Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Impending free agent Cordarrelle Patterson said he felt wanted by the Vikings this season.

Patterson said he "didn't feel wanted" by Minnesota during Mike Zimmer's first two years in charge and was focused on "trying to get out." Patterson had a change of heart this season, likely in no small part because he actually had a role on offense, and now wants to stay. Price will likely determine if the Vikings feel the same way, but they should be interested in keeping around a guy who has led the league in kick return average three of the last four seasons.
Jan 21 - 11:01 AM

Adrian Peterson said he is interested in playing for the Texans, Bucs, and Giants.

Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, but there seems to be little hope he remains with the team next season. Owed $18 million in salary and bonuses including a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11, there is also little chance any team trades for the aging star. That means Peterson should have his pick of the litter once he is released, but none of these teams are viable options right now. The Texans just spent a lot of money on Lamar Miller, and Peterson is not a good fit in the Giants' shotgun-heavy attack. The Bucs could be an option if they decide to move on from Doug Martin, but Peterson is not a better player than Martin at this point in his career and might end up costing more. Along with Tony Romo, Peterson's search for a new team will be one of the biggest storylines this offseason.
Jan 19 - 12:09 PM

Free agent WLB Chad Greenway said he will not play for any team other than the Vikings.

Greenway played this season under the impression it would be his last, but he has yet to make a final decision. Greenway said he will meet with GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer this week, and that meeting could push him toward retirement if it is clear the Vikings do not want him back. The former first-round pick has likely played his final snap in the NFL.
Jan 19 - 10:08 AM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling expects RG Brandon Fusco to be a candidate for release or a pay cut this offseason.

Fusco signed a five-year, $25 million extension just ahead of the 2014 season and has three years left on his deal. But there's no guaranteed money left on the contract, and Fusco was a major part of the problem on the Vikings' league-worst offensive line. He made 14 starts this season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 62 guard out of 77 qualifiers, getting annihilated in pass pro.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:43 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he isn't sure when Teddy Bridgewater will return from his knee injury.

"I don't know when Teddy will be back," he said bluntly. Bridgewater suffered a gruesome injury last summer, tearing his ACL and dislocating his knee. The Vikings have indicated that Sam Bradford will remain the starter even if Bridgewater is healthy for the start of next season. Despite his injury, the Vikings are expected to exercise Bridgewater's fifth-year option for 2018.
Jan 15 - 11:00 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Andrew Krammer believes Jarius Wright "could be on the move" this offseason.

That would be a safe assumption after Wright played just over 11 percent of the offensive snaps and was routinely a healthy scratch. Wright signed a five-year deal two Septembers ago but quickly fell out of favor. The Vikings can save $2.6 million making him a post-June 1 cut.
Jan 11 - 9:47 AM

ESPN's Ben Goessling said it "seems likely" the Vikings will exercise Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option.

Minnesota has until May to make their decision. Bridgewater is rehabbing a severe knee injury which involved a torn ACL, a dislocated knee, and other structural damage. It is unlikely he is ready for Week 1, it is possible he is never the same player, and the Vikings have already tabbed Sam Bradford as their starter for next season. Still, the option is guaranteed for new injury only, so there is not much risk to locking up Bridgewater for an extra year to see how the knee progresses.
Source: ESPN
Jan 10 - 9:28 AM

Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports the Vikings have fired QBs coach Scott Turner.

Turner had been with the Vikings since 2014. The Vikings generated the second-fewest passing yards in the league a year ago but actually improved to 18th this season while the running game dried up in Adrian Peterson's absence. Turner's firing was probably inevitable after the Vikings replaced his father Norv (who resigned prior to Week 9) with Pat Shurmur at offensive coordinator. Head coach Mike Zimmer has hinted that Sam Bradford will open next year as the starting quarterback, even if Teddy Bridgewater (torn ACL) is healthy.
Jan 9 - 8:41 PM

Vikings will retain Pat Shurmur as their permanent offensive coordinator.

Shurmur took over after Norv Turner surprisingly resigned in early November. Sam Bradford completed 74.5 percent of his throws after Shurmur took over and posted a 12-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in nine starts. The offense was far from prolific during that run, however, and Shurmur was never able to fix the running game. The lack of talent on the offensive line deserves most of the blame for both of those issues, and it is something the Vikings have to address this offseason if Shurmur is going to have any more success next season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 7 - 9:18 PM

When asked about DT Sharrif Floyd's 2017 status, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, "We'll see."

"Sharrif is under contract and I know [GM Rick Spielman] is in charge with all that," Zimmer said. "So, we'll see where it goes." Floyd played 25 snaps in Week 1 but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a "clean-up" procedure on his knee. The former No. 23 overall pick has missed 20 games through four seasons. His $6.757 million salary isn't guaranteed until March.
Jan 4 - 9:52 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Sam Bradford has "earned the right to be the starting quarterback."

Bradford was always likely to be the Week 1 starter in 2017 with Teddy Bridgewater attempting to come back from a devastating knee injury, but there have been rumblings Bradford will keep the job even if Bridgewater is healthy. This comment seems to confirm those rumors. Bradford set an NFL record with a 71.6 percent completion rate this season behind a comically bad offensive line. With Bradford set to count $18 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, the Vikings will likely look to work out an extension this offseason.
Jan 3 - 12:42 PM

Vikings signed RB Bishop Sankey to a reserve/future contract.

Added to the practice squad in late November, Sankey will get a shot to show what he has during a full offseason with the Vikings, but it is unlikely he cracks the final roster. The 2014 second-rounder does not seem long for the league.
Source: vikings.com
Jan 2 - 1:52 PM

Vikings signed Moritz Bohringer, Bishop Sankey, DT Sterling Bailey, TE Kyle Carter, WR Cayleb Jones, OT Marquis Lucas, CB Tre Roberson, S Cedric Thompson, and OT Austin Shepherd to reserve/future contracts.

Bohringer and Sankey are the big names here, but MoBo might actually be a better Dynasty asset than the 2014 second-rounder, although both are dart-throws at best. A size/speed freak, Bohringer has a long way to go to become an NFL receiver.
Source: vikings.com
Jan 2 - 1:47 PM

Adrian Peterson did not say if he would take a pay cut to stay with the Vikings.

Peterson is owed $17.75 million in salary and bonuses next season, which is too much to pay any running back much less a 32-year-old (in March) coming off a knee injury. Peterson did say he wants to stay in Minnesota but added it is a business. Peterson has likely played his final snap with the Vikings.
Source: ESPN
Jan 2 - 12:42 PM

Adam Thielen caught his lone target for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Thielen's season ended on a big "WELP!" With no Stefon Diggs (hip), Thielen played 60-of-63 snaps, but was an afterthought in the finale after a monster Week 16. Overall, the big picture for Thielen was pretty nice in 2016. The fourth-year UDFA finished with a 69-967-5 line, averaging a robust 14.0 YPR in one of the least-explosive offenses. Thielen really came on late in the year, posting a 4-101 line in Week 14 and a massive 12-202-2 in Week 16. He has good size at 6'2/200, and as his YPR would reflect, he also has some big-play ability. Thielen will be extended an offer as a restricted free agent and is the favorite to open 2017 as the No. 2 receiver. 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell should push him for the gig, but Treadwell showed nothing as a rookie.
Jan 1 - 6:11 PM


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