Update: The Vikings have made it official. Holt has been waived.
The Vikings have released wide receiver Glenn Holt, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus just posted the news on his Twitter account. “I’m confident Glenn will be claimed on waivers,” Rosenhaus writes. “He can help on special teams and at wide receiver.”
The move should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed the Vikings during training camp. Holt, who had 20 career catches and two starts at receiver in three seasons with Cincinnati, was signed to a one-year free-agent contract in March in large part because of his ability to return kicks. Holt had averaged 24.1 yards per return last season and five of his 46 returns were longer than 40 yards.
Holt’s chances of making the 53-man roster became much more difficult when the Vikings drafted wide receiver Percy Harvin with their first-round pick in April. Harvin has been working on kickoff returns during training camp and is expected to handle that role when the regular season starts. It remains to be seen whether the Vikings keep five or six wide receivers but Holt was a long shot no matter what the numbers. Jaymar Johnson, who also can return punts, and Darius Reynaud, who caught a touchdown pass last Friday against Kansas City and can return kicks, both appeared to be well ahead of Holt on the depth chart.
The Vikings actually did Holt a favor by making the move now instead of when cuts begin next week (first to 75 and then to 53). This way, teams will have the ability to take a long look at Holt instead of having him be part of a jam packed waiver wire.
Holt is Rosenhaus’ latest client to be released by the Vikings in recent weeks. Wide receiver Aundrae Allison was placed on waivers while the Vikings were still in Mankato and was claimed the next day by the New York Jets.
Letting go of Holt puts the Vikings roster at 79 players. They can carry 80 until Sept. 1, when cuts will be made to 75. Final cuts will come the day after the Vikings play host to Dallas in their final preseason game next Friday.