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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not work out    Fri Apr 17, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: If Peterson wants out of Minnesota, then he won't show up to these activities. Now that he's free to play in 2015, the question remains where is he going to be? Regardless of a new team, same team, whatever team, Peterson has the talent and ability to be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and an RB1 for your fantasy team.

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  Vikings | No more punishment for Adrian Peterson    Thu Apr 16, 02:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Assuming this is true, you can have the green light to draft him in fantasy leagues. Whether he is with the Vikings, Cowboys (Cardinals?) or elsewhere, he will put up another strong year of production. He's a top-10 fantasy option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be reinstated    Thu Apr 16, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: Now the question is, where will he play? The Vikings want him back (so they say) but he's still upset about how they treated him. We'll ignore the irony there for a minute, and instead reiterate that he remains a top ten talent for fantasy no matter the team. Now we'll see if the Dallas Cowboys will pony up for his services. Trading for Peterson would likely take a king's ransom.

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  Vikings | Kyle Emanuel drawing interest    Tue Apr 14, 02:38 AM

North Dakota State LB Kyle Emanuel is drawing 'clear interest' from the Minnesota Vikings, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Emanuel should be drawing interest from many teams. He's a lunch-pail guy with a non-stop motor. Emanuel has good speed and closing burst to get to the quarterback from the outside. He needs to learn more pass-rushing moves because in college he mostly relied on the "run and bend" technique. Emanuel could also help out on special teams in addition to being a part-time pass-rusher. He's a late-round pick in the draft.

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  Vikings | Will meet with Jalen Collins    Sat Apr 11, 10:07 AM

Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins is scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings before the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Collins has the upside to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. He's got ideal height, weight, speed but his technique needs work after only 10 games started during his collegiate career.

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  Vikings | DeVante Parker visiting with Vikes    Wed Apr 8, 01:45 PM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker is visiting with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 8, according to a source.

Footballguys view: We'd be absolutely giddy if Parker winds up with the Vikings. He was a star at Louisville catching passes from Teddy Bridgewater--the current franchise quarterback for the Vikings. Parker has the speed to stretch the field, and he does a good job tracking passes over his shoulder.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson unlikely for suspension    Wed Apr 8, 01:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Peterson was suspended. However, we have no idea where he's going to play at this time. Peterson could just stay with the Vikings, but the relationship has been fractured. He could be on the trade block, but the Vikings would be expecting a king's ransom in return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson meeting with NFL Tuesday    Tue Apr 7, 01:21 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with NFL officials at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: The meeting will detail his compliance with terms from the league and his Texas plea deal. Peterson will be back in the NFL this year...we just don't know who with. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | John Sullivan terms    Tue Apr 7, 09:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan received a one-year extension that guarantees $1 million Tuesday, April 7. He has salaries of $5.9 million, $5.4 million and $5.4 million. He has an annual $100,000 workout bonus and a $500,000 escalator for 2017 with 90% playing time in 2015-16.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to meet with league    Mon Apr 6, 10:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss his reinstatement for the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: We'll see Peterson back in action this season...we just don't know where yet. Peterson's contract is controlled by the Vikings, and they don't seem content to release him. Some team could trade for Peterson, but it would likely be a hefty price tag to do so. He is eligible to be reinstated April 15.

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  Vikings | Kevin McDermott signing    Fri Apr 3, 01:33 PM

Free-agent LS Kevin McDermott (Ravens) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, April 3, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Pat Devlin waived    Thu Apr 2, 11:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Pat Devlin was waived Thursday, April 2.

Footballguys view: Devlin was waived in part to get Mike Kafka on the team. Kafka has more upside at this point and can develop it behind starter Teddy Bridgewater and backup Shaun Hill.

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  Vikings | Caesar Rayford signs    Thu Apr 2, 11:52 AM

Free-agent DE Caesar Rayford (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 2.

Footballguys view: Caesar Rayford caught the team's eye at the Veteran Combine. Prior to that he had played in the CFL and Arena League. Rayford last played in the NFL in 2013 for Dallas and was cut by that team prior to the start of last season. He's likely just a camp body for the Vikings to kick the tires on.

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  Vikings | Mike Kafka signs    Wed Apr 1, 04:54 PM

Free-agent QB Mike Kafka (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 1, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: The Vikings needed to add another arm after trading away Matt Cassel (Bills). Kafka has bounced around the league for years and has no fantasy value, even in the deepest dynasty leagues.

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  Vikings | Have shown interest in Brandon Spikes    Sun Mar 29, 09:49 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) has received interest from the Minnesota Vikings, but the two sides have not been able to agree on financial terms.

Footballguys view: Spikes is still a two-down thumper who arrives at the ball with natural violence. The Bills are interested in bringing him back, but the price needs to be right. If he's getting interest from the Vikings, then Spikes' price tag could go higher than what Buffalo is willing to pay.

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  Vikings | Not interested in Justin Blalock    Sun Mar 29, 09:47 AM

Free-agent OG Justin Blalock (Falcons) has not received any interest from the Minnesota Vikings at this point.

Footballguys view: Blalock has been getting a bit of interest on the open market. He's played at guard for most of the last eight seasons in Atlanta, and Blalock has only missed three games in his career.

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  Vikings | Michael Crabtree not an option for MIN    Sun Mar 29, 09:45 AM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is not a target for the Minnesota Vikings at this time.

Footballguys view: Crabtree isn't getting that much interest on the open market. The Vikings have revamped their WR corps when they traded for Mike Wallace earlier this year. They'll use Wallace and Charles X. Johnson as outside receivers with Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson competing for WR3 duties.

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  Vikings | Marcus Peters visiting Minnesota    Fri Mar 27, 12:22 PM

Former Washington CB Marcus Peters is on a pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, March 27, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Peters was kicked off the Huskies due to his out-of-control temper and multiple problems with the coaching staff. He's a big, fast, physical corner with technique issues that need to be cleaned up.

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  Vikings | Two players released    Thu Mar 26, 04:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Justin Anderson and OG Jordan McCray were cut Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: Well when you have Babatunde Aiyegbusi you have to make room somewhere! Well the Polish Phenom was likely not the reason either was cut. McCray was a practice squad level guy who has bounced around the NFL a little while. Anderson signed with the Giants after last year's draft, got hurt and then cut, but was brought back when Jon Beason got hurt. The Giants cut him late in November and he ended up with the Vikings, but he was never active.

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  Vikings | Sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi    Thu Mar 26, 04:09 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi to an undisclosed contract Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: The Vikings need some offensive line depth and Aiyegbusi is an intriguing addition. Aiyegbusi never played a down of college football and has spent the last few years playing in the Polish American Football League and the Vikings (and a few other teams) are intrigued by his 6'8", 351 pound frame. The Vikings were impressed with how quickly he understood and executed drills and plays, but know he is tremendously raw. If he makes the team, expect a lot of practice squad time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson discontent in Minnesota?    Wed Mar 25, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson would be a disruption if he did return to the Vikings. 'I want him to want to be [in Minnesota], like I want all of my players to want to be there. I've been in situations before that I thought were not the best situations.'

Footballguys view: Back and forth and back and forth. Peterson wants out according to his agent, but the Vikings are not budging. Zimmer added that he thinks his football relationship with Peterson is a good one in its current state. We'll see something give sometime....stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman agrees to terms    Wed Mar 25, 01:45 PM

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Newman is reunited with Mike Zimmer here. The two worked together when they were with the Cowboys, and now they're together again with the Vikings. Newman isn't the same player he used to be, but he'll be able to help Minnesota as a depth player.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman close to deal    Wed Mar 25, 01:08 PM

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) is close to an agreement with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson not being moved    Wed Mar 25, 12:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will not be traded this offseason, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'No, no chance whatsoever,' Zimmer said. 'Cordarrelle is a young, emerging player who was with his third coordinator in three years. Quite frankly, we need to do a good job of figuring out how we can use him better and he needs to understand where he's supposed to be, the routes and everything.'

Footballguys view: Patterson has incredible natural talent, but he's yet to put it all together on the field. The Vikings are going to give him one more chance to see if he can respond better to coaching and start playing up to that potential.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman headed to Minnesota    Wed Mar 25, 11:22 AM

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 25.

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  Vikings | No plans to trade Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 25, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Footballguys view: That's the plan right now, but if Peterson is unhappy the team might be persuaded to change their mind. What else could change their mind is a couple of premium picks. Peterson is still one of the best backs in the game, and there would be more than a few teams interested in adding the superstar back.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews signs    Tue Mar 24, 06:24 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Matthews can help the Vikings as an outside linebacker, inside linebacker and special teams player. After getting burned at multiple positions, needless to say Eagles fans will not be missing Matthews in 2015.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays signs    Tue Mar 24, 05:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Taylor Mays re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, March 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Mays is reunited with Mike Zimmer here. During their time together with the Bengals, Zimmer used Mays as a hybrid linebacker/safety on defense. Mays brings an attitude to the Vikings defense as an "in the box" player.

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  Vikings | Casey Matthews visits    Tue Mar 24, 04:38 PM

Free-agent LB Casey Matthews (Eagles) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 24, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Agent wants Adrian Peterson to move on    Mon Mar 23, 07:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond.

Footballguys view: Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.

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  Vikings | MIN GM expects Adrian Peterson to stay    Mon Mar 23, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.'

Footballguys view: Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out of Minny?    Mon Mar 23, 12:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.

Footballguys view: Here we go again. Every week it seems like there's a news item about Peterson being unhappy with the Vikings. If they're not going to release him (as they've indicated), then the Vikings could put Peterson on the trade block.

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  Vikings | HC changing stance on Adrian Peterson?    Sun Mar 22, 08:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.

Footballguys view: This is a game of cat and mouse going on right now. Peterson is reportedly unhappy with the Vikings, and he could be on the trade block. His future in Minnesota is unclear at this time.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays leaves without deal    Sat Mar 21, 02:33 AM

Free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) left his visit with the Minnesota Vikings without a contract. Mays was scheduled to have dinner with team officials and check out the facilities.

Footballguys view: Mays is an in-the-box safety who has a nose for the ball. If added, Mays would help give the Vikings defense more swagger--but just don't ask him to cover.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent rejects meeting    Fri Mar 20, 07:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was asked to have a dinner meeting with general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL owners meeting, but his agent rejected the offer.

Footballguys view: Ben Dogra is standing firm here. This might be the sign that Peterson's days in Minnesota are done. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Minnesota wants Adrian Peterson back    Fri Mar 20, 02:32 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.'

Footballguys view: This story is far from over. The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working with teammates    Fri Mar 20, 01:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working out in California with Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Charles Johnson and TE Brandon Bostick. McKinnon and Rudolph are rooming together at Rudolph's Newport Beach, Calif., home and are taking a no-nonsense approach to their training. Rudolph organized the group event.

Footballguys view: It's no mystery, we love Bridgewater. He's smart, accurate and known as a football junkie. Why he wasn't a top-5 pick last year is completely baffling. Moving on from that, his upside is that of a top-12 fantasy QB. We'll see if he can make a big jump in year two.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon healthy    Fri Mar 20, 01:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is fully recovered from back surgery and has left for Southern California to train. He is preparing as though he will be a starting running back but acknowledged the job belongs to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, provided Peterson returns to the team. McKinnon noted that he needs to learn how to help keep his body healthy, too.

Footballguys view: McKinnon transitioned from a college quarterback to an NFL running back last year. As he gets more comfortable with his new position, McKinnon should perform better. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry in 2014 and chipped in with 27 receptions as a rookie. Peterson's status with the team will drastically alter the outlook for McKinnon in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't come cheap    Fri Mar 20, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who won't be released by the team, is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015, and the feeling is that he won't come cheaply in a trade. The Vikings are believed to be looking for at least a second-round pick and another piece in a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, may be trying to facilitate a trade by effectively telling all 31 other teams that the only way to acquire his client is through a trade.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman discussing deal?    Fri Mar 20, 02:30 AM

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) has discussed contract figures with the Minnesota Vikings, but the sides are not close to a deal yet.

Footballguys view: Just give it time. Newman would be reunited (again) with Mike Zimmer if (when) he signs with the Vikings. They worked together in both Cincinnati and Dallas.

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  Vikings | DuJuan Harris signs    Thu Mar 19, 05:15 PM

Free-agent RB DuJuan Harris (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: An interesting move for Minnesota. Their backfield may not be done changing just yet. We know they're unlikely to release Adrian Peterson, but they may trade him...or they may just keep him. Harris may lack the durability of a featured back, but he is a good receiver out of the backfield with speed to make the corner.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be released    Wed Mar 18, 11:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.

Footballguys view: He won't be released...that doesn't mean he's staying in Minnesota. We could see the Vikings move Peterson if the price was right. We could also seeing him staying put. Stay tuned, this one is not over yet.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays to visit    Wed Mar 18, 04:18 PM

Free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) is scheduled to have dinner with executives from the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 18, and will visit with the team Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: Mays is an in-the-box safety who arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. The Vikings are looking for some more attitude on defense, and Mays would give them just that.

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  Vikings | Michael Harris financials    Wed Mar 18, 02:11 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Michael X. Harris signed his one-year restricted free agent tender offer, which pays $1.542 million.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman visits    Tue Mar 17, 02:38 PM

Free-agent CB Terence Newman (Bengals) visited with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, March 16.

Footballguys view: Newman played under Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer during their days with the Bengals. They were also together with the Cowboys early in Newman's career. Newman had been considering retirement, but some team could sign him for veteran depth. Reuniting with Zimmer makes a lot of sense.

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  Vikings | Re-sign Michael Harris     Tue Mar 17, 11:46 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Michael X. Harris was re-signed Tuesday, March 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Harris will compete as the swing tackle for the Vikings in training camp. There's also a chance he could win the starting left guard job vacated by Charlie Johnson. Harris started five games for the Vikings last year, and the Vikings felt he was good enough to keep around.

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  Vikings | Robert Rodriguez hired    Mon Mar 16, 06:34 PM

UTEP assistant coach Robert Rodriguez has been hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their new assistant defensive line coach.

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  Vikings | George Selvie to visit    Mon Mar 16, 06:27 PM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) is scheduled to visit with the Minnesota Vikings this week.

Footballguys view: Selvie, 28, has appeared in all 16 games in the previous two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the seventh round (226th) by the St. Louis Rams in 2010. If added, Selvie would likely back up Brian Robison.

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  Vikings | Minnesota willing to pay Adrian Peterson?    Mon Mar 16, 05:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely to remain with the team heading into 2015, as the Vikes appear willing to pay Peterson for the rest of his contract.

Footballguys view: There's not much clarity in the Peterson situation right now. If we were to guess, we believe Peterson stays with the Vikings--but that certainly isn't set in stone.

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  Vikings | Interested in George Selvie    Sun Mar 15, 02:09 PM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) has received interest from the Minnesota Vikings.

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