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Vikings | Roc Thomas Draws three-game suspension
July 16, 2019

NFL suspended Vikings RB Roc Thomas three games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Thomas was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to felony marijuana possession in May. A 2018 UDFA, Thomas was on and off the 53-man roster. He touched the ball 10 times across five games.

Vikings | Laquon Treadwell is in danger of getting cut
July 6, 2019

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reports Laquon Treadwell is in danger of getting cut. This wouldn't come as a surprise after Minnesota declined Treadwell's fifth-year option. Chad Beebe and Jordan Taylor outplayed Treadwell at OTAs and should open training camp ahead of him. The Vikings would take a $2.5 million dead money hit and save just $655K to release Treadwell.

Vikings | Vikings CBs Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander are candidates for extensions
June 15, 2019

Minnesota has $4.687 million in cap space after signing Rudolph to a four-year, $36 million extension, which included lowering his 2019 cap number from $7.625 million to $3.55 million. Waynes, who's coincidently represented by Rudolph's agent, is set to make $9.069 million in the final year of his deal. The former No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 draft has yet to live up to his potential, but an extension can still be sorted out if he plays beyond his pedigree in 2019.

Vikings | Rudolph's extension is a four-year, $36 million contract
June 11, 2019

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Kyle Rudolph's extension is a four-year, $36 million contract.
Rudolph announced the deal himself on Twitter, but the terms of the contract were not known. The tight end was entering the final year of his deal, but this extension will tie him to the Vikings through the 2023 season. The $9 million new money average surpasses the $7.3 million per year Rudolph earned on his last deal and makes him the fourth-highest paid tight end in the game.

Vikings | Vikings Eric Kendricks has agreed to a restructured contract
May 14, 2019

The Vikings needed to create cap space for their rookie draft class. Kendricks has undoubtedly turned a large portion of his $4.15 million 2019 salary into a bonus that can be prorated across the final five years of his deal. Now 27, Kendricks signed a five-year, $50 million extension last April and proceeded to have arguably the worst year of his career. He will be on the spot in 2019.

Vikings | Viking signed Garrett Bradbury to a four-year contract
May 14, 2019

The deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2023. Bradbury won the 2018 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center, though he is also capable of playing guard. He appears to be sticking at center for the Vikes. Although Bradbury is limited to the interior by 31 -inch arms, he combines big, heavy hands (10 ") with 90th-percentile SPARQ athleticism and strength to neutralize even his most-powerful opponents. Smart (35 Wonderlic score), well rounded, and pro-ready, Bradbury profiled as one of the safest prospects in the draft.

Vikings | Vikings signed seventh-round CB Kris Boyd
May 5, 2019

Vikings signed seventh-round CB Kris Boyd to a four-year, $2.629 million contract. The deal includes a $109,676 signing bonus. With Boyd under contract, the Vikings now have ten of their 12 draft picks locked up. Of that group, only first-round C Garrett Bradbury and seventh-round LS Austin Cutting have yet to sign.

Vikings | Vikings signed sixth-round DT Armon Watts
May 3, 2019

Vikings signed sixth-round DT Armon Watts to a four-year, $2.689 million contract. His deal comes with a $169,096 million signing bonus. Nine of the Vikings' 12 draft picks are now under contract with only first-round C Garrett Bradbury, seventh-round CB Kris Boyd and seventh-round LS Austin Cutting still unsigned.

Vikings | Vikings signed sixth-round S Marcus Epps
May 2, 2019

Vikings signed sixth-round S Marcus Epps to a four-year, $2.688 million contract.
A former walk-on — he was a finalist for the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation's top walk-on — Epps (6'0/197) had a productive four-year amateur career for Wyoming, totaling 324 tackles and nine interceptions over 50 career games for the Cowboys. A lightly-regarded prospect, Epps enters the NFL without much of a scouring report.

Vikings | Vikings signed second-round TE Irv Smith
May 2, 2019

Vikings signed second-round TE Irv Smith to a four-year, $5.798 million contract. The No. 50 overall pick, Smith is the highest selection thus far to sign his rookie deal. A 'Bama product, Smith averaged 16.1 yards per catch as a 2018 junior, also generating a 157.7 passer rating when targeted to lead all SEC tight ends. Although Smith’s 4.63 forty impressed in Indy, his sluggish three-cone time (7.32) aligned with his college tape, where Smith showed limited agility and post-catch shake. Smith, who doesn't turn 21 until August, does have youth on his side. Smith was drafted to replace Kyle Rudolph, perhaps as early as this season, though tight end is an infamously difficult pro transition for rookies.

Vikings | Vikings are expected to decline WR Laquon Treadwell's fifth-year team option for 2020
April 30, 2019

Spoiler alert. The No. 23 overall pick of the 2016 draft has just 56 grabs in three seasons. 2018 was his "most productive" campaign — 35/302/1 — but he averaged a pathetic 8.6 yards per grab. We would not even consider Treadwell a lock to make the 2019 53-man roster.

Vikings | Vikings signed Washington QB Jake Browning
April 27, 2019

Browning (6’2/206) made 53 starts as a Huskie, completing 65% of is career throws at 8.3 yards per attempt with a 94:34 TD-to-INT ratio and school records in wins (39), passing yards (12,296) and pass efficiency rating (150.6). Browning plateaued after winning 2016 Pac 12 Offensive Player of the Year, only earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 in each of his final two seasons. A nimble athlete with 4.74 speed, Brown added 16 career rushing TDs and profiles as a Colt McCoy-level game manager with long-term No. 2 quarterback potential but a history of shoulder problems and mediocre arm strength.

Vikings | Vikings selected Air Force LS Austin Cutting with the No. 250 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Draft savant Dane Brugler wrote up six long snappers in his draft guide, Cutting was not one. In terms of long snappers coming from service academies, New England drafted Joe Cardona out of Navy in the fifth round in 2015. Cutting will try to work with his service academy to complete his two-year commitment while playing.

Vikings | Vikings selected Colorado State WR Olabisi Johnson with the No. 247 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Johnson (6'0/204) is more of a tactician than physical specimen. He relies on wits and quicks. He is a prototypical "grinder," one the Vikings are hoping will improve with time on the taxi squad.

Vikings | Vikings selected Oregon WR Dillon Mitchell with the No. 239 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Mitchell (6’1/197) turned pro as a true junior after logging a career 119/1,710/14 (14.4 YPR) receiving line, including a breakout final season where his 1,184 yards led the Pac 12 and broke Oregon’s single-season record as Justin Herbert’s go-to guy. Mitchell showed NFL-caliber athleticism with 4.46 speed and a 10-foot-2 broad jump at the Combine. A work in progress as a route runner and ball winner, Mitchell’s maturity and off-field work ethic were questioned by scouts before the draft, even with No. 2 wideout potential on talent alone. He’s a low-floor prospect with some upside.

Vikings | Vikings selected Texas CB Kris Boyd with the No. 217 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Boyd (6’0/201) made 33 starts in the Longhorns’ secondary, tallying 40 career pass breakups, four picks, and four forced fumbles and earning first-team All-Big 12 as a 2018 senior. Boyd tested as a plus athlete at the Combine with 4.45 jets, a quick-twitch 6.94 three-cone time, and a springy 10-foot-7 broad jump. Some scouts considered moving Boyd to safety, but he is toolsy enough to stay at corner with a Dre Kirkpatrick-level ceiling.

Vikings | Vikings selected Elon OT Oli Udoh with the No. 193 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Udoh (6’6/323) was a four-year starting tackle at small-school Elon, earning second-team FCS All-American and first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association in 2018. A truly massive individual from a huge family, Udoh arrived as a freshman weighing 380 pounds and has a 6-foot-8 grandmother. Udoh helped himself with 61st-percentile athleticism at the Combine, also measuring in with vine-like 35 3/8-inch arms and has obvious length to engulf defensive linemen. A right tackle throughout his college career, Udoh is a sleeper to develop into a starter at any of the four front-five positions save center.

Vikings | Vikings selected Wyoming S Marcus Epps with the No. 191 overall pick
April 27, 2019

The free safety enjoyed a productive four-year stay in Laramie, totaling 324 tackles and nine interceptions over 50 career games for the Cowboys. Epps (5'11"/204) was also one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy—awarded annually to the nation's top walk-on—in 2018, but lost out to Clemson receiver Hunter Renfrow.

Vikings | Vikings selected Arkansas DT Armon Watts with the No. 190 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Watts (6’5/300) was a meaningful contributor for only one year on the Razorbacks’ defensive line but capitalized with seven sacks and three forced fumbles across 11 starts. A hamstring injury limited Watts’ pre-draft workouts, but he did hustle out a 5.23 forty, and Watts’ college gape shows an upward-trending interior presence with serious power-rushing ability and uncommon quickness for a 300-pound man. Despite his limited resume, Watts offers starting-caliber traits as an inside presence.

Vikings | Vikings selected USC LB Cameron Smith with the No. 162 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Patriots received pick No. 162 and pick No. 239 as compensation. From playing against eighth-graders as a fourth-grader to earning Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in his first season with the Trojans, Smith's notoriety began at an early age. He mustered only 10 games in 2018, but still landed on the second-team all-conference list after leading USC with 81 tackles and four pass deflections. Smith flashed extremely athletic traits in Indy, too, measuring in the 90th-percentile in hand size and vertical jump while clocking a 4.69 40-time at the combine. He'll fight to finish as a depth body out of camp with the Vikes.

Vikings | Vikings traded up with the Seahawks to select Oklahoma OG Dru Samia with the No. 114 overall pick
April 27, 2019

Samia (6’5/305) made 48 starts on the Sooners’ offensive line, manning right tackle as a freshman and sophomore, right guard as a junior and senior, and sharing Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year with two others last season. Samia allowed zero sacks and just 11 QB hurries on 879 snaps in 2018. Only a 17th-percentile SPARQ athlete with a brute run-blocking game but sloppy technique, Samia best projects as a swing reserve capable of chipping in at guard or tackle in a pinch but lacking quality-starter upside. Fortunately for him, Samia lands in the perfect destination to at least compete in a reserve role among Minnesota's subpar depth.

Vikings | Alexander Mattison Minnesota takes in third round
April 26, 2019

Vikings selected Boise State RB Alexander Mattison with the No. 102 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Mattison (5’11/221) turned pro after starting for two of his three seasons at Boise, amassing a career 581/2,829/33 (4.9 YPC) rushing line with 60/511/1 (8.5 YPR) receiving. Not an explosive, big-play back, Mattison ran 4.67 at the Combine and didn’t stand out in the three-cone drill (7.13), and just nine of his 302 carries last season gained 15 yards or more (3%). Mattison’s smooth passing-game skills enhance his outlook, but he is a plodding grinder on the ground. With Latavius Murray gone, Mattison will slot in as the top handcuff to Dalvin Cook.

Vikings | Irv Smith Jr. Lands in Minnesota
April 26, 2019

Vikings selected Alabama TE Irv Smith with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Smith (6’2/242) succeeded O.J. Howard as the Crimson Tide’s primary tight end, turning pro after three seasons with a career 58/838/10 (14.4 YPR) receiving line. As a 2018 junior, Smith averaged 16.1 yards per catch and generated a 157.7 passer rating when targeted to lead all SEC tight ends. Although Smith’s 4.63 forty impressed in Indy, his sluggish three-cone time (7.32) aligned with his college tape, where Smith showed limited agility and post-catch shake. Smith won’t turn 21 until August and has ample room for growth, but he may max out as a situational "move" tight end and lacks the long-term ceiling of Noah Fant or T.J. Hockenson. Immediately following the selection, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah reported Kyle Rudolph's name had been "floating around" in trade rumors. If Smith doesn't overtake an every-down role for the Vikings this season, he's in line to start in 2020 following Rudolph's inevitable release once his contract is up next year.

Vikings | Garrett Bradbury Heads to Vikings
April 25, 2019

Vikings selected N.C. State C Garrett Bradbury with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Minnesota needs immediate help along the offensive line, and Bradbury should be able to offer just that. Bradbury (6’3/306) was recruited to NC State to play tight end, started at guard as a sophomore and junior, then won the 2018 Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center. Although Bradbury is limited to the interior by 31 -inch arms, he combines big, heavy hands (10 ") with 90th-percentile SPARQ athleticism and strength to neutralize even his most-powerful opponents. Smart (35 Wonderlic score), well rounded, and pro-ready, Bradbury profiles one of the safest prospects in this draft.

Vikings | Brian Robison announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons
April 24, 2019

Robison, 36 later this week, spent 2018 out of the league after being released at final cuts last summer. He's signing a one-day contract to retire with the Vikings after spending his entire career in the organization. Robison recorded 60 career sacks while also playing strong run defense.

Vikings | Anthony Harris Signs tender
April 15, 2019

Vikings signed S Anthony Harris to a one-year, $3.095 million contract. A restricted free agent, Harris was assigned a second-round tender in March. Only 28, it was doubtful Minnesota would be willing to let Harris walk following S Andrew Sendejo's surprising release. Harris is currently expected to start ahead of former AAF standout Derron Smith.

Vikings | Rashod Hill Staying in Minnesota
April 15, 2019

Vikings signed OT Rashod Hill to a one-year, $2.025 million contract. A restricted free agent, Hill was tendered at the original-round level. Hill should slot in as a swing option behind Riley Reiff and Brian O'Neill.

Vikings | Vikings signed WR Jordan Taylor
April 13, 2019

Vikings signed WR Jordan Taylor, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year contract. The Seahawks had also shown interest in Taylor. The former UDFA out of Rice missed the entirety of last season with the Broncos following surgeries to both hips. He'll compete for a spot on Minnesota's active roster with Laquon Treadwell and Jeff Badet.

Vikings | Adam Thielen Gets his big payday
April 12, 2019

Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a four-year, $64 million extension. Thielen had two years remaining on his contract, but this was expected to get done after playing last season at a $2.85 million salary. It's a deserved raise for Thielen, who had eight straight 100-yard games to open 2018 and is coming off career highs. Thielen's $16 million AAV places him just behind Brandin Cooks as the sixth-highest paid wideout in the league. The new deal keeps Thielen signed through 2024.

Vikings | Jordan Martin Heads to Minnesota
April 10, 2019

Martin signed a contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Craig Peters of the Vikings' official site reports.

Vikings | Greer Martini Signing with Minnesota
April 10, 2019

Martini is signing with the Vikings, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

Vikings | Karter Schult Set to join Vikings
April 8, 2019

Vikings signed DE Karter Schult, formerly of the AAF's Salt Lake Stallions. Schult, 25, registered seven sacks in eight games for the Stallions, earning Pro Football Focus' No. 4 pass-rushing score among edge defenders. It was just a matter of time before he got a shot in the NFL. At 6'3/259, he'll try to crack the Vikings' edge depth chart. Schult is Northern Iowa's all-time leader in tackles for loss and second in sacks. He drew some pre-draft comps to former Vikings DE Brian Robison coming out of school in the 2017 draft where he went undrafted.

Vikings | Sean Mannion Packs bags for Minnesota
April 7, 2019

Vikings signed QB Sean Mannion, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year contract. The former third-rounder made one start for the Rams in the last four seasons and failed to impress in any of his preseason stints. Mannion's an upgrade on Vikes third-stringer Kyle Sloter but still gives Minnesota one of the diciest depth situations under center in the league.

Vikings | Derron Smith Signing with Vikings
April 5, 2019

Vikings signed S Derron Smith. They also signed CB Duke Thomas. Both played for the San Antonio Commanders of the now-defunct AAF. A sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2015, Smith was out of the league last season after splitting 2017 between Cleveland and Cincinnati. Thomas has spent time on various practice squads but has never played an NFL down. He and Smith were the Commanders' leading tacklers before the league disbanded earlier this week.

Vikings | NFL suspended Vikings CB Holton Hill four games for violating the league's policy on PEDs
April 5, 2019

Undrafted out of Texas, Hill wound up playing all 16 games for Minnesota in 2018 including three starts. He finished his rookie campaign with 30 tackles and one interception over 374 defensive snaps. Hill can take part in the Vikings' offseason program but won't suit up for them until Week 5.

Vikings | Dakota Dozier Signs with Vikings
April 4, 2019

Vikings signed OL Dakota Dozier, formerly of the Jets. Dozier is a jack-of-all-trades reserve lineman who typically saw 100-200 snaps per season with Gang Green. He will be employed in similar fashion in Minnesota.

Vikings | Brett Jones Sticking in Minnesota
April 1, 2019

Viking re-signed C Brett Jones to a one-year, $950,000 contract.
The deal can be worth a max of $1.5 million with incentives. Acquired from the Giants last August, Jones opened the season as the starting center but was eventually replaced by Pat Elflein. He should compete for a backup role this year.

Vikings | Vikings signed GM Rick Spielman to a one-year extension through 2020
March 26, 2019

Spielman had been heading into a lame duck season. Now both he and coach Mike Zimmer are under contract through 2020. The Vikings' general manager since 2006, Spielman's tenure has come with a high floor and interesting ceiling. A big thinker who is never afraid to make splashy moves, Spielman sometimes pays for his boldness but is more often rewarded for it.

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.'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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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.