With the signing of their 11 draft picks coming soon, the Minnesota Vikings needed to release three players to get down to the NFL-mandated 90 players on the roster for the offseason.
Thompson, the former Gopher, was a fifth-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins and spent the 2015 season on the Dolphins’ practice squad. The Vikings signed him to their practice squad on Oct. 25 last year after he spent the end of the 2015 season and the 2016 offseason with the New England Patriots.
Bailey was signed to the Vikings practice squad on Oct. 25 last year after his release from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. The former Georgia Bulldog was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2016.
Lucas joined the Vikings practice squad on Dec. 13, 2016. He was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills out of West Virginia.
The Vikings entered the 2017 draft with eight picks, but after trading seven times during the draft they ended up with 11 picks, creating the need to trim the roster by three players.