Cockerham Released

Billy Cockerham's confusing two-year oddysey with the Vikings ended Tuesday, as the team announced his cutting to get down to the league-imposed player limit.

The Vikings never really knew what to do with Billy Cockerham. When he joined the Vikings out of the University of Minnesota, he was first seen as being a defensive back, much in the same way Tony Dungy went from QB at the U of M to a d-back in the pros.

However, after a year on the practice squad, Cockerham was moved back to quarterback and many thought he would be the No. 3 QB for the Vikings. That ended Tuesday afternoon when he was released by the team.

The Vikings cut six players Monday and needed to get one more cut in before 3 p.m. today.

With the Cockerham release, undrafted rookie Romaro Miller moves into the No. 3 spot. However, VU continues to hear the Vikes may be interested in Rodney Peete when he is released by Oakland.

* The Vikings actually still have 68 players despite the league rule of teams reducing rosters to 65 players. Why? The Vikings got three player exemptions for allocating players to the NFL Europe League. More teams sent players to the NFL Europe League because, at the end of last season, the NFL was worried about the impact of the XFL on marginal players on NFL rosters. Now that it is the Ex-FL, the NFL may not be as concerned about participation in the NFL Europe League.

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