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  • John Schnatter: ‘Papa John’s Doesn’t Want To Do Business With Roger Goodell’

    Total Pro Sports "ohn Schnatter clearly has a wish to end everything he has worded for up to this point, and it’s taken just under a year for him to completely destroy his image. The Papa Johns founder is already at rock bottom, but he decided to dig an even bigger hole on Friday during a recent..." July 15

  • NFLPA exec: 'There are serious consequences' to legalized sports betting

    The Score "NFLPA vice president of business and legal affairs Casey Schwab stated that legalized sports betting could have immense ramifications concerning player privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7-2 in May that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is unconstitutional,..." July 15

  • Five Vikings expected to outperform their contracts in 2018

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With 218 catches for 2,705 yards and 16 touchdowns, there may not be another Vikings player who has outplayed his current contract more than receiver Stefon Diggs. He’s made about $1.8 million in three NFL seasons, and is set to make $1.9 million at the end of his rookie..." July 12

  • Here are the openings in a 'two-tier' Vikings roster

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Even the Vikings — a front office rarely dipping its toes into a risky proposition — needed to pinch pennies. That’ll happen when the bills come due on a quarterback (Kirk Cousins: $84 million guaranteed) and key defenders (Eric Kendricks: $11.6 million at signing;..." July 10

  • NFLPA Files Grievance Over NFL’s Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "The players’ union is filing a grievance against the NFL’s new anthem policy, the NFLPA announced on Tuesday. The union argues that the new policy violates the rights of players.  “Our union filed its non-injury grievance today on behalf of all players..." July 10

  • Vikings Approach Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs About Extensions

    Pro Football Rumors "Now that Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter have signed their extensions, the Vikings’ defensive fortification efforts are nearly complete. They now have Harrison Smith, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Kendricks and Hunter under..." July 10

  • Kyle Rudolph-Harrison Smith friendship began with a fight at Irish camp

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith have been sharing the same football field since 2008, when Rudolph joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Smith was already there as a redshirt freshman. Rudolph recalled the start of their friendship. “You know, it’s funny..." July 08

  • NFL adds 15-yard penalty for grounds crew clearing snow for a field goal

    Pro Football Talk "Just before Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri lined up for a game-tying extra point on a snowy day last season in Buffalo, the Colts sent some sideline personnel onto the field to attempt to remove snow from the area where the kick would be lined up, and help Vinatieri get better footing...." July 06

  • NFL Still Has a Cheating Problem

    Bleacher Report "There's never been a player who quietly inspired more love, and potentially more hate, among NFL wide receivers than the Patriots' Julian Edelman. For years, there have been two differing opinions about Edelman. Some believed he was special—a..." July 06

  • Trump: NFL’s new anthem policy is ‘worse’ than old one

    New York Post "President Donald Trump is not done with the NFL yet, saying the league’s new national anthem policy is “worse” than the original one. During a campaign rally in Great Falls, Mont., Trump took aim at the NFL’s new policy again, which was passed in May and..." July 06

  • The NFL coaches likely on the hot seat

    Houston Chronicle "NFL teams are preparing for training camp and the 2018 season. There are coaches who seem to be on the proverbial hot seat. Three divisions – AFC South, NFC North and NFC West – don't have coaches who have trouble sitting as they enter crucial seasons. It'll be..." July 06

  • Fully-guaranteed NFL deal would result in shorter contracts

    Pro Football Talk "It’s the annual NBA free-agency frenzy, featuring B-level players getting more money than A-list NFL stars. Among other things, the money handed out to basketball players renews calls for fully-guaranteed NFL contracts. This year, Chargers left tackle and NFLPA executive..." July 04

  • Vikings face decision on Anthony Barr and Stefon Diggs, so here's some advice

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With the signing of Danielle Hunter, the Vikings have two key players scheduled to reach free agency next spring: Stefon Diggs and Anthony Barr. Because Vikings capologist Rob Brzezinski did his undergraduate studies at Hogwarts, there is a chance the team could find a way to sign..." July 02

  • Danielle Hunter shows the value of drafting talent over production

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings took Danielle Hunter in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft, and when they signed him to a five-year, $72 million contract extension last week, they made clear that they’re very pleased with what Hunter has done in Minnesota. Which makes it a good time to look at the..." July 01

  • NFL saw 73 percent rise in preseason concussions last year

    Pro Football Talk "When training camps open around the league next month, the NFL wants teams to be mindful of the spike in preseason concussions last year. The NFL found that preseason concussions were up 73 percent from 2016 and that most of them occurred in 11-on-11 drills conducted in practices..." June 29

  • Anthony Barr, Stefon Diggs to be free agents in 2019?

    Yardbarker "There’s a good chance that Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr and wide receiver Stefon Diggs will hit the open market in 2019 if they don’t sign contract extensions, Joel Corry of (on Twitter) opines. Corry estimates that the linebacker and wide receiver..." June 28

  • Danielle Hunter happy to get five-year, $72 million extension “out of the way”

    Pro Football Talk "Danielle Hunter‘s five-year extension will pay him $72 million, with $40 million in guarantees, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The defensive end gets a $15 million signing bonus. “Danielle has done an outstanding job ever since we’ve drafted him,” Vikings..." June 27

  • Stefon Diggs on Kirk Cousins: ‘Everybody loves being around him’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kirk Cousins appears to have made a great first impression on his Minnesota Vikings teammates, as wide receiver Stefon Diggs recently raved about the likeable qualities possessed by the new quarterback. “He’s a likable guy,” said Diggs of Cousins during an appearance..." June 27

  • Vikings Signing DE Danielle Hunter To Extension

    NFL Trade Rumors "Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo are reporting that the Vikings and DE Danielle Hunter have agreed to terms on a contract extension. According to Pelissero, Hunter is expected to receive around $14 million per year as part of this new contract. The Vikings..." June 27

  • Vikings QB Kirk Cousins still drives a GMC van as the $84M man

    Clutch Points "Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is a very rich man now. After getting a fully-guaranteed $84 million contract from the Vikings this offseason, Cousins is currently the second-highest paid player in the NFL, although he’ll likely get bumped down a spot once Aaron Rodgers gets..." June 27

  • Vikings hope Sheldon Richardson pulls “some of those double teams” off defensive ends

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings made defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson their biggest defensive acquisition of the offseason and the reason for their interest in Richardson isn’t just about the plays he can make on the interior of their line. It is also about what he can do to help defensive ends..." June 26

  • Stefon Diggs extension could come before season

    247 Sports "Stefon Diggs is entering the 2018 campaign as a player in line for a huge payday after the season is over, whether it be from the Minnesota Vikings or otherwise. Wide receiver salaries across the league are starting to balloon and even without a 1,000-yard season yet to his name, he is..." June 26

  • Anthony Barr on contract: It’s on Vikings and I’d like to get it done "Anthony Barr Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings Born: March 18, 1992 Experience: Four NFL seasons Interview by Nick Shook | June 19, 2018 The first time I went to Minnesota was April of 2014. The draft was in May and they have those pre-draft visits...." June 25

  • Anthony Barr: Russell Wilson 'should have won MVP'

    Yardbarker "Russell Wilson did not receive any votes on the final ballot for the NFL’s MVP Award for last season, and one of his opponents believes that was an oversight. Tom Brady became the oldest MVP in league history when he received 40 votes after throwing for 4,577 yards, 32..." June 25

  • Stories of romance, heartbreak and family told by cherished Vikings ticket stubs

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Minnesota Vikings no longer are fans of paper tickets. By transitioning to a fully electronic process for both training camp and home games at U.S. Bank Stadium, the club is better able to ensure a secure ticketing process and alert fans to important updates through their mobile..." June 24

  • Vikings Host Historic, Inclusive LGBTQ Summit at TCO Performance Center "There were laughs and tears mixed in with plenty of eye-opening discussions. The Vikings hosted an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Summit on Thursday at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, the first event of its kind that focused on inclusion,..." June 23

  • Case Keenum breaks down 'Minneapolis Miracle' for Broncos fans

    ESPN "The "Minneapolis Miracle" almost never happened, former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum said earlier this week as he peeled back the curtain on one of the greatest recent moments in NFL postseason history. At an event for Denver Broncos season ticket holders, Keenum revealed..." June 23

  • 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