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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer underwent another surgery on his right eye Monday.

It is the fifth procedure on the eye in the last six months, and he will be headed for a sixth at some point this summer. While the surgery will force him to miss some of the voluntary portions of the offseason program, he should be good to go when things really pick up in about a month.
Apr 18 - 9:19 AM

Vikings LE Brian Robison expects to retire after his current contract expires in 2018.

Robison recently had another year added to his deal. "I really do believe that probably at the end of those two years, it will be it," Robison said. "We’ll see how I feel when I get there...but I would say that more than likely, that will probably be the time that I’m going to have to lay things to the side and get ready for life after football." Robison turns 34 later this month, but he remains an effective pass rusher, notching 7.5 sacks last season. With Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen also on the roster, the Vikings have as much talent as anyone on the edge.
Apr 15 - 11:07 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Laquon Treadwell was "pressing" as a rookie.

"I think Laquon has a better understanding of things," said Zimmer. "I don’t think he understands quite some of the subtleties. He had a lot of injuries. I think he just has to come in and be an athlete." Treadwell was a disappointment last year, but the Vikings aren't giving up on him. The loss of Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson should give Treadwell a bigger 2017 role.
Apr 8 - 7:16 PM

Vikings signed P Ryan Quigley.

Quigley and "Taylor Symmank" are the two punters on Minnesota's offseason roster. The Vikings may consider using a late-round draft pick on a punter.
Apr 3 - 5:20 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith (ankle) is expected to be full-go for training camp.

Smith had ankle surgery after the season, but it was a minor clean-up. He should get in some limited OTA work. The Vikings need Smith to stay healthy after missing time the last two years.
Apr 1 - 6:12 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said second-year CB Mackensie Alexander needs to "understand his assignments better."

"He's kind of a guy that has a ton of talent. Just needs to be more consistent with everything. Practice habits. Things like that," said Zimmer. Alexander is in the mix to replace Captain Munnerlyn in the slot, but is still getting acclimated to Minnesota's scheme. The Vikings also have LCB Terence Newman and Marcus Sherels as fallback options.
Apr 1 - 2:30 PM

Vikings signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The former Houston Cougar made nine starts last year before falling behind Jared Goff on the Rams' quarterback depth chart. He'll compete with Taylor Heinicke for No. 3 duties behind Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater, who is still recovering from last year's catastrophic knee injury.
Mar 31 - 4:40 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd's career is in jeopardy due to complications from his 2016 knee operation.

Per Pelissero, the nerve that controls Floyd's quad was "disrupted" during the September procedure to repair his meniscus. The quad "still isn't firing." Floyd's agent declined comment on Pelissero's report, but offered the following statement: "Sharrif is rehabbing, has seen some of the best doctors in the country, will continue to rehab and hopefully, this will heal sooner than later." The issue limited Floyd to one game last season as a 5-6 week timeline got longer and longer. The 2013 first-rounder turns 26 in May.
Source: USA Today
Mar 30 - 4:16 PM

Vikings signed TE Nick Truesdell, WR Mitch Mathews and CB Terrell Sinkfield.

Sinkfield is a converted receiver who spent the 2016 offseason in Minnesota. A right proper 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Truesdell is an athletic flier out of the Arena League. He has theoretical upside, but mostly theoretical since he's already 27. All three players will likely be early cuts off the 90-man roster.
Mar 30 - 1:38 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

Smith suffered a Grade 3 high-ankle sprain in Week 13, which is the most severe sprain one can suffer. He missed the next two games before returning for the final two. Expect Smith to be ready well ahead of training camp.
Mar 29 - 12:40 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said there is still no timeline for Teddy Bridgewater (knee).

Bridgewater has started running in the pool, but he is still limited to non-weight bearing exercises. The quarterback tore his ACL, dislocated his knee, and suffered "other structural damage" last August. It will be a surprise if he is ready for Week 1, and it is not a given he will be able to get back on the field at all.
Mar 27 - 7:47 PM

Vikings signed LE Brian Robison to a one-year extension through 2018.

He's now signed for $7.5 million over the next two years, including $5.15 million guaranteed. In return, Robison lowers his cap number for 2017 in exchange for an added year. The soon-to-be 34-year-old (in April) is entering his 11th year in Minnesota. He's missed just two games in his career and had a three-year-best 7.5 sacks in 2016. The Vikings have quite a bit of edge talent.
Mar 24 - 9:32 AM

Adam Thielen's new deal with the Vikings is a four-year, $19.246-million pact through 2020.

The deal was originally reported as a three-year deal because Thielen had not signed his RFA tender, but it apparently was a three-year extension. Thielen will earn $6.746 million in 2017, and the value of the contract can reach $9 million per year via incentives. Even with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell on the roster, Thielen should be locked into the No. 2 job.
Mar 23 - 11:01 AM

Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

Murray dealt with ankle issues in the second half of last season, but didn't miss any time. The Vikings were aware he needed surgery before signing him to a three-year deal. It sounds like this is a minor clean-up to remove bone chips. Murray will likely miss all of OTAs, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Source: vikings.com
Mar 22 - 6:44 PM

Vikings signed RB Latavius Murray, formerly of the Raiders, to a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal can void after one season. This signals the end of the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota. Murray is a big back at 6'3/230 with very little wiggle. He's a straight-line runner who runs high and takes a lot of hits. Murray improved his pass-catching chops last season and finished fifth in the league with 12 rushing scores. Unfortunately, he'll go from running behind the AFC's best offensive line to one of the NFL's worst. Murray should be given every opportunity to handle lead-back work, but Jerick McKinnon is still in the picture. Consider Murray a volume-dependent RB2 and a potential overvalued reach in fantasy drafts.
Mar 16 - 8:45 AM


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