Minnesota ROKKR drops entire 2022 roster after poor CDL season
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Minnesota ROKKR drops entire 2022 roster after poor CDL season

The ROKKR could be wiping the slate clean.

Call of Duty rostermania has hit the north hard, with Minnesota ROKKR dropping their entire starting roster from 2022 over the weekend.

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Minnesota had one player on a team option and three others that were going to be free agents regardless of what ROKKR wanted. Preston “Priestahh” Grenier, Dillon “Attach” Price, and Eli “Standy” Bentz were the players without team options, as they all signed 1+1 contracts last season. Colt “Havok” McLendon, on the other hand, had a team option that wasn’t exercised, making him a free agent. The only player undoubtedly returning to Minnesota in 2023 is Kevin “Fame” Bonanno, who was a substitute in 2022.

The only true surprise from these announcements was the team option for Havok not being exercised. While Havok wasn’t an all-star in 2022, he was a solid SMG player that many thought Minnesota could hang onto entering 2023. However, the organization seemingly has other plans for its roster next season.

The COO for ROKKR, Brett Diamond, stated that fans might not have to say goodbye to some of the team’s former players, however.

“We’re talking with them about the possibility of re-signing as we evaluate all options,” Diamond tweeted over the weekend. “Much love for these players, and whether they return to MN or not, they’ll always have a special place in RØKKR history.”

It’s unclear which of its former players Minnesota could prioritize over the others. Attach will fetch a large contract this offseason, and he could be too expensive for ROKKR’s taste. Priestahh is a question mark, but we would assume that he moves on from Minnesota after two years. As for Standy, we could definitely see ROKKR choosing to build around their former young star. Standy is a solid SMG slayer and could be a valuable piece moving forward. In this case, Havok is likely seen as expendable, but Minnesota could bring Havok back if other SMG options run dry.
Finally, Fame is under contract for Minnesota in 2023. He was an SMG player towards the end of Vanguard, but he also used an AR throughout the season. Fame showed a lot of potential in Vanguard, and maybe Minnesota sees him as a starter in 2023 rather than a substitute.
Minnesota ROKKR, and all other CDL teams, won’t be able to sign free agents to new contracts until Aug. 22, so fans shouldn’t expect anything official until then.
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