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    Vikings should release Rosenthal

    [size=18px]Vikings should release Rosenthal[/size]

    By Eric Krupka on May 25, 2006 01:19 AM

    It's tough being a professional athlete. When things are going good, all the praise is there. However, it's very easy to fall from the good graces of fans. Sometimes it gets nasty. Unfortunately for Minnesota Vikings right tackle Mike Rosenthal, he has already lost plenty of fan support and soon may be on the unemployment line.

    When the June 1 roster cuts are made, don't be surprised to see Rosenthal's name among those released. While players are usually released in June in order for teams to avoid taking a salary cap hit, or to get themselves under the salary cap, in Rosenthal's case it would be because he has drastically underperformed.

    Since signing a six-year contract extension in September of 2004, the Minnesota Vikings ' right tackle has been a sub-par performer on what was a mediocre offensive line. The line has since been addressed with the addition of All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson, the returned health of center Matt Birk and addition of tackle Artis Hicks via trade.

    Rosenthal injured his foot after just two games in '04 and was placed on injured reserve. In a Monday Night Football matchup with the rival Green Bay Packers last season, he hit rock bottom. Play after play he was getting his proverbial tail whipped by Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman. After being called for a holding penalty negating a Michael Bennett seven-yard run, and then getting destroyed five plays later by Kampman, again giving up a sack, he was promptly removed from the lineup in favor of rookie Marcus Johnson.

    The trade for Hicks has pretty much all but sealed his fate with the team. There is now an abundance of able bodies competing for the positions. With Hicks assuming Rosenthal's starting spot, there is no reason for the team to keep him around.

    In March, he restructured his contract, but did not take a pay cut. He still has five years and $10 million remaining on his contract. There is no need to pay a backup that much, so his contract should be his shipping card out of town.

    It's too bad his play wasn't at the Pro Bowl level the team had hoped. Overpaid and underperforming players won't stick around long on the "new" Vikings.

    On June 1, Rosenthal should get the news to clean out his locker and begin his search for a new team.

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    -Eric Krupka can be reached at ekrupka@realfootball365.com

    Vikings should release Rosenthal

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    It would free up a decent amount of room that we should never pay for a back up!

    Im looking forward to seeing his name on the cut list, although I do wish him well because he is a class act guy just underperformed for us

    Good luck Mikey!

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    While I would have no problem with cutting Rosenthal this guy bases his opinion on Artis Hicks being a tackle when we all know that the starting right guard spot is his to lose.
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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    "FuadFan" wrote:
    While I would have no problem with cutting Rosenthal this guy bases his opinion on Artis Hicks being a tackle when we all know that the starting right guard spot is his to lose.
    IF Marcus is really ready, then cutting Rosenthal makes PERFECT sense.
    BANNED OR DEAD...I'LL TAKE EITHER ONE

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    "FuadFan" wrote:
    While I would have no problem with cutting Rosenthal this guy bases his opinion on Artis Hicks being a tackle when we all know that the starting right guard spot is his to lose.
    IF Marcus is really ready, then cutting Rosenthal makes PERFECT sense.
    I know I'm just saying that his basis for his thought on the subject is wrong I'm sure any other tackle on the roster can play as well as Rosenthal as our backup. The other issue is that we will actually have to pay a bit off our cap if we do release him which is why he wouldn't take a pay cut in the first place.
    Minnesota Vikings : Simply the best

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    I think he should be cut. He has done nothing but badly since coming over from the Giants. I do agree he's a class act but has done nothing to prove his worth.

  7. #7

    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    Sorry to say folks, but I was saying this all last year, Rosenthal sucks.....

    He constantly gets beat on pass protection and just isn't that good of a player, Period.

    Ask Singer and Caine, I pointed out the whole game VS the bears how much we should get rid of this guy......

    Number One: He truly sucks Two: We don't need him...


    Bye Bye Rosy....


    I LOVE THE SMELL OF VICTORY IN THE MORNING AIR.

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    You think he will find work somewhere else or is he really that bad now?
    "I hate when threads are destroyed by facts and logic."
    - Prophet


    Thanks Josdin!

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    "FuadFan" wrote:
    While I would have no problem with cutting Rosenthal this guy bases his opinion on Artis Hicks being a tackle when we all know that the starting right guard spot is his to lose.

    You are right Faud.

    Hicks will be at right guard spot and Marcus Johnson will be at right tackle, but I am not so sure that Rossy is gone just yet. With Marcus being a 2nd year man the Vikes could bring Rosenthal into camp just to be on the safe side for insurance encase Johnson doesn't improve as much as they hope from his rookie year.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Vikings should release Rosenthal

    I hope they do cut Rosenthal. He's been a complete disappointment and he gets paid wayyyy too much to sit on the bench.

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