Vikes Release Kelly

Showing that being mad instead of motivated worked for CB Eric Kelly, who was given his release by the Vikings Friday.

In what became one of the worst-kept secrets of the offseason, the Vikings made official what everyone knew for the past week -- Eric Kelly was no longer a Viking.

Kelly, who had already fallen behind Antoine Winfield, Brian Williams and Ken Irvin on the depth chart despite 23 starts in his first two seasons, was dropped behind Rushen Jones on the depth chart two weeks ago. At that point, he began blowing off appearances at developmental camp and was given his release.

Kelly follows Denard Walker as a second disgruntled cornerback to complain about and get his walking papers.

* TE Steve Farmer, who was at the center of the June 6 brawl that saw three Vikings arrested, was also cut Friday. Mike Tice said the fight outside the Tabu nightclub was the primary reason for Farmer's release. He cited two injuries to the same name as the main reason for letting him go.
* Also released Friday was free agent linebacker Jeff Mack.
* The Vikings signed CB Oliver Celestin, who spent this spring in NFL Europe.
* The Vikings sent out a release Friday announcing the signing of WR Ryan Hoag. That announcement had to be rescinded because of a baffling waiver rule. He will officially be signed early next week.

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