Player News - Vikings

Date: Team: Pos:

Teddy Bridgewater faced pressure on nearly 47 percent of his 2015 dropbacks.

He absorbed 44 sacks, sixth most in the NFL. The Vikings know their offensive line was a huge weakness, firing OL coach Jeff Davidson immediately after the season. The Vikings now have decisions to make on an ineffective and/or injury-riddled tackle crew of Matt Kalil, T.J. Clemmings, and Phil Loadholt. RG Mike Harris is a free agent and LG Brandon Fusco is coming off a down year.
Feb 12 - 4:56 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel expects the Vikings to release at least one of LT Matt Kalil or RT Phil Loadholt.

Kalil was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft and is set to count $11.096 million against the cap after the Vikings exercised his fifth-year option last offseason. Minnesota can clear the entire $11.096 million off the salary cap by releasing Kalil. He's started all 64 games since entering the NFL, but Kalil has been horrific in pass protection. He may eventually have to play the right side. Kalil received above-average run-blocking marks from PFF.
Feb 12 - 9:50 AM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith is expected to sign an extension this offseason.

Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the Vikings exercised his fifth-year option last offseason. He's set to earn a $5.278 million salary, but the Vikings can lower his cap number by working out a long-term pact. Smith missed two games and parts of a couple others late in the season with a hamstring issue, but still graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall safety. He received strong marks in coverage and against the run.
Feb 10 - 9:36 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel doesn't expect Mike Wallace back with the Vikings in 2016.

At least not at his current $11.5 million cap number. The Vikings can release Wallace with zero dead-money hit on the salary cap, which makes this a complete no-brainer. Wallace posted a 39-473-2 line in his first season in Minnesota. The Vikings will move on with Stefon Diggs and Jarius Wright at the X and slot spots while looking for a big-bodied Z receiver on the outside.
Feb 10 - 9:31 AM

The Vikings official website believes DE Danielle Hunter could earn a starting job next season.

A third-round pick last season, Hunter recorded six sacks in a rotational role behind Brian Robison and Everson Griffen. Hunter is clearly the future at the position, and he could be elevated to a starting role if the Vikings decide to move on from Robison, who is set to count $5.05 million against the cap in his age-33 season. Hunter should have a bigger role even if Robison sticks around. With young playmakers all over the field, the Vikings defense looks set to dominate for the foreseeable future.
Source: vikings.com
Feb 8 - 11:42 AM

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


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