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Updating a previous item, Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) contract would toll to 2018 if he spends all of this season on reserve/PUP.

With this information, it makes all the sense in the world for the Vikings to stash Bridgewater on PUP, let him rehab, and then revisit the situation in 2018 when Sam Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent. A lot will happen between now and then, but it sounds like Bridgewater won't hit free agency next March.
Apr 26 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are expected to decline Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year team option for 2018.

As expected. Bridgewater mangled his knee last summer, forcing the Vikings to swing a deal for Sam Bradford, and Bridgewater still isn't healthy and remains without a timetable for return. Bradford is expected to get an extension at some point, which should allow Bridgewater to hit the open market in 2018. (They're not going to pay both.) He shouldn't be rushing to get back to the field in Minnesota unless Bradford gets hurt. Bridgewater is still just 24 and could be an interesting free-agent case next year.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 10:48 AM

Teddy Bridgewater (knee) remains without a timetable for a return.

GM Rick Spielman did say that Bridgewater had a "great" first week of offseason practice. Bridgewater is eight months removed from blowing up his knee in a training camp practice. Every indication is that Sam Bradford will remain the Vikings' starter for 2017.
Apr 25 - 2:59 PM

Stefon Diggs blames his 2016 durability woes on himself.

Slowed by groin, knee and hip issues, Diggs missed three games, and was limited for others. Diggs said he's "taking steps" to avoid a repeat in 2017. Reading between the lines, Diggs clearly believes he wasn't in good enough shape. Proper conditioning is a lesson young NFLers often learn the hard way. The playmaker will begin 2017 in the WR2/3 mix.
Apr 25 - 2:12 PM

Contract-year QB Sam Bradford has yet to have extension talks with the Vikings.

Bradford is due $17 million between salary and bonuses in what will be his age-30 season. Bradford stayed healthy last year, setting some fraudulent records in the process, but didn't elevate his offense. He's not the long-term answer in Minnesota anymore than he was in Philadelphia or St. Louis.
Apr 25 - 2:05 PM

Latavius Murray (ankle surgery) still expects to be ready for training camp.

Murray was also adamant he was upfront with the Vikings about his need for surgery. There's been no indication otherwise. Murray remains in a walking boot one month after going under the knife. Replacing Adrian Peterson on early downs, Murray can also catch a pass in a pinch. Running behind a woeful offensive line, Murray will be a touchdown-dependent RB2 in Minnesota.
Apr 25 - 1:05 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer underwent another surgery on his right eye Monday.

It is the fifth procedure on the eye in the last six months, and he will be headed for a sixth at some point this summer. While the surgery will force him to miss some of the voluntary portions of the offseason program, he should be good to go when things really pick up in about a month.
Apr 18 - 9:19 AM

Vikings LE Brian Robison expects to retire after his current contract expires in 2018.

Robison recently had another year added to his deal. "I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it will be it," Robison said. "We’ll see how I feel when I get there...but I would say that more than likely, that will probably be the time that I’m going to have to lay things to the side and get ready for life after football." Robison turns 34 later this month, but he remains an effective pass rusher, notching 7.5 sacks last season. With Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen also on the roster, the Vikings have as much talent as anyone on the edge.
Apr 15 - 11:07 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Laquon Treadwell was "pressing" as a rookie.

"I think Laquon has a better understanding of things," said Zimmer. "I don’t think he understands quite some of the subtleties. He had a lot of injuries. I think he just has to come in and be an athlete." Treadwell was a disappointment last year, but the Vikings aren't giving up on him. The loss of Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson should give Treadwell a bigger 2017 role.
Apr 8 - 7:16 PM

Vikings signed P Ryan Quigley.

Quigley and "Taylor Symmank" are the two punters on Minnesota's offseason roster. The Vikings may consider using a late-round draft pick on a punter.
Apr 3 - 5:20 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith (ankle) is expected to be full-go for training camp.

Smith had ankle surgery after the season, but it was a minor clean-up. He should get in some limited OTA work. The Vikings need Smith to stay healthy after missing time the last two years.
Apr 1 - 6:12 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-year CB Mackensie Alexander needs to "understand his assignments better."

"He's kind of a guy that has a ton of talent. Just needs to be more consistent with everything. Practice habits. Things like that," said Zimmer. Alexander is in the mix to replace Captain Munnerlyn in the slot, but is still getting acclimated to Minnesota's scheme. The Vikings also have LCB Terence Newman and Marcus Sherels as fallback options.
Apr 1 - 2:30 PM

Vikings signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The former Houston Cougar made nine starts last year before falling behind Jared Goff on the Rams' quarterback depth chart. He'll compete with Taylor Heinicke for No. 3 duties behind Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, who is still recovering from last year's catastrophic knee injury.
Mar 31 - 4:40 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd's career is in jeopardy due to complications from his 2016 knee operation.

Per Pelissero, the nerve that controls Floyd's quad was "disrupted" during the September procedure to repair his meniscus. The quad "still isn't firing." Floyd's agent declined comment on Pelissero's report, but offered the following statement: "Sharrif is rehabbing, has seen some of the best doctors in the country, will continue to rehab and hopefully, this will heal sooner than later." The issue limited Floyd to one game last season as a 5-6 week timeline got longer and longer. The 2013 first-rounder turns 26 in May.
Source: USA Today
Mar 30 - 4:16 PM

Vikings signed TE Nick Truesdell, WR Mitch Mathews and CB Terrell Sinkfield.

Sinkfield is a converted receiver who spent the 2016 offseason in Minnesota. A right proper 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Truesdell is an athletic flier out of the Arena League. He has theoretical upside, but mostly theoretical since he's already 27. All three players will likely be early cuts off the 90-man roster.
Mar 30 - 1:38 PM


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