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  Vikings | Expectations higher for Kirk Cousins    Sun May 19, 01:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is entering his second season with the team and along with that come higher expectations. 'I think a year under his belt here in Minnesota and his familiarity with everything is going to bode well,' Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Sunday, May 19. 'He's doing great. We expect a lot out of him as well as our whole team.'

Footballguys view: The Vikings were in the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum at quarterback two years ago. Last year, with Cousins, they failed to make the postseason. After giving Cousins the first fully-guaranteed contract in the NFL, the Vikings are looking for championships...not staying at home in January. No quarterback is under more pressure to perform in 2019 than Cousins. He's got a current ADP of QB19 (12.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Alexander Mattison looks the part    Fri May 17, 10:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison 'looked shifty coming out of the backfield' at rookie minicamp, according to Eric Smith of Vikings.com.

Footballguys view: Some in the scouting community compare Mattison's game to former Ravens running back Alex Collins. A third-round pick out of Boise State in the 2019 NFL draft, Mattison is a rhythm runner who can handle a large workload. He's not going to 'wow' you with speed, but he runs with great intent and has a good feel for running inside. Mattison is also a capable receiver out of the backfield. He's going to push for playing time this year, likely as the primary backup to Dalvin Cook.

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  Vikings | Olabisi Johnson flashes potential    Fri May 17, 10:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Olabisi Johnson 'stood out' in one-on-one drills and made big plays during team drills during rookie minicamp, according to Eric Smith of Vikings.com.

Footballguys view: Johnson always looked solid on tape during his college career at Colorado State, playing alongside players like Rashard Higgins, Preston Williams and Michael Gallup. He's a nuanced route runner who is tough and not afraid to go over the middle. Johnson can also help out on specials teams as a return man or gunner.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph has received contract offer    Fri May 17, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been offered a five-year contract extension, but the two sides have not made much progress in talks, according to a source. Rudolph would be paid among the top tight ends in the NFL if he signed the extension.

Footballguys view: Rudolph refused to take a pay cut because he said he was 'too young' to do that. With an extension being offered we could see a resolution to this in the near future. Rudolph is in the final year of his deal and has a cap number of $7.2 million in 2019. An extension for Rudolph would be a negative hit on the dynasty stock of second-round rookie TE Irv Smith Jr.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph declines pay cut    Thu May 16, 10:22 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'

Footballguys view: Rudolph is on the books for $7.2 million in 2019. The Vikings don't want to extend him or they would've done that already. They're making plans for the future as they selected Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft. We'll see if the Vikings can resolve this situation by trading or releasing Rudolph. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Tashawn Bower making progress    Wed May 15, 06:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Tashawn Bower (foot) is no longer wearing a boot on his injured left foot.

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  Vikings | Garrett Bradbury gets $12.9M deal    Tue May 14, 01:35 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings OL Garrett Bradbury's four-year contract is worth $12.88 million with a $7.39 signing bonus.

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  Vikings | Garrett Bradbury signs rookie deal    Tue May 14, 01:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings OL Garrett Bradbury, the team's first-round draft pick, signed his rookie contract Tuesday, May 14. Terms of the four-year deal weren't immediately available.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph hopes to stay    Mon May 13, 09:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he hopes to remain with the Vikings but would like a decision on his status with the team in the near future.

Footballguys view: Rudolph has one year left on his contract with the Vikings. He's on the books for around $7.6 million and there is zero remaining in dead money. The Vikings selected Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft, and he should be groomed to be the eventual starter. That doesn't bode well for Rudolph sticking in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen ruled the slot in 2018    Sun May 12, 02:06 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen led the league with 68 receptions out of the slot last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph extension talks end    Fri May 10, 01:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has been discussing a contract extension with the team, but those talks broke off Friday, May 10, according to sources. Trading Rudolph very much remains a possibility for the Vikings, and there is interest around the league.

Footballguys view: Irv Smith was the team's second round pick and he might have more to offer than Rudolph does right now. Tyler Conklin was coming on as a receiving option late last year and David Morgan is a quality blocker so the team could easily more on from Rudolph. The Patriots were a possibility, but it sounds like they will sign Ben Watson assuming he comes out of retirement.

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  Vikings | Minnesota signs Stacy Keely    Wed May 8, 02:15 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Stacy Keely (Alabama-Birmingham) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, May 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived OT Adam Bisnowaty.

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  Vikings | Minnesota signs Terrence Alexander    Wed May 8, 02:02 AM

The Minnesota Vikings signed undrafted free agent CB Terrence Alexander (LSU) on Tuesday, May 7.

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  Vikings | Jordan Martin let go    Tue May 7, 03:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings S Jordan Martin was waived Tuesday, May 7.

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  Vikings | Isaiah Wharton joins Minnesota    Mon May 6, 09:31 PM

Updating a previous report, undrafted free-agent CB Isaiah Wharton (Rutgers) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, May 6. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Minnesota expected to add Isaiah Wharton    Mon May 6, 06:33 PM

Undrafted free-agent CB Isaiah Wharton (Rutgers) is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Vikings | Kris Boyd signs rookie deal    Sun May 5, 12:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Kris Boyd came to terms Sunday, May 5, signing his four-year rookie contract. Further terms of the deal were not available.

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  Vikings | Jeff Badet misses practice    Fri May 3, 08:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jeff Badet (groin) did not participate in practice Friday, May 3, because of a tweaked groin. He is not sure if will be practice at all this weekend.

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  Vikings | Minnesota inks Armon Watts    Fri May 3, 03:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings sixth-round DT Armon Watts signed a four-year contract worth $2.689 million on Friday, May 3. The deal includes a signing bonus of $169,096.

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  Vikings | Minnesota signs several rookies    Thu May 2, 08:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison, OG Dru Samia, LB Cameron Smith, WR Dillon Mitchell and WR Olabisi Johnson signed undisclosed rookie contracts Thursday, May 2.

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  Vikings | Olisaemeka Udoh agrees to four-year deal    Thu May 2, 04:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings sixth-round OT Olisaemeka Udoh agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $2.687 million on Thursday, May 2. The deal includes a signing bonus of $167,600.

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  Vikings | Irv Smith financials    Thu May 2, 04:25 PM

Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $5.798 million on Thursday, May 2. The deal includes a signing bonus of $2.237 million.

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  Vikings | Marcus Epps inks four-year pact    Thu May 2, 04:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings sixth-round S Marcus Epps agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $2.688 million on Thursday, May 2. The deal includes a $168,756 signing bonus.

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  Vikings | Minnesota, Irv Smith agree to deal    Thu May 2, 04:03 PM

Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Footballguys view: That was quick. Smith is a good 'Y' tight end who some in the scouting community think has some Delanie Walker to his game. He's a good blocker and a capable receiver who can line up in-line, out wide or from the slot. We'll see how Smith works into the mix with veteran Kyle Rudolph still there.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor    Wed May 1, 10:21 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph could remain a factor in the offense after the team selected TE Irv Smith with the 50th selection in the NFL draft. Last season, the team ran 20 percent of its plays out of 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends, two receivers), and the team thrived in it. QB Kirk Cousins had a 120.8 passer rating, and the team rushed for 4.2 yards per carry. Rudolph had 13.8 percent of Cousins' targets last year while notching 64 receptions for 634 yards (9.9 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.

Footballguys view: The Vikings did field calls to trade Rudolph during the 2019 NFL draft but no deal came to fruition. Rudolph is in the final year of his contract and can still be a pass-catching threat for the Vikings offense. Tight end can be a brutal position for Fantasy GMs, and Rudolph does have TE1 upside even with a limited role. He's been a top-10 fantasy tight end over the last three seasons and has a current ADP of TE8 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Irv Smith Jr. draws favorable comp    Tue Apr 30, 11:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings second-round TE Irv Smith Jr. was drafted in part because the team believes the new offense under offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and assistant head coach/offensive advisor Gary Kubiak will be similar to what QB Kirk Cousins ran while he was a member of the Washington Redskins. Cousins leaned heavily on Jordan Reed during his time there, and general manager Rick Spielman believes Smith share more than just a few similarities.'That type of tight end we haven't had here, and I know that's a big part of Kubiak's and Stefanski's offense right now. The other thing I thought was, don't want to put (Smith) there yet, but he has a lot of (Jordan) Reed-like traits in Washington, and that's why he was very appealing to us,' Spielman told ESPN's Courtney Cronin.

Footballguys view: We don't think he's quite as athletic as Reed, but comparing Smith to Delanie Walker makes sense. Smith is a good player and the Vikings got him as a value pick in the second round of the draft. We'll see how he mixes in with veteran TE Kyle Rudolph in 2019.

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  Vikings | Jayron Kearse could move to OLB?    Tue Apr 30, 07:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings S Jayron Kearse could move to weakside linebacker in 2019, according to sources. Kearse, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, played linebacker in high school. The Vikings did not draft an outside linebacker but did add S Marcus Epps and undrafted free-agent S Micah Abernathy.

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  Vikings | Mar'Sean Diggs gets tryout in Minny    Mon Apr 29, 01:16 PM

Undrafted free-agent S Mar'Sean Diggs (Alabama-Birmingham) was invited after the 2019 NFL Draft for a tryout with the Minnesota Vikings.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adds several UDFAs    Mon Apr 29, 12:25 PM

Undrafted free-agent S Micah Abernathy (Tennessee), FB Khari Blasingame (Vanderbilt), QB Jake Browning (Washington), WR Davion Smith (Sam Houston State), TE Brandon Dillon (Marian), WR Alexander Hollins (Eastern Illinois), C John Keenoy (Western Michigan), CB Nate Meadors (UCLA), DT Tito Odenigbo (Miami, Fla.) and DE Anree Saint-Amour (Georgia Tech) officially agreed to sign contracts with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, April 29. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Jake Browning signs with Minnesota    Sat Apr 27, 11:05 PM

Undrafted free agent QB Jake Browning (Washington) signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, April 27, and he received a $140K guaranteed contract, including a $15K signing bonus, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Several MIN players receiving trade interest    Sat Apr 27, 11:15 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and CBs Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have received recent trade interest from other NFL teams, according to multiple sources. The Vikings are reportedly open to offers but are not actively shopping these players.

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  Vikings | Garrett Bradbury could be used at center or guard    Sat Apr 27, 10:57 AM

The Minnesota Vikings are uncertain if C Garrett Bradbury, their first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, will be used at center or left guard. Bradbury was a center for the last two seasons at North Carolina State after playing left guard as a redshirt sophomore in 2016.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph's status unchanged?    Sat Apr 27, 12:21 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph's status with the team has not changed despite the selection of TE Irv Smith, according to GM Rick Spielman, who classified them as 'two different types of tight ends.'

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  Vikings | Irv Smith a new weapon for Minnesota    Fri Apr 26, 11:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Irv Smith is a 'type of tight end' that the offense hasn't had in the past, according to general manager Rick Spielman.

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  Vikings | Alexander Mattison lands in Minnesota    Fri Apr 26, 11:23 PM

Boise State RB Alexander Mattison was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 102nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Minnesota selects Irv Smith    Fri Apr 26, 08:31 PM

Alabama TE Irv Smith was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 50th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Minnesota selects Garrett Bradbury    Thu Apr 25, 10:17 PM

North Carolina State C Garrett Bradbury was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 18th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Brian Robison retires as member of team    Wed Apr 24, 02:45 PM

Free-agent DE Brian Robison (Vikings) signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 24, and announced his retirement from professional football.

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  Vikings | Riley Reiff would move if top-tier tackle is drafted    Sat Apr 20, 10:57 AM

Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings are only likely to move OT Riley Reiff from left tackle to left guard if they select an offensive tackle in the first round.

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  Vikings | Dalvin Cook feeling confident, healthy    Fri Apr 19, 10:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said he hasn't 'scratched the surface' of his potential yet. 'I'm getting back to how I used to feel,' Cook said. 'My confidence is out the roof. I feel great. I've had a great offseason.'

Footballguys view: Everybody knows that Cook has plenty of talent, the question has been about his durability. Cook has only played in 15 games in two seasons as a pro. He made it through 11 games last year with the Vikings. If healthy for a full season, Cook has the ability to be a RB1 for Fantasy GMs.

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  Vikings | MIN talks with two Wisconsin LBs    Fri Apr 19, 06:31 PM

Wisconsin LBs Ryan Connelly and Andrew Van Ginkel talked with the Minnesota Vikings during their Pro Day.

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  Vikings | Minnesota met with Luke Gifford    Fri Apr 19, 06:29 PM

Nebraska LB Luke Gifford met with the Minnesota Vikings leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Vikings | Tashawn Bower in boot    Wed Apr 17, 05:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Tashawn Bower (undisclosed) is wearing a walking boot during offseason workouts.

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  Vikings | Anthony Harris finalizes one-year deal    Mon Apr 15, 03:38 PM

Restricted free-agent S Anthony Harris signed his one-year tender worth $3.095 million on Monday, April 15.

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  Vikings | Rashod Hill signs tender    Mon Apr 15, 11:32 AM

Minnesota Vikings restricted free-agent OT Rashod Hill signed his tender Monday, April 15, according to his agent. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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  Vikings | Minnesota adding Jordan Taylor    Sat Apr 13, 04:17 PM

Free-agent WR Jordan Taylor (Broncos) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, April 13, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Taylor follows Gary Kubiak to the Vikings. He's been developing with the Broncos on the practice squad and has fought through various injuries. Taylor has a good size/speed combination but even his stock in deep dynasty formats is low.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen receives extension    Fri Apr 12, 05:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Vikings Friday, April 12, worth $64 million.

Footballguys view: Even with two years left on his deal, the Vikings did the right thing by Thielen who had clearly outperformed his old contract. He's one of the best receivers in the game and now he's compensated as such. The deal includes $35 million in guaranteed money and could be worth as much as $73 million.

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  Vikings | Jalen Myrick let go    Thu Apr 11, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Jalen Myrick was released Thursday, April 11.

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  Vikings | Davis Tull works out    Wed Apr 10, 07:40 PM

Free-agent LB Davis Tull (AAF) worked out for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 10, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Jordan Martin the newest Viking    Wed Apr 10, 04:42 PM

Free-agent S Jordan Martin (AAF) was signed by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 10.

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