TGS Offseason Preview: Minnesota Vikings

Between now and the start of the new league year in March, TGS is providing brief summaries looking ahead at the offseason from the perspective of each NFL team. In this edition, we look at the Minnesota Vikings. 2016 record: 8-8 — 3rd place, NFC North What’s new? They’re facing big questions at quarterback, where Sam Bradford had a good-not-great season in place of Teddy Bridgewater...
Via This Given Sunday
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Eye surgery coming in April for Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer will need some more work done on his eye, and is planning on getting the procedure done in April of 2017. It is a strange thing when a coach misses a game during the NFL season, but that was the case when Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer had […] Eye surgery coming in April for Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer - The Viking...
Via The Viking Age
4 hours ago

Winning battles near the goal lines is a focus for Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are looking to improve their play both offensively and defensively when they are near the goal lines during the 2017 NFL season. Last season was a tough one for the Minnesota Vikings. Almost nothing went as planned for the team, as many unplanned factors contributed to the team missing the playoffs after […] Winning battles near the goal lines is a focus for...
Via The Viking Age
5 hours ago

Looking At Walter Football’s Mock Drafts For The Minnesota Vikings

Let’s find a couple of mock drafts and see who some draftniks have the purple selecting at this early stage. We’re still a week away from the start of the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and 60 days away from the start of the 2017 NFL Draft. We’re not sure what the Minnesota Vikings (or any other team for that matter) will be doing this offseason, but people certainly aren’t going...
Via The Daily Norseman
16 hours ago

Stories about Minnesota Vikings wanted for unofficial ‘Wide Left’ documentary

Fans who want their story told about the Minnesota Vikings now have an opportunity to share them in an upcoming unofficial documentary titled ‘Wide Left’. Being a fan of the Minnesota Vikings isn’t easy. There has been a lot of heartbreak since the land of 10,000 lakes received a professional football team and there will […] Stories about Minnesota Vikings wanted for unofficial...
Via The Viking Age
19 hours ago

Adrian Peterson surprised people doubt his ability to bounce back

Adrian Peterson missed most of the 2016 season with a knee injury, and many wonder if he’s ever going to be a dominant NFL running back again. Much has been written about his gargantuan $18 million salary, and it’s been widely expected Peterson will be released by the Minnesota Vikings because of it.In response to all that talk, Peterson expressed to ESPN’s Josina Anderson...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings to meet with agent of Adrian Peterson to discuss future

We are just under two weeks from the official start of the 2017 NFL League Year. On March 9, teams will be able to officially sign upcoming free agents and begin to use their available cap space to fill their rosters. One of the most intriguing players to watch in the new league year is Minnesota Vikings running back, Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s future has been left completely...
Via EndZoneScore
1 day ago

Minnesota Vikings’ 2017 NFL Draft Picks (Somewhat) Finalized

With the announcement of compensatory picks, we know where all eight of the purple’s picks now lie. Almost. On Friday, the National Football League announced the 32 compensatory picks that they were doling out to bring the 2017 NFL Draft to 256 253 overall selections (three teams have lost picks for various infractions). As usual, the Minnesota Vikings received no compensatory...
Via The Daily Norseman
1 day ago

Vikings set to meet with Adrian Peterson’s agent next week

The Minnesota Vikings have an $18 million decision to make between now and the middle of March. It’s somewhat of a potentially dramatic decision that could involve parting ways with one of the best players in franchise history, Adrian Peterson.Coming off a 2016 campaign that saw him play just three games due to myriad of injuries, Peterson is set to collect $18 million for the...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Zimmer Focused on Winning Battles Inside 5-Yard Line

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer and his staff have been hard at work over the past few weeks identifying areas to improve on from the 2016 season. They haven’t had to look hard...
2 days ago

Vikings GM would trade for Sam Bradford again in a ‘minisecond’

Minisecond isn’t actually a unit of time. Though, it can tell us what someone might feel about something. At least, that’s what Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman would like us to believe.In talking about his team’s quarterback situation, Spielman doubled down on last summer’s trade for then Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, indicating clearly that...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

ESPN: Peterson, Vikings Haven’t Talked Contract

Ben Goessling is reporting that the two sides have not discussed the running back’s deal. In a post that I did here a few days ago, I stated that I thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson had already started discussing Peterson’s contract for the 2017 season. Peterson’s base salary of $11.75 million has to be picked up...
Via The Daily Norseman
2 days ago

Ex-Purdue coach Hazell joins Vikings as WRs coach

  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have hired former Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell as their wide receivers coach. Hazell's deal was finalized Thursday along with the staff for 2017 under head coach Mike Zimmer. This will be Hazell's 31st year as a coach, his first in the NFL except for an internship with the Oakland Raiders in 1998. Hazell was fired in his fourth...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings GM says Adrian Peterson's status not yet decided

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says Adrian Peterson's status has not been decided, two weeks before the deadline for exercising an option on the running back's contract that would cost the club $18 million in 2017. Spielman addressed reporters Thursday for the first time since the Vikings finished 8-8 after a 5-0 start in 2016. He said...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Things to Know About Vikings WR Coach Darrell Hazell

The Vikings announced they have hired Darrell Hazell as the team’s new wide receivers coach. Hazell brings to Minnesota a long football resume, both as a player and as a coach. Hazell played wide ...
2 days ago

Governor taps former judge to sort out Vikings suite situation

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tapped former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz to be interim chairwoman of the state's embattled oversight agency of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium on Thursday, installing a fresh face to lead a board that's been wracked by ethical questions surrounding the use of luxury suites for friends and family. Blatz will replace...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings GM won’t commit to Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings through the 2017 season, but the team has not yet committed to bringing him back.Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was noncommittal when asked about Peterson on Thursday. There’s a good chance Peterson has played his last snap in Minnesota. He is due to count $18 million against the salary cap next season, and that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings Add Darrell Hazell, Derik Keyes To Coaching Staff

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Thursday announced the hiring of Darrell Hazell as receivers coach and of Derick Keyes as an assistant strength and conditioning assistant. Hazell was most rec...
3 days ago

Pat Shurmur expects big second-year leap from Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell is a name that got lost in the shuffle of the 2016 season after he was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall, by the Vikings.Treadwell caught one pass, the fewest among the 13 receivers drafted in the top 125. Injuries limited the 6’2″, 221-pounder from Mississippi to nine games and one start.Pat Shurmur, who is heading into his first full season as the Vikings’...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson raises eyebrows with tweet about Giants

Adrian Peterson probably raised a few eyebrows Wednesday evening by shooting off an arguably cryptic tweet about the New York Giants.The Minnesota Vikings running back took to social media to muse upon the “interesting moves” the Giants have been making this offseason. Peterson, 31, is unlikely at this stage to return to the Vikings next season, at least with the current $18...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Stats the Minnesota Vikings Need to Improve On

The Minnesota Vikings started the 2016 season incredibly strong, winning five consecutive games to begin the season before winning just three of their remaining eleven to finish the season a paltry 8-8. There were many reasons behind their collapse, but three stats in particular paint a picture of the issues that must be resolved during the offseason if the Vikings have any hope...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson believes he is still best running back in NFL

Adrian Peterson will turn 32 next month, but his confidence remains as high as ever.Peterson joined the NFL Network during Super Bowl week, and he was asked about his future in the league. While he remains unsure if the Minnesota Vikings will want him back because of his $18 million salary cap number in 2017, he still feels there is no better running back in the NFL.“Going out...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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