A week after agreeing to have his salary sliced in half, Bobby Wade found himself cut out of the Vikings' plans entirely.
The wide receiver was released by the team on Thursday and veteran Greg Lewis was signed to take his spot. Lewis had been let go by New England earlier in the week after being traded to the Patriots by the Philadelphia Eagles in March.
Wade, who led the Vikings in receptions in each of his two seasons with the team, ended up being let go in large part because first-round pick Percy Harvin was going to take much of his playing time as the Vikings' primary slot receiver.
Wade can play other receiver spots but isn't nearly as effective as he is in the slot. Lewis has 127 catches for 1,699 yards and seven touchdowns in six seasons.
"I just think at the end of the day we look at it and just felt like it made us better," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "I'm appreciative of everything (Wade has) done for us here the last couple of years. But we felt like we had a chance to make ourselves better with Greg. I have some background with him. I think he'll be able to come in here and get up to speed relatively quickly."
The Vikings also save money by cutting Wade. Instead of having to pay him his entire salary for the 2009 season, they will only owe him a game check ($88,235) for Week 1.
Lewis, 29, was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003 by the Eagles out of Illinois. His best season came in 2005 when he started all 16 games, catching 48 passes for 561 yards and one touchdown. Childress was the Eagles offensive coordinator during that time.
"When I came into the league as a rookie free agent, I was making plays at Philadelphia," he said. "After one of the minicamps Coach Childress came up to me and said, 'Just keep doing what you're doing. You can play and you're going to get an opportunity.' That was the first coach that really gave me an opportunity and I felt had confidence in me to go out and do some things. To be back with him is a blessing for me."