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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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  Vikings | Greg Jennings released by MIN    Sat Mar 14, 02:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings has been released Saturday, March 14.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Jennings had an $11 million cap hit this year, and this move became expected when the team traded for Mike Wallace on Friday. This move saves the Vikings $9 million in cap space.

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  Vikings | Minnesota acquires Mike Wallace    Fri Mar 13, 07:14 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice, according a source. The Vikings will also receive a seventh-round draft choice.

Footballguys view: The Vikings needed help at the wide receiver position, and that's why they traded for Wallace (and his $9 million price tag). Pencil Wallace into the starting lineup with Charles X. Johnson. Cordarrelle Patterson will be a reserve players behind them.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson meeting with Vikes again    Thu Mar 12, 02:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with the team again after meeting with general manager Rick Spielman and ownership Monday, March 9, according to source with knowledge of the situation. Peterson also met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf Monday about his concerns about returning in 2015. Peterson was put back on the commissioner's exempt list, which has allowed Minnesota to resume contact with him.

Footballguys view: It's hard to get a grasp on exactly where the two parties stand, but you have to imagine at least part of it is about money. The Vikings owe him $12.75 this season and that's a lot even for Peterson--a superstar in the league. Peterson is probably dealing with hurt feelings, but that money is likely the issue. The problem for Peterson is, he has zero leverage, especially after last year. He's still a very good back but the age and his contract are going to make it tough for anyone to trade for him.

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  Vikings | Michael Johnson to visit    Thu Mar 12, 12:22 PM

Free-agent DE Michael Johnson (Buccaneers) will have his first visit with the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Johnson was a disappointment with the Bucs, but he flourished under Mike Zimmer during their time together with the Bengals. In 2012-2013 Johnson compiled 15 sacks while also being a reliable defender against the run.

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  Vikings | Tom Johnson officially re-signs    Wed Mar 11, 01:44 PM

Free-agent DT Tom Johnson has officially re-signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | MIN may look at Stevan Ridley    Wed Mar 11, 07:28 AM

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (Patriots) is drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings.

Footballguys view: Ridley isn't going to be ready to practice for a while coming off of an ACL tear, but the Vikings could be poking around to prepare for a post-Peterson backfield while the future Hall of Fame running back's fate still hangs in the balance.

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  Vikings | Interested in Brice McCain    Wed Mar 11, 01:12 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are interested in free-agent CB Brice McCain (Steelers). The Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers are also interested in his services.

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  Vikings | Michael Harris receives tender    Tue Mar 10, 05:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent OT Michael X. Harris had a tender placed on him Tuesday, March 10, which means the Vikings have the right of first refusal on him.

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  Vikings | Shaun Hill signs    Tue Mar 10, 04:17 PM

Free-agent QB Shaun Hill (Rams) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 10, according to a source.

Footballguys view: When they traded away Matt Cassel to the Bills, the Vikings created a hole at backup quarterback. Hill will serve as the primary backup behind Teddy Bridgewater.

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  Vikings | Joe Berger agrees to terms    Tue Mar 10, 04:16 PM

Free-agent OG Joe Berger (Vikings) has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata returning to Minnesota    Mon Mar 9, 08:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent RB Matt Asiata will sign a new one-year deal with the Vikings, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Nobody knows what is going to happen with Adrian Peterson, and that uncertainty clouds the future value of Asiata.

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  Vikings | Clint Boling a target    Mon Mar 9, 02:31 PM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent OG Clint Boling is receiving interest from the Minnesota Vikings.

Footballguys view: Boling is going to be a target for a few teams out there. He's one of the best guards available on the open market, and Boling could line up across the offensive line.

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  Vikings | Make offer to Shaun Hill    Mon Mar 9, 02:21 PM

St. Louis Rams impending free-agent QB Shaun Hill has received an offer from the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Vikings need to find a quarterback since they traded away Matt Cassel to the Bills. If added, Hill will be the primary backup behind Teddy Bridgewater.

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  Vikings | Tom Johnson re-signs    Mon Mar 9, 03:56 AM

Free-agent DT Tom Johnson (Vikings) will re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings once the league year opens on Tuesday, March 10. Johnson will sign a three-year contract valued at $7 million, with $3 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: Johnson did a good job last year, racking up 6.5 sacks and 30 quarterback pressures. At 31-years old, the guaranteed money is likely to come mostly this year.

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  Vikings | Vikings bringing back Cullen Loeffler    Sun Mar 8, 09:02 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent LS Cullen Loeffler has reached an agreement on a one-year deal to return to the team, according to a source.

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  Vikings | MIN interested in Taylor Mays    Sun Mar 8, 04:21 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have reached out to free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals), according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Mays is an "in the box" safety who loves to hit. His style of play gives the Vikings some intimidation on defense.

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  Vikings | Mike Iupati a target    Sun Mar 8, 01:17 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent OG Mike Iupati has been contacted by the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Iupati is a great run-blocker, but he struggles in pass-protection. He's arguably the best guard available on the open market.

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