BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports writer
10:52 PM PDT, August 31, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have been on a mission to get younger ever since an aging team led by Brett Favre bottomed out in his second season in 2010.
The quest was never more evident than by the roster moves they made on Friday night, including at the game’s most high-profile position.
Veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels was among the 20 players cut by the team, meaning they will enter the season with three players with a combined four years of experience at the position.
The Vikings also cut veteran safety and special teams mainstay Eric Frampton in favor of third-year safety Andrew Sendejo and let go of two veterans they brought in during the offseason -- cornerback Chris Carr and defensive end Jeff Charleston -- who were underwhelming during the preseason.
The only mild surprise among the moves on Friday night was Rosenfels, considering starter Christian Ponder is entering his second season, backup Joe Webb is entering his third season and McLeod Bethel-Thompson played arena football last season and spent some time on Miami’s practice squad last season.
The 34-year-old Rosenfels signed a two-year, $3 million deal in March to come back to the Vikings.
Rosenfels is guaranteed $500,000 this season, but his fate may have been sealed in the preseason finale against Houston on Thursday night when he missed a wide open Devin Aromashodu on one route and Bethel-Thompson showed flashes of the arm strength and athleticism that earned him a look in the first place.
The Vikings also cut receiver Manny Arceneaux, defensive tackles Chase Baker and Trevor Guyton, offensive linemen Chris DeGeare, Kevin Murphy, Tyler Holmes, Quentin Saulsberry and Austin Pasztor, running backs Jordan Todman and Lex Hilliard, cornerbacks Bobby Felder and Reggie Jones, fullback Ryan D’Imperio, linebacker Corey Paredes, defensive end Nick Reed and tight end Mickey Shuler.
They also placed offensive lineman DeMarcus Love on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.