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Vikings Free Agents 2012: Steve Hutchinson And Anthony Herrera To Be Released By Minnesota, According To Report

The Minnesota Vikings will release a pair of offensive linemen, Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera, according to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press.

The 34 year-old Hutchinson has been a fixture on the offensive line for the Vikings since 2006, when Minnesota craftily acquired him by implementing a "poison pill" into his contract.

Hutchinson played and started in 89 games for the Vikings in six seasons with Minnesota, highlighted by four Pro Bowl appearances and four All-Pro honors. He was also named the NFL Alumni Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2009. However, it was widely assumed that the Vikings would not retain Hutchinson.

The Vikings signed an undrafted Herrera in 2004, and he went on to start 66 games over the past seven seasons.

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