Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings promote scout Scott Kuhn to director of analytics

    Pro Football Talk "When the Vikings were at the Scouting Combine earlier this year, General Manager Rick Spielman said that the team was using analytics to derive data beyond 40 times and bench press totals. Spielman called it “another tool” the team could use to evaluate players and it is something that the team..." June 30

  • Ex-Vikings WR Troy Williamson reflects on time in Minnesota, wanting to fight Brad Childress

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "troywilliamsonI had a chance to chat Tuesday with Troy Williamson, the 2005 first-round draft choice of the Vikings. He was chosen No. 7 overall with the pick the Vikings got from Oakland in the trade for Randy Moss — forever linking the two wide receivers. While Moss was a legend here, Williamson..." June 29

  • Alan Roach to leave Broncos to become Vikings public address announcer

    Pro Football Talk "After 16 years as public address announcer of the Denver Broncos, Alan Roach is returning home to Minnesota to become the public address announcer of the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. In a post on his own website, Roach announced the move back to his Minnesota roots." June 28

  • Possibly facing last Vikings season, Cordarrelle Patterson vows to work harder

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been saying good things about Cordarelle Patterson this offseason, lauding his work ethic and improved route-running. The fourth-year receiver doesn’t want to hear about it. “Good. Bad,” Patterson said. “It’s going to always be something. You can’t let the good..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Herschel Walker Says He's Blackballed from Speaking Gigs By Anti-Trumpers

    Breit Bart "NFL Great Herschel Walker was one of the early Trump supporters out of the gate but now he says he is losing speaking gigs by anti-Trumpers who are blackballing him. Walker, a running back for such teams as the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, recently told gossip site TMZ he has had..." June 26

  • Former Seahawk QB Tarvaris Jackson arrested for allegedly pulling gun on his wife

    Seattle Times "Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback the last three seasons but currently a free agent, has been arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on his wife, according to a report from in Orlando. In a series of tweets, Chris Hush of WEST was reported that Jackson was intoxicated..." June 26

  • Adrian Peterson lists Houston home at $8.5M

    Houston Chronicle "One lucky Houston-area home buyer could soon be sleeping where Adrian Peterson once slept and floating among the trees in his swanky infinity pool. The Minnesota Vikings running back has put his 9-acre estate in The Woodlands on the market for $8.5 million. The hefty price tag will buy you..." June 24

  • Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph: Top tight ends do more than catch passes

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Two years ago, Kyle Rudolph proclaimed himself the best tight end in the NFL. He still feels that way. “Absolutely,” said Rudolph, entering his sixth season with the Vikings. “Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters. But it’s also (about) being one of the best..." June 23

  • Adrian Peterson says 'boring' offseason work could prompt early retirement

    Sporting News "Adrian Peterson said in May he could play until he's 40, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will. The Vikings running back told ESPN this week he might call it quits early to avoid the toll the NFL offseason takes on him. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that..." June 22

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Vikings’ German receiver Moritz Bohringer adjusting slowly to NFL

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It hasn’t taken long for Moritz Bohringer to realize he’s not in Germany anymore. The wide receiver played four years of club ball in his native land before being taken by the Vikings in the sixth round of the NFL draft in April. With offseason drills wrapping up Thursday, he knows he has..." June 17

  • Zimmer on Teddy Bridgewater: 'He's a winner'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer defended Teddy Bridgewater from those who might stray too far in their argument that the young quarterback has a long leap to reach the so-called next level in his third season. “I don’t know how you measure how much of a step [he has to] take,” Zimmer said today after..." June 15

  • Even off the field, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo goes to extremes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Offseason NFL charity events often consist of bowling, building playgrounds or signing autographs — not rappelling 38 stories down the face of a high-rise. Extreme philanthropy resonates more with Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo. He will descend down the fourth-­tallest building in Austin, Texas,..." June 11

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Harrison Smith Signs Contract Extension with Vikings "Harrison Smith is asked to line up multiple places in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s defense. Whether on the line to stuff the run or execute or bluff a blitz, or off the line to play coverage, Smith has made a variety of plays in a dynamic role. Smith will continue to do so in Purple for..." June 06

  • Vikings' Treadwell wears Raiders hat, gets roasted

    The Score "It's easy to forget NFL players are fans just like everyone else before they enter the league, but, nonetheless, they must abide by some unwritten rules. One of those rules is fairly obvious: Don't support other teams. No matter what." June 03

  • Captain Munnerlyn ready to face challenge from Vikings rookie

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the second round of this year’s NFL draft, the Vikings selected cornerback Mackensie Alexander to one day supplant slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn, perhaps even this season. Munnerlyn’s immediate reaction? Bring it on. “When they drafted that guy, it lit a fire under me again,”..." June 02

  • Phil Loadholt “moving pretty well” in return from torn Achilles

    Pro Football Talk "Tackle Phil Loadholt took care of one obstacle in the way of his return to the Vikings when he took a pay cut earlier this offseason. He’s working his way through another one during OTAs. Loadholt is back on the field after tearing his Achilles in the preseason last year and says his return to..." May 29

  • Vikings rookie QB Joel Stave forgot how to throw ‘for a few weeks’ at Wisconsin

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Chryst was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin in 2011 when the Badgers signed a two-star recruit out of Greenfield, Wis., named Joel Stave. Chryst left in 2012 to coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon returning to Madison three years later to replace Gary Andersen as head coach..." May 28

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson hopes to improve from shotgun formation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It was just one voluntary, unpadded, noncontact practice in late May, but the final team period of Wednesday morning’s organized team activity at Winter Park featured a familiar routine for running back Adrian Peterson. On first and second down of one series of plays, Peterson lined up behind..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Prepare for 'this is Teddy Bridgewater's prove-it year' to become national narrative

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is about to enter his third season in the NFL. The first two were uneven, though they were marked by a a team improvement from seven victories his rookie year to 11 wins and a division title last season. As such, it’s only natural that there will be plenty of..." May 24

  • Adrian Peterson to attend Vikings OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said on multiple recent occasions that the demands of training camp ultimately could bring about the end to his career. At least for 2016, he doesn’t have the same attitude about Organized Team Activities. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press..." May 23

  • Hartman: Health, new position coach have Rudolph excited for '16

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last season, Kyle Rudolph finally returned to the sort of star player the Vikings saw in his first two seasons in the NFL, posting a career high in receiving yards (493) while catching 49 passes and five touchdowns. Rudolph burst onto the scene after being selected as a second-round pick out of..." May 22

  • Report: NFL to move Pro Bowl to Orlando

    Orlando Sentinel "The National Football League is moving its Pro Bowl all-star game to Orlando, according to a report by The Bloomberg report cited three people familiar with the matter confirming that Orlando has beaten out the event's traditional home of Honolulu, as well as Houston and Sydney,..." May 19

  • ESPN says Packers won NFC North last year; Vikings' response is priceless

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Sometimes you post something on social media before you really give it a second thought (or a first fact-check). We’ve all been there. So we can relate to whoever is running ESPN’s Facebook account. In teasing to a Bill Barnwell offseason report card story (Vikings get an A-minus, by the..." May 18

  • 10 undrafted free agents who could make an impact in the NFL

    SB Nation "Carving out a spot on an NFL roster filled with veterans, free agent acquisitions and new draft selections is a lot for undrafted free agents to overcome. But every year players are able to pull it off. In 2015, there were 56 undrafted rookies who snagged a spot on a 53-man roster after..." May 17

  • NFL names new czar of discipline for on-field conduct

    Sporting News "Former All-Pro offensive tackle Jon Runyan was named the NFL's new czar of discipline for on-field conduct, the league announced Tuesday. Runyan, who also served as a congressman (R-New Jersey) from 2011-15, played 14 seasons in the NFL for four teams, most notably with the Philadelphia..." May 17

  • Ranking NFL's divisional worst-to-first contenders

    Tennessean "Optimism is never in short supply throughout the NFL offseason, even for the league's most moribund franchises. In a parity-driven league, a sudden rise never seems far off. The Washington Redskins were last season's lone worst-to-first story, but they proved it's possible to shed the standards..." May 17

  • ESPN Names Alex Boone Vikings' Best Addition

    Daily Norseman "Since it's the offseason and, man, are things to talk about few and far between, we bring you this story from ESPN. The four-letter asked all of their NFL bloggers who they thought the biggest addition to their team has been this offseason. Ben Goessling, ESPN's voice for the Minnesota Vikings,..." May 16

  • Best offseason acquisitions for all 32 NFL teams

    ESPN "From free agents to coaches and draft picks to general managers, NFL Nation reporters select the top offseason pickup for every team: AFC EAST Buffalo Bills Outside linebacker Shaq Lawson Drafting Lawson at No. 19 overall was a steal for the Bills -- general manager Doug Whaley never..." May 16

  • Adrian Peterson elaborates on his belief that the Vikings can win it all

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson recently told Peter King of that Peterson thinks his team can win it all this year. Appearing on Friday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Peterson elaborated on the basis for his belief. “First, it starts up top in the organization and some moving..." May 15

  • NFL lets a player put his actual name on his jersey

    SB Nation "Score one for the players. Moritz Boehringer, the German wide receiver selected by the Vikings in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, has been granted permission by the NFL to put an umlaut (the mark or vowel placed over a German word) on his uniform. " May 14

  • Adrian Peterson: Teddy Bridgewater reminds me of Tom Brady

    Pro Football Talk "If the Vikings are going to make good on running back Adrian Peterson’s recent suggestion that the team can win it all this season, the team will need stellar quarterback play from Teddy Bridgewater. Peterson seems to believe that will happen. “His third year in, that’s a moment when a young..." May 14

  • Vikings' Greenway donates $10K to Texas flood victims

    The Score "Adrian Peterson's Minnesota Vikings teammates are doing their part to help flood victims in Peterson's home town of Palestine, Texas. After Peterson donated $100,000 toward the cause, linebacker Chad Greenway kicked in an additional $10,000. " May 13

  • Vikings wrap up draft class, sign Laquon Treadwell

    Pro Football Talk "Add the Vikings to the list of teams that have signed all of their draft picks. They signed seven of their eight picks in one fell swoop last week and rounded out the group by getting wide receiver Laquon Treadwell under contract on Thursday. As a first-round pick, Treadwell signed a four-year..." May 12

  • U.S. Bank Stadium's Vikings 'Horn' sculpture to stretch 100 feet

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Thirty-eight tons of spiraling metal ribbon will become a centerpiece display on the plaza outside the new Vikings home at U.S. Bank Stadium. Dubbed “The Horn”, the sculpture will stand 25 feet high and stretch 100 feet long and 25 feet wide. The spiraling shape of the ribbons will represent..." May 12

  • 10 players on the roster bubble heading into training camp

    The Score "The most exciting stage of free agency has come and gone, but there are still plenty of moves to be made before the 2016 season gets underway. With the NFL draft now in the books, and teams having added plenty of competition to their respective rosters, a number of veteran players will be..." May 11

  • Study reveals interesting data about NFL player suicide rate

    The Comeback "According to government research, NFL players are less likely to commit suicide than the average man in the general population. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed research on over 3,000 retired players, and that research showed that NFL players were less likely..." May 11

  • 10 NFL players who are destined for breakout seasons in 2016

    USA Today "As rookie camps and OTAs get going around the league, prepare yourself for hype season. You know, that’s the time of the year when you start to hear that Young Player X is dominating in practice and primed for a big year. We’ve picked out ten players who will undoubtedly create that buzz over the..." May 11

  • Vikings Sign Running Back C.J. Ham

    Daily Norseman "I hear a lot of the younger set these days talking about how someone or something is about to "go HAM." I'm old, so I have no idea what that means, but the Minnesota Vikings appear to have already gone Ham. The Vikings announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have signed running back C.J. Ham...." May 10

  • Vikings install turf as U.S. Bank Stadium nears completion

    The Score "U.S. Bank Stadium is almost ready for football. The Minnesota Vikings' new home took another major step toward completion Tuesday, when the installation of 132,000 square feet of turf officially got underway." May 10

  • McKinnon Honors Mother by Changing Jersey to No. 21 "Mother’s Day has a little extra meaning for Jerick McKinnon this year. The Vikings running back recently switched his jersey to No. 21 after wearing No. 31 for the first two years of his career. McKinnon said the jersey switch is in honor of his mother. Frances McKinnon wore No. 21 as a point..." May 09

  • N.F.L. Concussion Payouts Have Lenders Circling

    New York Times "The offers seem too good to pass up: Loans worth tens of thousands of dollars with no money down and no time limit for paying it back. The main catch, sometimes buried in the fine print, is the interest rate of 40 percent or higher. “We take the weight off your shoulders,” reads one pitch,..." May 09

  • Adrian Peterson on aging: 'My end is going to be better than my beginning'

    CBS Sports "By any reasonable measurement, Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs of his era, and probably in NFL history. He's led the league in rushing yards three times and rushing touchdowns twice. He's made the Pro Bowl in every season that didn't get cut short due to injury or suspension and..." May 09