The Vikings didn't want to make the decision to let Gary Anderson go, but, after meetings of the team's higher powers, the Vikings announced Monday that they had signed kicker Doug Brien and that Anderson had been released -- or at least not re-signed.
Coach Mike Tice wasn't available to comment, but in a written statement said the Vikings had "exhausted every possible option" to keep Anderson.
Brien can handle both kickoff and field goal duties, while Anderson, who has played 20 NFL seasons, wasn't viewed as a kickoff specialist anymore.
* One problem the Vikings may have had with making an announcement sooner on the fate of Anderson was that both he and Brien, who signed a one-year, $650,000 deal that counts $450,000 against the salary cap, have the same agent.
* As reported yesterday, the Vikings likely won't be carrying as many running backs this year and lightened their load by one Monday by releasing Travis Prentice.
* However, VU has learned that the Vikings do have a strong interest in bringing back running back Moe Williams, who was with the Baltimore Ravens last season and is a free agent. Williams could give the Vikings more experience in the backfield and add to the team's special teams leadership. However, Mike Tice made it clear over the weekend that he isn't interested in carrying many special-teams-only players, so Williams would have to earn his spot on the roster as a running back if he does sign with the Vikings. Williams was a third-round draft choice of the Vikings in 1996 and played for the team through the 2000 season.
Anderson Out as Kicker
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