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Updated: August 31st, 2012 4:10pm
Sage Rosenfels, Jordan Todman, Lex Hilliard among Vikings' cuts

Sage Rosenfels, Jordan Todman, Lex Hilliard among Vikings' cuts

by Tom Pelissero and Judd Zulgad
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Mentorship and guaranteed money weren't enough to save Sage Rosenfels.

An NFL source confirmed early Friday evening the Minnesota Vikings have released Rosenfels, the veteran backup quarterback who was re-signed to a two-year, $3 million deal in March.

That meant McLeod Bethel-Thompson made the team, at least for the moment, as the third quarterback behind Christian Ponder and Joe Webb.

The Vikings guaranteed $500,000 of Rosenfels' $1.45 million base salary for 2012 and also gave him a $50,000 workout bonus. But that investment wasn't enough to keep the 34-year-old around.

According the NFL sources, other cuts on Friday included halfback Jordan Todman; fullback Ryan D'Imperio; offensive linemen Chris DeGeare and Kevin Murphy; receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux defensive tackle Trevor Guyton; and veteran ends Nick Reed and Jeff Charleston.

The Vikings announced the rest of the cuts shortly after the 8 p.m. Central deadline for cutting down from 75 players to 53. Those cuts were: halfback Lex Hilliard; tight end Mickey Shuler; offensive linemen Quentin Saulsberry, Tyler Holmes and Austin Pasztor; defensive tackle Chase Baker; linebacker Corey Paredes; cornerbacks Chris Carr, Bobby Felder and Reggie Jones; and safety Eric Frampton.

Offensive tackle DeMarcus Love (pectoral/shoulder) was placed on injured reserve.

Teams can set their practice squads beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Vikings appear to have lost one candidate -- linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who was flying to Cleveland to take a physical and potentially join the Browns' practice squad, a source said.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 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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