“Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement, according to Pro Football Talk. “Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”
Rumors had surfaced that the Vikings were looking to trade the ninth-year lineman, but there were clearly no takers. Sullivan started the first two games of the preseason, but the organization opted to go in a different direction and roll with 13-year veteran Joe Berger.
Sullivan was drafted by the Vikings in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and had been Minnesota’s starter since 2009, missing only three starts before last season’s injury.
Berger performed admirably in Sullivan’s place last season and was graded as the second-best center in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.