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Updated: March 6th, 2014 2:41pm
Vikings release defensive tackle Letroy Guion, receiver Greg Childs

Vikings release defensive tackle Letroy Guion, receiver Greg Childs

by Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Initially, the report was the Minnesota Vikings wanted to restructure defensive tackle Letroy Guion's deal this offseason. 

On Thursday, the Vikings cut Guion outright, forgoing $300,000 in dead money, per ESPN, and adding about $4 million to their cap space. The Vikings now have upwards of $40 million in room to spend this offseason after also releasing tight end John Carlson earlier this week. 

Guion, 27 in June, underwhelmed as the Vikings' answer at nose tackle, even relinquishing playing time to 33-year-old Kevin Williams at the position later in the season. Williams registered 2.5 sacks from the nose in a Nov. 7 win over the Washington Redskins. Per ESPN, Guion had already been paid more than $2 million of his guaranteed money in a three-year, $9 million deal he signed in 2012. 

The Vikings also released receiver Greg Childs, who spent 2013 on the physically unable to perform list and spent nearly 16 months off the practice field since tearing both patellar tendons in his knees in a training camp scrimmage before the 2012 season. 

The Vikings selected Childs in the fourth round of 2012's draft and Guion in the fifth round of 2008's draft. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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