Player News - Vikings

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The Vikings are expected to be open to the idea of re-signing impending free agent CB Terence Newman.

The 37-year-old will only require a one-year contract like he did last offseason. Despite his advanced age, Newman continues to play at a high level and has said he'll only play for coach Mike Zimmer after being with him in Dallas, Cincinnati, and now Minnesota. Newman started all 17 games this past season and was PFF's No. 34 corner. He's also open to playing safety.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 9:52 AM

Vikings RT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') expects to be ready for OTAs.

Loadholt tore his Achilles' in the preseason and missed all of 2015. He's missed the past season and a half with a torn Achilles' and torn pectoral. Loadholt said he began running last week. Entering the final year of his contract, the 30-year-old is a release candidate after the Vikings turned to rookie T.J. Clemmings at right tackle. Loadholt's cap number is $7.75 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 1 - 8:54 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling expects impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway back with Minnesota next season.

Greenway has already said he will play another season, and it would be shocking if he did not finish his career with the Vikings, who drafted him in the first round in 2006. Traditionally a three-down player, Greenway accepted a smaller role in 2015 and will likely need to accept a smaller salary to stick around in Minnesota. A one-year deal worth around $2.5 million could work for both sides.
Source: ESPN
Feb 1 - 10:35 AM

Free agent CB Josh Robinson is not expected back with the Vikings.

After coming off reserve/PUP in early November, Robinson played all of 12 defensive snaps in the Vikings' final nine games, including the playoffs. Although Robinson was a disappointment the last two seasons, he had a solid rookie year in 2012 and is 25 years old with 4.33 speed. He'll get another shot.
Jan 27 - 8:41 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said new TEs coach Pat Shurmur and new OL coach Tony Sparano will bring "different ideas" to the offense.

Zimmer was quick to say Shurmur and Sparano, who are both former head coaches and offensive coordinators, will have the same responsibilities as any other position coach, but he also implied the pair will challenge current OC Norv Turner. "The No. 1 thing is, they're all good coaches," Zimmer said. "No. 2 is, when you're a head coach, you're never afraid to speak your mind. The possibility of all of them sitting in there, and the personalities of guys like Tony and Pat, they're not afraid to speak their minds on ideas. I just think the more good coaches you can get, the better it is." The Vikings have finished 27th and 29th in total offense under Turner and had the second-fewest passing yards in the league last year. Much of that is down to Zimmer's conservative style, but the team still needs to create more explosive plays on offense moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Jan 27 - 4:59 PM

New Vikings assistant Pat Shurmur is officially the TEs coach.

Shurmur hasn't been a tight ends coach since 1999-2001 with the Eagles. He'll undoubtedly have involvement with Teddy Bridgewater, as well. Now on the wrong side of 50, Shurmur could have a hard time getting another shot to coordinate someone's offense.
Jan 25 - 2:36 PM

Vikings hired Pat Shurmur as an assistant coach.

It's unclear what his exact role will be but it's a solid hire for a Minnesota team that ranked 29th out of 32 teams in yards this past season. The Vikings also hired Tony Sparano as offensive line coach. Shurmur has seven years of experience as a quarterbacks coach and will likely be asked to play a role in Teddy Bridgewater's development. He was forced out of Philadelphia when the Eagles hired Frank Reich as their offensive coordinator.
Jan 24 - 9:29 AM

Vikings signed WR Terrell Sinkfield to a reserve/future contract.

Sinkfield was one of the top receivers in the CFL last year, posting a 69/1,030/6 line. He ran a 4.19 forty at his 2013 Pro Day. 25-year-old Sinkfield will compete for a roster spot at OTAs.
Jan 23 - 9:10 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Eagles OC Pat Shurmur will interview with the Vikings.

It's unclear which job Shurmur is interviewing for, as running backs coach is the Vikings' only vacancy. Shurmur could be drawing interest as a "passing game coordinator," the same position he's in the mix for in Los Angeles. Shurmur has also received calls from the Ravens and Panthers.
Jan 21 - 1:18 PM

Rams are interested in ex-Eagles OC Pat Shurmur as their passing game coordinator.

Coach Jeff Fisher is reportedly leaning towards keeping Rob Boras at offensive coordinator and bringing in a passing game coordinator to assist Boras. Shurmur served as the Rams coordinator for two years before becoming the Browns head coach in 2011. He was the Eagles coordinator the last three seasons.
Jan 21 - 12:13 PM

Eagles released OC Pat Shurmur from his contract.

It's just a formality as the Eagles have already hired Frank Reich as their new offensive coordinator. LBs coaches Bill McGovern and Rick Minter were also released from their contracts. Shurmur is now free to pursue other coaching jobs and should land on his feet quickly. The Rams have already asked to interview Shurmur for their opening at offensive coordinator.
Jan 20 - 6:31 PM

The Rams have asked the Eagles permission to interview Pat Shurmur for their opening at offensive coordinator.

It looks like Frank Reich is going to replace Shurmur as the Eagles' offensive coordinator. Shurmur was the Rams' offensive coordinator under Steve Spagnuolo from 2009-2010. The Rams still desperately need a quarterback.
Jan 19 - 6:36 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he'll consider Pat Shurmur for a spot on his coaching staff.

Shurmur served as the Eagles' interim head coach after the team fired Chip Kelly with one game remaining in the regular season. Most reports have suggested former Chargers OC Frank Reich will take over as the Eagles' offensive coordinator, but Pederson is open to keeping Shurmur on his staff. Regardless of who the Eagles end up hiring, Pederson said he'll call his own plays.
Jan 19 - 4:23 PM

The Star Tribune's Matt Vensel does not believe impending free agent WLB Chad Greenway will be back with the Vikings in 2016.

Greenway has already said he plans to play another season, and it would be shocking if it were anywhere other than Minnesota. Greenway has been with the Vikings since they made him the No. 17 overall pick of the 2006 draft, playing 140 games along the way. Even if he is not a starter, Greenway would offer veteran leadership in the locker room. The two sides should work something out.
Jan 18 - 11:14 AM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune predicts Mike Wallace won't be back with the Vikings next season.

It's a no-brainer. Wallace isn't worth his $11.45 million salary and it's unlikely he'd take a pay cut to stay with Minnesota. The Vikings are thin at wide receiver but Wallace isn't the solution. He hauled in just 39 catches for 473 yards and two touchdowns this season. Those were all career lows. The 29-year-old should fare better in a more pass-oriented offense but his days of being a top fantasy option are likely over.
Jan 17 - 10:07 AM


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