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  Vikings | Laquon Treadwell could be done in Minnesota    Sat Jul 6, 02:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is in danger of not making the 53-man roster, in the opinion of ESPN's Courtney Cronin. Treadwell, who had his fifth-year option declined, will be a free agent after the season and could be let go in favor of newer options such as WRs Jordan Taylor and Chad Beebe, who have earned praise throughout the offseason.

Footballguys view: It would be a costly move for the Vikings as Treadwell has a cap hit of $3.1 million in 2019 with most of it ($2.5 million) in dead money. A first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Treadwell has only one touchdown catch as a pro. The natural talent (size,speed) is there but he's never put it all together. Treadwell is coming off career-best numbers in 2018 of 35 catches for 302 yards and a touchdown. He needs to have a good preseason to make the team.

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  Vikings | Breakout season ahead for Dalvin Cook?    Tue Jun 25, 12:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook is a strong candidate to have a 2019 breakout season, in the opinion of NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis. Knowing (new Vikings offensive coordinator Gary) Kubiak's history, Cook should get a lot of opportunities this season, far more than the 133 carries he had in 2018,' David wrote on NFL.com 'The third-year pro has the natural ability to be a top-10 running back, and we've seen glimpses of his talent in the last two seasons. Unfortunately, injuries (ACL in 2017; hamstring in 2018) have prevented him from staying on the field for a full season. With a healthy offseason and more than a year removed from his knee injury, Cook will be a major player in the Vikings' offense in 2019.'

Footballguys view: Cook is a good fit in the system and has always popped off of the screen when healthy. This year will affect our value of him in dynasty leagues greatly. One more injury marred year and he'll tainted for at least 1-2 more years, but with a full productive season, he could become a highly coveted dynasty asset.

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  Vikings | Extensions coming for two defenders?    Mon Jun 17, 02:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings CBs Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes have expiring contracts and might be candidates for extensions. 'I'm not thinking about that,' Waynes said. 'I'm worried about this season.'

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  Vikings | David Morgan had knee scoped    Fri Jun 14, 02:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE David Morgan (knee) recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Chad Beebe ascending    Fri Jun 14, 11:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Chad Beebe is a possible front runner for the No. 3 wide receiver spot.

Footballguys view: More than a bump for Beebe's budding deep dynasty value, this should cue you in that the run-happy Vikings will use a lot of two tight end sets this year. Kyle Rudolph extension sealed that, but the team also drafted a tight end (Irv Smith Jr.) in the second round and have useful bench tight ends in block-first David Morgan and catch-first Tyler Conklin.

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  Vikings | Kirk Cousins eyeing next level    Thu Jun 13, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins owns a 34-37-1 record as an NFL starter, and said Wednesday, June 12, that his goal is achieving more team success in terms of wins. 'The next level really is all about winning,' Cousins said. 'I'm pretty much a .500 quarterback in my career so far, and I don't think that's where you want to be, and that's not why you are brought in or people are excited about you. If I don't play well, if I don't have gaudy statistics, but we win multiple playoff games, the narrative will be I went to the next level.'

Footballguys view: Yes, the next level would be nice...or getting back to the level they were at before Cousins showed up. The Vikings went to the NFC Championship Game with Case Keenum in 2017...let that sink in. Then let it sting because Cousins didn't even get them to the postseason in 2018, even though they paid him the first fully guaranteed contract in NFL history. Cousins has a ton of pressure on him to perform better than ever in 2019.

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  Vikings | Drew Kaser to try out    Tue Jun 11, 08:15 PM

Free-agent P Drew Kaser (Raiders) is scheduled to try out for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, June 12.

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  Vikings | More on Kyle Rudolph's deal    Tue Jun 11, 09:35 AM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph received an additional $1.625 million this year to his $7.625 million base salary, according to a source. He received $9 million fully guaranteed and $16.025 million in total guarantees.

Footballguys view: Rudolph had zero remaining in dead money and a $7.6 million cap hit before this new deal. Now, Rudolph ranks as the fourth-highest paid tight end in the league.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph inks four-year extension    Tue Jun 11, 12:18 AM

The Minnesota Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a four-year extension worth $36 million on Monday, June 10.

Footballguys view: It was unknown earlier this offseason if Rudolph was going to get released, get traded or get a new contract. The Vikings opted for the latter with the veteran tight end. Rudolph is their lead tight end and now on the books for the Vikings through the 2023 season. He's been a top-10 fantasy tight end each of the last three seasons (No. 9 in 2018), but Rudolph's role with the team could be changing with the addition of 2019 second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. Rudolph has a current ADP of TE15 (13.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Two punters to try out    Mon Jun 10, 08:11 PM

Free-agent P Justin Vogel (Packers) and P Shane Tripucka (Chargers) are scheduled to work out for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, June 12, according to sources.

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  Vikings | Mackensie Alexander not yet approached for extension    Sun Jun 9, 10:31 AM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander has not been approached yet by the team regarding a possible contract extension, according to a source. He is entering the final season of his current deal.

Footballguys view: The Vikings have a lot of money committed to key defensive pieces, but they may not see a slot corner as a key piece. Alexander will get paid either way and could become a starter elsewhere after being blocked by three first-round picks in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Stephen Weatherly could receive extension    Sat Jun 8, 10:48 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have had discussions with DE Stephen Weatherly regarding a contract extension, according to agent Blake Baratz. He is entering the final season of his current deal and is slated to earn the NFL minimum of $720,000 in 2019.

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  Vikings | Mike Hughes sidelined until at least camp    Tue Jun 4, 04:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Mike Hughes (knee) will not see any practice time during the spring, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Chad Beebe to return punts?    Sun Jun 2, 09:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Chad Beebe worked as the No. 1 punt returner during OTAs.

Footballguys view: Beebe, undrafted out of Northern Illinois in 2018, is the son of former Buffalo Bill and Green Bay Packer wide receiver and punt returner, Don Beebe. He made some big scoring plays for the Vikings in the 2018 preseason, showing he could do more than just play special teams. We'll monitor his progress as a receiving threat in super deep dynasty formats.

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  Vikings | Jordan Taylor could be third receiver    Sat Jun 1, 02:29 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jordan Taylor is the 'one to watch' for the team's third receiver spot, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer, who notes Taylor's familiarity with assistant head coach Gary Kubiak, who is helping offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski overhaul the offense.

Footballguys view: Taylor has always been an interesting deep dynasty prospect because of his size/speed combination. He didn't do much with the Broncos but he was buried on the depth chart. He's taking advantage of his opportunity with the Vikings, even getting some first-team reps in OTAs. It's a story to monitor as training camp approaches.

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  Vikings | Irv Smith lining up all over    Thu May 30, 11:04 PM

Minnesota Twins TE Irv Smith has been lining up all over the field during OTAs.

Footballguys view: Smith, a 2019 second-round pick out of Alabama, has the versatility to play tight end, H-back or fullback. He's got a comparable skill set to a player like Delanie Walker. We'll see how much of a role Smith gets as a rookie, and at this time he's behind Kyle Rudolph on the depth chart at the tight end position. No word yet on if the Vikings will trade Rudolph or lower his cap number with an extension. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Brian O'Neill back on the field    Thu May 30, 11:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Brian O'Neill (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, May 29, after missing the start of OTAs with an undisclosed injury.

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  Vikings | David Morgan not practicing    Sun May 26, 09:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE David Morgan (undisclosed) was sidelined during OTAs.

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  Vikings | Sean Mannion eyes backup job    Sun May 26, 09:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Sean Mannion has been taking reps as the No. 2 quarterback ahead of QB Kyle Sloter and QB Jake Browning during OTAs.

Footballguys view: The Vikings picked up Mannion in free agency this offseason. He's taller, athletic and more experienced than the other backup quarterbacks.

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  Vikings | Jeff Badet showing off speed    Sun May 26, 09:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jeff Badet has stood out as a 'speedster' during OTAs, according to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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  Vikings | Big chance for Brandon Zylstra    Sun May 26, 09:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Brandon Zylstra had a chance to work with the first-team offense during OTAs.

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  Vikings | Chad Beebe working with starters    Sun May 26, 09:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Chad Beebe has spent time with the first-team offense during OTAs.

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  Vikings | Jordan Taylor getting first-team reps    Thu May 23, 02:52 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jordan Taylor has been working with the first team in OTAs ahead of WR Laquon Treadwell. Taylor is occupying the place of WR Stefon Diggs, who is not participating.

Footballguys view: Taylor has flashed a little bit when he was with the Broncos, but he was also hurt quite a bit. We appreciate him in super deep dynasty formats because of his size/speed combination. Taylor is getting a fresh start with the Vikings this year and must be impressing if he's getting first-team work.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph limited    Wed May 22, 03:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (undisclosed) was limited during practice Wednesday, May 22, because he is recovering from an undisclosed surgery.

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  Vikings | Coach thinks Kyle Rudolph will stay    Wed May 22, 03:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he has received a five-year contract extension offer from the Vikings, and head coach Mike Zimmer is confident that Rudolph will remain with the team since the two sides are talking.

Footballguys view: Rudolph doesn't want to take a pay cut because he's 'too young' and the Vikings want to lower his cap number. They did select Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft to perhaps be Rudolph's eventual replacement, but they shouldn't be rushing the veteran out the door. There are rumors about what Rudolph wants and how the team may not give him that price, but we'll sit back and wait to see what happens here. It feels like it could go either way but at least Zimmer is optimistic.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs absent Wednesday    Wed May 22, 03:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Stefon Diggs was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, May 22.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph to practice Tuesday    Mon May 20, 06:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he plans to participate in practice Tuesday, May 21, even though his future with the team is uncertain.

Footballguys view: There are reports that the Vikings have not asked Rudolph to take a pay cut. Last week, Rudolph exclaimed that he wouldn't take a pay cut because he's 'too young' to do so. With a cap number of $7.6 million in 2018, the final year of his deal, we expect the Vikings to re-work that number in any way possible -- whether that be through extension or release.

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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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