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Sources: Vikings planning to release RB Alexander Mattison

INDIANAPOLIS – Less than a year after they gave him a two-year, $7 million deal that made him their top running back, the Vikings informed Alexander Mattison they plan to release him.

The team delivered the news to the running back on Thursday, putting an end to Mattison's five-year career in Minnesota after a disappointing 2023 season. The deal the Vikings gave Mattison last March effectively spelled the end of Dalvin Cook's time in Minnesota; Mattison, the former third-round pick who had backed up Cook for four seasons, was set to become the featured back in a revamped running game the Vikings hoped would be more efficient in 2023.

But his season was marked by turnovers; he fumbled three times, including costly fumbles against the Eagles and Broncos, and had a fumble overturned by review against the Chargers. Mattison finished the season with 700 yards, averaging only 3.9 yards per attempt, and though he scored three touchdowns as a receiver, he finished the year without a rushing TD. By the end of the season, he'd lost his starting role to Ty Chandler, and his future in the Vikings' backfield seemed in question.


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