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Vikings | Josh Kline Heading north
March 20, 2019

Vikings signed OG Josh Kline to a three-year, $15.75 million contract. Kline was cut after turning down a paycut in Tennessee. He gives the Vikings a veteran stopgap after losing Mike Remmers and Nick Easton. 29-year-old Kline graded as one of the worst guards at PFF last year but he's a fit for what's been a zone heavy scheme. Even with the Kline signing, Minnesota's interior line remains a weak point going into the draft.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed K Dan Bailey to a one-year, $1 million contract
March 19, 2019

Once one of the most accurate kickers in the league, Bailey's decline continued last season as he converted just 21-of-28 field goal attempts including only 5-of-11 from 40 yards or more in 14 games with the Vikings. It would not be a surprise if the Vikings brought in some competition.

Vikings | Eagles agreed to terms with FS Andrew Sendejo
March 18, 2019

32 in September, Sendejo's major flaw remains the fact that he hasn't been able to stay on the field for an entire season since 2013. Philadelphia still presents an optimal opportunity for the ex-Vikings safety as he'll likely be a shoe-in for the team's third safety-role behind proven starters Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. The Eagles also have Tre Sullivan available as developing youth at the position.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed RB Ameer Abdullah
March 18, 2019

Claimed off waivers from the Lions mid-season, Abdullah played sparingly on offense but notably averaged 25.8 return yards as Minnesota's special teams-ace from Week 11 on. He's expected to mix-in sparingly to compensate for the departure of Latavius Murray in free agency. As it stands, Dalvin Cook remains a premium buy in Best Ball and dynasty leagues as the team only has Mike Boone, Roc Thomas, and Abdullah available behind him.

Vikings | Nick Easton sign with Saints
March 17, 2019

Saints signed OG Nick Easton, formerly of the Vikings, to a four-year, $24 million contract.
New Orleans became a top destination for Easton following the surprising retirement of starting C Max Unger on Saturday. Initially acquired from the Niners for LB Gerald Hodges in 2016, Easton logged 665 snaps at left guard and another 463 at center for the Vikings before sitting out all of last year after undergoing neck surgery. The 26-year-old will slide right into Unger's former position, sandwiching in between Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Larry Warford, and Ryan Ramczyk.

Vikings | Everson Griffen Restructures contract
March 14, 2019

In other words, 31-year-old Griffen is taking a pay cut after mental health issues limited him to 11 games in 2018. NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports it is in the $3 million range. Griffen had been due $11.4 million between salary and bonuses. His $10.9 million base salary was set to become fully guaranteed on Friday. Previously a game in and game out type of player, Griffen had the best year of his career in 2017. He could certainly rebound to better form in 2019.

Vikings | Anthony Barr Returning to Vikes
March 12, 2019

Vikings re-signed LB Anthony Barr a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed.
Barr was reportedly heading to the Jets, but he has had a change of heart. The Vikings are short on cap space, but they have clearly come up with the money to keep their biggest free agent in the fold. The Jets will now have to go back to the drawing board at pass rusher, where they were expected to use Barr.

Vikings | Latavius Murray Replacing Ingram in New Orleans
March 12, 2019

Saints agreed to terms with Latavius Murray, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $14.4 million contract. This deal almost certainly means Mark Ingram is headed to a new team in free agency. Murray is not as good or versatile a weapon as Ingram, but he will be able to take some early-down work off Alvin Kamara and punch in touchdowns around the goal line.

Vikings | Sheldon Richardson Set to join Cleveland
March 12, 2019

Richardson plans to sign a three-year deal with the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Vikings | Anthony Barr Signing with Jets
March 11, 2019

The Jets had been linked to Barr in the lead-up to free agency and they get a coveted pass rusher after missing out on Trey Flowers, who signed with the Lions. Barr was the No. 9 overall pick of the 2014 draft out of UCLA, where he was able to rush the quarterback and register 23.5 sacks over his final two seasons there. However, Minnesota used him as an off-ball 4-3 linebacker, severely capping his upside in the sack department. The Jets figure to unleash Barr and see if he has it in him to be a force off the edge. It fills a huge need for GM Mike Maccagnan, who has been looking for edge help for what seems like an eternity.

Vikings | Vikings agreed to terms with DT Shamar Stephen
March 11, 2019

Stephen spent the first four years of his career in Minnesota after being a 2014 seventh-round pick. He signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks last offseason but is now coming back to rejoin the Vikings on a three-year contract. Stephen was in on 538 snaps last year but made minimal impact. He's a rotational piece.

Vikings | Vikings released RG Mike Remmers
March 11, 2019

The move saves Minnesota $4.55 million against the cap. Signed just two years ago to play right tackle, Remmers struggled after being moved to right guard last season. Despite those issues, Remmers should be able to quickly find work in a weak lineman market.

Vikings | Andrew Sendejo Heading for free agency
March 11, 2019

The move saves Minnesota $5.5 million against the cap. Sendejo is a quality safety, but the Vikings do not need him after Anthony Harris emerged last season. Sendejo is entering a deep safety market, but he should be able to find a new home relatively quickly.

Vikings | Anthony Harris Receives second-round tender
March 11, 2019

Harris received a second-round tender from the Vikings on Monday. The tender is worth $3.095 million. The Vikings were willing to let go of Andrew Sendejo because of Harris' emergence last season, so they certainly were not going to let him walk in free agency. Teams will owe the Vikings a second-round pick if they sign Harris away, making it highly unlikely he signs an offer sheet with another team.

Vikings | Rashod Hill Tendered by Minnesota
March 11, 2019

Hill was tendered a contract by the Vikings on Monday. The tender is worth $2.025 million. Because Hill entered the league as an undrafted free agent, the Vikings will not get any compensation if he is signed away, but they do have the right to match any offer sheet. Hill has started 15 games the last two seasons, but he is better suited for a reserve role.

Vikings | Lions are "considered the favorite" to sign free agent Anthony Barr
March 10, 2019

Athletic's Connor Hughes adds the Jets are "very, very high" on Barr as well, and the Vikings are also still in the mix to keep him. The pass-rusher market is devoid of game-changing talent at the top after all the franchise tags, so there's a real chance Barr gets a serious pay day. Barr was a sack master at UCLA but wasn't used that way in Minnesota as an off-ball linebacker. The Jets and Lions are likely looking at Barr to rush the quarterback more than he was allowed to with the Vikings.

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph will "not only be on the team this year, but hopefully for years to come."
March 10, 2019

"Despite rumors, Vikings are not in negotiations with Kyle Rudolph, have not asked him to take a pay reduction and have told us explicitly that Rudy will not only be on the team this year, but hopefully for years to come," Rudolph's agent, Brian Murphy confidently stated. Rudolph is set to make $7.625 million in 2019 (the final year of his contract), and it had been rumored the team would try and get out from that number given that they head to free agency with only $4.94 million in cap space. As it stands, the 29-year-old team captain will play one more year with Kirk Cousins under center.

Vikings | Latavius Murray
March 10, 2019

Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to re-sign with the Vikings this offseason unless he does not receive a lot of interest during free agency. Murray probably will not be able to find a starting job this offseason but can be a solid No. 2 running back for a team. He may have some fantasy value in standard leagues depending on his situation.

Vikings | Laquon Treadwell
March 10, 2019

Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is expected to be more involved in the passing game under offensive advisor Gary Kubiak, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Treadwell has posted only 517 yards and one touchdown since entering the league, but the team may be looking for a No. 3 receiver. Owners can monitor the situation over the offseason to see if he will see more targets in 2019.

Vikings | Talks between the Vikings and Adam Thielen are "ongoing."
March 8, 2019

Thielen still has two years left on his contract, but he is considerably underpaid after catching 113 passes for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns last season. The Vikings want to fix that, but they both have limited cap space and some key free agents to re-sign on defense. It is likely something gets done, but it might have to wait until after free agency and the draft.

Vikings | Roc Thomas Facing legal trouble
March 6, 2019

Thomas has allegedly been charged with felony possession of marijuana, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Vikings | Anthony Barr Avoids franchise tag, as expected
March 5, 2019

Barr did not receive a franchise tag from the Vikings prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed P Matt Wile to a one-year, $645,000 contract
March 5, 2019

Claimed off waivers from the Steelers before Week 1, Wile's net punting average of 41.5 was good for 10th in the league. He turns 27 in June.

Vikings | Vikings re-signed FB C.J. Ham to a one-year, $645,000 contract
March 5, 2019

Ham was an exclusive rights free agent, so his only options were to sign the deal or walk away from football. He will be a restricted free agent next offseason. A 2016 UDFA, Ham played 139 snaps last season, which was tied for ninth amongst fullbacks.

Vikings | Marcus Sherels Resumes running
March 1, 2019

Sherels (foot) completed his rehab and has resumed running, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Vikings | Vikings are shopping CB Trae Waynes
February 27, 2019

Waynes was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 draft but hasn't lived up to his draft pedigree and is headed into the final year of his rookie deal. The Vikings likely have no real plans of extending Waynes' contract despite him being a starter for them. If a team is willing to cough up a mid-round draft pick and take on Waynes' $9.069 million cap hit, then they may pull the trigger. Waynes' $9.069 million becomes guaranteed at the start of the new league year on March 13, so it's not out of the question he gets cut.

Vikings | Nick Easton Awaiting full medical clearance
February 27, 2019

Easton (neck) is expected to receive full medical clearance in the near future, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Vikings | Latavius Murray is looking for a starting role
February 26, 2019

"Make no mistake about it, I want to play," Murray said. "I want to start. I’m not content with being in a backup role." Considering the Vikings have 2017 second-rounder Dalvin Cook atop the depth chart, Murray's desire for a starting job likely means he will be playing elsewhere in 2019. Murray amassed 1,664 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns in two seasons with the Vikings.

Vikings | Vikings are working on a new contract for WR Adam Thielen
February 20, 2019

Thielen is signed through 2020 but at below-market rates of $5.85 million and $5.35 million. Thielen's agent confirmed he and the Vikings are working on a new deal to compensate Thielen at the level he deserves. Averaging $4.81 million per year on his current deal, Thielen is making less than guys like Allen Hurns, Seth Roberts, and Torrey Smith. He would command north of $15 million per year on the open market as a 28-year-old who has gotten better every year.

Vikings | ESPN's Courtney Cronin does not expect the Vikings to use the franchise tag on LB Anthony Barr
February 18, 2019

Barr is headed to free agency after the Vikings declined to extend him last offseason, allowing the linebacker to play out the fifth year of his rookie deal. Barr has said he wants to return to Minnesota, but it does not sound like he is willing to offer a hometown discount. "I know my worth and I know what I got to do I've got to do it for me." Up against the cap, the Vikings might have to let Barr walk.

Vikings | LG James Carpenter a possible target for the Vikings
February 16, 2019

Carpenter missed the final six games of 2018 with a shoulder injury. He had a down year as a run blocker but was one of the better pass-protecting guards in the league. Carpenter played under Vikings OL coach Rick Dennison with the Jets last season. With Tom Compton and Nick Easton free agents, Carpenter would be a strong fit in Minnesota.

Vikings | Laquon Treadwell a Bust?
February 14, 2019

Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell averaged 5.7 yards per target last year, the fourth-worst mark among receivers with at least 50 targets, and Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com expects Treadwell's fifth-year option to be declined. The former first-round pick has been a bust, and he didn't show any signs of righting the ship despite a bigger role in 2018.

Vikings | Vikings hired Rick Dennison as OL coach/run-game coordinator
February 8, 2019

Dennison has been Gary Kubiak's longtime right-hand man dating back to their early days in Houston and Denver. A fight over Dennison and the rest of Kubiak's core group of friends was reportedly a major reason Kubiak wasn't hired as Broncos OC this offseason. Kubiak is the top assistant coach in Minnesota now. Kevin Stefanski has the title of offensive coordinator.

Vikings | Vikings DE Everson Griffen a candidate for release this offseason
February 6, 2019

Griffen is now 31 and coming off a year where he battled mental health issues and had to leave the team for a period of time. When he was on the field, Griffen notched just 5.5 sacks across 11 games. That came after Griffen had 43.5 takedowns of quarterbacks the previous four seasons. Due a $10.9 million salary in 2019, the Vikings can save $10.7 million against the cap by cutting Griffen. Danielle Hunter is the best edge rusher on the team, and Stephen Weatherly played well in Griffen's absence. Minnesota's cap situation may work against Griffen.

Vikings | Vikings will consider moving LT Riley Reiff to guard
February 5, 2019

Signed to a big deal back in 2017, Reiff has mostly struggled at left tackle with the Vikings, although he was hampered by a foot injury early in the 2018 season. Perhaps a position switch would help, but moving Reiff would leave a big hole at the toughest position to fill along the offensive line. Fixing that line will be one of Minnesota's biggest priorities this offseason.

Vikings | Sheldon Richardson Finishes 2018 with 4.5 sacks
January 18, 2019

Richardson had 49 tackles (26 solo) and 4.5 sacks in 16 games this season.

Vikings | Everson Griffen Endures tough 2018
January 18, 2019

Griffen had 33 tackles (22 solo) and 5.5 sacks across 11 games in 2018.

Vikings | Tyler Conklin Five catches in rookie campaign
January 18, 2019

Conklin caught five of seven targets for 77 yards over 16 games in 2018.

Vikings | David Morgan Quiet 2018 season
January 18, 2019

Morgan caught five passes for 36 yards in 11 games this season.

Vikings | Brandon Zylstra Catches one pass in 2018
January 18, 2019

Zylstra caught one of two targets for 23 yards in 16 games this season.

Vikings | Mike Boone Plays in eight games
January 18, 2019

Boone carried 11 times for 47 yards and caught two passes for one yard over eight games this season.

Vikings | Harrison Smith Finishes another strong season
January 4, 2019

Smith ended the 2018 season with 84 tackles (67 solo), three sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble in 16 games.

Vikings | Danielle Hunter Totals 14.5 sacks
January 4, 2019

Hunter had 72 tackles (51 solo),14.5 sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown in 16 games during 2018.

Vikings | Eric Kendricks Eclipses 100 tackles
January 4, 2019

Kendricks (hamstring) finished the season with 108 tackles (63 solo), two interceptions, one sack and a forced fumble in 14 games.

Vikings | Roc Thomas Sticking with Minnesota
January 2, 2019

Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Vikings | Cole Hikutini Signs contract with Minnesota
January 2, 2019

Hikutini signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Vikings | Jeff Badet Staying with Minnesota
January 2, 2019

Badet has signed a reserve/future contract with the Vikings, Chris Tomasson reports.

Vikings | Latavius Murray Hopes to find starting job
January 1, 2019

Murray is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March and is hoping for the opportunity to compete for a starting job, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports. "I want to start. I'm not content with being in a backup role," Murray said Monday. "I want to compete, and Dalvin [Cook] knows that. We push each other. That's what it's about. But I would love to be back here for that opportunity to compete."