3 Players Who Won't Be on the Vikings Roster Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players who won't be on the Minnesota Vikings roster next season, including Patrick Peterson.
Three players who won't be on the Minnesota Vikings roster next season, including Patrick Peterson. / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages

The Minnesota Vikings find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff contention through 13 weeks of action. Momentum is not currently on their side and it is never too early to start looking toward what decisions the front office will be forced to make during the offseason.

This roster is full of both veteran leaders and young unproven players, which means it is set for some changes before kickoff next year. With that in mind, here are three players who won't be on the Vikings roster next season.

1. Patrick Peterson, CB

Veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson made a bit of an unexpected move when he signed a 1-year, $8 million prove it deal with the Vikings last offseason. The eight-time Pro Bowler was playing well before suffering a hamstring injury that has had kept him on the sidelines at times. Overall, Peterson has racked up 21 tackles and 2 pass breakups through eight games played. The simple fact here is that kind of production may not be worth the price tag he is expected to draw in his upcoming free agency. At this point in his career, Peterson will likely want to join a legitimate contending team. His stay in Minnesota may be short-lived.

2. Bashaud Breeland, CB

Much like Peterson, Bashaud Breeland signed a one-year deal with Minnesota last summer in hopes of bringing a resurgence to his career. The eighth-year pro has done just that, posting 1 interception, 4 pass breakups and 2 forced fumbles across 12 games played. His 55 tackles are his most in a single season since 2016. However, Breeland's consistency is likely going to make him a popular target for many NFL teams this offseason. The Vikings have to be careful with their money and drafting a replacement for Breeland rather than paying him seems like a viable move. Don't be surprised if Breeland's time in Minnesota lasts just one season.

3. CJ Ham, FB

This one comes down to whether or not the Vikings retain Mike Zimmer as their head coach next season. He remains on the hot seat as Minnesota is on the cups of missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. Fullback CJ Ham plays a key role in Zimmer's offense given his ability to block and occasionally run routes out of the backfield. That may not be the case if the front office brings in a modern mind to run the offense. Fullbacks are rarely used in today's NFL and cutting Ham to open up a roster spot is a realistic possibility. After all, Ham's $3 million per year is the fourth highest value for any fullback in the NFL.

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