Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings sign Mike Needham, waive/injured Hercules Mata’afa

    Pro Football Talk "Rookie defensive end Hercules Mata'afa tore his ACL in a Vikings OTA practice earlier this month and the team made a move to fill his roster spot on Wednesday. The Vikings announced that they have signed linebacker Mike Needham. Mata’afa has been waived with an injury..." June 20

  • Progress made, but still some assembly required on Vikings offensive line

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There was a fluidity about the Vikings’ offensive line this spring that’s become commonplace by now, at a position that has been a puzzle (and, at its worst moments, a calamity) for much of the past five years or so. Still, when the team returns to its practice facility in..." June 17

  • Vikings rookie WR Brandon Zylstra turning heads with acrobatic catches

    Twin Cities "Brandon Zylstra grew up idolizing Randy Moss, and he’s had some Moss-like catches early in his NFL career. Zylstra, a Spicer, Minn., native, signed by the Vikings after two seasons in the Canadian Football League, went high in the air during the final week of organized team..." June 16

  • Vikings plan a team approach to anthem

    Pro Football Talk "In more than three weeks since the NFL enacted a new anthem policy that managed to cause more problems than it solved, teams and owners and league officials generally have managed to keep their heads low and their mouths shut on the topic. For the Vikings, the subject became..." June 16

  • Texans’ Martinas Rankin Undergoes Surgery

    Pro Football Rumors "The Texans traded away their first- and second-round selections in this year’s draft, leaving the three third-rounders in the class as the top rookie investments. It will now be a bit before the Texans can again gauge the development of these rookies. A tackle out of Mississippi..." June 15

  • Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s new rules designed to reduce the impacts on kickoffs represent a last-gasp effort to keep the play in the sport. That’s the word from former head of officiating Mike Pereira, who believes that if this year’s rule changes don’t result in the desired..." June 15

  • Terence Newman getting some reps at safety

    Pro Football Talk "The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but an old corner may be a different story. Terence Newman is heading into his 16th season and he has been taking reps at safety during minicamp this week. It’s not a totally new experience for Newman as he..." June 14

  • Report: NFLPA exploring legal options for fighting new anthem policy

    The Score "It appears the NFLPA is preparing for a legal battle with the NFL over its new anthem policy. The NFLPA has hired multiple law firms to begin researching potential avenues to fight the league's policy, a source told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio. Florio..." June 14

  • Siemian's value behind Vikings QB Kirk Cousins cannot be overstated

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Only once in Mike Zimmer’s four seasons as Vikings coach — and only twice in this decade — has the team had a quarterback start all 16 regular-season games. And when the Vikings opted to let all three of their veteran quarterbacks hit free agency this spring, they knew two..." June 14

  • Stefon Diggs on contract: That will take care of itself, I’m focused on winning

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, but he’s not sweating it. Diggs said this morning on PFT Live that if his agents and the Vikings work out an extension, that’s fine, but it’s not..." June 13

  • Kirk Cousins reportedly played ‘very, very well’ during Minnesota’s OTAs

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Vikings made a splash by winning the Kirk Cousins Sweepstakes this offseason. It appears he has already started to make an impression on offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Getting adjusted all the new changes can be tough for any quarterback. However, DeFilippo says..." June 11

  • Here's Brett Favre explaining how he basically invented RPOs because he was bored

    CBS Sports "Over the last few seasons, the run-pass option (RPO) has become increasingly popular in the NFL. The way it allows an offense to react to how the defense lines up and then reacts off the snap of the ball makes it easy to avoid negative plays that flow right into what the defense is doing, and..." June 11

  • Vikings’ David Parry has new perspective after 2017 alcohol-related arrest

    Twin Cities "David Parry started 32 straight games for the Indianapolis Colts during the 2016 and ’17 seasons and seemed on his way to becoming a solid NFL defensive tackle. Then came Feb. 25, 2017. Parry was arrested in Scottsdale, Ariz., and charged with auto theft, robbery, resisting..." June 09

  • Did Redskins players throw shade at Kirk Cousins?

    Larry Brown Sports "Kirk Cousins seemed to have one foot out the door in Washington during the 2017 season, and it may have rubbed some of the Redskins the wrong way. Former Redskin and current team analyst Chris Cooley attended OTAs this week and passed along what some of Washington’s players..." June 09

  • Donald Trump asks NFL players to suggest people he should pardon

    WEEI Boston "Donald Trump discussed his plan for presidential pardons on Friday and made an offer to NFL players to suggest to him people he should pardon. "What I'm thinking to do, you have a lot of people in the NFL in particular ... they're not proud enough to stand for..." June 08

  • Kirk Cousins 'cannot finish games,' says NFL executive

    247 Sports "Kirk Cousins was the biggest prize of the offseason for the Minnesota Vikings as they continue to build towards that elusive first Super Bowl title and set themselves up for years to come, but many across the league do not share the same optimism that fans may have with their new franchise..." June 08

  • Vikings rookie Hercules Mata’afa tears ACL

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings rookie defensive end Hercules Mata'afa tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Wednesday’s organized team activity, Tony Pauline of reports. Mata’afa was injured during a kickoff drill. " June 06

  • Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph likens his many surgeries to ‘getting my teeth cleaned’

    Twin Cities "Kyle Rudolph had surgery during the offseason. So what else is new? The Vikings tight end had a procedure in February to repair a severely sprained right ankle that bothered him late last season. He considered it routine. “I’ve had five surgeries in the last 10..." June 06

  • Vikings DE Brian Robison ‘more than likely’ will retire after 2018 season

    Twin Cities "Before the Vikings open the 2018 season on Sept. 9 against San Francisco, Brian Robison might announce that this will be his final year in the NFL. The defensive end contemplated his future earlier this spring before agreeing to take a pay cut and return for a 12th season. He said..." June 06

  • Vikings' John DeFilippo and Kirk Cousins: a melding of the minds

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The moment seemed at the time like a fleeting interaction between a team that had already traded its top pick for Carson Palmer and a prospect whose NFL potential appeared uncertain. But in that 2012 exchange in Indianapolis, 33-year-old Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo..." June 03

  • Dalvin Cook vows to be ready to play in Week 1

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been making steady progress in his recovery from a torn ACL last year that cost him most of his rookie season. On Sunday, he made it clear that he’ll be ready to go for Week 1 in 2018. “I’m going to have myself ready to..." June 03

  • Vikings end Everson Griffen shows teammates how to go deep at Target Field

    Twin Cities "Under the watchful eye of three former major league all-stars, Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen proved that he can hit a baseball even farther than he can knock a quarterback. One of five members of the defending NFC North champions invited to take batting practice before the..." June 02

  • Laquon Treadwell faces “important” season, whether he admits it or not

    Twin Cities "During a recent red-zone workout at Vikings organized team activities, new, high-priced quarterback Kirk Cousins rifled a pass toward the back of the end zone. Laquon Treadwell stretched out every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame and caught the ball before tumbling to the ground. Sweet..." June 02

  • The Best Remaining NFL Free Agents

    Pro Football Rumors "The biggest names in this year’s free agent class such as Kirk Cousins, Sammy Watkins, Allen Robinson, and Trumaine Johnson have long been spoken for, but plenty of notable players remain on the board here in June. With a hat tip to James Palmer of" June 01

  • Vikings OTA observations: Mike Remmers taking reps at right guard

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The full Vikings’ 90-man roster was present during the fifth Organized Team Activity practice on Wednesday morning. Linebacker Anthony Barr returned after taking out an insurance policy to protect himself against injury, in lieu of a contract extension he wanted before OTAs this..." May 31

  • Vikings concentrating on red zone work for Kirk Cousins

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings were pretty good in the red zone last year. But then they changed quarterbacks and lost their play-caller. That’s why they’re spending so much time on the close-to-the-end zone stuff in OTAs, as quarterback Kirk Cousins adapts to his new..." May 31

  • Anthony Barr back at Vikings OTAs, after insurance delay

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr missed some time in the first week of OTAs, at a time when he’s also looking for a new contract. He said Wednesday he was merely getting insurance, though in a manner of speaking that’s kind of the same thing. “I had to..." May 30

  • Vikings receivers highly encouraged by Kirk Cousins in OTAs "There was an audible reaction inside the Minnesota Vikings' new indoor practice facility as Kirk Cousins' pass evaded All-Pro safety Harrison Smith's reach and connected with Adam Thielen, who has been seeing throws like these from his new quarterback for a couple of months..." May 30

  • Vikings' Kirk Cousins already oozing confidence: 'I've come a long way in six weeks'

    CBS Sports "Kirk Cousins may be just over two months into his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, but he's sure carrying himself like he's been in the Midwest a lot longer. After another practice Wednesday morning during OTAs, the gem of 2018 NFL free agency joined his Vikings teammates at..." May 30

  • Vikings OL Nick Easton Pushing For Extension

    Pro Football Rumors "When talking to the media at OTAs, Vikings guard Nick Easton made it clear he’d like to stay in Minnesota longterm and would like an extension sooner rather than later. He told The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson that he’d “love to be here long-term” and..." May 30

  • NFL Owner Admits He Changed His Mind On National Anthem Policy Because of Trump

    12 Up "NFL owners may not all be in lock-step over issues surrounding player protests during the National Anthem, but it's clear that the American president has been a driving force in the conflict-- and has influenced at least a few owners' positions on the matter. Former..." May 30

  • Mychal Kendricks Visits Vikings

    Pro Football Rumors "Former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is in Minnesota to visit the Vikings, reports Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune (Twitter link). Kendricks was released by the defending champs last week after spending the first six years of his career in Philadelphia. Kendricks’ trip to..." May 29

  • Anthony Barr Reports To Vikings

    Pro Football Rumors "Anthony Barr ended his short-lived holdout and reported to the Vikings’ offseason team activities on Tuesday, notes Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune (Twitter link). Goessling had previously reported that Barr was a no-show for the first portion of OTAs. At the time, Vikings coach..." May 29

  • Minnesota Congressman vows to boycott NFL over ‘idiotic kneeling ban’

    Larry Brown Sports "As the backlash continues over the NFL’s new national anthem policy, a Minnesota Congressman says he has decided to boycott the league. In a tweet he sent over the weekend, Minnesota Representative Keith Allison said he is a football fan who no longer plans to enjoy NFL games..." May 28

  • How kickoff and kickoff return rule changes will impact Vikings' approach

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Priefer, special teams coordinator for the Vikings, just got a busier offseason. In addition to the new national anthem policy, the NFL also adopted rule changes that will tweak the way teams deploy kickoffs and kickoff returns. In Minnesota, the frequency of kickoff returns is..." May 27

  • Vikings make a few lineup switches

    Yardbarker "At Vikings OTAs this week, they placed Mike Remmers back at right tackle, per Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Remmers finished last season playing guard, and the Vikings used a second-round pick on tackle Brian O’Neill out of Pittsburgh. Minnesota had UFA signee..." May 27

  • Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs working to get to know Kirk Cousins

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins previously spoke about pre-offseason workout workouts with his new receivers. One of those receivers has spoken more recently about the effort to get to know the man who will be the team’s fifth starting quarterback since the 2015..." May 27

  • Looks like Vikings WR Stefon Diggs is going to be on 'Family Feud'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Per an Instagram post from Bucs DE Gerald McCoy, it looks like Vikings WR Stefon Diggs is part of a team of NFL players who will be making an upcoming appearance on a celebrity version of the game show “Family Feud.” Joining McCoy and Diggs on a team of five, it looks like..." May 26

  • Terrance Williams' attorney clears Kendall Wright of involvement

    247 Sports "Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys has been dealing with some legal trouble coming from his public intoxication arrest last week after he crashed his Lamborghini, but his initial story at the scene and the police report that was released had the wide receiver claiming the crash..." May 25

  • DeMaurice Smith: Anthem rule is about exerting control over players

    Pro Football Talk "NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says the league’s owners are less interested in showing respect for America than in showing they can control their employees with the new rule requiring players who are on the field for the national anthem to..." May 25

  • Report: NFL owners didn’t actually vote on anthem issue

    Pro Football Talk "Question: When is a unanimous vote not unanimous? Answer: When there’s no vote at all. No, this isn’t a Matrix-style exercise in whether or not there is a spoon. (Then again maybe it is.) It’s an example of the kind of casual white-lying that has..." May 24

  • Terrance Williams’ attorney: Kendall Wright not involved in wreck

    Scout "Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys has been dealing with some legal trouble coming from his public intoxication arrest last week after he crashed his Lamborghini, but his initial story at the scene and the police report that was released had the wide receiver claiming the crash actually..." May 24

  • Terrance Williams told police Kendall Wright crashed his car

    Pro Football Talk "After Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams‘ Lamborghini was found crashed by the side of the road, police quickly found him and arrested him for public intoxication. But Williams was not arrested for the crash itself — which he blamed on Vikings receiver Kendall..." May 24

  • Trump supports new NFL anthem policy, opposes players staying in locker room

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump has weighed in on the NFL’s new national anthem policy, saying the owners took a step in the right direction — but warning that the rule allowing players to remain in the locker room could be problematic. “I think that’s good,” Trump said..." May 24

  • Anthony Barr is a no-show at Vikings OTAs as he enters final year of contract

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Anthony Barr was at the Vikings facility last weekend alongside some teammates, lending a helping hand at Mike Zimmer's youth football camp. However, the linebacker did not show up Tuesday when the Vikings began the first of 10 voluntary practices, known in the NFL..." May 24

  • Anthony Barr staying away from Vikings OTAs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Anthony Barr was at the Vikings facility last weekend, alongside some teammates lending a helping hand at Mike Zimmer’s youth football camp. However, Barr did not show up Tuesday when the Vikings began the first of 10 voluntary practices, known in the as NFL world Organized Team..." May 23

  • New policy requires on-field players, personnel to stand for anthem

    ESPN "NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a..." May 23

  • NFL expected to enact national anthem policy for '18 "The NFL is expected to enact a national anthem policy in 2018 that requires players on the sideline to stand but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand, NFL Network's Judy Battista and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Under the..." May 23

  • 90% of NFL players who filed claims as part of 2013 settlement are waiting on payments, as league alleges fraud

    The Comeback "In 2013, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families who claimed the league had concealed knowledge about the risk of head injuries. Five years later, a reported 90 percent of former players who..." May 23