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Gymnastics legend and Arizona Cardinals fan Olga Korbut wants them to trade for Adrian Peterson

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com There’s plenty of talk about how many yards running back Adrian Peterson has left in him now that he’s turned 30. Gymnastics legend Olga Korbut would like to weigh in with her thoughts. “I think he’s got at least 4,000 more yards left in his legs,’’ said Korbut, a four-time Olympic gold medalist for the Soviet Union. Korbut would like those yards to come with Arizona. The Scottsdale resident is a big Cardinals fan and wants them to acquire the disgruntled Peterson from the Vikings. Korbut will be watching to see how the NFL draft...

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune 43 mins ago

Vikings drafts by the numbers since Spielman arrived

With the NFL draft (mercifully) just two days away, let’s take our annual look at recent Vikings drafts by the numbers. This year, we crunched the numbers from 2007 to 2014, which coincides with General Manager Rick Spielman’s tenure with the team. We will also pull out some specific stats from 2012 to 2014, the three years since Spielman was given final say in the draft room. Some interesting trends emerged in this process, such as the Vikings showing a lot of love to Pac 10 and ACC players in recent years and Spielman using more seventh-rounders than first-rounders. So keep these...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 3 hours ago

History of the Vikings' pick: No. 45 overall

Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. As one would expect, the 45th pick of the NFL draft has yielded some pretty good players over the past decade. Three Pro Bowlers were selected with that pick near the middle of the second round. There have also been some disappointing picks, including one “next big thing” at wide receiver. Before we look at the good, bad and ugly, here is a list of the last 10 players to go 45th overall: 2014: Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks 2013: Kevin Minter, LB, Cardinals 2012: Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears...

Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn is on a 'Lebron James diet'

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com LeBron James already endorses plenty of products. But perhaps he needs to add a diet service to that list. The Cleveland Cavaliers star lost a significant amount of weight before this season. That has influenced Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn. “I’m on my LeBron James diet,’’ Munnerlyn said Monday. “That’s what I call it.” Since last season, Munnerlyn has dropped about 10 pounds to get down to about 190. Munnerlyn was dissatisfied with his play in 2014, so he spent the first part of this year working out in Charlotte, N.C., where...

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater heading back to Louisville for Kentucky Derby

By Chris Tomasson ctomasson@pioneerpress.com When he played at Louisville, Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t the biggest show in town. That always has been the Kentucky Derby. Now, he at least will be a special guest at the event. The Vikings quarterback will attend Sunday’s derby at Churchill Downs. “The people in Louisville reached out to my agent and also reached out to me and I thought it would be a great idea to go back and have so many memories there,’’ said the second-year man. “It’s going to be fun to be able to ride around a car or something like that […] The post Vikings...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 16 hours ago

Bridgewater: Vikings will welcome Peterson with open arms

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Monday that the team is ready to welcome running back Adrian Peterson back to the locker room.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 18 hours ago

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater: 'We expect Adrian (Peterson) to be here' this season

Teddy Bridgewater's offseason has taken him to Adrian Peterson's 30th birthday party in Houston, to a Minnesota Wild playoff game and, on Saturday, to the Kentucky Derby.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 21 hours ago

Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson: 'This year is going to make me or break me'

Several of the Vikings' top offensive players went to Southern California. Cordarrelle Patterson headed to Northern California.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 22 hours ago

Idea: The Vikings should retire Brett Favre's number this year before the Packers do

This is not my idea. Others had it before me, and specifically I’m stealing it from FSN’s Tyler Mason, who tweeted: #Packers announce Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving vs. Bears. — Paul Imig (@Paulimig) April 27, 2015 #Vikings should retire it the week earlier…when the Packers are in town. https://t.co/ITFdlaS31T — Tyler Mason (@FSNtylermason) April 27, 2015 I’m officially obsessed with this idea — not because it would ever happen and not even because the Vikings would or should consider retiring Favre’s jersey. It’s...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 22 hours ago

Captain Munnerlyn seeking to prove his value again

Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn wouldn’t stop tweeting about his offseason workouts on Twitter over the last few months. It was clearly on his mind to improve physically after a down season in his first year with the Vikings. Munnerlyn said he started his workout program right before the Super Bowl, earlier than when he’d normally begin to train. He felt he lost a step last year and wasn’t in the best shape physically. “I didn’t play my best football,” Munnerlyn said. “I pulled my hamstring early, started on the [Physically Unable to Perform] list. I just wasn’t myself....
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 23 hours ago

Now 32, Greenway is learning the art of training efficiently as an older player

At 32, Chad Greenway is a young man in every walk of life except the path he’s on. In NFL years, the Vikings outside linebacker and  his knees are old. But they’re smarter this time of year, which Greenway believes will translate into the three of them staying productive throughout another season. Earlier today, Greenway and several teammates were at Winter Park starting the second week of the team’s offseason conditioning program. For Greenway, it’s the early stages of working his way toward the NFL benchmark of 10 seasons. And it comes after Greenway gave himself extra time to...

Off the Board: If the Vikings traded down -- twice

Rick Spielman is known for his daring draft-night trades. In the past three years, he has traded back into the first round to select safety Harrison Smith, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The jury is still out on the talented Patterson, but trading up to draft Smith was a smart move and a year into his career it looks like Bridgewater could be a pretty good one, too. We could see another Vikings trade Thursday night. But this year, a trade-down seems more likely. For starters, the Vikings only have seven draft picks and Spielman likes to come out of the draft...

History behind the Vikings' 2015 draft picks: No. 76 overall

Heading into the draft, we are giving the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. We continue this series with pick No. 76, the third of the Vikings’ seven selections. Immediate expectations should be high for this pick. In the past four years, two of the 76th picks – Keenan Allen in San Diego and Will Rackley in Jacksonville – have started 14 games as a rookie. Last year’s 76th pick – Detroit center Travis Swanson – started five games and has now officially replaced longtime veteran Dominic Raiola. Before we look at the good, bad and ugly, here is a list of...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Apr 26, 2015
Vikings: Adrian Peterson's remorse lacking, Chris Kluwe says

Vikings: Adrian Peterson's remorse lacking, Chris Kluwe says

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, Adrian Peterson's teammate for six seasons, has questioned whether the star running back has shown appropriate remorse regarding a child-abuse incident that sidelined him for 15 games last season.

History of the Vikings' pick: No. 110 overall

Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. We continue this series by taking a look at the Vikings’ 110th overall selection in this year’s draft. There’s one name that stands out among the rest, but he’s a running back that’s no longer in the league. Outside of that, there hasn’t been too much talent produced from this pick Here’s the list of the last 10 players to go 110th overall: 2014: Maurice Alexander, DB, Rams 2013: Ryan Nassib, QB, Giants 2012: Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers 2011: David Arkin, OG, Cowboys 2010:...

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