Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said this offseason will be "very critical" for Laquon Treadwell.

The No. 23 overall pick last year, Treadwell managed just one catch as a rookie and was stuck behind an ineffective Charles Johnson on the depth chart all season. In the rookie's defense, he did deal with several injuries, but it was still a disappointing showing. With both Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson headed to free agency, Treadwell should have a shot at more playing time moving forward, but he will need to earn it during the offseason program.
Feb 21 - 11:51 AM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur expects Sam Bradford to be better coming off a full offseason with the organization.

The Vikings dealt with a mountain of change on offense last season including Bradford joining the team shortly before Week 1 and Shurmur taking over for Norv Turner in the middle of the year. Both will benefit from a full offseason together, and Bradford should spend plenty of time developing chemistry with his still relatively new receivers. None of that will matter, however, unless the Vikings fix the offensive line.
Source: ESPN
Feb 21 - 9:39 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner believes bringing back free agent RT Andre Smith could be an option for the Bengals.

Smith signed a one-year pact with the Vikings last offseason only to tear his triceps in Week 4 and miss the rest of the season. He wasn't playing well before going down and turned 30 last month. Smith played for the Bengals from 2009-2015 and could take back over at right tackle if Cincinnati lets RG Kevin Zeitler walk as a free agent. OT Jake Fisher would then kick inside to guard.
Feb 20 - 11:24 AM

The Panthers could be a fit for free agent LT Matt Kalil.

Signing with Carolina would provide insurance for Michael Oher and allow Kalil to team up with his brother, but it's only dot connecting at this point. The Vikings also have interest in bringing Kalil back.
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 7:25 PM

Impending free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn said he wants "to win" with his next team.

Munnerlyn did say he thinks he can win with the Vikings, but early indications have been they will not bring him back. Only 29 (in April), Munnerlyn should be a solid option for several more years to come. A return to Carolina, where he spent the first five years of his career, could make some sense.
Feb 18 - 11:20 AM

ESPN’s Ben Goessling expects the Vikings to "make a strong effort" to re-sign free agent Cordarrelle Patterson.

The Vikings want to keep Patterson, but only at a "reasonable price." That could be difficult with multiple teams likely to have interest. Patterson set career highs under OC Pat Shurmur last year and is a candidate to see more time at running back with Adrian Peterson's future up in the air. Re-signing with the Vikings would give Patterson his best chance at an offensive role.
Source: ESPN
Feb 17 - 5:35 PM

Free agent WLB Chad Greenway expects to make an announcement on his playing future soon.

Greenway has been considering retirement since the end of the season. It sounds like he’ll have a decision before the start of free agency. 34-year-old Greenway is only willing to play for the Vikings if he returns.
Source: KSTP.com
Feb 17 - 5:26 PM

Vikings hired Darrell Hazell as WRs coach.

He'll replace George Stewart, who left to become the Chargers' special teams coordinator. Hazell has a wealth of college experience, but this will be his first NFL gig. The 52-year-old spent the last four years as Purdue's head coach. He also served as a WRs coach at Ohio State for seven seasons under Jim Tressel.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 17 - 4:14 PM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several GMs have balked at the idea of paying Adrian Peterson $5 million on a one-year contract.

It looks like Peterson is nearing the end of his tenure with Minnesota, but that doesn't mean he'll be greeted with open arms once he becomes a free agent. Per La Canfora, teams have "real concerns" about Peterson's durability and question whether he'd be willing to take on a backup role. When asked about Peterson's free agent prospects, one GM told La Canfora, "it only takes one team to do something stupid." Despite his Hall of Fame credentials, it seems like most GMs view the current version of Peterson as an injury-prone liability.
Feb 17 - 3:29 PM

Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune named Cordarrelle Patterson as a player the Saints could pursue in free agency.

To be clear, Katzenstein isn't reporting that New Orleans is interested. He's simply connecting the dots. The Saints' special teams were lacking last season and Patterson is easily the top return man on the market. Patterson also earned an increased passing-game role in Minnesota last year. Creative Saints coach Sean Payton could certainly put Patterson's gadget-touch skills to use on offense.
Feb 17 - 1:32 PM

Impending free agent FB Zach Line underwent hip cleanup surgery after the season.

It sounds like a minor scope. Line is still on crutches but should be ready for a mostly-normal offseason. Line was in on 211 snaps as a lead blocker last season. He has five touchdowns over the past three years.
Feb 17 - 10:26 AM

Restricted free agent Adam Thielen's representation is pushing for a long-term deal.

The Vikings should be able to retain Thielen on a second- or, to be safe, first-round tender, but agent Blake Baratz is looking for a long-term commitment. "They have the ability to do right by him, and he's far exceeded anyone's expectations," Baratz said. "We want to do something that makes sense for the team and makes sense for Adam. Otherwise, someone's going to be unhappy." A former undrafted free agent, Thielen should be looking to cash in coming off a breakout season, but the Vikings might want to see him do it again on a one-year tender, especially with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell waiting in the wings.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 12:26 PM

Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday about the "interesting moves" the Giants have made this offseason.

His interest was likely piqued by the release of Rashad Jennings on Monday. Peterson has said he would be interested in playing for the Giants if he leaves Minnesota, but he also recently said he would like to retire as a Viking. That is not going to happen unless he takes a big pay cut. He also does not appear to be a great fit with the Giants, who operated from the shotgun on over 70 percent of their snaps in 2016. Peterson likely will not be playing for the Vikings come September, but it would be somewhat surprising if he landed in New York.
Feb 16 - 8:53 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Vikings haven't closed the door on re-signing LT Matt Kalil.

Kalil missed almost all of 2016 to hip surgery. He's been in decline the last three seasons but the Vikings need all the help they can get at tackle. Returning on a one-year, prove-it deal could make sense for both sides.
Feb 15 - 4:24 PM

The Vikings are expected to begin long-term contract discussions with RCB Xavier Rhodes this offseason.

Rhodes is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, which is set to pay him a little over $8 million in 2017. Turning 27 this summer, Rhodes is coming off yet another productive season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 33 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers. He was No. 1 among all cornerbacks in run defense and allowed the NFL's lowest passer rating in his coverage (47.0). Rhodes will command top dollar as a size-speed boundary corner.
Feb 15 - 10:48 AM


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