Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/4/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings have made their first move in their expected overhaul of the receiving corps. Minnesota reportedly released veteran receiver Michael Jenkins on Monday, a move first reported by ESPN. Jenkins, 30, was third on the Vikings with 449 receiving yards and tied for third with 40 catches. He signed a three-year, 8.75 million deal with the team after the lockout ended in 2011, coming along with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave from the Atlanta Falcons. Jenkins was due a base salary of 825,000, but releasing the slowing veteran now saves Minnesota from paying a 2.425 million roster bonus he was due if he was still on the roster on March 16. Last year, Jenkins agreed to a pay cut in a contract renegotiation, paying him less last season but helping his chances of making the final roster. In the renegotiation, Jenkins' bonus due this season elevated, making his release likely heading into this offseason with the open of the new league year's business on March 12. Minnesota is expected to make moves this offseason to upgrade its receiving corps and give developing quarterback Christian Ponder more pieces to work with. The Vikings currently have five receivers under contract for 2013. Jerome Simpson and Devin Aromashodu are unrestricted free agents when free agency opens March 12. Leading receiver Percy Harvin is reportedly unhappy with the team, and behind Harvin the team is left with Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Greg Childs and Chris Summers. Wright emerged as one of Minnesota's top receivers last year, but Burton has seven catches in two seasons, Childs is still recovering from tearing both patellar tendons in training camp last year and Summers was on the team's practice squad. The Vikings could look to address the position in the draft, where they hold the No. 23 selection in the first round. Tom Pelissero of espn1500.com reported the release of Jenkins frees up 3.25 million in salary cap space and puts Minnesota more than 17.5 million under the cap. Coaching changes: The Vikings did announce a pair of minor coaching moves on Monday. According to the team's website, Ryan Ficken is the team's new assistant special teams coach and Jeff Howard was hired as an assistant to the head coach. Ficken assumes the role left vacant by Chris White, who left to coach at the University of Iowa. Howard replaces Cam Turner, who took a job at Florida International University where his dad, Ron, is the head coach. Vikings set their summer calendar: Minnesota will open its offseason program, tentatively, on May 3. The Vikings will hold their annual rookie minicamp following the draft, scheduled for May 3-5. The offseason organized team activities begin on May 28 and continue through the team's mandatory minicamp, which is scheduled June 18-20. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL GM: Peterson could push Saints ‘into the playoffs and beyond’

Report: Derek Jeter/Jeb Bush-led group wins auction for Marlins

Jets GM: ‘No problem’ avoiding domestic violence offenders in draft

Texans will have a draft pick announced from outer space

Kobe Bryant on if he misses basketball: ‘No, I don’t’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jay Cutler's agent: QB has no plans to retire

Jamaal Charles reminds teams he’s still available

Raiders to announce draft picks from ‘Las Vegas’ sign

Riley nearly wrote Dan Gilbert-like letter when LeBron left Heat

Seahawks GM says Marshawn Lynch, Raiders ‘still talking’

Damian Lillard: Beating Warriors has become an obsession

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker