Vikings release Guion, create more cap room

The Vikings released DT Letroy Guion and WR Greg Childs. The release of Guion should give the Vikings more than $35 million under the salary cap.

The roster turnover continues.

A day after making the release of tight end John Carlson official, the team announced the release of defensive tackle Letroy Guion and wide receiver Greg Childs.

When Guion signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Vikings in 2012, their hope was that he could be the anchoring nose tackle in the role Pat Williams used to man. Guion has been the starter there, but he hasn't dominated and has been almost a rotational player per his snap count.

A $4.3 million cap charge for him in 2014 likely contributed to his release, and it cost the team only $300,000 against the cap to release him. That means the move saved the Vikings $4 million in cap space, bringing them close to $40 million under the league-mandated cap of $133 million and on a path to add players that more naturally fit Mike Zimmer's defense.

Guion finished the 2013 season with only 23 tackles, one sack, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

Childs never got the chance to prove himself. He tore both his patellar tendons on Aug. 11, 2012 (his rookie season) after jumping for a pass and landing awkwardly at Vikings training camp and was never on the active roster during the regular season. There was concern he may never play again. It was the second time that had happened to his right knee after suffering the injury while playing at Arkansas.

This time, his surgery on the tendons was performed a little differently than the one he experienced on his right knee in college. He said the tendons were tightened up a bit more during surgery and said in October he was hopeful to play again.

"It got repaired differently than it did the first time. Plus, I've had time, taking it slow and not really rushing everything," he said in October. "Just letting it heal up and progressing slowly instead of trying to rush the process.

"When you rush things and you don't give it time to heal up, that's not really helping yourself. Give it time to heal up, just progress slowly. Keep doing the next step and the next step and the next step. It's a better process than just rushing it."

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