EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- A stretch of nagging injuries kept safety Jamarca Sanford from making his case to the Minnesota Vikings' new coaching staff as it evaluated a group of safeties who might be able to start alongside Harrison Smith. Now, those injuries have officially ended Sanford's time in Minnesota.
According to a league source, the Vikings released Sanford on Monday with an injury settlement. The team had put Sanford on injured reserve with a strained quadriceps muscle before the start of the season; the release will give Sanford a chance to sign with another team and get back on the field at some point this season.
After the Vikings asked Sanford to take a pay cut during the offseason, though, his standing with the Vikings seemed tenuous. He saw a $750,000 reduction in his base salary, in exchange for $400,000 of guaranteed money in his base salary. He was never able to get on the field during the Vikings' organized team activities or minicamp, and a string of additional injuries in training camp -- first a spate of back spasms, and then the quadriceps strain he sustained in the Vikings' third preseason game against Kansas City -- eventually kept him out of the mix at safety.