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Former Vikings Player Says Alex Boone Was Cut For Being 'Out Of Shape'

Alex Boone was cut by the Vikings last week.

Last Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings released offensive guard Alex Boone as part of their 53-man roster cutdown, and today former Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway provided a possible explanation for why he was let go.

Put simply, the former Ohio State standout might have been a little out of shape.

“I had heard through some players that I know that are out there every day that said he came back not the Alex Boone of old, a little bit out of shape, and wasn’t really prepared for the season, and I thought that was pretty interesting,” Greenway said on KFAN, per TwinCities.com.

“It really did surprise me,” Greenway added. “I like Boone. I played with him last year. I thought he brought a really good mentality to the offensive line…. I am surprised they ate that much guaranteed money, but that tells me that something was clearly off with his game, with his style of play, that they said, ‘We have to just eat this and move on and go to a younger player and see how that works.’ ”

The Vikings will have to pay Boone $3.4 million in guaranteed money from his 2017 deal worth $6.6 million.

Greenway, who retired last season after 11 years with the Vikings, played alongside Boone during the 2016 season.

Boone has since signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.