Vikings Rumors & News

  • 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 Bloomberg.com. 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 TheMMQB.com 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 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

  • 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

  • McKinnon Honors Mother by Changing Jersey to No. 21

    Vikings.com "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

  • Nick O'Toole among two punters auditioning for Vikings job

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Perhaps the most notable thing to come out of the Vikings’ rookie minicamp is the team’s plan to sign one of the two rookie free agent punters they invited to try out this weekend. Hey, punters are people, too, you know. And they’re particularly important when a franchise builds its foundation..." May 08

  • Vikings’ German receiver learns how much he has to learn

    Pro Football Talk "After the first day of rookie minicamp, Moritz Boehringer knows just how much he doesn’t know. Boehringer, a sixth-round draft pick of the Vikings whose only football experience is in a German league, acknowledged after the first rookie practice that while every rookie has to learn the offense,..." May 07

  • Vikings sign all draft picks, except Laquon Treadwell

    Pro Football Talk "As the Vikings launch into their rookie minicamp, all rookie draft picks have signed contracts, except one. The one who hasn’t been signed was the first one they picked. Receiver Laquon Treadwell does not yet have a contract; the teams other seven selections do. Under contract are..." May 06

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson 'itching' for first preseason run since 2011

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson hasn’t run the ball in a preseason game since 2011. He would like to change that this summer. The Vikings have been careful not to risk their star running back getting hurt in exhibition play since he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2011. Peterson, though, believes..." May 06

  • Adrian Peterson donating $100K to flood-relief efforts in hometown

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating more than $100,000 to relief efforts in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, after flash flooding destroyed dozens of houses and killed six people there over the weekend. Peterson is partnering with the Salvation Army and will travel to..." May 05

  • Vikings draftees Alexander, Morgan, Weatherly, Kearse agree to terms

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings agreed to deals Wednesday with four draft choices, including second-round pick Mackensie Alexander, and all will sign Thursday. Sources said Alexander, a cornerback from Clemson taken with the No. 54 pick overall last week, will get a four-year, $4.3 million contract, with a $1.34..." May 04

  • NFLPA warns players against meat that could trigger positive PED test

    Fox Sports "Almost every athlete who tests positive for a banned PED says he must have ingested something unknowingly, and now there’s evidence that can actually happen – if you eat a lot of meat in China or Mexico. The NFL Players Association sent a letter to its members this week warning them that eating..." May 03

  • Vikings Pick Up CB Xavier Rhodes’ Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Minnesota Vikings have elected to pick up the fifth-year option on CB Xavier Rhodes, according to his agent, Sunny Shah. The Minnesota Vikings have elected to pick up the fifth-year option on CB Xavier Rhodes, according to his agent, Sunny Shah." May 02

  • Vikings to exercise options for Rhodes, Floyd; will not pick up Patterson's

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings have until the end of the day today to officially exercise the fifth-year options for their three 2013 first-round draft picks — Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson. But this morning, they informed those players about their intentions, if they hadn’t..." May 02

  • Vikings take OL Willie Beavers, will move T.J. Clemmings to LT

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Willie Beavers played guard for the first time last January at the Senior Bowl. He might stay there awhile. The Vikings on Saturday selected the 6-foot-5, 321-pound Beavers, a starter at left tackle for Western Michigan, in the fourth round with the No. 121 overall pick on the final day of the..." May 01

  • Moritz Boehringer first draft pick to never play in North America

    ABC News "Moritz Boehringer got his first exposure to football through YouTube clips of Adrian Peterson. Now, the German wide receiver will go from being Peterson's fan to his teammate. The Minnesota Vikings selected Boehringer with the 186th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday, making the..." April 30

  • Laquon Treadwell has a jersey number

    Daily Norseman "The Minnesota Vikings 2016 first round draft pick is already in Minnesota making his rounds with the local media and getting ready for his introductory press conference today at Winter Park. But before Laquon Treadwell smiles for the cameras with the Wilfs, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer, and other..." April 29

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    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    Source tells me @Chiefs tried to trade up for @SuccessfulQuon, who went to @Vikings at No. 23. KC later traded out of 1st round @SiriusXMNFL

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    The Minnesota Vikings select Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss…

  • Vikings take Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell at No. 23

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings chose Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Treadwell, 20, had 82 catches for 1,153 yards last year as a junior, including three touchdowns against Oklahoma State in a Sugar Bowl victory. He suffered a broken leg as a sophomore,..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Vikings G.M.: Teams are calling about moving up to 23

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If your NFL mock draft has the Vikings selecting a receiver at No. 23, their general manager just said hold your horses, fellas. “As I sit there, I enjoy reading the mock drafts and everybody out there trying to determine what we’re going to do, we are in a position to take the best player,”..." April 27

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Time to pick an Adrian Peterson replacement?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This time a year ago, the noise surrounding Adrian Peterson was deafening. Despite the Vikings’ insistence, both publicly and privately, that they had no interest in trading the disgruntled running back, trade rumors swirled nationally. There was nothing to them, though, and the Vikings held..." April 20

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Work on new Minnesota Vikings stadium is 95 percent complete

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With 95 percent of the U.S. Bank Stadium completed, the focus at Friday’s oversight meeting was on the finer design points: concessions signs, personnel matters and the need to hire 24/7 staff for the building. Mortenson Construction executive Eric Grenz said the company expects to be able to..." April 17

  • Everson Griffen says shoulder is back to 100 percent

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen dealt with a shoulder injury down the stretch in 2015 and coach Mike Zimmer said after the team’s season came to an end that Griffen might have surgery to repair what he thought was a torn labrum. As it turned out, Griffen didn’t have surgery after meeting..." April 15