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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson admits to slacking    Wed Jun 29, 01:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson admitted that after he was the No. 29 overall pick in 2013, he didn't always work as hard as he should have. 'Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you've got to be on the team,' Patterson said. 'You feel like, 'Yeah, I'm a first-round pick, I'm on the team.' Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don't want to do things, make you be lazy.' Patterson had 45 catches for 469 yards in his rookie season but lost his starting job midway through 2014 and had just two catches for 10 yards in 2015.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Patterson has all the physical tools you want in a WR, but he's been a total bust as a player because he lacks the dedication to refine his technique. He's the 4th WR on the depth chart (at best) with the Vikings, and Patterson will likely need a new team to revamp his career...if he can.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to work harder    Tue Jun 28, 10:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has earned the praise of head coach Mike Zimmer this offseason, as Zimmer has lauded Patterson's work ethic and improved route running. Patterson plans to work out for a week or two in Florida with QB Teddy Bridgewater, and he might go to San Francisco for additional conditioning work.

Footballguys view: It's no surprise to learn that Patterson was a bit lazy with his work ethic in years past. Patterson has incredible natural ability with a fine size/speed combination, but he's never played up to his potential as a receiver. The Vikings are going to run the ball early and often, so even if Patterson improves as a receiver he's unlikely to have a fantasy-relevant impact. At best, Patterson is fifth on the depth chart at the position.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence    Thu Jun 23, 09:56 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.

Footballguys view: Rudolph has looked sluggish in recent years, and 2015 fifth-round pick Mycole Pruitt should secure a larger role in the passing game this year. The one thing going in his favor is improvements on the offense line that will allow him to run more pass routes. Still, the Vikings pass offense is low volume and not a fertile soil for fantasy development. Even though Rudolph is high on himself, we wouldn't look at him until the end of fantasy drafts, if at all.

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  Vikings | Bridgewater, Kyle Rudolph connecting     Tue Jun 21, 08:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.

Footballguys view: As Bridgewater continues to develop as a pro QB, he should be more efficient as a passer. We see Bridgewater as a low-end QB2 in this run-heavy offense. Rudolph is always a key piece in the Vikings passing game but only a TE2 for fantasy owners.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not worried about age    Tue Jun 21, 06:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks his body can hold up as long as he wants to play in the NFL, but he doesn't know how much longer he wants to go through the rigors of the NFL. 'Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that, that will definitely be the deciding factor,' Peterson said. 'Physically, I'll be good. It's just mentally, like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring.'

Footballguys view: Age is just a number when it comes to a player like Peterson. He's been able to show almost superhuman ability on the field--and when recovering from major injuries. Peterson is around 6,500 yards short of the all-time rushing record held by Hall of Fame RB Emmitt Smith. It wouldn't be outrageous to see him come close to that number over the next five years or so. Peterson may still have plenty left in the tank.

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  Vikings | Second-team reps for Laquon Treadwell     Sat Jun 18, 08:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell performed well with the second-team offense during spring workouts, and beat writer Matt Vensel believes Treadwell will be a starter in Week 1.

Footballguys view: It's only a matter of time. Treadwell can win at the point of the catch, and he's incredibly athletic with the ball in his hands. We believe that he'll start several games (if not the entire season) for the Vikings in 2016.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson working with starters    Sat Jun 18, 08:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson received most of his reps as the split end with the first-team offense during spring workouts.

Footballguys view: Last year was supposed to be Johnson's breakout season after showing flashes as a rookie in 2014. The breakout didn't happen, and Johnson only snared nine passes for 127 yards and zero touchdowns in 11 games. He's had a great offseason to this point, so don't paint him as a bust just yet.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater improving on deep ball    Wed Jun 15, 12:09 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has shown 'plenty of improvement' the last couple of months, especially throwing the deep ball, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: We have always felt he could throw the deep ball, but Norv Turner has to call the play for us to see it. The offensive coordinator has a habit of leaning on his backs too much and that was the case last season with Adrian Peterson. Will we see Bridgewater get to open up the game? We'll have to see some game evidence before we get too excited, and so see him as no more than a QB3.

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  Vikings | Minnesota may not pursue Greg Jennings     Mon Jun 13, 03:18 PM

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Dolphins) reiterated his interest in re-joining the Minnesota Vikings Monday, June 13, and has contacted general manager Rick Spielman. There has been no indication yet if the Vikings are interested in signing him, however.

Footballguys view: The Vikings may just move on without him. They seem to be set at the WR position, especially after selecting WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. Jennings has left Spielman voicemails expressing a desire to return, but we don't see the team falling all over themselves to sign the veteran. The market has been stone cold for Jennings since the Dolphins released him.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson must earn roster spot    Thu Jun 9, 04:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson will need to earn his way onto the Vikings' roster this season, in the opinion of Matt Vensel of The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Johnson lost his starting spot to WR Stefon Diggs last season, and now he'll have to compete with rookie WR Laquon Treadwell and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Johnson needs to prove himself even more after playing in just 23 games the last two seasons combined.

Footballguys view: Johnson is talented so we don't think he will get the boot but this group and passing offense is a bit shaky so we aren't going to invest heavily in it anyway.

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  Vikings | Harrison Smith signs rich deal    Mon Jun 6, 09:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith signed a five-year, $51.25 million deal Monday, June 6, which makes him the highest-paid safety in the league. He received a $10 million signing bonus, $28.578 million guaranteed and a three-year average of $10.75 million.

Footballguys view: This deal now makes Smith the highest-paid safety in the league--and for good reason. He's a playmaker when it comes to run or pass defense. Smith arrives at the play with nasty intentions, and he has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage to stuff the run. He also has the ability to make plays in coverage and can get his hands on an interception from time to time. This is a good deal for both sides.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph limited    Thu Jun 2, 10:49 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (toe) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd sit out    Thu Jun 2, 10:41 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (undisclosed) and DT Sharrif Floyd (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

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  Vikings | John Sullivan works with starters    Thu Jun 2, 10:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (back) worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Wednesday, June 1. Sullivan and C Joe Berger may continue to share work with the starters moving forward.

Footballguys view: The Vikings offensive line was a mess last year both because of injury and because it just wasn't good. They have to give Teddy Bridgewater more time to throw and open running lanes for Adrian Peterson, Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Center is one of the most critical pieces of the line, so expect this competition to have a huge impact on the offense.

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  Vikings | B.J. Dubose reverts to IR    Wed Jun 1, 05:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE B.J. Dubose (knee) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, June 1, after being waived/injured Tuesday, May 31.


  Vikings | More receiving for Adrian Peterson?    Tue May 31, 08:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be more involved in the passing game this season, particularly in shotgun formation, according to ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. Peterson said he'd like to improve as a pass-catcher and has been working in that area this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's not like Peterson is a bad receiver. He had 30 catches last year and a career high of 43 catches from back in 2009. No matter his receiving numbers, Peterson is still a top-5 fantasy RB and a player most will be considering near the top of every fantasy draft in 2016.

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  Vikings | Make two roster moves    Tue May 31, 05:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT B.J. Dubose (knee) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 31. Free-agent DT Bruce Gaston (Bears) was subsequently signed.


  Vikings | B.J. Dubose suffers torn ACL    Wed May 25, 07:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT B.J. Dubose (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during organized team activities Wednesday, May 25, according to a source. He is expected to miss all of the 2016 season.

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  Vikings | Full health for Phil Loadholt    Wed May 25, 06:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') said he is fully healthy and moving around well after his first practice of organized team activities Wednesday, May 25. Loadholt suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last season.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are hoping he can be up to speed again in time for the season. They missed him terribly last year and Teddy Bridgewater needs better protection.

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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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