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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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  Vikings | Mike Wallace could return to Minnesota    Sun Mar 13, 01:28 PM

Free-agent WR Mike Wallace (Vikings) is still an option for the Minnesota Vikings even though they released him last week.

Footballguys view: This was known when the Vikings made the decision to cut him. Wallace could always come back...but his price tag has to be much lower. He's a speed receiver who has disappointed in two different stops (Dolphins, Vikings), but some team might want to give him a chance to take the top off the defense regularly.

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  Vikings | Travis Lewis re-signs    Thu Mar 10, 06:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Travis Lewis re-signed an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 10.

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  Vikings | Emmanuel Lamur signs    Thu Mar 10, 01:32 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent LB Emmanuel Lamur (Bengals) to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 10.

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  Vikings | Andre Smith visiting    Thu Mar 10, 12:40 PM

Free-agent OT Andre Smith (Bengals) is visiting with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, March 10.

Footballguys view: The Vikings need help on the offensive line, so this might be a great pickup for them. Even when healthy (which they were not in 2015) this line was only average, and Smith can be a very solid tackle for them.

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  Vikings | Minnesota monitoring Jermon Bushrod    Thu Mar 10, 12:40 AM

Free-agent OT Jermon Bushrod (Bears) might be a player of interest to the Minnesota Vikings. He is recovering from shoulder surgery, and there is no visit scheduled yet.

Footballguys view: The Vikings need help on the offensive line, so expect a lot of big hogs to visit Minnesota. If they want to run game to continue being effective and for their young quarterback to improve, they have to protect both and improve the line.

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  Vikings | Mike Harris re-signs    Wed Mar 9, 07:10 PM

Free-agent OG Mike X. Harris (Vikings) re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 9.

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  Vikings | Signing Michael Griffin    Wed Mar 9, 06:04 PM

Free-agent FS Michael Griffin (Titans) is signing with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 9, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Griffin spent close to a decade with the Titans before they decided to move on. He may not start for the Vikings, but he'll at least give them valuable veteran depth at the position.

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  Vikings | Alex Boone agrees with Vikings    Wed Mar 9, 11:51 AM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent OG Alex Boone has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 9, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Minnesota releasing Mike Wallace    Tue Mar 8, 03:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace was released Tuesday, March 8, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Due $12 million this year, cutting Wallace had to be an easy decision. He's a deep target who has struggled to impress for years. Wallace looked great as a player with the Steelers, but his time with the Dolphins and Vikings has been disappointing. Some team could be interested in Wallace for veteran depth.

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  Vikings | Adam Jones talked to Vikings    Tue Mar 8, 10:03 AM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent CB Adam Jones was contacted by the Minnesota Vikings Monday, March 7.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil likely to stay with Vikings    Tue Mar 8, 10:01 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil is expected to be retained by the Vikings, who will pick up his $11.1 million fifth-year option, according to a league source. The team could opt to sign him to an extension to reduce the salary cap hit.

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  Vikings | Mike Wallace expected to be cut    Mon Mar 7, 10:07 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to release WR Mike Wallace within the next 48 hours, according to national writer Jason La Canfora.

Footballguys view: Earlier reports surprisingly indicated that Wallace could stay with the Vikings. We just don't see that happening. He's been a disappointing player for the Vikings and the Dolphins. Some team could be interested in the speedy receiver, but the price has to be right.

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  Vikings | No contact with Eric Weddle, Rashad Johnson    Mon Mar 7, 05:42 PM

San Diego Chargers impending free-agent FS Eric Weddle and Arizona Cardinals FS Rashad Johnson have not been contacted by the Minnesota Vikings at this point.

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  Vikings | Check in with Vincent Rey    Mon Mar 7, 05:40 PM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent LB Vincent Rey has received interest from the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata not close to deal    Mon Mar 7, 05:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Matt Asiata is not close to an agreement with the Vikings. Asiata has received interest from several teams.

Footballguys view: It's going to be interesting to see what kind of market Asiata has. The RB/FB 'tweener may move on in free agency. Jerick McKinnon is already the primary backup to Adrian Peterson, and Asiata may want a larger role.

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  Vikings | Kelechi Osemele may be too expensive    Mon Mar 7, 05:32 PM

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OT Kelechi Osemele may be too expensive for the Minnesota Vikings to sign this offseason.

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  Vikings | Interested in Reggie Nelson    Mon Mar 7, 05:26 PM

Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent FS Reggie Nelson has drawn interest from the Minnesota Vikings, who have contacted a representative of Nelson.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen, Carter Bykowski re-sign    Mon Mar 7, 02:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen and OT Carter Bykowski re-signed undisclosed deals Monday, March 7. Both were exclusive-rights free agents.

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