Safe...For Now

The Vikings got rid of 22 players on Saturday, but, if their recent willingness to make bold moves means anything, there could still be at least one or two roster spots that will change between now and opening night.

Several Vikings players let out a collective sigh of relief when the team announced its cuts down to 53 players. But, in what could turn out to be the cruelest strike of them all, there could still be some roster movement this weekend as the Vikings scour the waiver wire.

There were some surprises on the Vikings cut list, or, more appropriately, who survived the cut list. Nine rookies or first-year pros survived the cuts, including Wendell Mathis and Jason Carter -- both of whom filled in for injured Mewelde Moore in the return game. If the team was to go after a return specialist like recently released Peter Warrick, it's likely one of the two will have to go.

While this weekend is a chance for many fans to have a final couple of days off to usher out summer, the Vikings will be busy at Winter Park and those same players that celebrated making the grade yesterday could be back on pins and needles today.

* The Turk came after some big names in the final rounds of cuts, including running backs Lee Suggs, Ron Dayne and Antowain Smith, fullbacks Fred Beasley and Najeh Davenport, wide receivers Charles Rogers, Jerome Pathon, Jabar Gaffney, Warrick and Darrius Watts, tight end Zack Hilton, defensive tackle Junior Siavii, linebacker Chad Brown and cornerbacks Ray Mickens and Duane Starks.
* The cuts didn't take into account recent accomplishments either. Last year, rookie offensive tackle Rob Petiti played every down for the Cowboys, but that wasn't enough to save him from being cut this year.
* Former Viking Jeff George was also released by the Raiders, but expect to see him re-signed in the next week or so. Because of his tenure, his minimum salary is $810,000. Had he not been released, the Raiders would have owed him the entire salary. By cutting him and re-signing him after the season has begun, the Raiders can essentially put him on a week-to-week contract.
* George wasn't the only former Viking to get the axe Saturday. Others included Sam Cowart (Texans), Moe Williams (Rams), Aaron Elling (Ravens), Kelly Campbell (Dolphins) and Toniu Fonoti (Buccaneers).
* Former Vikings Todd Bouman made the cut for the Saints, but some credit the injury to Adrian McPherson as the primary reason. McPherson, who was even or slightly ahead of Bouman early in training camp, was run over by a mascot in a golf cart and wasn't able to compete at 100 percent the rest of camp and was released Saturday.
* All of the Vikings' 2006 draft picks made the final cut.
* As part of the cleanup duty of the roster, the Vikings placed Dovonte Edwards on injured reserve, leaving rookie Cedric Griffin and first-year pro Ronyell Whitaker as the top backups.
* The terms of the trade that sent Adam Goldberg to the Rams were not made public, but a St. Louis source is saying the pick is a conditional seventh-rounder in the 2007 draft.
* The Vikings currently have six wide receivers on the roster -- Marcus Robinson, Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor, Todd Pinkston, Billy McMullen and Jason Carter.
* The decision to cut Willie Offord meant that both Greg Blue and Will Hunter made the 53-man roster.
* In some non-cut news, it is looking less likely that Clinton Portis will play in the season opener for the Redskins, which is good news for the Vikings defense if that happens.

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