can run by some people, who can make the hard catch for us if he's in a contested situation but hopefully also can get us some yards after catch."