Vikings Release WR Jordan Taylor, CB Bene Benwikere

     

The Vikings announced Tuesday they have released CB Bene Benwikere and WR Jordan Taylor from the active roster. 

Minnesota had signed both players as free agents this offseason, bringing Taylor on board in April and Bewikere at the beginning of August. 

Taylor, 27, wound up signing on with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Rice back in 2015. He spent his rookie season on the Broncos’ practice squad before returning to the team on a futures contract for the 2016 season.

The Broncos had re-signed Taylor to exclusive rights contracts each of the past two seasons. 

Taylor spent the entire 2018 season dealing with a hip injury and did not play. 

In 2017, Taylor appeared in 10 games for the Broncos and caught 13 passes for 142 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He also contributed 2013 punt return yards.

Benwikere, 27, is a former fifth-round pick of the Panthers back in 2014. He’s was in the third year of his four-year, $2.419 million contract when the Panthers cut him loose during the 2016 season.

Benewikere had brief stints with the Dolphins and Packers before he signed a futures contract with the Bengals in 2017. Cincinnati later traded him to the Cowboys for a conditional 2019 sixth-round pick.

Benewikere signed on with the Cardinals last year before eventually joining the Raiders to close out the 2018 season. 

In 2018, Benwikere appeared in 15 games for the Cardinals and Raiders and recorded 54 tackles, a half sack, an interception, a forced fumble and four pass defenses.

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