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Vikings free agency tracker for 2017

Which Vikings free agents are staying? Who is going? And who are the new guys? We will update this blog post throughout the offseason as the Vikings build their roster for the 2017 season. Want analysis on the big moves? Scroll over player names for links to related Star Tribune content. FA ADDITIONS Datone Jones, DL: from Green Bay, $3.75 million over one year Latavius Murray, RB: from Oakland, $15 million over three years Riley Reiff, OT: from Detroit, $58.75 million over five years Mike Remmers, OT: from Carolina, $30 million over five years FA LOSSES Audie Cole, LB: to Jacksonville for...

Adrian Peterson refutes report of $8 million contract demand

Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to refute reports that he’s demanding at least an $8 million salary in the first year to play for a team this season. Peterson, who turned 32 this week, was slated to make $18 million for the Vikings before they replaced him with Latavius Murray. Since then, during the height of free agency, Peterson’s recruitment has been mostly silent. The reason, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, is that Peterson has an asking price of $8 million — a seemingly ridiculous expectation for an aging back coming off a year in which he was mostly sidelined by a knee...

Vikings waive DL Scott Crichton

The Vikings have waived former third-round draft pick Scott Crichton. In 2014, coach Mike Zimmer’s first year in Minnesota, the Vikings picked the former Oregon State defensive lineman with one of their two third-rounders in the hopes he could eventually replace Brian Robison at left defensive end. But Crichton turned out to be a disappointment. Crichton appeared in 21 games in his first two NFL seasons but played sparingly on defense. So last offseason, the Vikings asked him to switch positions to defensive tackle. Crichton, who was placed on injured reserve last August, probably would not...
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Minnesota Vikings: 3 Running Backs That Would Fit in 2017 NFL Draft

Minnesota Vikings: 3 Running Backs That Would Fit in 2017 NFL Draft

Which running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft would make sense for the Minnesota Vikings to select to help replace Adrian Peterson?It appears the Minnesota Vikings will be moving on from Adrian Peterson, so who will now replace the future Hall of Fame running back in Minnesota? IfMinnesota wants to re...

Brian Robison accepts a pay cut, gets another year on his contract

Defensive end Brian Robison has agreed to a pay cut, signing a one-year extension with the Vikings that technically keeps him under contract through 2018 but slashes his 2017 base salary by $1.4 million. Under his previous deal, Robison had a 2017 base salary of $5.3 million. His new base salary, which is now fully guaranteed, is $3.9 million. In 2018, Robison, who will turn 34 next month, is slated to have a base salary of $3.2 million, $1.25 million of which is guaranteed for injury only, per a league source. That covers Robison in the event he suffers a major injury in 2017. But if Robison...

Will Sam Bradford's backup be a veteran addition or a draft pick?

Who will be Sam Bradford’s top backup in 2017?The Vikings at some point in the coming weeks figure to add another quarterback to their 90-man roster. Right now, they have only three, one of whom might not be cleared to throw a football any time soon. With Teddy Bridgewater’s status in limbo due to the devastating knee injury he suffered last August, the Vikings have no proven backup to Sam Bradford, whom coach Mike Zimmer named the starter in January. Shaun Hill, who started the season opener last year before making way for Bradford, is a free agent. I was told a couple weeks ago that...

New Vikings running back Latavius Murray has ankle surgery

The Vikings say they knew Latavius Murray needed surgery when he was signed

Five ways Latavius Murray is an upgrade over Adrian Peterson

Latavius Murray is a good running back who topped 1,000 yards in 2015 for the Raiders. Adrian Peterson is a future Hall of Famer who led the NFL in rushing that season with the Vikings and who in 2012 came within nine yards of setting a new single-season rushing record. And I’m here to argue Murray wasn’t just a good signing by the Vikings but to offer five reasons why he’s a definite upgrade over bringing back Peterson. Matt Vensel and I talked about some of this on this week’s Access Vikings podcast, but here are a few more numbers to think about: 1) Murray has fewer negative plays....

Mike Zimmer excited about Latavius Murray, several backs in NFL draft

Mike Zimmer will have to wait a few more months to see Latavius Murray in pads and won’t get to use him in a meaningful game until September, but the Vikings coach seems excited about what his big new running back could bring to his previously-underperforming offense. “Obviously, he’s a big back [at] almost 6-3, 225 [pounds],” Zimmer said yesterday during a radio appearance on KFAN. “He’s got strength in his running game, power in his running game. He catches the ball well out of the backfield and he’s a good pass protector and a receiver.” Zimmer talked about how Murray has...

Adam Thielen on his new contract and how he'll stay motivated

While Adam Thielen and the Vikings agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension last week, the deal did not become official until this afternoon. Shortly after it did, the receiver joined Minnesota media on a conference call to talk about what the deal means to him, getting this kind of security four years after earning a roster spot via a tryout. “I really haven’t had a whole lot of time to reflect because I’m so focused on the future and making sure that I continue to come into camp every year a little bit better than I did the year before,” Thielen said. He did note, though,...

Listen: Are the Vikings better off now than they were last year?

Intro: Breaking down the Latavius Murray signing and what it means for Adrian Peterson. 16:00: A lot of free agents decided not to sign with the Vikings. Why? 21:00: A bunch of them did sign, though. Are the Vikings better now than they were last year? 30:00: What holes are left to fill and who would start if the season began right now?

Zimmer on Vikings' additions, Floyd's health and replacing Munnerlyn

Mike Zimmer appeared on KFAN this morning and in an interview with my friend Paul Allen shared a few noteworthy nuggets on the Vikings. Zimmer, of course, was complimentary about the players the Vikings have added in free agency. He says new offensive tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are “smart,” “tough” and “physical.” And he mentioned that running back Latavius Murray is capable of playing all three downs, which is something his predecessor, Adrian Peterson, was not trusted to do. After officially losing Chad Greenway to retirement, Zimmer said again that he plans to keep...

Sharrif Floyd one of many Vikings defensive tackles in a contract year

Defensive tackle Datone Jones signed with the Vikings last week in part because he feels they will give him the best chance to prove himself. He is by no means the only Vikings defensive tackle in a prove-it year. With the exception of Pro Bowl nose tackle Linval Joseph, who has two years left on his contract, the rest of the Vikings’ key contributors at defensive tackle are in contract years, including Jones, the former Packers first-round pick who signed a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. Sharrif Floyd is sticking around on his fifth-year option, perhaps because his lingering knee...
FOX Sports Mar 20, 2017
Minnesota Vikings: Evaluating Week 2 NFL Free Agency Moves

Minnesota Vikings: Evaluating Week 2 NFL Free Agency Moves

After a mildly productive first week of free agency, the Minnesota Vikings jumped into the second week head first and made some splashy signings.Tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers were the only Minnesota Vikings signings of the first week as general manager Rick Spielman and company addressed th...

Free agency left Vikings with strange, new look

Wave of departures includes familiar faces Kalil, Patterson, Munnerlyn and soon Peterson.

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