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Vikings release DT Shamar Stephen

Kind of saw this coming

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The Minnesota Vikings have just announced a move that a lot of us thought was coming for quite a while, and was probably hastened a bit by yesterday’s signing of Dalvin Tomlinson.

The team has announced that they have released defensive tackle Shamar Stephen.

Stephen was a seventh-round pick of the Vikings back in 2014, and spent his first four seasons as a member of the Vikings. He then played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2018 and returned to Minnesota for two more seasons.

Like most of the Vikings’ defensive linemen, Stephen had a pretty rough year in 2020, and with a cap figure of just over $5 million for this season, it makes sense that the team has decided to part ways with him.

The Vikings will have to eat a dead money hit of a little over $1.3 million with Stephen’s release, but it will give them around $3.75 million in cap space.

Once again, the Minnesota Vikings have released defensive tackle Shamar Stephen as free agency. . .or the “legal tampering period”. . .continues to roll along.