Vikings Cut Preseason Star Ahead of 53-Man Roster Deadline

Larry Rupp
The Minnesota Vikings have cut a preseason star ahead of the 53-man roster deadline.
The Minnesota Vikings have cut a preseason star ahead of the 53-man roster deadline. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

NFL teams across the league are starting to make roster cuts in order to get down the the 53-player mark by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. As for the Minnesota Vikings, the first one is a tough one as veteran defensive tackle TY McGill is being let loose. He has shined as one of the team's top preseason standouts.

Minnesota Vikings Roster Cuts

McGill was regularly in the backfield making opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable and it led to 3.5 sacks to go along with nine pressures in 29 pass rush reps. He was widely expected to make the final roster before a first-quarter ankle injury kept him sidelined against the Denver Broncos last weekend.

It is definitely possible that McGill ends up back on the Vikings, though. If he is not signed by another NFL squad, he could end up on the practice squad. Keep in mind his salary for the 2022 season isn't guaranteed if he signs after Week 1, too. That could help Minnesota out from a financial perspective.

McGill's departure does open the door for a young pass rusher to stick around. Names that come to mind in that situation include Jaylen Twymann, Esezi Otomewo or Luigi Vilain. The edge may have to go to Vilain, though, after he logged 2.0 tackles and 1 interceptions in his final preseason outing.

Minnesota still has 26 roster cuts to go before hitting that 53-player mark, so it's worth checking up on what the front office decides to do on Monday and Tuesday. For now, the Vikings have odds set at -110 to make the NFL Playoffs for the first time since 2019, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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