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Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings signed OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi.

Aiyegbusi, 27, stands a towering 6'9/351 and hails from Poland. The former basketball player has been playing organized football for just five years. Aiyegbusi's agent had never even heard of him until two weeks ago.
Mar 27 - 10:26 AM

Vikings signed LB Casey Matthews, formerly of the Eagles.

Clay's far less talented younger brother was forced to play 440 defensive snaps for the Eagles last season after DeMeco Ryans went down with a blown Achilles'. Matthews will compete for a job on a light Vikings linebacker depth chart.
Mar 27 - 10:21 AM

Vikings signed CB Terence Newman, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Coming off a solid three-year stint with the Bengals, Newman is reuniting with coach Mike Zimmer, whom he played for in both Dallas and Cincy. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Newman has remained durable and effective, but his play did slip a little in 2014. He also missed three games with a knee issue, and briefly considered retirement. He'll likely enter the season as an outside starter opposite Xavier Rhodes, but might be best limited to the 400-500 snap range. The Vikings remain likely to address cornerback in the draft.
Mar 26 - 7:23 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says the team is close to signing CB Terence Newman.

Newman and Zimmer have enjoyed stints together in Dallas and Cincinnati and now a third reunion in Minnesota seems almost inevitable. Newman met with the Patriots earlier in free agency but they went with Robert McClain and Bradley Fletcher instead. Newman would be a candidate to line up outside opposite Xavier Rhodes with Captain Munnerlyn focusing on slot duties.
Mar 25 - 12:31 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings "have no plans" to trade Adrian Peterson.

"We fully expect him to be here," Zimmer continued. "It's no different." It's the same tune the Vikings decision makers have been singing all offseason. The reality for Peterson is that the Vikings hold all of the cards. None of his salary is due until Week 1 and they have the cap room to carry him.
Mar 25 - 10:22 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Adrian Peterson's player rep met with the Vikings on Monday, but that there was "no resolution."

The sides are mired in stalemate. Peterson is desperate to get out, while the Vikes at least want to maintain the appearance they want him back. Perhaps it's to up their leverage in potential trade talks, though the rhetoric has been so fierce that it appears Minny genuinely wants to keep its franchise runner. The conventional wisdom is that Peterson has no leverage, but players of his ilk have a good chance at getting their way if they really dig in.
Mar 24 - 7:50 PM

Vikings agreed to terms with S Taylor Mays, formerly of the Bengals, on a one-year contract.

Mays played just 61 snaps on defense for the Bengals last season, but will be reuniting with ex-Cincy DC Mike Zimmer. Mays played over 200 snaps for Zimmer in both 2012 and 2013. He'll be a sub-package option and special teamer in Minnesota.
Mar 24 - 5:11 PM

Free agent LB Casey Matthews visited the Vikings on Tuesday.

Now 26, Matthews remained ineffective last season. With the Eagles finally moving on, Matthews will be a deep reserve wherever he ends up.
Mar 24 - 4:41 PM

The Vikings don't owe Adrian Peterson any of his $12.75M 2015 base salary until the start of the regular season.

It's an important nugget as the two sides dig their heels in. Peterson has made it very clear he wants out of Minnesota after they turned their back on him last season. And the Vikings have made it very clear they badly want him to suit up in purple this season as they think they have a contending team. So now we're in a stare-down that could drag out for a while with no deadlines in place.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 24 - 9:04 AM

Adrian Peterson's agent told USA Today that "we want out of Minnesota."

Peterson's agent is doing the dirty work here, as he came out on Wednesday and said he "doesn't think it's in the best interests of Peterson to play for the Vikings." The ball is in GM Rick Spielman's court, as he holds all the cards. The Vikings are in fine shape with the salary cap and can carry Peterson's $15 million-plus cap hit if they have to. And with Minnesota poised to take another step forward in Teddy Bridgewater's sophomore season, they may choose to hold onto A.D. More likely, the two sides go their separate ways. Arizona is a potential landing spot.
Source: USA Today
Mar 23 - 10:04 PM

Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said he doesn't "think it's in the best interests of Adrian Peterson to play for the Vikings."

The two sides appear to be on complete opposite sides of the spectrum. The Vikings have stated countless times how much they want Peterson back with the team in 2015, while Peterson's camp has erred on the side of caution, refusing to believe what's coming out of the Vikings' higher-ups mouths. Peterson reportedly felt betrayed by the Vikings last season during his child-abuse incident. This thing looks like it's headed for an inevitable divorce in the near future.
Mar 23 - 6:36 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wants Teddy Bridgewater to put on weight this offseason.

"He needs to add a little more strength," said Zimmer. "He's about 210 pounds, we're trying to get him around 218." Putting on 10-15 pounds would give Bridgewater a similar physique to Robert Griffin III (6'2"/222) and Aaron Rodgers (6'2"/225). Adding muscle could improve Bridgewater's deep ball while helping him shed more tacklers. The 22-year-old is hoping to build off a respectable rookie season that included 14 touchdown passes and 209 yards rushing.
Mar 23 - 12:15 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Mike Wallace was "a guy you always had to pay special attention to" when asked about previous Bengals vs. Steelers matchups.

Zimmer faced Wallace two times per year while he was coordinating Cincy's defense and Wallace was part of Pittsburgh's "Young Money" wideout crew. So it speaks volumes that Zimmer's Vikings aggressively traded for Wallace. "If they're not using two guys on him, then you have a chance to create some big, big plays in the passing game," Zimmer said. "He does a good job of running after the catch, does a good job on reverses, some of the screens he does, and getting in and out of breaks." A nice fit as the "Z" in OC Norv Turner's vertical passing game, Wallace will have some blowup games going long for Teddy Bridgewater.
Mar 23 - 12:11 PM

Free agent S Taylor Mays left his visit with the Vikings without a contract.

Mays has interest from teams as a sub-package safety/linebacker, but could have to settle for a minimum deal coming off shoulder surgery. The Bengals and Washington have also been linked to Mays.
Mar 21 - 2:39 PM

Yahoo!'s Charles Robinson reports Adrian Peterson's agent refused a dinner meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman at the NFL owners' meetings.

This is turning into a messy divorce. Peterson's camp has been at odds with Minnesota's front office since the Combine and it doesn't look like the two sides will ever see eye-to-eye again. The Vikings seem to be in denial about Peterson's future with the team. A trade to the Cardinals seems more likely by the day.
Mar 20 - 1:20 PM


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