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  Vikings | Brandon Ross waived    Mon May 23, 12:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Brandon Ross was waived Monday, May 23.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell to be 'big' for MIN    Sat May 21, 06:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell has made a positive on-field impression on his new team thus far, according to QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Footballguys view: Treadwell certainly has star potential in the NFL. The offense is geared towards running the ball as much as possible with Adrian Peterson. That could keep Treadwell's numbers from reaching their full potential in 2016. We like the rookie as a WR4 for fantasy owners this season.

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  Vikings | Bridgewater impressed with Laquon Treadwell    Wed May 18, 01:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has been impressed with WR Laquon Treadwell, the Vikings' first-round draft pick this year. 'He's been here with us for two days now, and he's been looking good,' Bridgewater added. 'I'm not qualified to judge players and things like that, but from what I've been seeing, I've been pretty impressed.'

Footballguys view: Treadwell could be a huge weapon for Bridgewater and a good fit along with Stefon Diggs and Charles Johnson. He's a great receiver on contested balls as well which should help bail Bridgewater out on errant passes. He's also an exceptional blocker which, given how often the Vikings run the ball with Adrian Peterson, is likely how he will be used much of this season.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell signs his rookie deal    Thu May 12, 03:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell signed his four-year rookie contract, including a fifth-year option Thursday, May 12.

Footballguys view: Treadwell was the last rookie the Vikings had to sign. He plays faster than his Pro Day time of 4.65 and he's a fierce competitor for jump balls, so we are bullish on him long term. However, he will probably see more work blocking for Adrian Peterson, as offensive coordinator Norv Turner called more rushes than almost any other OC in the league and Treadwell is an excellent blocker. We don't know if the Vikings will throw enough to make Treadwell a viable option in fantasy.

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  Vikings | Financials for Kentrell Brothers    Tue May 10, 10:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Kentrell Brothers signed a four-year, $2.57 million contract Tuesday, May 10. The fifth-round selection out of Missouri also received a $232,000 signing bonus.

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  Vikings | C.J. Ham signs with Vikings    Tue May 10, 11:16 AM

Undrafted free-agent RB C.J. Ham (Augustana) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, May 10, after participating in the rookie minicamp last weekend.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell fitting in nicely    Tue May 10, 01:19 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is expected to step in and become the team's go-to receiver. He is expected to serve in a major role this season, and he was drafted in part because he already excels in some of the routes the team frequently uses.

Footballguys view: Just think DeAndre Hopkins when considering the upside of what Treadwell could be. He's not the fastest player, but he knows how to get open and can make difficult catches seem routine. We're excited about how the rookie WR will be able to improve the passing game in 2016.

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  Vikings | Two players join     Mon May 9, 03:09 PM

Undrafted free-agents CB Tre Roberson (Illinois State) and WR Troy Stoudemire (Minnesota) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Minnesota Vikings Monday, May 9.

Footballguys view: Stoudemire was undrafted out of Minnesota in 2013 and originally began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the last two seasons, Stoudemire has been playing in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. If he makes the Vikings roster, it will be because of his special teams ability. He finished his college career as FBS football's all-time leader in kickoff return yards with 3,615 yards on 144 returns.

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  Vikings | Three draft picks signed    Sat May 7, 02:13 AM

The Minnesota Vikings signed OG Willie Beavers, their fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, as well as fifth-round pick LB Kentrell Brothers and seventh-round pick DE Stephen Weatherly Friday, May 6.

Footballguys view: Brothers is one of the most instinctive linebackers in this draft class. He's not super athletic, but he's got a nose for the ball and finds himself always around the play. Weatherly is an interesting edge-rusher who could develop for the Vikings defense.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may play in preseason    Fri May 6, 05:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he may receive some work during the preseason. 'I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit,' Peterson said. 'It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years.' Peterson has not received a carry in any of the last four preseasons.

Footballguys view: Peterson is still a solid RB1, but his lack of big involvement in the passing game limits his upside. He'll still be a late first or early second pick in most drafts. It's good to see him chomping at the bit.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell a physical receiver    Tue May 3, 02:40 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell adds a physicality dimension and the ability to grab jump balls, according to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. 'As we sat there and talked with the coaches, the biggest thing is the catching radius, the ability to catch in traffic, to go up and get jump balls and the physicality of him as a receiver, getting in and out of his cuts,' Spielman said. 'You can just see he generates a lot of power when he's getting off the line of scrimmage. I could put a highlight reel together, and I know Adrian Peterson's going to be very excited how this guy plays the game and blocks at the edge, but he's a receiver that just plays with a chip on his shoulder in all phases of the game.'

Footballguys view: Treadwell reminds us of DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) because of his body control, great concentration and ability to work the sidelines. He'll make a great target for QB Teddy Bridgewater not only in 2016 but also going forward. Treadwell and Bridgewater will be able to grow together for years to come.

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  Vikings | Moritz Boehringer agrees to deal    Mon May 2, 10:15 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Moritz Boehringer to a contract Monday, May 2. The sixth-round pick is the first selection from the 2016 NFL draft to sign a deal.

Footballguys view: Boehringer played for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. In 2015, Boehringer had 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games played but it was his pro day that really got Draft Twitter abuzz. He reminds many in the scouting community of Jeff Janis (Packers) because of his size (6'4" 225 pounds), speed (4.43 40-yard dash) combination.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson's option declined    Mon May 2, 01:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson's fifth-year option was declined by the Vikings Monday, May 2, according to a league source. Patterson caught only two passes in 2015.

Footballguys view: Patterson has been a huge disappointment as a pro. He can make some plays on special teams, but he's not developed as a WR the way the Vikings had hoped.

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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd has option exercised    Mon May 2, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: Floyd has not put together a 16-game season over the last two years, but when healthy he can be an impact player. He's huge and tough to move as a run-stuffer. The option is worth $6.7 million in 2017.

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  Vikings | Xavier Rhodes' option picked up    Mon May 2, 10:38 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2, according to his agent Sunny Shah.

Footballguys view: The option will pay Rhodes just over $8 million in 2017. After a breakout season in 2014, Rhodes has proven that he's got the ability to make plays at the pro level. His tackles were up last year, but Rhodes saw his passes defensed number go down from 18 (2014) to 11 in 2015.

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  Vikings | Sign Joel Stave    Sun May 1, 01:56 PM

Free-agent QB Joel Stave (Wisconsin) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, May 1. signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, May 1.

Footballguys view: Stave has great size at 6'5" 236 with 10 3/4" hands, and tremendous arm strength, and well, that's about it. Tom Savage got drafted in the fourth round with not much more, so the Vikings or another team could try to develop him.

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  Vikings | Willie Beavers to be used at guard    Sun May 1, 12:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said OG Willie Beavers, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, will be tried at guard first, even though he spent most of the 2015 season at Western Michigan as a left tackle. Beavers' first experience playing guard came in the Senior Bowl in January.

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  Vikings | T.J. Clemmings moving to left tackle    Sun May 1, 12:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT T.J. Clemmings, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season, will move to left tackle to serve as the backup to OT Matt Kalil, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Kalil is entering the final year of his contract and the team had a logjam at right tackle due to the free-agent signing of OT Andre Smith and the return of OT Phil Loadholt, who missed the entire 2015 season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

Footballguys view: Clemmings was one of a long line of Vikings' draft steals under GM Rick Spielman. He is a mauler, but raw as a pass blocker. Minnesota might not have any of the top tackles in the league, but they have the best tackle depth in the league.

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  Vikings | Mackensie Alexander goes to Vikes    Fri Apr 29, 09:03 PM

The Minnesota Vikings selected CB Mackensie Alexander with the No. 54 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.

Footballguys view: This is an excellent pick, and Alexander is a tough corner who can shut down part of the field. The Vikings have an up and coming defense.

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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell lands with Vikes    Thu Apr 28, 10:46 PM

The Minnesota Vikings selected Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: A nice addition to a solid group of receivers, and his size will help Teddy Bridgewater take his game to the next level. We'll have to see how the passes get distributed and how often pass plays are called (Norv Turner was run heavy last year) but we love the landing spot and it was a steal for the Vikings.

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  Vikings | Minnesota could grab Robert Nkemdiche     Wed Apr 27, 03:52 PM

Mississippi DE Robert Nkemdiche may be selected by the Minnesota Vikings with their No. 23 overall pick if he is still there, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Nkemdiche has the interior pass rusher athletic toolset of a top 10 pick, but a lack of production and character questions have made him a late-first round boom/bust pick for a playoff team. The Vikings have been linked to wide receivers, but that might not be the pick if Josh Doctson (TCU) goes before their pick.

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  Vikings | John Sullivan not limited    Tue Apr 26, 03:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (back) has had no limitations during spring workouts.

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  Vikings | Two Vikings options likely picked up    Thu Apr 21, 02:44 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd and CB Xavier Rhodes are likely to have their fifth-year player options picked up for 2017. Floyd's option is worth $6.757 million, and Rhodes' is worth $8.026 million.

Footballguys view: Both have been solid for the Vikings, so picking up their options is only good sense. They'll definitely command some good money when that's over, though.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson likely in walk year    Thu Apr 21, 02:42 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is unlikely to have his fifth-year option picked up for 2017. He's set to make $1.389 million in 2016.

Footballguys view: He hasn't done anything to really improve in the time he's been in Minnesota and so we're not shocked at this. Disappointed, but not shocked. The rare first round miss for Rick Spielman.

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  Vikings | Zach Line signs tender    Mon Apr 18, 10:23 AM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent FB Zach Line signed his tender Monday, April 18.

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  Vikings | Everson Griffen healthy    Fri Apr 15, 07:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) said his shoulder is completely healthy and should not be limited during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: Griffen said he did not have a torn labrum in his shoulder and did not need surgery.

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  Vikings | Jared Allen retires with Vikings    Thu Apr 14, 11:57 AM

Former Carolina Panthers DE Jared Allen signed a one-day contract to retire with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 14.

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  Vikings | Two released    Wed Apr 13, 12:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings LBs Terrance Plummer and Alex Singleton were both released Wednesday, April 13.

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  Vikings | Cyrus Jones an option for Minnesota?    Sun Apr 10, 10:53 PM

Alabama CB Cyrus Jones' ability to contribute on special teams and in nickel packages could make him an attractive option to the Minnesota Vikings in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to beat writer Matt Vensel, who believes the Vikings will want an insurance policy in case CB Captain Munnerlyn signs elsewhere after next season.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater worked with WRs    Thu Apr 7, 06:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and Vikings wide receivers, including WR Charles Johnson, recently finished workouts in Orlando, Fla. Johnson said it felt good to make connections, be around his teammates again and learn some new things.

Footballguys view: We like hearing this and think it bodes well for Bridgewater and his receivers, but feel the passing offense is likely to be hamstrung again by offensive coordinator Norv Turner's insistence to run Adrian Peterson into the ground. Until we see different, we are tempering our expectations because of it.

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  Vikings | Rib bothered Charles Johnson    Thu Apr 7, 06:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ribs) said he broke a rib against the San Diego Chargers in September of last season. He added that it took until early November to feel like he could play while managing the injury. Johnson said the rib injury is good now.

Footballguys view: Johnson could be a huge factor in the offense when healthy again, though the insistence on running nearly all game limits what he - and the rest of the receivers as well as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater - can do.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings wants to go to Vikes    Wed Apr 6, 01:46 PM

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Dolphins) wants to sign with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason.

Footballguys view: Jennings could go back to the Vikings where he was a WR4 for his fantasy owners for a few years. He posted a poor 19-208-1 line last year for the Dolphins as a part-time player in 16 games. Even if he does return (and with Mike Wallace moving on to the Ravens), we're not expecting much from the veteran at this point in his career.

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  Vikings | Re-sign Chad Greenway    Thu Mar 31, 07:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 31.

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  Vikings | Minnesota eyeing Josh Doctson?    Thu Mar 31, 07:38 PM

Texas Christian WR Josh Doctson received help from Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer during his positional drills at Notre Dame's pro day Thursday, March 31. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was also present.

Footballguys view: They could use another weapon, and he can go vertical, but they've already got one receiver who came into the league without being able to run a route tree (Cordarrelle Patterson)--do they need another? We also wonder whether this team--which once again looks poised to run the ball on nearly every down--will invest a high pick in a receiver when they aren't passing much.

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  Vikings | Minnesota confident in Blair Walsh    Wed Mar 30, 12:23 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are confident in PK Blair Walsh despite a devastating missed chip-shot 27-yard field goal in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. 'I pretty much move on, but I'm going to try to make sure that he has success as much as possible,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'You're always as good as your last kick, right? So we want to make sure that a lot of his kicks are good kicks now.'

Footballguys view: Zimmer backing Walsh is the right thing to do, but Walsh had a rough summer last year and he might be prone to a loss of confidence. The Vikings shouldn't be too patient with Walsh if he struggles early in the regular season.

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  Vikings | Financials for Matt Asiata    Tue Mar 29, 02:10 AM

The one-year deal for Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is for $760,000 in salary with a $60,000 bonus. He also has a $500,000 playing time bonus, as well as incentives for rush yards and receptions.

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  Vikings | Improved O-line could help Bridgewater    Thu Mar 24, 12:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater was sacked 44 times last year, which was tied for sixth most in the league, and the Minnesota offensive line gave up 96 quarterback hits in 2015. Bridgewater was pressured on 46.9% of his dropbacks, which was most in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: This also in: water is wet. Bridgewater has issues but an offensive line which looks a lot like a set of turnstiles certainly exacerbated it. A better offensive line - and perhaps less of a run-first focus - would be a huge help to Bridgewater's development.

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  Vikings | Minnesota eyeing receiver in first round?    Sun Mar 20, 08:36 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace's departure from the Minnesota Vikings is a likely sign that the team will use the No. 23 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on a wide receiver, according to beat writer Charley Walters. TCU WR Josh Doctson, Notre Dame WR Will Fuller, Baylor WR Corey Coleman and Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell are four players Walters mention as possible options.

Footballguys view: This isn't a great WR draft class...especially when compared to the last two years at the position. The Vikings lost Mike Wallace (Ravens) in free agency, but that's not a huge loss. We like the fit of Doctson to the Vikings if he's available that late into the first round. Doctson has a good size/speed combination and a great nose for the end zone.

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  Vikings | Justin Trattou re-signed    Fri Mar 18, 05:11 PM

Free-agent DE Justin Trattou (Vikings) re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, March 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Brian Leonhardt signed    Fri Mar 18, 05:05 PM

Free-agent TE Brian Leonhardt (49ers) signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, March 18, worth $600,000, according to a source.

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  Vikings | John Sullivan may start    Fri Mar 18, 03:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (back) probably will be the starting center in 2016 if he does not have any problems with his back.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph should be more involved    Fri Mar 18, 03:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is expected to be more involved in the passing game in 2016 if the offensive line is able to improve their pass blocking.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to take note here. Rudolph developed a chemistry with QB Teddy Bridgewater during the final six games of the season and caught 26 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns during that span. He ranked as TE14 in standard-scoring leagues last year, and this season he could easily break into the top 12.

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  Vikings | Andre Smith lands with Vikings    Thu Mar 17, 11:58 AM

Free-agent OT Andre Smith (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 17. He can earn up to $4.5 million in the contract, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Vikings offensive line has been a mess and made things much more difficult on Teddy Bridgewater and the offense last season. Smith is a solid addition to the group.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata re-signs with Vikes    Wed Mar 16, 06:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, March 16.

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  Vikings | Rhett Ellison back with Minnesota    Wed Mar 16, 02:16 AM

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed TE Rhett Ellison Tuesday, March 15, on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman returning    Tue Mar 15, 01:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Terence Newman agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to re-sign with the Vikings Tuesday, March 15, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Newman has played his best football under Mike Zimmer, so keeping him around another year just makes sense for the Vikings. He's still a good corner, but Newman could lose some snaps to second-year pro Trae Waynes this year.

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  Vikings | Two re-signed to Vikings    Tue Mar 15, 11:29 AM

Free-agent TE Rhett Ellison (Vikings) and CB Marcus Sherels (Vikings) re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 15. Terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Andre Smith to decide on team soon    Mon Mar 14, 11:17 PM

Free-agent OT Andre Smith (Bengals) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, March 14. He said he will visit with the Arizona Cardinals later this week and then decide later this week between the two teams.

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  Vikings | Michael Griffin officially signs    Mon Mar 14, 03:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings FS Michael Griffin officially signed his one-year, $3.5 million deal Monday, March 14.

Footballguys view: Griffin's not the same player he used to be, but under defensive guru Mike Zimmer we could see him make plays for the Vikings defense. Andrew Sendejo will compete with Griffin to be the starter at safety opposite Harrison Smith.

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  Vikings | Would like to re-sign Terence Newman    Mon Mar 14, 12:57 PM

The Minnesota Vikings remain in talks to re-sign CB Terence Newman, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

Footballguys view: They'll find a way to get this done. Newman is a seasoned veteran, but he's likely to play behind second-year CB Trae Waynes in 2016.

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