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Coach Mike Zimmer said he's excited to get Teddy Bridgewater into the Vikings' new indoor stadium in 2016.

Although Bridgewater performed well in his five cold-weather situations as a rookie, he has relatively small 9 1/4-inch hands. Playing more games under perfect conditions is a boost to all quarterbacks, not just Bridgewater. Note that QBs playing indoors since 2007 have a 64.1 completion percentage, 7.37 YPA and 60.0 QBR. QBs outdoors since 2007 have a 61.6 completion percentage, 7.18 YPA and 56.6 QBR. There's also a strong negative correlation between passing stats and declining temperatures.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 11:04 AM

ESPN Dallas confirms the Cowboys aren't expected to trade for Adrian Peterson.

The Cowboys would need to make major cutbacks to afford Peterson, who has a $12.75 million salary. Dallas currently has just $2.25M in cap space. The Cowboys also don't want to give up a premium pick to acquire Peterson. ESPN's Todd Archer expects Dallas to draft a running back in the top three rounds.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 28 - 2:28 PM

The Vikings plan to limit CB Captain Munnerlyn to nickel packages.

Munnerlyn is expected to move to the slot coming off a down 2014. He allowed five touchdowns and graded out negatively in coverage by PFF last year. Terence Newman is the favorite to start opposite RCB Xavier Rhodes, with Munnerlyn and Josh Robinson playing in sub-packages. The Vikings also haven't ruled out adding another cornerback in the draft.
Mar 28 - 1:31 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway agreed to cut his 2015 base salary from $7 million to $3.4 million.

The move created $3.225 million in cap room for the Vikings. Coming off a terrible 2014, Greenway was likely faced with either taking a pay cut or getting his walking papers. Greenway will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Mar 28 - 9:15 AM

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

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