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Vikings Roster Cuts: Minnesota Vikings release Brian Robison

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Absolutely nobody saw this one coming

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With all of the roster cuts that the Minnesota Vikings are making and were projected to make, we’re now getting news of one that absolutely nobody saw coming.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings are releasing defensive end Brian Robison.

Robison, the longest-tenured member of the Vikings, was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas. He served as a backup and a role player for a few seasons before assuming the starting left defensive end role in 2011. He has been with the team for the entirety of his NFL career, and has put up 60 career sacks and forced 13 fumbles.

Robison took a significant pay cut to return to the team this season, which makes it that much more surprising that the team would take the step of releasing him. Still, it’s a sign that they obviously believe in all of the talent they’ve amassed at the defensive end spot, and that they feel the younger players are a better fit for what they want to do going forward than Robison is.

Thank you to Brian Robison for everything that he’s given to the Minnesota Vikings over his eleven seasons in purple. It’s probably going to take a bit for this one to sink in.