Vikings cut Rhodes, Joseph

Xavier Rhodes
EAGAN - The Minnesota Vikings have parted ways with two longtime veterans on their defense. 

The #Vikings have terminated the contracts of DT Linval Joseph and CB Xavier Rhodes.

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 13, 2020

Cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph both had their contracts terminated today by the salary-cap strapped Vikings. Both are expected to hit the free agent market, but could return to the team on more cap-friendly deals. 

Rhodes was a first-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2013. Rhodes was considered one of the best secondary players in the NFL in the prime of his career, earning two Pro Bowl selections and was named an All-pro in 2017. 

Joseph came to the Vikings in 2014 as a free agent. Joseph was an anchor of the Vikings defensive line, making 350 tackles in six seasons with the Vikings. Joseph also made two Pro Bowls as a Viking.