Vikings let receiver Greg Jennings go after Wallace trade
(AP Photo/Reinhold Matay). Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Tampa, Fla.
By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have released wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would have counted $11 million against their salary cap this season.
The move was made Saturday, roughly 18 hours after Minnesota's trade for wide receiver Mike Wallace was finalized with Miami.
Wallace came with a big contract, so carrying both veterans on their current deals was not going to be wise for the Vikings and their cap management. Over two years with the Vikings, Jennings totaled 1,546 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. He led them last season with 742 yards and six touchdowns.
The jettison of Jennings will likely elevate the role of wide receiver Jarius Wright in the slot position. He was second on the Vikings with 588 yards receiving.