Player News - Vikings

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Vikings signed LE Brian Robison to a one-year extension through 2018.

He's now signed for $7.5 million over the next two years, including $5.15 million guaranteed. In return, Robison lowers his cap number for 2017 in exchange for an added year. The soon-to-be 34-year-old (in April) is entering his 11th year in Minnesota. He's missed just two games in his career and had a three-year-best 7.5 sacks in 2016. The Vikings have quite a bit of edge talent.
Mar 24 - 9:32 AM

Adam Thielen's new deal with the Vikings is a four-year, $19.246-million pact through 2020.

The deal was originally reported as a three-year deal because Thielen had not signed his RFA tender, but it apparently was a three-year extension. Thielen will earn $6.746 million in 2017, and the value of the contract can reach $9 million per year via incentives. Even with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell on the roster, Thielen should be locked into the No. 2 job.
Mar 23 - 11:01 AM

Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor clean-up to remove bone chips. Murray will likely miss all of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Source: vikings.com
Mar 22 - 6:44 PM

Vikings signed RB Latavius Murray, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal can void after one season. This signals the end of the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota. Murray is a big back at 6'3/230 with very little wiggle. He's a straight-line runner who runs high and takes a lot of hits. Murray improved his pass-catching chops last season and finished fifth in the league with 12 rushing scores. Unfortunately, he'll go from running behind the AFC's best offensive line to one of the NFL's worst. Murray should be given every opportunity to handle lead-back work, but Jerick McKinnon is still in the picture. Consider Murray a volume-dependent RB2 and a potential overvalued reach in fantasy drafts.
Mar 16 - 8:45 AM

Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a three-year, $17 million contract with $11 million guaranteed.

The deal can reach $9 million annually with incentives. After catching 20 passes in his first 32 career games, Thielen had a massive 2016 as the No. 2 receiver when he passed Charles Johnson behind Stefon Diggs. Thielen finished with 69 catches for 967 yards (14.0 YPR) and five touchdowns. He was scheduled for restricted free agency, and the Vikings placed a second-round tender on him last week. Thielen made it known he was preferred a multi-year deal. He should be locked into the No. 2 job, while 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell will compete for snaps in three-wide sets.
Mar 15 - 3:58 PM

Vikings re-signed CB Terence Newman to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Newman, Carson Palmer, Jason Witten, Terrell Suggs, and Anquan Boldin are the only five players left in the league from the 2003 draft. Newman turns 39 later this year but is still playing at a high level thanks to, what he says, is red wine. Newman was PFF's No. 9 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers last season. The Vikings are hoping inconsistent 2015 first-round pick Trae Waynes will win their left corner position, but Newman has outplayed Waynes the past two years.
Mar 15 - 12:32 PM

Free agent CB Terence Newman said he plans to play in 2017.

As of earlier this month, Newman had yet to announce if he wanted to continue his career. Newman, 38, was the second-oldest defensive player last season, behind James Harrison. Both continue to play at an extremely high level, with Newman grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 9 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers. He appeared in 15 games and should be able to find a home.
Mar 14 - 10:28 PM

Vikings signed DE/OLB Datone Jones, formerly of the Packers, to a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

Jones made little impact as a 2013 first-rounder in Green Bay, but is coming off his strongest season. The increased effectiveness came after Jones converted from defensive end to outside linebacker, though a switch back to end will be in the cards for the 4-3 Vikings. He also expects to play some thee-technique tackle. Jones is unlikely to be an impact signing in Minnesota.
Mar 14 - 5:24 PM

Free agent Latavius Murray is visiting the Vikings on Tuesday.

With the Seahawks out of the running for an early-down back, Murray will have to look at other options. Looking for a replacement for Adrian Peterson, the Vikings would make sense. He has also met with the Jaguars.
Mar 14 - 12:30 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Datone Jones is visiting the Vikings on Monday.

A first-round pick of the division-rival Packers in 2013, Jones has recorded just nine sacks in 59 NFL games, but his production from a hit and hurry standpoint increased following a move to outside linebacker. He could prove to be a low-cost, upside signing.
Mar 13 - 11:23 AM

Free agent Latavius Murray will visit the Jaguars Monday.

Jacksonville didn't get much from its committee of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory last year. Murray is a potential early-down upgrade but would be joining a crowded backfield. The Seahawks also have a visit lined up with Murray next week.
Mar 11 - 5:39 PM

Vikings signed RT Mike Remmers, formerly of the Panthers, to a five-year, $30 million contract.

Remmers was badly exposed on the left side last season, but he is a decent option at right tackle. That is likely where he will play in Minnesota with fellow free-agent signing Riley Reiff taking over on the left side. It is a solid start to Minnesota's complete rebuild along the offensive line.
Mar 10 - 4:12 PM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd's $6.757 million salary for 2017 became guaranteed on Thursday.

It's the value of his fifth-year team option the club exercised last offseason. Floyd ended up missing the final 15 games of last season after knee issues from the previous season required surgery. GM Rick Spielman refused to commit to Floyd back in February, but this essentially locks him in for 2017. Floyd was strong against the run and a plus pass rusher from the inside in 2014 and 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 10 - 9:33 AM

Free agent OT Mike Remmers is visiting the Vikings on Friday.

He'll visit the Texans afterward if he's unable to strike a deal with Minnesota. Remmers has experience at both right and left tackle, but is more suited for the right side. The Vikings need all the offensive line help they can get, even after signing LT Riley Reiff. Remmers, 28 next month, started all 37 games he appeared in for Carolina, including Super Bowl 50.
Mar 10 - 9:23 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent Latavius Murray will visit the Seahawks.

It's Murray's first-known visit. Although Murray has settled in as a bit of a grinder, he'd help bring stability to a backfield that relied way too much on rookies and injury cases last season. Murray, though hardly someone you would call a pass catcher, can do so in a pinch.
Mar 9 - 4:32 PM


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