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    Getty Former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown #90. The Minnesota Vikings are trying to round out their roster ahead of the season opener next weekend but are struggling to do so under the restraints of a tight budget. The organization has been in touch with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh about joining the team, though Suh’s request for a $9 million annual salary makes the prospect of a deal more than a little difficult. The Vikings have just shy of $2.5 million in salary cap space available as of Tuesday, September 6, per Over The Cap. There is a compromise to be made in Minnesota, however, without clearing more salary. The answer potentially lies with free agent defensive lineman Malcom Brown, a former first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots.Malcom Brown Available to Vikings at Discount Compared to Suh GettyDefensive tackle Malcom Brown celebrates a play with the New Orleans Saints during a game against the Carolina Panthers in 2019.  The Vikings front office made an unexpected move on August 30,...
    Courtesy of Vikings Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah made a business decision that backfired after waiving cornerback Harrison Hand on August 23. The Minnesota Vikings made a surprising cut on Tuesday, releasing third-year cornerback Harrison Hand ahead of the 80-man roster deadline on August 23. Hand wasn’t guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster, but his departure was considered premature with the final 53-man roster cutdown due by August 30. There are still many other unproven players who haven’t been part of the organization for nearly as long. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson revealed the Vikings intended to re-sign Hand — a plan that backfired after Hand didn’t clear waivers the following day. He was instead claimed by the New York Giants. The Vikings did some damage control by re-signing Tye Smith, who they released in the first waves of cuts on August 16, on Thursday. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Told #Giants claim former #Vikings CB Harrison Hand. MN had interest in re-signing...
    Courtesy of Vikings Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson pleaded his team to sign veteran defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Despite hoping for a transformation on offense under head coach Kevin O’Connell, the Minnesota Vikings‘ success this season could hinge more on how the defense evolves after abysmal showing the past two seasons. The new regime under Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has made do with many of the existing veterans on defense while stirring in free-agent additions like defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and inside linebacker Jordan Hicks. However, Minnesota could still use plenty of help in stopping the run after allowing the sixth-most rushing yards per game (130.7) last season. Vikings veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson gave a rousing approval of a potential free-agent signing that he believes would make the Vikings defense “nasty” on the defensive front. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Place a ‘No Sweat First Bet’ on the NFL This Week Join Heavy on Vikings! Patrick Peterson: ‘I’m in For Suh’In a...
    Getty C.J. Ham #30 of the Minnesota Vikings is congratulated by teammate Garrett Bradbury #56 after Hamm scored a touchdown in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 6, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) The Minnesota Vikings have a chance to be one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL this season and some help along the line would go a long way toward achieving that goal. The franchise has been named among the top landing spots for J.C. Tretter, a player who Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report recently labeled the second-best free agent remaining in the 2022 offseason. Tretter is familiar with the NFC North Division, as the Green Bay Packers selected the center in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Tretter remained with the team for three seasons before joining the Cleveland Browns, where he became a regular starter and something of an ironman. Tretter appeared in and started 80 out of 81 possible games during his time in Cleveland, after starting just...
    Getty The Vikings signed former Denver Broncos tight end Shaun Beyer on July 25, 2022. The mounting anticipation of the Minnesota Vikings making a big free-agent acquisition has been squashed momentarily. After releasing quarterback Nate Stanley last week, the Vikings filled their final 90-man roster spot by signing former Denver Broncos tight end Shaun Beyer on July 25 — two days ahead of the first full day of training camp, per a team report. Beyer spent last season on the Broncos’ practice squad as an undrafted rookie in 2021. Minnesota had the eighth-most cap space available ($15.64 million) following Stanley’s release, however, the funds remain largely untapped despite rumored interest in several prized veteran free agents. The Vikings also placed wide receiver Blake Proehl and linebacker Ryan Connelly on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Monday. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! The #Vikings have signed TE Shaun Beyer (@shaun_beyer). WR Blake Proehl and LB Ryan Connelly have been placed on...
    Getty Images Steve Keim looks on during a game in 2021. It seems the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings have a recent history of picking up each other’s scraps. The Vikings signed ex-Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson in 2021 and former Cardinals veteran linebacker Jordan Hicks on March 15, 2022. Arizona signed Vikings 2020 first-round pick cornerback Jeff Gladney to a two-year deal but was killed in a car accident in late May. Arizona left mandatory minicamp with nine cornerbacks on their roster and still has questions regarding their group. The Cardinals left minicamp with nine cornerbacks on their roster, but there are many questions concerning how the team will find a suitable cornerback. Arizona signed cornerback Josh Jackson and will compete with Marco Wilson, Byron Murphy Jr., Antonio Hamilton and Jace Whittaker as well as seventh-round pick Christian Matthew, Breon Borders, Nate Brooks and Darrell Baker Jr. Bleacher Report NFL analyst Ian Wharton wrote a list that ranked the “best unsigned free agents under the age of 30.” Wharton also listed teams that could be fitting for each respective...
    Getty NFL free agent DL Ndamukong Suh. The Minnesota Vikings are officially players in the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes. USA Today’s Tyler Dragon reported that Suh, currently a free agent, has been in talks with multiple teams, including the Vikings. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Vikings Have Had Multiple Conversations With SuhSuh has been the center of offseason free-agent chatter throughout the spring as the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle remains unsigned despite being one of the NFL’s most consistent interior defensive linemen at the age of 35. Suh hasn’t missed a game due to injury in his entire 12-year career and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line in snaps last season. Dragon tweeted on June 21 that both Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders have had multiple conversations with the veteran defensive lineman, becoming the top two candidates for signing Suh this offseason. “There is mutual interest between the Raiders and Ndamukong Suh, per a source. Another team to keep an eye on...
    Getty The Vikings signed Temple linebacker William Kwenkeu (left) on Monday, May 16, 2022. The Minnesota Vikings made a changing of the guard at linebacker on Monday, signing an undrafted rookie and releasing a second-year player before the first day of minicamps. The Vikings signed William Kwenkeu of Temple and cut former Ohio State linebacker Tuf Borland, who was signed as an undrafted rookie last spring. The two linebackers are nearly identical in size, both standing 6-foot-1 and weighing roughly 235 pounds. However, Kwenkeu, who was a tryout player at rookie minicamps last weekend, won over the new regime in Minnesota with his extraordinary speed. Borland made the practice squad and dressed for two games last season. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! The #Vikings have signed undrafted LB William Kwenkeu and released LB Tuf Borland. ????: https://t.co/IAIGxvcmgl pic.twitter.com/8EO18ckGKt — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 16, 2022 Kwenkeu Among Quickest LBs in NFL HistoryReceiving his master’s degree at Temple, Kwenkeu played six seasons for...
    Getty The Vikings signed undrafted rookie free agent Luiji Vilain on Thursday, May 12. The Minnesota Vikings may have gotten a “big steal” in rookie free agency following the draft. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reported that the Vikings are expected to sign Wake Forest edge rusher Luiji Vilain on Thursday, May 12 — just in time for rookie minicamps which start on Friday. Tomasson spoke with former teammate and 2021 NFL All-Rookie Team edge rusher Kwity Paye,  who called Vilain a “big steal” for the Vikings. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! ‘Out of This World’ PotentialPaye who plays for the Indianapolis Colts after being drafted 21st overall in the 2021 draft, spoke highly of Vilain, who was his roommate at Michigan. “I think the Vikings got a big steal getting him in free agency,” Paye told Tomasson. “He’s just that type of player where I feel he didn’t get his fair chance at Michigan, but he’s going to definitely maximize his...
    Getty Virginia Tech wide receiver Tré Turner (11) backed out of a verbal agreement to join the Vikings for a deal with the Raiders. The Minnesota Vikings almost had a steal in Virginia Tech wide receiver Tré Turner. Turner, a sixth- or seventh-round prospect, went undrafted and was slated to sign with the Vikings. Minnesota had announced it had agreed to terms with Turner and eight other rookie free agents. But Turner, nicknamed “Big Play Tré” for his explosive playmaking ability, backed out after receiving an offer that put the Vikings’ deal to shame. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Raiders Offer Lures Turner at the 11th Hour Play Tre Turner Virginia Tech WR Career Highlights || Big Play TreTre Turner Virginia Tech Wide Receiver Tre Played at Virginia Tech for 4 Years having 500+ Receiving Yards in each of those Seasons. He was consistent though he never had a crazy season that put him in top receiver conversations. Tre dealt with a lot...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders WR Tre Turner. Prior to the trade for Davante Adams, wide receiver was arguably the biggest need the Las Vegas Raiders had heading into the offseason. They added the best in the NFL so it was no longer a need. The team did look at some options heading into the draft but ended up ignoring the position with their picks. The Raiders quickly turned their sights to undrafted free agency once the draft ended and added some interesting players. Perhaps the most interesting pickup is former Virginia Tech wide receiver Tre Turner. According to Chris Tomasson, the Minnesota Vikings were originally going to sign Turner before the Raiders came in and poached him by offering a much bigger guaranteed contract. Source says that undrafted Virginia Tech WR Tre Turner is now going to the Las Vegas Raiders to sign instead of the #Vikings. Source said that Turner will get $40,000 total guaranteed with the Raiders while Vikings had offered $2,500. Vikings have been informed he's not signing. — Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) May 1, 2022...
    Getty Dakota Dozier has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears have added some depth to their offensive line. The Bears announced on Twitter they have signed former Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets offensive lineman Dakota Dozier to a one-year contract. Got ourselves a bulldozier. ???? We have signed @BullDozier78 to a one-year contract. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 23, 2022 Dozier, who turns 31 in April, has spent the last three years in Minnesota. His 2021 campaign was cut short after he was hospitalized during a tough bout with COVID-19, as first reported by Courtney Cronin of ESPN. He didn’t play any offensive snaps last season as a result. The seven-year NFL vet has played both left and right guard since entering the league, and he should be competing for a spot on the roster at one of the two positions for Chicago. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the...
    Courtesy of Vikings The Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Sean Mannion (right), per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The Minnesota Vikings are running it back in the quarterbacks room. After reaching a contract extension with Kirk Cousins that will keep the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback under contract through 2023 and offer immediate cap savings for the upcoming season, the Vikings made a move to keep Cousins’ contingency in Minnesota consistent. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Join Heavy on Vikings! Vikings to Re-Sign Sean MannionSean Mannion will return to the Vikings for the fourth year as Cousins’ backup, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday, March 22. “The #Vikings are re-signing backup QB Sean Mannion to a one-year deal, per source,” Pelissero tweeted. “So starting QB Kirk Cousins stays for 2022 and now so does Mannion, whom Cousins values.” Mannion, who has been touted as a...
    Getty Mike Hughes celebrates a big play for the Chiefs in 2021. The Detroit Lions have slow-played free agency up to this point, but as the second wave gets going, the team is showing signs they are prepared to be aggressive. On Monday, March 21, the Lions hosted one visit with defensive lineman Arden Key and reportedly landed another young player in cornerback Mike Hughes, formally of the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Join Heavy on Lions! Late in the day, Pro Football Focus reporter Doug Kyed revealed that the Lions had signed Hughes to a reported one-year, $3.5 million dollar deal. The #Lions are signing CB Mike Hughes to a one-year, $3.5M contract, per source. — Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 21, 2022 “The Lions are signing CB Mike Hughes to a one-year, $3.5M contract, per source,” Kyed tweeted. Hughes joining the Lions...
    Getty The Vikings argeed to terms with former Los Angeles Rams tight end Johnny Mundt on March 16, 2022. The Minnesota Vikings opened free agency with a pair of signings to help bolster both sides of the ball. Minnesota made its signing of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips official while also announcing they’ve agreed to terms with Los Angeles Rams tight end Johnny Mundt. Mundt will sign a two-year contract worth $2.45 million, per Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson. Mundt has garnered respect from Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell from their time together in Los Angeles. He will be an integral piece to help install O’Connell’s offensive scheme and philosophy in Minnesota. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! The #Vikings have agreed to terms with TE Johnny Mundt (@jmundt83). ????: https://t.co/pnctyW2T6L pic.twitter.com/axgWBAtbNN — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 16, 2022 Mundt Well-Regarded Among New Vikings CoachesMundt...
    Getty The Vikings have reached out to former Green Bay Packers pass rusher Za'Darius Smith (left) ahead of the start of free agency, KSTP's Darren Wolfson reported. The Minnesota Vikings are in the market to restore their once-vaunted pass rush. With Danielle Hunter still under contract approaching the start of free agency at 3 p.m. CT on March 16, the Vikings are looking for another running mate opposite of Hunter. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Join Heavy on Vikings! Vikings Have Reached Out to Former Packers Pass Rusher Play VideoVideo related to vikings working to sign ex-packers all-pro pass rusher: report2022-03-16T05:36:38-04:00 KSTP’s Darren Wolfson reported on SKOR North late Tuesday night that Minnesota has reached out to former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith a day ahead of the start of the 2022 league year. A former fourth-round pick out of Kentucky, Smith spent his first four seasons...
    Getty Harrison Phillips agreed to a three-year deal with the Vikings on Monday, March 14, Mike Garafolo reported. The Minnesota Vikings are diving into free agency by signing a defensive tackle for a third straight year. The Vikings signed former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips to a three-year, $19.5 million deal, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on March 14. The signing will become official on March 16. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Join Heavy on Vikings! #Vikings are signing DT Harrison Phillips to a three-year, $19.5 million deal, source says. Popular #Bills lineman headed to Minnesota. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 15, 2022 Pierce Released After Phillips SigningAfter Garafolo’s tweet on March 14, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted, “the #Vikings plan to release DT Michael Pierce, source said. They tried to retain him on a moderate paycut and attempted to trade him. In the end, just some feelers and no trade...
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Mason Cole (#52) of the Minnesota Vikings goes against the Los Angeles Chargers defense at SoFi Stadium on November 14, 2021. On Monday evening ESPN senior NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that former Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings center Mason Cole “intends to sign a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.” Financial details were not disclosed. Follow the Heavy on Steelers Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content! Cole—who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 298 pounds—spent last season with the Vikings, who acquired him from the Cardinals last March in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick. He went on to appear in 14 games for the Vikings—making seven starts—with four of those starts coming at center and three at right guard. But he finished the season on injured reserve, having suffered a hyperextended elbow in Week 15 against the Chicago Bears.Mason Cole is a 2018 Third-Round Pick Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness Cole—who will turn 26 later this month—spent the...
    Getty Najee Harris #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball as Harrison Smith #22 and Nick Vigil #59 of the Minnesota Vikings defend in the second quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 09, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) The Minnesota Vikings need a lot of help on the back end of their defense, but there is one top cornerback on the market this offseason they’ve been advised to avoid. The Vikings have a bevy of needs to address this offseason, that is once they decide who the new general manager and head coach will be, which are priorities No. 1 and No. 1-A. The decision on quarterback Kirk Cousins — whether to extend or trade his $35 million contract — will have a ripple effect on what the new leadership is able to do across the roster. Assuming the Vikings can manufacture cap flexibility, the majority of their most immediate woes reside on the defensive side of the football, where they ranked 30th in the league in total defense...
    Judge in Kyle Rittenhouse trial makes inappropriate joke about Asian food U.S., Europe plan for speedier climate pledges irks developing countries Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson and current free agent Odell Beckham Jr. both played at LSU, and Jefferson was, per Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk, one of the individuals who received cash from Beckham after the Tigers won the national title game in January 2020. © Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad A report from earlier in the week said Beckham has "prioritized" the Green Bay Packers among teams he could join at any point moving forward, and multiple stories have since linked the three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Packers.  Green Bay All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams admitted Wednesday he's recruited Beckham, as the two share an off-the-field friendship. Jefferson and OBJ are also tight, and the Minnesota target told reporters Thursday he's asked the 29-year-old to stay away from the Packers if at all possible. Justin Jefferson and Odell...
    The SNL Weekend Update anchors throughout the years, ranked 50 Ways To Live the Big Life on a Small Budget © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad With Russell Wilson recovering from finger surgery, the only healthy quarterbacks the Seahawks had were Geno Smith and Jake Luton. They added another Wednesday. The team announced it signed Danny Etling to the practice squad. Etling has a familiarity with the Seahawks. He spent last season on the team’s practice squad and went to training camp with Seattle this summer. The Seahawks cut him Aug. 1, and the Vikings claimed him off waivers. Etling was a seventh-round choice of the Patriots in 2018, and he spent time with the Falcons in 2019 before joining the Seahawks last season. The Vikings waived Etling on Aug. 23. Seahawks sign Danny Etling to practice squad originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings signed right tackle Brian O’Neill to a contract extension on Wednesday, securing their most reliable blocker for the long term. O’Neill was drafted in the second round out of Pittsburgh in 2018 and would have been eligible for free agency next year. He cracked the lineup as a rookie and has started 42 games in his first three seasons. During his span as a starter, the Vikings have the third-most rushing yards in the NFL. Financial details of the deal weren’t immediately available. The Vikings have drafted an offensive lineman in the first or second round for four straight years. O’Neill is the oldest and most accomplished from that group. Minnesota opens the season at Cincinnati on Sunday. ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Minnesota Vikings signed five-time Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith to a four-year contract extension on Sunday, securing the team's longest-tenured player for what could be the remainder of his decorated career. Smith has a league-leading 28 interceptions among all safeties since he entered the NFL in 2012. Only Hall of Famer Paul Krause (150) has started more games at safety in Vikings history than Smith (129). CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM According to a person with knowledge of the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms were not being announced, the new contract is worth $64 million with a little more than $26 million guaranteed. That will put Smith safely among the top five highest-paid safeties in the NFL, with Seattle's Jamal Adams at the top of the annual average values. Prior to the signing, Smith was in the final year of his deal with a salary cap hit slightly above $10 million. At age 32, the new contract ought to ensure he'll stay with the Vikings as long as he's on the field....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly locked up their longest tenured player for the foreseeable future. ESPN’s Mike Golic Jr. reports the team has signed 32-year-old safety Harrison Smith to a four-year, $64 million extension that makes him the second-highest paid player at his position. Vikings and All-Pro Safety Harrison Smith have agreed to a 4-year, $64 million extension, per source. The deal makes Smith the second highest-paid safety in the NFL at the age of 32. — Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) August 29, 2021 The Vikings drafted Smith in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, and since then he has consistently ranked among the league’s best safeties. Last year, he had 5 interceptions. In his career, he’s totaled 28 picks, as well as 13.5 sacks, the most by a safety in Vikings history.   More On WCCO.com: Drone Video Shows Collapsed Bean Field In Northwestern Minnesota Oaklands On 9th, 1st Apartment Building In Minneapolis, Restored To Original Glory After Sturgis Rally, COVID Cases And Hospitalizations Rise Medical Examiner Says They’ve Identified Remains After...
    Getty Roderick Johnson worked out with the Vikings on Wednesday. The Minnesota Vikings made a series of moves Wednesday that could lead to signing one of Dalvin Cook’s lead blockers from his days at Florida State. Minnesota worked out former Seminoles left tackle Roderick Johnson, who has spent the past three seasons with the Houston Texans, on Wednesday morning, per the league’s transaction wire. Later in the afternoon, the Vikings cut second-year tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk — a move that could lead to a one-for-one swap for Johnson, the more experienced tackle. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Johnson Helped Cook Break School RecordsA former fifth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, Johnson was cut by the Browns his rookie year before being picked up midseason by the Texans. He’s played 29 career games since 2018 and started in six games over the past two seasons. He’s tallied a 64.5 Pro Football Focus position grade, with an above-average 73.9 mark in run-blocking. At Florida State, Johnson...
    Getty The Vikings signed former Falcons running back Ito Smith on Monday, Aug. 23. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Danny Etling was no more than a stand-in throwing arm while the Vikings quarterback depth was depleted due to the COVID-19 protocols. Etling filled in for Kirk Cousins, Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley, who all missed at least five days after a COVID-19 exposure in the quarterback room. Etling was cut on Monday, Aug. 23, with the Vikings quarterbacks all active participants in practice again. The move made room for the Vikings to sign former Atlanta Falcons third-string running back Ito Smith. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Smith, a Satellite BackA 2018 fourth-round pick out of Southern Mississippi, Smith was an undersized workhorse at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds. He rushed for over 4,000 yards and 42 touchdowns in his final three seasons of college, but his receiving prowess is what established him as the most experienced satellite, pass-catching back in the 2018 draft. He caught 132 passes...
    Getty Ex-Rams quarterback Sean Mannion. Whether some want to admit it or not, Daniel Jones is firmly entrenched as the New York Giants starter for the coming 2021 NFL season. With an array of new weapons at his disposal, the former No. 6 overall pick is hoping to silence his critics as he looks to push the Giants into playoff contention for the first time since 2016. Yet, while the team has loaded up on talent around Jones, the same can’t be said about the depth chart behind the third-year quarterback. Colt McCoy, who proved serviceable in spot duty for Jones a season ago — including an upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 — is now serving as Kyler Murray’s backup in Arizona. The team did add Mike Glennon in free agency this offseason. While he does have ample starting experience (27 games), his 6-21 record as a starter doesn’t leave much optimism should the Giants call upon him — which is certainly a possibility considering Jones has missed two games in each of his...
    Getty Images Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Sheldon Richardson. Money reportedly wasn’t the issue for Sheldon Richardson when it came to a return to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns reportedly offered the veteran defensive tackle more than the Minnesota Vikings, who he ultimately ended up signing with, per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Richardson’s deal with the Vikings is for one year worth $3.6 million, with incentives that can increase it to $4.35 million. Here’s what Cabot had to say about the situation. Richardson wanted to return to the Browns, but it was more about principle after they terminated his contract in April to save $12 million on the salary cap. A little bump in the salary may have brought him back, but the Browns set their price and stuck to it. Richardson admitted that he didn’t get the deal he wanted from the Browns to return, and is now reunited with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, for whom he played in 2018. The Browns released Richardson earlier this offseason, saving around $12 million against the cap. He joined...
    The Minnesota Vikings bring back a familiar face in Sheldon Richardson to add to an already impressive defensive front.  Entering the offseason, one of the biggest things the Minnesota Vikings needed to address was their defense. It was inconsistent in 2020, and that doesn’t sit well with a defensive-minded coach in Mike Zimmer. So they’ve prioritized their defensive line, adding beefy lineman on the interior. It looks like an old face is returning to the Vikings to add depth to the defensive front. Sheldon Richardson has agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The deal could rise to $4.5 because of incentives within the contract. The Pro-Bowl lineman played a season in Minnesota in 2018, where he accumulated 49 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. For the #Vikings and Sheldon Richardson, its a one-year, $3.6 million deal that can be worth up to $4.35M with incentives, per source. Quickly utilizing the cap space they saved with Danielle Hunters contract tweak to further fortify the defensive line. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 15,...
    Getty The Vikings signed another offensive lineman to bolster the team's depth heading into training camp. The Minnesota Vikings took another step in improving the offensive line this past week. Former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk was given a try out during rookie minicamps and the Vikings evidently liked what they saw out of the Buffalo University product. The Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson reported that barring Ksierzarczyk passes a team physical on Monday, Minnesota will be signing him. Ksierzarczyk was among five players offered a try out at rookie minicamps. He likely joins rookies Christian Darrisaw (No. 23 overall, Virginia Tech), Wyatt Davis (No. 86 overall, Ohio State) and former Arizona Cardinals interior lineman Mason Cole as incoming lineman who will attempt to help turn around the 29th-ranked pass-blocking unit in the league a season ago. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Where Ksiezarczyk FitsKsiezarczyk was listed on Minnesota’s minicamp roster at 6-6, 311 pounds. While he adds competition and depth at offensive...
    With the Minnesota Vikings trading cornerback Mike Hughes to the Kansas City Chiefs, signing free agent Steven Nelson would be a wise move.  Seemingly out of nowhere, the Minnesota Vikings pulled off quite the move on Thursday, trading former first-round pick Mike Hughes to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs getting stronger on defense? This isn’t great news for all the Kansas City haters. However, Minnesota fans seem to be fired up over Hughes leaving town, as he had several bouts with inconsistency. With Hughes officially on his way to the AFC West, who could the team sign to replace him for the secondary? Well, how about Steven Nelson?The Vikings shouldn’t waste time and sign free agent cornerback Steven NelsonUnfortunately for Hughes, his 2020 didn’t go as planned. He missed the majority of the year with a serious neck injury, allowing him to only appear in four games. On the campaign, the defensive back posted 13 tackles and one pass deflection. That’s nothing to phone home about. He never lived up to his first-round hype, which surely caused plenty...
    Getty Cameron Dantzler is offering to sign old jerseys in the event he changes numbers. NFL owners officially passed a rule on Wednesday that will undoubtedly result in many of the league’s most popular players changing their jersey numbers. The approved proposal adjusted restrictions on which numbers each position group can wear. The hype surrounding the rule change? Skill players, defensive backs and linebackers can all wear single digits now — leaving many stars considering changing their jersey number and fans up in arms about the possibility of needing to buy new jerseys. Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler, the top-rated rookie cornerback in 2020 by Pro Football Focus, has considered switching from his current number (27) to his college jersey number (3). 3 ???? — Cam Dantzler (@camdantzler3) April 21, 2021 In a compromise with fans who believed in the 2020 third-round pick, Dantzler tweeted that he’d sign any No. 27 jerseys if he does change numbers. If I do change I’m willing to do a signing for anyone that purchased the #27 jersey ???? — Cam...
    Credit: Mark Brown/Getty Images As the Minnesota Vikings possibly look to add in later waves of free agency, these three available players look like good fits. The Minnesota Vikings created some cap room by letting some notable names go, but after signing Dalvin Tomlinson and Patrick Peterson their big moves in free agency are done. From here on out, any signings will come from the bargain bin in what has been a cap-squeezed market. That depressed market presents some opportunities, and the Vikings have some holes left to fill (left tackle, defensive end, left guard, safety, No. 3 wide receiver). The draft will obviously provide a chance to fill some those needs, but this is a win-now operation for 2021 and relying on a bunch of rookies won’t be ideal. Here are three veteran free agents the Vikings can sign to cheap deals.3 veterans the Vikings should sign to cheap deals3. OG/OT Forrest LampAfter three injury-hampered seasons to start his career, Lamp started all 16 games at left guard for the Chargers last season. Anyone would be an upgrade...
    Getty The Vikings pushed money due to Adam Thielen down the road to offer Patrick Peterson a one-year contract. It took sacrifice for the Minnesota Vikings to make a splash in free agency this offseason. And the biggest wave came after a sacrifice on the contract of one of the team’s most beloved players, Adam Thielen. The Minnesota native agreed to a contract restructure last week that helped clear enough cap space to help the Vikings sign longtime Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson to a one-year, $10 million deal. Peterson, one of Thielen’s “golf buddies,” put ink to paper on his deal on Monday, reinforcing a Minnesota defense that was the bane of the team’s success last season, allowing the fourth-most points in 2020. Peterson touted the talent the Vikings have on both sides of the ball and his eagerness to help the defense have a turnaround season. “That’s why I wanted to be a part of this organization,” Peterson said of Zimmer. “Coach Zim’s football teams do a great job on the offensive side of taking care...
    Getty Jayron Kearse makes a play for the Vikings. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys took a shot in the dark on edge rusher Aldon Smith, who returned from a five-year NFL ban and, in completing a successful comeback, inspired those who cut his checks. This year, the team is targeting a similarly talented defender with an equally checkered (recent) past — and a flier is “likely” to follow. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are hosting former Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions safety Jayron Kearse on a free-agent visit Wednesday. Kearse will join a three-player tryout group featuring fellow safeties Malik Hooker and Damontae Kazee, whose visits were previously scheduled. Contract offers are expected. “Medical physicals will be paramount Wednesday as Cowboys evaluate three safeties in town. If the team signs two of them, the combination would seem likely to involve Jayron Kearse,” Gehlken reported. ALL the latest Dallas Cowboys news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Cowboys newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Cowboys Newsletter! Background on...
    The longtime Arizona Cardinals cornerback joins the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year deal. Patrick Peterson has been a member of the Arizona Cardinals organization for the past decade as a first-round draft pick out of LSU. With the cornerback getting older and his production in a gradual decline, it was expected that the Cardinals were going to part ways with their longtime No. 1 corner. Now, he has a new home in the NFC. According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Peterson is signing a one-year, $10 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Through 16 games this past season, Peterson recorded 61 total tackles, eight defended passes and three interceptions. This story will be updated with additional information Next: Ron Rivera and Curtis Samuel reunite in Washington
    The Minnesota Vikings brought in a huge run-stopper in Dalvin Tomlinson. Tomlinson had previously stated he wanted to stay in New York. Yet, in a move that mirrors the one Linval Joseph made just a few years ago, Tomlin spurned the Giants for the Minnesota Vikings, where he’ll play alongside an elite defensive lineman in Daniele Hunter. However, Hunter has recently made it clear he wants more money, or a trade out of the Twin Cities. Per Ian Rapoport, Tomlinson signed for two years at $11 million per season, not a bad price for a player projected to reach Pro Bowl heights. Tomlinson was fresh off his rookie contract, and cashed in on a short-term deal. DT Dalvin Tomlinson is leaving the Giants and heading to the Vikings on a two-year, $22M deal (per @RapSheet)https://t.co/ZYNcz33Q3I pic.twitter.com/HxmUrfiKyX — Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) March 16, 2021 The New York Giants blew it by letting Dalvin Tomlinson go to the VikingsTomlinson did get $20 million guaranteed in said contract, and the short-term aspect of it allows him to hit free agency again when...
    Getty Free agent DB Anthony Harris. While the Las Vegas Raiders do have some big needs on the offensive line, most of the money they have needs to be spent on fixing the defense. New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has had success in the past but needs talent to work with if the team hopes for him to turn the defense around. Luckily, there’s talent on the market and the Raiders have money to spend. Possibly the team’s biggest need is at safety. Erik Harris and Jeff Heath just aren’t going to cut it going forward. There should be some good options for Las Vegas in free agency this offseason. Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic predicts that the Raiders will sign Minnesota Vikings free agent Anthony Harris: Assuming that new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will employ his Cover-3 scheme, the Raiders are in desperate need of a free safety who can patrol the deep middle of the field and take away posts and seams. Harris has the range and ball skills to be effective. His nine interceptions over...
    Getty The Vikings are reportedly unlikely to re-sign linebacker Eric Wilson. The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of making many tough decisions to get out of salary cap hell. Cutting Kyle Rudolph, the longest-tenured Vikings player from last year’s roster, was an inkling of what the offseason may have in store. “We’re going to have to be very creative this year,” general manager Rick Spielman said in his first media availability since Minnesota cut Yannick Ngakoue in October. “We’re going to have to make a lot of tough business decisions. That process is getting started this week and next week.” While roster cuts are always the bloodiest moves in the NFL offseason, letting longtime players who have developed with the team walk in their debut of free agency can have the same sting. That’s the shadow looming over fifth-year linebacker Eric Wilson. ALL the latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Rick Spielman Raises Concern about Keeping Eric WilsonWilson, 27, has been a wild success...
    Getty Minnesota Vikings coaching staff The Minnesota Vikings haven’t returned the same five starters on its offensive line in the past seven seasons — 2021 will be no exception to the trend. However, the void left by guard Dakota Dozier who reaches free agency this offseason could offer the opportunity for improvement. Dozier finished the 2020 season with a 44.6 Pro Football Focus position grade as the 122nd ranked guard in the league. The situation at guard, knock on wood, couldn’t get much worse, but Minnesota has many possibilities to consider in a pivotal offseason for the team. The first domino expected to fall that will set further plans in motion will be reaching an ultimatum with veteran left tackle Riley Reiff. Reiff carries a $16.5 million cap hit in 2021 that the Vikings cannot afford. Speculation remains on whether 2020 second-round pick Ezra Cleveland could replace Reiff at left tackle — the position he was drafted as out of college — but a Vikings insider dispelled the possibility of that happening this season. Die-hard Vikings fan? Follow the Heavy on...
    Getty Images Tajae Sharpe was originally drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2016. With multiple roster spots to fill after some recent roster shuffling, it appears the Kansas City Chiefs are adding another playmaker to the ranks. The defending Super Bowl champions are planning to sign fifth-year WR Tajae Sharpe to the practice squad, as first reported by Kansas City Star beat reporter Herbie Teope and since confirmed by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Chiefs plan to sign WR Tajae Sharpe to the practice squad once he clears COVID-19 protocols, according to a source. Sharpe entered league in 2016 as fifth-round pick with Titans, where he spent four seasons. He was recently released by Vikings. — Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 17, 2020 The reported signing comes two days after the Chiefs waived wideout Marcus Kemp from the 53-man roster, a move likely made possible by the return of third-year pass-catcher Byron Pringle from the injured reserve list. On Wednesday, Kemp landed with the Miami Dolphins practice squad, keeping the possibility open that he can contribute for a playoff...
    Getty The Vikings signed Khalfani Muhammad to the practice squad after dropping Tajaé Sharpe on Monday. After 13 games with the Minnesota Vikings, Tajaé Sharpe had seen just three targets all season and was on the field in just four games this season, playing a total of 28 offensive snaps. That limited usage and concerns about depth at other positions has forced the Vikings’ hand as the fifth-year wideout was released on Monday following the Vikings’ 26-14 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What was your favorite moment of the Tajae Sharpe era? pic.twitter.com/y3jzKQylAV — Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) December 14, 2020 The Vikings activated former Indianapolis Colts tight end Hale Hentges, who was signed last week, to the 53-man roster in place of Sharpe and signed running back Khalfani Muhammad to the practice squad. Sharpe signed a one-year, $1 million prove-it contract with a $125,000 signing bonus. He made roughly $670,000 of his $825,000 base salary before being waived on Monday, per Sportrac. Ian Rappoport reported that Sharpe’s destination will be learned tomorrow, however, he’s likely not...
    Getty QB Kyle Sloter has been added to the Chicago Bears practice squad. Have no fear, Chicago Bears fans, quarterback help is on the way: You now have preseason hero Kyle Sloter on your team’s practice squad. Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Bears are signing Sloter to their 16-player practice squad after his tryout last week. He’ll fill the slot vacated by Tyler Bray, who was moved up to the team’s 53-man roster when backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky injured his throwing shoulder in the team’s Week 8 loss against the New Orleans Saints. The #Bears are getting some QB insurance, as Kyle Sloter is signing to Chicago’s practice squad, source said. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 9, 2020 The 6-5, 218-pound Sloter has never started an NFL game, but he has become a preseason legend of sorts. Sloter went 39-of-51 (that’s a 76.5 percent completion percentage) for 443 yards and four touchdowns during the preseason in 2019 while he was with the Minnesota Vikings, only to get released when the team narrowed its roster that August....
    Delta live updates: Lake Charles reports disheartening damage, undoing Laura recovery efforts; 700K without power across South The best small chain restaurant in your state Vikings sign veteran safety George Iloka to active roster © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports George Iloka is back on the Vikings' active roster. George Iloka is back on the Vikings' active roster. This time, he might actually stick around. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that the Vikings have signed the veteran safety to their 53-man roster. The Vikings had elevated Iloka from the practice squad for each of their past two games. However, teams are allowed to seamlessly elevate each practice squad player twice. So, this time around, the front office was required to sign Iloka to the 53-man roster. After appearing in 16 games for Minnesota during the 2018 campaign, Iloka sat out the 2019 season. He re-joined the Vikings this past summer, and he’s proceeded to compile six tackles through two games. During last weekend’s win over the Texans, the 30-year-old filled in for Harrison Smith following the starter’s ejection, and Iloka proceeded to play 66-percent...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are adding depth to the team’s linebacker roster following a season-ending injury of starting linebacker Anthony Barr. On Thursday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the Vikings are signing former Denver Broncos linebacker Todd Davis to a one-year deal, per his source. Davis was a starter the past four seasons in Denver. A good get at this stage for the #Vikings, who just lost Anthony Barr to a season-ending pec injury. https://t.co/i9FIyQH46Z — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 24, 2020 Davis, 28, is a six-year veteran of the NFL and is expected to provide depth after Barr tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday’s loss to the Colts.
    Getty Todd Davis is in the Twin Cities and preparing to visit the Vikings. The Vikings are close to signing their solution to replace Anthony Barr, who suffered a season-ending pectoral injury last Sunday against the Colts. Todd Davis, a former Broncos linebacker who won a Super Bowl with the team in 2015, is in the Twin Cities area and undergoing coronavirus protocol before his expected workout with the Vikings, per Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson. Inside The Vikings’ Will Ragatz reported he is expected to be signed. He played in 59 of the past 60 games for his former team, starting in all but one of those games since 2016. Davis coming off his best two seasons as a pro, tallying one interception and eight passes defended to go along with 158 total tackles — 12 for a loss — and six quarterback hits. Die-hard Vikings fan? Follow the Heavy on Vikings Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out of Skol Nation!Davis Could Help Solve Run Defense’s WoesDavis went undrafted in 2014 and had...
    Getty Joe Webb runs for the Vikings in a playoff game. The Detroit Lions have wasted little time filling slots on their practice squad, and another blast from the Minnesota Vikings’ past is heading to town. Wednesday, the Lions signed Joe Webb III to their practice squad. Webb once played quarterback for the Vikings when Darrell Bevell was the team’s offensive coordinator, and he will add a bit of wideout depth to the group considering he can also play that position. The Lions also signed free agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin. #Lions have signed free agent OL Marcus Martin and free agent WR Joe Webb III to the practice squad. — Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 23, 2020 Webb’s signing will also help the team game plan for the intense challenge they will face from Kyler Murray this weekend given how shifty he can be with the football. While Webb is much older now at 33, he can create the same kind of plays inside and out of the pocket as Murray can during his career. Webb has...
    Getty George Iloka was re-signed by the Vikings on Thursday, Sept. 17. George Iloka is once again a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The 30-year-old safety who played for the team in 2018 after six years with the Cincinnati Bengals was signed on Thursday, per a team report. He was in the Twin Cities area earlier this week undergoing coronavirus protocols. The #Vikings have signed S George Iloka (@George_iloka) to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/ifBl9jjdEn — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 17, 2020 Iloka worked out with the Vikings at training camp in August. The Vikings potentially did not sign Iloka during the preseason to avoid his veteran contract being fully guaranteed. The Vikings started the season with no backups behind the NFL’s top safety tandem in Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith. Second-year defensive back Nate Meadors was activated off the practice squad last Sunday but did not play a snap against the Packers. Meadors provides versatility as he’s taken reps at safety and cornerback this offseason, but Iloka’s signing has given the Vikings a true safety who can...
    Getty Laquon Treadwell #11 of the Minnesota Vikings in 2019. The Falcons are giving former Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell another shot by re-signing him to the practice squad, per Atlanta Falcons official website. Due to COVID-19, the NFL is being more flexible about signing players on and off of the practice squad. Treadwell was cut just a week ago after spending the entire offseason training in Atlanta, so he should be ready to step up when needed. Treadwell’s Resume Minnesota selected Treadwell with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Once joining the NFL, he struggled to make the adjustment at the next level. Treadwell made a name for himself at Ole Miss. He had an outstanding junior season after tallying 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named First-team All-SEC. At the end of his junior season, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the draft. As a Rebel, he recorded 202 receptions for 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns in three seasons. Struggling to make the adjustment to the NFL, Treadwell had just...
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