Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Vikings GM Rick Spielman is open to re-signing free agent LT Matt Kalil.

It falls in line with previous reports Minnesota wants Kalil back. The Vikings reportedly "felt good" about Kalil before losing him to a hip injury last season. Kalil's health and declining play could force him to settle for prove-it offers.
Feb 24 - 5:46 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman wouldn't commit to DT Sharrif Floyd returning in 2017.

Floyd missed all but one game last year to a clean-up knee procedure. He's the Vikings' best interior lineman behind Linval Joseph, but health concerns have his status up in the air. Minnesota has until March 9 to pick up Floyd's $6M option.
Feb 24 - 5:25 PM

The Vikings will meet with Adrian Peterson's agent next week to discuss his future with the team.

The Vikings will also sit down with Terence Newman's agent. Newman is contemplating retirement, while Peterson wants to play but isn't in the Vikings' budget. Peterson could be facing a relatively quiet market if the two sides part ways, which seems likely. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last week that many GMs have balked at the idea of paying Peterson $5 million annually. Peterson has beaten long odds before, but that's not something teams can bank on.
Feb 24 - 4:25 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman was noncommittal when speaking about Adrian Peterson on Thursday.

Spielman said the team is still mulling its options, but that Peterson will "always be a Viking." Spielman's words confirm there's a strong chance the Vikings move on from one of the best players in franchise history. Both sides seem ready for a divorce.
Feb 23 - 1:43 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman declined comment on contract-year QB Sam Bradford's situation.

Spielman did say he would make the trade for Bradford again in a "millisecond." With Teddy Bridgewater's career in doubt, Bradford will be under center in Week 1, but there's not much reason for Minnesota to rush into an extension that would give Bradford guaranteed money in 2018. Due $17 million between salary and bonuses, Bradford turns 30 in November.
Feb 23 - 1:39 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman said "everybody's hoping" Teddy Bridgewater (knee) can resume his career.

Spielman passed up an opportunity to guarantee his 24-year-old quarterback will ever play again. Bridgewater has yet to resume football activities, and is without a timeline for doing so. Headed into the final year of his contract, Sam Bradford will be under center in Week 1.
Feb 23 - 1:33 PM

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


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