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  • Report: Patriots have talked with Vikings about Kyle Rudolph

    Clutch Points "There have been rumors swirling all offseason about the NewEngland Patriots trading for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph but there were never reports that the two sides have talked, until now. Deep in Albert Breer’s Sports Illustrated MMQB article is the interesting..." May 20

  • Mark Wilf: Vikings expect “a lot better season”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When the Wilf family decided to extend the contracts of both coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman this offseason, it did so with good reason even after the Vikings had a disappointing 2018 season, one that started with Super?Bowl aspirations and ended with the club missing the..." May 19

  • Safety Jayron Kearse a contender in 2019 among Vikings slot defenders

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thirty minutes of batting practice at Target Field was enough for the rest of the Vikings players to see Jayron Kearse probably wasn’t recruited to play baseball. Between mingling with Twins and Angels players during ‘Skol Night’ this week, Kearse defended himself to..." May 18

  • Vikings Offer Extension To Kyle Rudolph

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings have offered a five-year extension to Kyle Rudolph that would make him one of the highest paid tight ends in terms of new-money average, a source tells PFT’s Mike Florio. However, there has not been much progress in talks.  The proposed extension would..." May 17

  • Kyle Rudolph, Vikings are talking extension, but not making much progress

    Pro Football Talk "The talks between the Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph on a potential contract extension aren’t dead, but they currently aren’t going anywhere. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Vikings and Rudolph have not ended talks (contrary to a recent..." May 17

  • The Redskins should have no interest in trading for Kyle Rudolph - and here's why

    NBC Sports Washington "The Redskins are on the hook to spend nearly $18 million at the tight end position. That's the highest spending in the NFL at the position group, and the money allocated to tight end will account for nearly 10 percent of the Redskins' salary cap.  Jordan Reed is..." May 16

  • Would Vikings pay some of Kyle Rudolph’s salary to trade him?

    Pro Football Talk "The battle lines are drawn between the Vikings and tight end Kyle Rudolph. They want him to take less money, and he doesn’t want to take less money. A trade doesn’t seem to be an option, because the Vikings have done everything but purchase billboard space outside..." May 16

  • Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't take pay cut to stay but hopes he does

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "While Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has made it clear he will not take any pay cuts to stay with the team, he does believe that if a contract can be worked out, the offense will be much improved in 2019. “I am really excited about where this offense is headed, under..." May 16

  • NFL and marijuana: Players hope for change in punishing policy

    Detroit Free Press "The pain wasn't the same as a midair smack from a hulking linebacker while coming across the middle, but former Detroit Lions superstar receiver Calvin Johnson said he needed some serious relief during his 2016 season on "Dancing with the Stars."  “When I..." May 15

  • Eric Kendricks restructures contract to give Vikings cap relief

    Daily Norseman "We now know what the Minnesota Vikings had to do in order to create the cap space to sign first-round pick Garrett Bradbury, and the source. . .at least to me. . .is a mild surprise. Numerous sources on social media are reporting, and the Vikings have confirmed, that..." May 14

  • Should the Jaguars pursue Kyle Rudolph?

    Big Cat Country "The Jacksonville Jaguars may have drafted Josh Oliver in the third round, but they’re still lacking at tight end — with only Geoff Swaim, Ben Koyack, and James O’Shaughnessy as the other players at this position who will realistically make this team. Should the team..." May 14

  • Vikings sign first-round pick Garrett Bradbury

    Twin Cities "The Vikings on Tuesday signed Garrett Bradbury, an offensive lineman taken with the No. 18 pick in last month’s NFL draft. Bradbury had been in line to sign a four-year contract worth about $12.9 million, which includes a signing bonus of about $7.4 million. Bradbury’s cap..." May 14

  • No easy solution to Kyle Rudolph dilemma with Minnesota Vikings

    247 Sports "Kyle Rudolph has a contract dilemma that not many players in the NFL would be happy to find themselves in, especially when they are entrenched in their communities and want to finish their career with the team they started it with. The Minnesota Vikings likely want this for their veteran..." May 14

  • Does Mike Zimmer's Kyle Rudolph update suggest Vikings TE could be traded?

    NBC Sports Boston "Kyle Rudolph and the Minnesota Vikings still haven't worked out their differences, it seems. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported last Friday that Minnesota's contract extension talks with the veteran tight end had broken off, and that a potential trade could..." May 13

  • Hard Knocks team for 2019 still in limbo

    Clutch Points "The NFL offseason has been chugging along, and the start of the season seems right around the corner. But one important milestone has been missing, as we still don’t know which team is going to appear on ‘Hard Knocks.’ The popular HBO show has usually announced its team for..." May 13

  • Four Solid Trade Destinations For Kyle Rudolph

    The Big Lead "The rumor mill was churning around draft time, and the word around town was the Vikings were looking to trade veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. He ended up staying in Minnesota, but Ian Rapoport reported on Friday Rudolph and the Vikings weren’t able to come to terms on a contract..." May 11

  • Here are seven trades that make sense now that the draft is over, including a Patriots blockbuster

    CBS Sports "With the NFL Draft now in the rearview mirror, this is usually the part of the offseason where there's not very much excitement, but don't worry, because there could actually be some excitement this year in the form of some wild trades.  With the draft over and the free..." May 10

  • Extension Talks Between Vikings & TE Kyle Rudolph Have Ended, Trade Possible

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Vikings and TE Kyle Rudolph had been in active extension talks before they broke off Friday morning.  Rapoport mentions that with the Vikings drafting TE Irv Smith and Rudolph due $7.5 million, it’s..." May 10

  • Why NFL players should never 'do anything for free' according to NFLPA director

    NBC Sports Washington "If it was up to NFL Player's Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, players like Redskins rookie Montez Sweat wouldn't step a foot near the field at rookie minicamp without a contract. And all players, he said, wouldn't do anything on the field for things..." May 10

  • The Best Player Who Could Be Cut from Every NFL Roster This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Follow the money. The statement is as true in professional football as any other walk of life.  NFL teams won't release good players without reason. Mitigating factors prompt such action. More often than not, a burdensome contract causes the organization to move on from..." May 10

  • NFL Rumors: Jay Ajayi Could Land With The Vikings, Dolphins, Or Panthers If Eagles Don’t Want Him

    Inquisitr "The NFL free agent season for 2019 opened two months ago and many of the big names in the league have found their homes. Here it is now the middle of May and there are still a number of big names still available who could provide a huge boost for teams around the NFL. One of those is running..." May 10

  • NFL Jersey Ads Could Be Lucrative, But Complicated

    SI "If you view the NFL and its teams as a greedy business, you’d have a pretty good point. Teams raise ticket prices even after losing seasons. They put city councils in chokeholds for tax dollars to renovate existing stadiums or make new ones entirely. The league pays its..." May 10

  • Vikings Sign DE Stacy Keely, Waive OT Adam Bisnowaty

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Vikings announced Wednesday they’ve signed DE Stacy Keely and waived OT Adam Bisnowaty.  Bisnowaty, 25, was taken in the sixth-round in 2017 out of Pittsburgh by the Giants. He signed four-year, $2.54 million contract that included a $146,548 signing..." May 08

  • Which quarterbacks won’t get big-money long-term deal?

    Pro Football Talk "Over the past few years, NFL teams have made a habit out of handing out new contract after new contract to quarterbacks, with in many cases the latest quarterback to sign becoming the highest-paid player in league history. Since June 2017, Derek Carr passed Andrew..." May 08

  • Next wave of free agency expected after Tuesday's comp-pick deadline

    The Score "The NFL draft is in the rear-view mirror, and the last big wave of free-agent signings could be just around the corner. After Tuesday's deadline at 11:59 p.m. ET, teams will be able to ink players on the open market without those additions counting against the 2020..." May 07

  • Vikings Expected To Sign CB Isaiah Wharton After Tryout

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Chris Tomasson, the Vikings are expected to sign CB Isaiah Whartonfollowing his tryout at rookie minicamp this past weekend.  The Vikings believe Wharton could help them with depth at nickel corner, and might even be a replacement if they can’t sign..." May 06

  • Bart Starr is hoping to attend Green Bay Packers’ Week 2 showdown with Minnesota Vikings

    Clutch Points "Bart Starr hasn’t done much in the way of public appearances as he’s gotten older, but the Green Bay Packers and NFL legend looks like he’ll be coming out to cheer on the Packers once again during one of their 2019 regular season games. Starr’s son, Bart Starr..." May 06

  • NFL Trades that Should Happen Before the 2019 NFL Season

    Bleacher Report "No trade is unrealistic in the NFL.  This rule used to apply to only mock drafts. The way the 2019 draft ended up unfolding would have been slammed by most onlookers if it was a simple mock draft before the event started.  Similar story for trade..." May 06

  • Vikings sign seventh-rounder Kris Boyd

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings now have 10 of their 12 draft picks under contract. Seventh-round pick Kris Boyd became the latest rookie to sign with the team on Sunday. It’s a four-year deal for the former Texas Longhorn. Boyd was a starter in Austin the last three seasons and was an..." May 05

  • Vikings rookie Smith takes Moss' No. 84

    The Score "Minnesota Vikings rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. has chosen to wear No. 84, the uniform made famous by Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss. "It's funny because I wore 82 in college and my dad wore 82 in the league, and he wore 84 in college so I felt like it'd be cool..." May 04

  • Vikings Sign Three Draft Picks

    Pro Football Rumors "The Vikings got ahead of the game on Friday by signing the following draft choices (all Twitter links from Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press): 5-162: Cameron Smith, LB (USC) (link) 6-190: Armon Watts, DT (Arkansas) (link) 6-193: Oli Udoh, T (Elon)..." May 04

  • Vikings used $75,000 bonus to keep receiver Jeff Badet from the Jets

    Twin Cities "In 2018, quarterback Kirk Cousins chose the Vikings over the New York Jets. Last March, linebacker Anthony Barr reneged on a commitment to join the Jets to re-sign with Minnesota. Now, another player has revealed he spurned overtures by the Jets to remain with the..." May 04

  • 17 first-round picks from 2016 had their fifth-year options picked up

    Pro Football Talk "When NFL teams decline to pick up the fifth-year option for a first-round draft pick, they’re essentially saying that pick fell short of expectations. By that measure, 45 percent of the first-round picks in the 2016 NFL draft fell short. The fifth-year option decisions are..." May 03

  • Vikings sign a pair of sixth-round picks

    Pro Football Talk "Tight end Irv Smith Jr. might have been the first Vikings draft pick to sign with the team this year, but he didn’t have to wait long for company. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that two of the team’s sixth-round selections have also agreed to contracts...." May 02

  • Vikings sign second-round pick Irv Smith Jr.

    Yardbarker "Vikings second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. has reached agreement with the club on his rookie deal, as’s Adam Schefter tweets. As of this writing, the tight end is the highest-drafted 2019 rookie to put pen to paper. Smith was widely regarded as one of the top tight ends in..." May 02

  • Roc Thomas gets probation in marijuana case

    Daily Norseman "Minnesota Vikings’ running back Roc Thomas was in a Dakota County courtroom on Wednesday, where he pled guilty to felony marijuana possession, but the conviction won’t go on his record if he meets all the conditions of his upcoming probation. Thomas was..." May 02

  • Vikings Fielded Trade Calls For TE Kyle Rudolph

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the Vikings fielded trade interest for TE Kyle Rudolph before and during the draft.  Because Minnesota is hard up against the cap and just drafted TE Irv Smith Jr, Rudolph makes sense as a potential trade..." May 01

  • Vikings Expected To Decline WR Laquon Treadwell’s Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "According to Chris Tomasson, the Vikings are not expected to pick up WR Laquon Treadwell‘s fifth-year option.  The deadline for the Vikings to do so would be Friday, May 3. The option would cost Minnesota $10.162 million.  Treadwell has struggled..." April 30

  • Vikings considering making Jayron Kearse a linebacker

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are apparently considering a position switch for one of their players after the draft. According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are looking into moving safety Jayron Kearse to weakside linebacker. Kearse played linebacker in high..." April 30

  • 13 NFL veterans who have been put on notice after NFL draft

    USA Today "The 2019 NFL draft now complete, the roster-building process for the league's 32 teams is basically complete heading into next season. Sure, clubs will tinker — prominent free agents like Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Michael Crabtree and Ziggy Ansah remain..." April 30

  • Vikings’ Garrett Bradbury could play center or guard next season

    Clutch Points "One of the biggest needs for the Minnesota Vikings coming into the 2019 NFL season was offensive line, and the team addressed that in the draft by selecting North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick. While he played primarily at center in college,..." April 29

  • Vikings Add 10 Undrafted Free Agents

    Pro Football Focus "The Vikings agreed to terms with 10 undrafted free agents on Monday. Here is the full list: Micah Abernathy, S (Tennessee) Khari Blasingame, FB (Vanderbilt) Jake Browning, QB (Washington) Davion Davis, WR (Sam Houston State) Brandon Dillon, TE..." April 29

  • Rick Spielman on calls about trading vets: “Not really”

    Pro Football Talk "After the Vikings took tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the draft, there was a report that the team was getting calls from other teams about trading for veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph. Cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes and Trae Wayneswere..." April 29

  • Vikings have nine choices Saturday

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings selected two players Friday night, taking Alabama tight end Irv Smith in the second round and Boise State running back Alexander Mattison in the third round. They got North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in Thursday’s first round. " April 27

  • Kyle Rudolph: “Awesome” we drafted Irv Smith Jr.

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kyle Rudolph was returning home from dinner with his family Friday evening when his agent, Brian Murphy, called with the news that the Vikings had just selected Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. in the second round of the NFL draft. “It’s awesome,” the Vikings tight..." April 27

  • Minnesota Vikings select Alexander Mattison

    Daily Norseman "After trading down approximately 207 times in the bottom of the third round, the Minnesota Vikings have finally made their selection, and they appear to have gotten themselves a replacement for Latavius Murray at running back. With the final pick of the third round, the Minnesota..." April 27

  • Vikings take another interior offensive lineman

    Pro Football Talk "The Kirk Cousins reclamation project continues. The Vikings, who had taken only two players in the 2019 draft through Friday after multiple trades down, have added their second interior offensive lineman. Oklahoma guard Dru Samia joins Minnesota via the 12th pick in round..." April 27

  • Kirk Cousins sends message to players who were not drafted in first three rounds

    Larry Brown Sports "Hundreds of prospects are still hoping to hear their names called at some point this weekend at the NFL Draft, and that is a feeling Kirk Cousins remembers quite well. In advance of the fourth round on Saturday, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback had a message for those..." April 27

  • Vikings open to trading pricey vets

    The Score "The Minnesota Vikings are open to trading their more expensive veteran players heading into Day 3 of the draft, sources told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. The Vikings have reportedly received calls for Kyle Rudolph, Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes, Breer..." April 27

  • Vikings Select OL Garrett Bradbury with the 18th Overall Pick "With the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Vikings selected North Carolina State C Garrett Bradbury. Player Bio Bradbury came to Raleigh as a tight end in 2014, redshirting at that position after excelling there in high school. He missed the following year's spring..." April 25