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Vikings | Vikings re-signed OL Dakota Dozier to a one-year, $1 million contract
March 27, 2020

Dozier appeared in all 16 games and made four starts for the Vikings last year. The 28-year-old will return as veteran depth that can back up multiple spots.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed RB Ameer Abdullah
March 27, 2020

Abdullah has been stripped of any offensive prominence since joining the Vikings off waivers in '18, totaling 23 carries and 16 catches across 23 games as the team's fourth-string runner. He'll continue to be dispersed on kick returns this upcoming year, which he averaged 25 yards per return (and 25.2 in two postseason contests) in 16 appearances with Minnesota last season.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed C Brett Jones to a one-year, $910,000 contract
March 26, 2020

In theory the Vikings' No. 2 center, Jones might actually be No. 3 since LG Pat Elflein appeared to be the Vikes' back-up plan at the pivot last season. 28-year-old Jones can also play guard. He will likely retain his 53-man roster spot.

Vikings | Vikings signed DE Anthony Zettel, formerly of the 49ers
March 25, 2020

Zettel, 27, will be making his seventh stop since 2016. He started last season with the Bengals before latching on with the Niners just before Christmas. Zettel even played 14 defensive snaps in the Super Bowl. He hasn't recorded a sack since notching 6.5 in 2017 with Detroit.

Vikings | Vikings signed WR Tajae Sharpe, formerly of the Titans, to a one-year, $1 million contract
March 25, 2020

Sharpe gives the Vikings a potential starting option opposite Adam Thielen on what is a thin depth chart at the position. The former fifth-rounder turns 26 later this year. Once a starter for the Titans after a strong rookie camp, Sharpe became more of a role player in Tennessee last year after the emergence of A.J. Brown and signing of Adam Humphries. Sharpe has good size at 6'2/194 and has a career 92-1,167-8 line across 47 games (29 starts). Look for Minnesota to address wideout in the draft.

Vikings | DeMarquis Gates Signs NFL deal
March 24, 2020

Vikings sign LB DeMarquis Gates, formerly of the XFL Roughnecks, to a one-year, $610,000 contract. Gates was a productive player at Ole Miss but was forced to prove himself in the AAF and XFL the past two offseasons. In five games with the Roughnecks, Gates made 32 tackles and forced two turnovers. He'll look to crack the Vikings' roster as a special teamer this summer.

Vikings | Rashod Hill Staying in Twin Cities
March 20, 2020

Hill signed with the Vikings on Friday, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Vikings | Dan Bailey Back with Vikings
March 19, 2020

The Vikings re-signed Bailey on Thursday, Lindsey Young of the team's official site reports.

Vikings | Michael Pierce Heads north to Minnesota
March 18, 2020

Pierce and the Vikings agreed on a three-year deal worth $27 million Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Vikings | Sean Mannion Re-ups with Minnesota
March 18, 2020

Mannion agreed to terms Wednesday with the Vikings on a one-year contract, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Vikings | Trae Waynes Set to join Bengals
March 17, 2020

The Bengals are signing Waynes to a three-year, $42 million deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Vikings | Stefon Diggs Shipped to Buffalo
March 16, 2020

The Vikings agreed to trade Diggs to the Bills on Monday, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.

Vikings | Stephen Weatherly Joining Panthers
March 16, 2020

Weatherly has agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Panthers, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Vikings | Eric Wilson Return to Minnesota likely
March 16, 2020

The Vikings placed a second-round tender on Wilson on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Vikings | Britton Colquitt Signs three-year deal with Vikings
March 16, 2020

Colquitt agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the Vikings on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The deal includes $5 million in guaranteed money.

Vikings | Anthony Harris Slapped with tag
March 16, 2020

The Vikings have franchise-tagged Harris, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Vikings | C.J. Ham Signs long-term deal
March 16, 2020

Ham is signing a four-year, $12.25 million contract to stay with the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Vikings | Kirk Cousins Signs two-year extension
March 16, 2020

Cousins is signing a two-year contract extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Vikings | Free agent Jayron Kearse will test the open market
March 14, 2020

Kearse wants out of Minnesota and the Vikings haven't shown any interest in bringing him back. He should draw interest as a special teamer and third safety. 26-year-old Kearse played just 25 percent of defensive snaps in 2019.

Vikings | Vikings released TE David Morgan
March 13, 2020

Morgan was a backup option behind Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith, so he had no future within the organization. He'll look to make the back-end of a roster this offseason once his knee injury gets cleared.

Vikings | Vikings released DT Linval Joseph
March 13, 2020

The core of the Vikings defense has been together for years, but there will be new faces in 2020 with Minnesota also cutting CB Xavier Rhodes on Friday morning. Joseph wasn't playing at his peak last season, but he is still an effective player when he's fully healthy. The veteran defensive tackle compiled 44 tackles and six QB hits across 13 games in 2019, more than enough production for him to have a market in free agency.

Vikings | Vikings released Xavier Rhodes
March 13, 2020

The move will save $8.1 million in cap space, although the Vikings will eat $4.8 million in dead money. Rhodes simply looked a step slower in 2019 than he did in previous seasons when he was one of the top corners in the league. Now 29 years old, Rhodes will likely have to take on a short-term deal as he looks to rebound in a new environment. Minnesota essentially had no choice but to make this move.

Vikings | Dalvin Cook Ready for extension talks?
March 9, 2020

Cook could be in line for an extension later this offseason, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Vikings | Mackensie Alexander Gets clean bill of health
March 4, 2020

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports free agent CB Mackensie Alexander (knee) has been cleared for football activities. Alexander had his meniscus trimmed in January but has made a full recovery within two months. It's perfect timing for him as he heads into free agency with a clean bill of health. A 26-year-old with some starting experience, Alexander should have a market for his services as a mid-level starter. The Clemson alum was a second-rounder in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Vikings | Everson Griffen Looking toward free agency
February 20, 2020

Griffen has exercised the right to opt out of his current contract, Courtney Cronin of ESPN reports.

Vikings | Brett Jones Will be UFA in March
February 4, 2020

Jones (knee) ended the 2019 season on injured reserve.

Vikings | Everson Griffen Able to void contract
February 4, 2020

Griffen has the option to void his contract this offseason, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Vikings | Vikings promoted LBs coach Adam Zimmer to co-defensive coordinator
January 27, 2020

Zimmer, 36, is of course the son of Vikings' coach Mike Zimmer, and Adam has been coaching the linebackers since his dad was named head coach in 2014. Adam and DL coach Andre Patterson were named co-defensive coordinators Monday, replacing George Edwards, who was let go after the playoff loss.

Vikings | Vikings promoted DL coach Andre Patterson to co-defensive coordinator
January 27, 2020

Patterson, 59, has been the Vikings' DL coach since 2014. With DC George Edwards leaving and going to Dallas, the Vikings are making Patterson and LBs coach Adam Zimmer co-defensive coordinators, though we'd imagine coach Mike Zimmer actually handles most of the defensive calls.

Vikings | Vikings Gary Kubiak is taking over as the offensive coordinator
January 23, 2020

Kubiak replaces new-Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. Still, the long-time run-game guru had a large impact on the Vikings' ability to largely control games on the ground as well as Kirk Cousins' frequent play-action success. Expect a similar approach in 2020: Feed Dalvin Cook all he can handle while featuring Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in the passing game.

Vikings | Bralon Addison Inks future contract
January 21, 2020

Addison signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on Tuesday.

Vikings | Pioneer Press believes Riley Reiff is a candidate for release
January 16, 2020

Unsurprisingly, Reiff remained one of the league's worst left tackles in 2019. Now he's due $10.9 million for a team that is roughly $10 million over the projected 2020 salary cap. Cutting Reiff would create $8.8 million in immediate savings while leaving behind $4.4 million in dead money. Beat writer Chris Tomasson believes Reiff could also be shifted to left guard, but he would almost certainly have to agree to a pay cut before any potential position change.