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NFL QB cuts show just how far Vikings have come

No heads were turned. No mouths were left agape. But Saturday was a symbolic day that perhaps best describes where the Vikings were at the end of the 2013 season and where they're presumed to be heading in 2015.

Hundreds of NFL transactions were made Saturday as teams reached their 53-man rosters. The Vikings, like most, pulled no dramatic surprises. But there were three leaguewide transactions that leapt off the page to unite in a sad summarization of the Vikings' quarterback situation only 20 months ago.

In Oakland, Christian Ponder was released. In Buffalo, Matt Cassel was released. In Miami, Josh Freeman was released. And in Tampa, Leslie Frazier suddenly had...