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Updated: March 4th, 2013 4:14pm
As expected, Vikings release Michael Jenkins rather than paying bonus

As expected, Vikings release Michael Jenkins rather than paying bonus

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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No matter how desperate they were for receiver help, the Minnesota Vikings never were going to pay Michael Jenkins the $2.425 million roster bonus he was due this month.

The Vikings finalized a long-expected move on Monday and released the declining veteran, two NFL sources confirmed. ESPN first reported the move.

It frees up another $3.25 million in cap space, putting the Vikings a little more than $17.5 million under their adjusted 2013 cap.

Jenkins' bonus was due on March 16, the fifth day of the league year. It originally was supposed to be a $750,000 bonus but increased when Jenkins, 30, renegotiated his deal and took a pay cut in August.

He battled through knee trouble in training camp and had 40 catches for 449 yards and two touchdowns in his ninth NFL season, plus another score in the playoff loss at Green Bay.

Jenkins signed a three-year, $8.75 million deal with the Vikings as the NFL lockout ended in July 2011, two days after his release from Atlanta, where he'd played under Bill Musgrave.

The move leaves the Vikings with five receivers -- Percy Harvin, Stephen Burton, Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Chris Summers -- under contract for 2013. Devin Aromashodu and Jerome Simpson can become unrestricted free agents on March 12.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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