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Vikings release S Derron Smith

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The first of the AAF signees to be let go

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We’ve received word of another roster cut by the Minnesota Vikings, and this one is the first defensive player to be let go by the team as they reduce their roster.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the Vikings have released safety Derron Smith.

Smith was one of five players that spent time in the now-defunct Alliance of American Football that wound up signing with the Vikings after the league dissolved. He, along with cornerback Duke Thomas, spent time with the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF.

This preseason with the Vikings, Smith was credited with six tackles from the safety position.

The Vikings are very, very deep at safety, and though Smith was able to shine in the AAF, it was a different ball game for him when he got to the NFL. It remains to be seen if he will be able to catch on somewhere else for a team that needs safety help.