The Vikings have released DE Brian Robison.
Robison ends his Viking career having appeared in 173 career games (103 starts), ranking third among all defensive ends in Vikings franchise history, and totaled 60.0 career sacks, tied for ninth in club history. The 12-year veteran was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
"Throughout our ownership of the Minnesota Vikings, players like Brian Robison have made our journey special. Brian meant as much to the community as he did to our football team. He is an exceptional person and always carries himself with such class and character. We are honored to have Brian represent the Vikings for the past 11 seasons."
– Vikings Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf
"Brian Robison exemplifies exactly what we strive for as Minnesota Vikings. From the moment he arrived he proved to be a tireless worker, a great teammate, and most importantly, a leader on and off the field. Along with being one of the best to ever wear a Vikings uniform, Brian has an uncanny ability to connect with everyone he meets and a magnetic personality that commands respect. We will miss Brian but he will forever be a Minnesota Viking. On behalf of the entire organization, we want to thank Brian, Jayme and the entire Robison family for their immeasurable impact on our team and our community."
– Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman
"Brian has been one of the best leaders I've seen in my career and I'm happy I got the opportunity to coach him. He's been such a great player for us and an even better help building the kind of culture we want with this team. Brian will be missed but his influence will continue to be felt on this team going forward."
– Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer