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The biggest beneficiary of Matt Kalil's arrival in Minnesota is unquestionably quarterback Christian Ponder.
Whether with dinner, golfing or joyriding on teammate Kyle Rudolph's boat, Ponder has pounced on the opportunity to welcome Kalil to the Vikings, fully realizing how much he needs his rookie left tackle to protect him this season and beyond. So, naturally, Ponder was the one who picked up Kalil at the airport Thursday on his way to sign his first NFL contract.
''I should take at least half of a percent,'' Ponder said.
The day before the first practice of training camp, Kalil signed a four-year contract worth almost $20 million with more than $12 million guaranteed, the last and most important member of the team's draft class to finalize a deal. Kalil, the fourth overall selection from USC, had no interest in holding out.
''You want to get in sync with the offensive players and learn everything you can,'' Kalil said. ''An...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. There will be no holdouts for the Minnesota Vikings.
On the day players are reporting to Mankato, Minn., for training camp, the team and No. 4 overall draft pick Matt Kalil agreed to terms on a four-year contract, reportedly worth more than 32.5 million.
Kalil, the draft's top offensive line prospect, was one of 10 selections by the Vikings in April'...
First-round draft choice Matt Kalil is the last of 10 draft picks to sign with the Vikings. The holdup is a battle between the Vikings setting a precedent and rookies wanting more money guaranteed.
According to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer-Press, the Minnesota Vikings and rookie offensive tackle Matt Kalil have agreed on a four-year deal that is fully guaranteed.
Kalil’s contract won’t contain any offset language, so if he gets released before his contract is up, the Vikings will owe him all of his guaranteed money, even if he signs with another team.
The Minnesota Vikings signed offensive tackle Matt Kalil to a four-year contract worth $20 million, beating the team's 4 p.m. CT deadline for players to report to training camp in Mankato. Kalil, the fourth pick in the 2012 draft, is likely to start at left tackle. He was the first offensive lineman drafted in '12. The Vikings traded from the No. 3 spot in a deal that enabled...
Matt Kalil was the fourth overall pick in the draft, out of the powerhouse program at USC.
He's still a rookie, though, so he has a lot to learn.
Well, the Minnesota Vikings have just the teacher for him. His name is Jared Allen, and he'll be here all year.
With 22 sacks last season, Allen came within one-half of Michael Strahan's NFL record, about the only bright...
Left tackle Matt Kalil agreed to terms of a contract with the Vikings on time to make the first training camp practice on Friday. Players report to Minnesota State, Mankato on Thursday.
The Minnesota Vikings have signed third-round draft pick Josh Robinson, the cornerback from Central Florida.
Robinson's deal was done Wednesday, the day before players are required to report to training camp at Minnesota State University in Mankato.
He's the ninth member of Minnesota's 10-player draft class from this year to sign, leaving one - the most important one...
The headlines from another active offseason in Minnesota have, strangely, missed the player who'll soon have the largest share of the spotlight.
Quarterbacks rarely go under the radar in the NFL, but Christian Ponder was almost an afterthought over the last six months on a Vikings team with several other attention-grabbing issues off the field and on it. Well, the public scrutiny...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. On a summer Friday night, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder might be seen at Target Field cheering on the Twins' baseball team. A warm Saturday might bring him to Lake Minnetonka.
Look around the Twin Cities and there's a good chance the Vikings' second-year starting quarterback will be out in public. While some professional players...
Today we tackle the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders and superfans. Like most of you, we are itching for football season to start. In the midst of the dog days of summer, many get sick of baseball and start turning their attention to football. Don’t blame you a bit. To help quench your thirst, BC is going on a 32 team, 32 day, 32 gallery tour of NFL cheerleaders & superfans...
There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that the Minnesota Vikings are still in Minnesota…at least for now.
The bad news is for the most part they are still the same Vikings from last year, when they went 3-13 under head coach Leslie Frazier.
I know that’s harsh, but let’s face it: in the NFL, fans want success right now.
The Vikings will forge ahead...