Player News - Vikings

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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

Charles Johnson caught his lone target for 11 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Johnson played over 400 offensive snaps this season, but he was a distant afterthought as the deep threat in an offense that couldn't throw deep because of its offensive line problems. Johnson finishes the year with 20 catches for 232 scoreless yards on 37 targets. Johnson is scheduled to be a restricted free agent. There's a good chance the Vikings don't even tender him a contract.
Jan 1 - 6:07 PM

Jarius Wright caught 5-of-7 targets for 24 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Coming into Week 17, Wright had played just 75 offensive snaps on the year. He was in for 42 of the plays Sunday with Stefon Diggs (hip) out and Adam Thielen battling a neck issue. Wright signed a five-year, $15 million contract in September of 2015 but fell out of the picture this season. He was routinely a healthy scratch. Wright is a candidate to switch teams this offseason.
Jan 1 - 5:51 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught 1-of-2 targets for 39 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Patterson's snaps fluctuated over the course of the year. At one point, he rose as high as the No. 2 receiver behind Stefon Diggs, but Adam Thielen quickly emerged to pass Patterson, while Charles Johnson also remained involved out wide. Patterson's 52 catches set a new season-high for him, and he turned them into 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also rushed for 43 yards and remained one of the league's best kick returners. Patterson is headed for free agency, but the Vikings may look to bring him back for his special teams prowess. Patterson is unlikely to ever emerge as a fantasy asset on offense.
Jan 1 - 5:31 PM


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