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Vikings | Vikings Gary Kubiak is taking over as the offensive coordinator
January 23, 2019

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 | Vikings plan to tender restricted free agent C.J. Ham
January 21, 2019

The Pro Bowl alternate played a career high 35 percent of snaps this season. Only the 49ers ran more two-back formations than the Vikings. The loss of OC Kevin Stefanski to the Browns could be a hit to Ham's role, but he'll be back as Dalvin Cook's lead blocker in 2020.

Vikings | Bralon Addison Inks future contract
January 21, 2019

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

Vikings | Linval Joseph a candidate for offseason release
January 18, 2019

Joseph has three years left on his deal, but $5.3 million of his $11.15 million salary becomes guaranteed on March 20. That could be tough for the cash-strapped Vikings to fit with Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook in line for extensions. Joseph was healthy for just 13 games last year due to a knee injury. He'll likely need a pay cut to remain in Minnesota.

Vikings | Pioneer Press believes Riley Reiff is a candidate for release
January 16, 2019

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.

Vikings | Pioneer Press considers Xavier Rhodes "likely" to be a cap casualty
January 16, 2019

The Vikings are an estimated $10 million over the projected 2020 salary cap, and 29-year-old Rhodes is coming off an ignominious 2019. Few corners were burned more often. Cutting Rhodes would free up $8.1 million in cap space while leaving behind $4.8 million in dead money. Unfortunately for Rhodes — who used to be one of the league's best corners — it's close to a no-brainer move for the Vikings to make.