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Vikings WLB Chad Greenway is open to restructuring his contract.

Greenway was one of the worst starting linebackers in the league this past year. He's due $8.8 million in salary and bonuses and will need to take a massive pay cut to return. The Vikings can save $7.1 million by releasing Greenway.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 5:16 PM

Matt Cassel has a $500,000 roster bonus due on March 17.

Cassel is slated to make $4.15 million in 2015. His contract is reasonable for a top backup, but the Vikings could avoid paying any further guaranteed money by cutting him. Cassel is four months removed from Lisfranc surgery and questionable to be ready for OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 4:57 PM

Vikings FB Jerome Felton is expected to void his contract, making him a free agent.

Felton has a $2.45 million player option for 2015. As the Vikings turned to a shotgun-heavy offense to suit Teddy Bridgewater, Felton's snaps were scaled back dramatically despite still-effective lead blocking when he's gotten the chance to play. He'd be a better fit on more of an I-formation team.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 30 - 3:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter says at least six teams have done background work on Adrian Peterson in the event he becomes available.

Peterson's legal issues coupled with his $15.4M cap number mean he could very well be headed for a split from the Vikings. He won't lack for suitors even at age 30, as he's proven repeatedly that he is built differently than mere mortals. Schefter mentions the Cowboys as a possible landing spot if DeMarco Murray moves on in free agency.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 29 - 11:21 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling fully expects "bigger and better things" from Teddy Bridgewater in Year 2.

Bridgewater recorded the third-highest completion percentage (64.4) and seventh-highest passer rating (85.2) by a rookie in NFL history. He did it even though Cordarrelle Patterson was a liability, Kyle Rudolph was hurt, Adrian Peterson missed 15 games and he was learning Norv Turner's offense for the first time. Over the final six weeks of the season, Bridgewater was fantasy's No. 10 QB and he'll bring serious QB2 appeal heading into 2015 -- especially if the Vikings bring back Peterson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 11:15 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune concedes the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota "may be over."

The potential breakup here is more about Peterson's contract than his legal issues. He turns 30 in March, carries a league-high for RBs $15.4M cap hit and has said he has no intention of taking a pay cut. The off-field complications only muddle the situation further. It's possible both sides are looking for a fresh start, which would make Jerick McKinnon the favorite to start Week 1 of 2015.
Jan 20 - 10:52 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the team wants Adrian Peterson back once he is reinstated.

"I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson on the football team," Spielman said. Peterson is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15, though he could win reinstatement sooner if an NFLPA lawsuit filed on his behalf is successful. Even if Peterson is reinstated, there would be hoops to jump through before he rejoined the Vikings, least of which is the $13 million he is owed in 2015. Going on 30 and coming off a lost season, Minnesota may balk at devoting that much money to Peterson, and it is unclear if Peterson would be willing to take a pay cut. Regardless of the difficulties ahead, it now appears more likely than not Peterson returns to Minnesota next season.
Jan 14 - 11:16 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports ex-Browns OC Kyle Shanahan was "dismayed" when the team waived WR Charles Johnson in August.

Johnson's release was apparently part of the disconnect between Shanahan and the Browns' front office. Johnson was signed by the Vikings in September, eventually emerging as a starter and impact player. Vikings OC Norv Turner recently said Johnson was one of the reasons the team's offense was so much more potent down the stretch. Johnson has WR2 upside for 2015.
Jan 8 - 6:31 PM

The Jaguars will interview Vikings RBs coach Kirby Wilson for their offensive-coordinator vacancy on Thursday.

Wilson, 53, coached the Steelers' running backs for seven seasons before taking a job on coach Mike Zimmer's staff under OC Norv Turner this past season. He's interviewed for OC vacancies in the past. Wilson's name doesn't jump off the page, but he's a legit candidate. He's worked under the likes of Bruce Arians, Todd Haley, and Turner, and would likely bring an aggressive scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 6 - 8:35 PM

OC Norv Turner admitted Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of progression this season was "frustrating."

Patterson was so bad as an NFL sophomore that he got benched midway through the season. "A big part of it for him is understanding how detailed and how hard this is to be a receiver in this league," Turner said. "And then he's got to put the work in." We're never going to give up on 23-year-old freak talents like C-Patt, but it's clear he has a long way to go. He heads into the 2015 offseason firmly behind Charles Johnson and Greg Jennings.
Jan 6 - 12:40 PM

OC Norv Turner credited Charles Johnson with the Vikings' late-season offensive improvement.

Patterson replaced Cordarrelle Patterson as the primary "X" in Week 12. In the six games from that point forward, the Vikings averaged 24.0 points per game with Johnson going 19-328-2. "It created some differences in how people defended us. I think we became a much more efficient offensive football team and put ourselves in position to win games," Turner said. Johnson will have a major up arrow next to his name in 2015 as he'll be in his second year with Norv, another year removed from his ACL tear and another year into Teddy Bridgewater's progression. Patterson will have to beat Johnson out for snaps, not the other way around.
Jan 6 - 12:29 PM

Vikings signed DT Chigbo Anunoby, DE Leon Mackey and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke to reserve/future contracts.

Mackey spent 2014 with the Arizona Rattlers, an Arena Football team. Anunoby has been in the league for two years and spent time with the Colts and the Titans. Van Dyke was drafted in the third round by the Raiders in 2011.
Jan 5 - 5:35 PM

Vikings CB Jabari Price was arrested for DWI on Tuesday.

A seventh-round pick, Price appeared in 14 games for the Vikings. His offseason roster spot could be in jeopardy.
Jan 2 - 7:44 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he'd welcome back Adrian Peterson in 2015.

Zimmer said he would be in Peterson's corner if he "gets his life in order, (and) gets the opportunity to come back." Public support from the coach is a good start, but it's quite possible the Vikings' higher ups will simply want to move on from the whole drama, not to mention get out from underneath Peterson's $12.75 million 2015 salary. The odds are no better than 50-50 that Peterson is back with the Vikes next season.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:30:00 PM

Vikings signed QB Pat Devlin, WR Kain Colter, LB Justin Anderson, DT Isame Faciane, WR Donte Foster, C Zac Kerin, OG Jordan McCray, RB Dominique Williams and TE Ryan Otten to reserve/future contracts.

Devlin has been bouncing around the league for four years, but has never appeared in a regular-season game. He'll be extremely unlikely to do so in 2015.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:06:00 PM


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