The Minnesota Vikings have plenty of decisions to make prior to the start of the new league year on Wednesday, March 15th.
One of the tough decisions may have been just made for them, however, as one notable defender has requested his release from the team.
Veteran pass rusher Za'Darius Smith, who just joined the team last season from the Green Bay Packers, has reportedly asked to be released from his current contract.
Smith finished last season with 10 sacks, including 8.5 through the Viking's first 7 games.
Minnesota has plenty of decisions yet to make regarding the future of players such as Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, and Harrison Smith. Now, Za'Darius Smith has entered his name strongly into that conversation as well.
Source: Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
Ten Most Disappointing Minnesota Sports Seasons
The 2021 Minnesota Twins entered the season with high expectations, but unfortunately, they've made the list of most disappointing Minnesota teams of all time.
Disappointment is a common feeling for Minnesota sports fans as the years continue. Following the NBA Championship win for Milwaukee, SportsCenter was quick to point out that Minnesota has the current longest streak of seasons without a championship appearance in the four major sports (MLB/NBA/NFL/NHL). The Minnesota Lynx also chimed in on the stat after claiming four championships since 2011.
The ten teams that are on this list all follow a similar pattern. The year prior was either a great season with a playoff run or one that featured a strong core of players that appeared to have taken the next step. Offseason/preseason expectations were high with even Las Vegas oddsmakers believing in a deep run. Unfortunately, those preseason expectations fell short for the following teams. None of the teams listed below made the playoffs.