Vikings Rumors & News

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

    Sportsnaut "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..." February 25

  • Vikings open to re-signing left tackle Kalil

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kalil return? The Vikings felt good about Matt Kalil heading into his fifth NFL campaign, before a torn labrum in his hip derailed the left tackle’s season. So where does that leave Kalil, the pending free agent, and the tackle-needy Vikings? Spielman didn’t get into specifics, but he..." February 25

  • Vikings G.M. has taken a long look at how he’s acquired linemen

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have skill position problems, sure. But last year was also enough of a mess that General Manager Rick Spielman is thinking about changing the way he evaluates other positions. According to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings G.M. acknowledged their offensive..." February 24

  • Vikings GM: Laquon Treadwell will 'be a good player' "The Minnesota Vikings have big fish to fry at the moment, like figuring out what they want to do with Adrian Peterson, fixing their patchwork offensive line and determining what future, if any, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has with the club. But on the micro level, they do have to be concerned..." February 24

  • Adrian Peterson is perplexed that people doubt him

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson knows a lot of people doubt he can ever return to his past greatness, but he doesn’t understand why. Peterson told Josina Anderson of ESPN he’s perplexed by that talk. Peterson notes that he has previously recovered from a serious knee injury to have an MVP..." February 24

  • Are Vikings fans ready to move on from Adrian Peterson?

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have yet to offer running back Adrian Peterson a contract that would pay him less than the $18 million he is due to earn in 2017. It’s unclear whether they will. From a P.R. standpoint, there’s a good reason for the Vikings to make Peterson an offer, even if it’s an offer he..." February 24

  • Mike Zimmer: Vikings 'have to run the ball better' "Mike Zimmer identified the crux of the Minnesota Vikings offensive problem in 2016: No running game. "We've got to run the football better than we did. I think that was part of the problem we had way too many negative-yardage runs," Zimmer said of his offensive in 2016, in an interview with the..." February 23

  • Vikings GM would trade for Bradford again in a 'minisecond,' won't discuss extension

    CBS Sports "The Vikings entered the 2016 season with Super Bowl aspirations. So, when Teddy Bridgewater went down at the end of August with a serious knee injury, they responded like a contender, manufacturing a trade to land a capable quarterback in Sam Bradford to fill in for Bridgewater. It didn’t work..." February 23

  • Vikings GM won’t commit to Adrian Peterson

    Larry Brown Sports "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..." February 23

  • Don't Overpay Adrian Peterson

    Bleacher Report "Logic indicates Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is going to get worse. Any team under the impression that the soon-to-be 32-year-old can make it a contender should consider that, as well as the fact that, with Peterson at his best, the Vikings won just a single playoff game over the..." February 22

  • Vikings OC explains why he expects ‘big jump’ from Sam Bradford, passing game

    Fox Sports "With the way the Minnesota Vikings finished the season, it’s easy to forget they were the last remaining unbeaten team in 2016. The defense carried them to a 5-0 record before the offense fell apart and the line was decimated. Their hot start made the deal for Sam Bradford look like a wise one,..." February 21

  • Captain Munnerlyn hopes Vikings “value my talent”

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have picked cornerbacks early in the draft in three of the last four years, but a pair of older players ranked second and third in snaps played at the position in 2016. Both Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn are set to become free agents this offseason, which leaves the Vikings..." February 20

  • Will NFL teams turn their backs on Adrian Peterson?

    Sportsnaut "Short of future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson restructuring his contract to take less cash, one of the greatest players in Minnesota Vikings history will hit free agency next month. It’s a harsh reality for Peterson, who has played in a grand total of 20 games since the end of the..." February 18

  • Adrian Peterson has a lot to prove and no amount of social media flirting will help

    CBS Sports "No amount of tweeting or social media flirting is going to change Adrian Peterson’s reality. There comes a time in the career of every player -- even those once as great as Peterson -- where he discovers that he’s no longer in a position to call his shots and dictate contract terms and exert..." February 18

  • Stefon Diggs may or may not agree with Kyrie Irving that the earth is flat

    The Big Lead "Kyrie Irving believes the Earth is flat. As one of the current faces of the NBA, this could be the tipping point that encourages other athletes to come out as supporters of this silly theory. The first person to do so is Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Since we should definitely..." February 18

  • Ex-Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell lands on Vikings’ staff

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are adding a former college head coach to their staff of assistants. Former Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell will be the Vikings’ wide receivers coach, Alex Marvez of Sporting News reports." February 17

  • Terrell Owens on latest Hall of Fame snub: 'I'm better than Cris Carter'

    CBS Sports "For the second straight year, Terrell Owens found himself on the outside looking in when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its newest class. It’s nearly impossible to dispute that the mercurial wide receiver is deserving of a bust in Canton, but Owens’ outspoken nature -- with media,..." February 17

  • Two officials in charge of running Vikings stadium resign amid ethics concerns

    Pro Football Talk "The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority had its top two officials resign on Thursday following claims of ethical misconduct for use of luxury suites at Vikings games. According to Kyle Potter of the Associated Press, Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen and executive director Ted Mondale each..." February 17

  • Adrian Peterson tweets cryptic comment about Giants' roster moves

    New York Post "It seems Adrian Peterson can’t get the Giants out of his mind. The former NFL MVP — who told ESPN a few weeks ago that if the Vikings were to release him before next season and he became a free agent he would be interested in joining the Giants — tweeted more love toward Big Blue on..." February 16

  • NFL sets cap percentages for franchise tags

    Pro Football Talk "The franchise-tag crop report has arrived. Sort of. Prior to 2011, the non-exclusive franchise tenders were determined by averaging the five highest cap numbers at each position from the prior year. Starting in 2011, the tenders are determined by the aggregate sum of the salary cap for the five..." February 15

  • Vikings reportedly have interest in K’Waun Williams

    Pro Football Talk "Former Browns cornerback K’Waun Williams has drawn some interest during his head start on free agency, and he may have more. According to Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings are doing their research on Williams and may be interested if he leaves scheduled trips to the..." February 14

  • NFL Would Boost TV Ratings, Ad Revenue If US Ban On Sports Betting Lifted, New Report Says

    Legal Sports Report "MoffettNathanson Research released a report called NFL Season Recap – It’s All Over But the Crying (paywall), looking back at 2016-17. Part of the analysis focused on sports betting, and opportunities missed by the NFL to generate more interest and revenue. The NFL has generally tried to..." February 14

  • Some late-season Thursday Night Football games could move to Saturday

    Awful Announcing "With the 2016-17 NFL season, it’s time for the league’s TV’s partners to look ahead for the next season and what teams they’ll lobby for. Due to the Dallas Cowboys’ effect on the ratings in the second half of last season, there’s no doubt that all of the networks will want to maximize the number..." February 14

  • Vikings say season ticket prices will stay flat for 2017 season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings, after a disappointing season that saw them squander a 5-0 start and miss the playoffs at 8-8, have informed season ticket holders that season ticket prices will stay flat for the upcoming 2017 season. The Vikings are heading into their second season at U.S. Bank Stadium after..." February 11

  • Vikings release Brandon Fusco, Mike Harris

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings offensive line was a mess all season and they’re kicking off their offseason moves by parting ways with a couple of players from the unit. They announced that they have released Brandon Fusco and Mike Harris on Friday. Fusco played both left and right guard during his time with..." February 10

  • Adrian Peterson believes he is still best running back in NFL

    Larry Brown Sports "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..." February 09

  • Details on How Much DirecTV is Raising The NFL Sunday Ticket Package in 2017

    Black Sports Online "The 2016 campaign ended in epic fashion, as the New England Patriots came back from down 25 points against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. As football fans wait several months until the game returns, they’ll have to get ready for prices rising for the Sunday Ticket package on..." February 09

  • Worst NFL free-agent pool ever won't stop desperate teams from diving in wallets first

    CBS Sports "NFL free agency is fool's gold. Always has been. Always will be. Now more than ever. Forever and forever. Amen. I've been singing this chorus and preaching this sermon for roughly a decade now, and nothing has changed. Except, well, the free-agency classes grow shallower and shallower...." February 08

  • Warren Sapp Says Randy Moss Was No Angel ... Hall of Fame Gonna Snub Him Too?

    TMZ "Warren Sapp is FURIOUS with Hall of Fame voters for snubbing Terrell Owens -- and says Randy Moss could be in serious trouble if candidates are being judged by off-the-field behavior. Sapp -- a Hall of Famer himself -- says he's "up in arms" about the Owens situation because the guy is clearly..." February 08

  • DIRECTV raising Sunday Ticket prices for 2017 season

    Sportsnaut "It’s all about supply and demand. And despite what was a perceived regression in terms of television ratings during the 2016 NFL season, the demand is surely still there. It’s the most popular sport in North American. That’s not even up for debate at this point. So leave it to cable and..." February 08

  • Top 10 biggest boom or bust players in 2017 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, there are a few players who find themselves in the “no doubt about it” category. Texas A&M EDGE defender Myles Garrett comes to mind when discussing that type of player. Other prospects quality as flyers and potential steals. There’s a whole other category,..." February 07

  • Cowboys reportedly eyeing potential free agent Adrian Peterson

    Sporting News "A couple of weeks ago, potential free agent Adrian Peterson told ESPN he was thinking about three possible landing spots if he becomes a free agent. "New York is one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay. Houston would be a good spot ... I'll just stop there," Peterson said. Now, add a fourth..." February 05

  • Michael Vick reveals moment he knew it was time to retire

    Sportsnaut "Making the decision to retire from the NFL can sprout from many different circumstances, and oftentimes it takes a series of events to unfold before a veteran is ready to make that call. In the case of Michael Vick, who announced his retirement Friday ahead of Super Bowl LI, one pivotal moment..." February 04

  • Adrian Peterson thinks Teddy Bridgewater will play in 2017

    Sportsnaut "There have been many reports that indicate Teddy Bridgewater could miss the entire 2017 season as he rehabs the knee injury that kept him out all last season. However, based on what Adrian Peterson has seen firsthand, the Minnesota Vikings could get their quarterback back at some point next..." February 04

  • Adrian Peterson’s return to Vikings requires ‘tough analysis,’ owner says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf said some “tough analysis” must be done about running back Adrian Peterson returning to the team next season. Peterson is under contract for 2017 for $18 million, but there’s no chance he will play for that amount. He either will sign a renegotiated deal..." February 03

  • Hopkins says Texans would welcome AP: 'Who wouldn't want Adrian Peterson?'

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson becomes a free agent next month, DeAndre Hopkins will try to recruit him to Houston. Peterson told ESPN last month he hopes to remain with Minnesota but acknowledged he had been wondering about other NFL teams that might need a running back, especially..." February 02

  • President Trump on Roger Goodell: ‘The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy’

    Sportsnaut "President Donald Trump isn’t one afraid to ruffle some feathers. It’s his outspoken attitude and ability to go away from the norm that caught the attention of those who voted him into office. As divisive as Trump himself might be, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is an equally divisive figure..." February 01

  • Roger Goodell indicates NFL looking into cutting commercials during broadcasts

    Sportsnaut "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the public in a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Wednesday. He covered many issues including the possibility of the league reducing the number of commercials during a game. The task at hand would be to shorten the time it takes to watch an entire NFL..." February 01

  • Goodell defends Thursday Night Football: Lower injury rate, 'high-quality football'

    CBS Sports ""Thursday Night Football" isn't on its way out. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made clear at his press conference Wednesday, it's here to stay. To do so, Goodell cited lower injury rates and "high-quality football." "They're slightly lower than any other games," Goodell said of injury..." February 01

  • 2017 Salary Cap Could Increase By As Much As $15M

    NFL Trade Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters (per Kyle Meinke) on Wednesday that the 2017 salary cap could go up by as much as $15 million per team. A few months ago, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that NFL teams were informed that the 2017 cap is expected to be between $166 million –..." February 01

  • Head of NFL refs union: Barbs from players 'very concerning'

    USA Today "The NFL has fined multiple players this season for criticizing individual officials, and the head of the NFL Referees Association doesn’t want to see such incidents become a trend. Scott Green, the former NFL referee and recently appointed NFLRA executive director, told USA TODAY Sports on..." February 01

  • Report: NFLPA reviewing relationship with Uber after ‘strike busting tactics’

    Sportsnaut "According to Albert Breer of MMQB, the NFL Players Association is reviewing its relationship with ride-share company Uber in wake of its decision to operate in New York City when the city’s taxis went on strike over the weekend to protest the Trump administrations immigration policy. The strike..." January 31

  • NFL won’t commit to Orlando Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "This year’s Pro Bowl was more successful than usual, due in part to a sold-out crowd in Orlando and an inexplicably successful effort (fueled by Ray Lewis) to get the players to cast aside their best interests and risk injury by playing hard. Still, the new home of the game won’t necessarily be..." January 30

  • Sold-out Pro Bowl means it surely will continue

    Pro Football Talk "From time to time, the NFL huffs and puffs about the quality of the Pro Bowl. But the Pro Bowl’s house isn’t going to be blown down any time soon. (Even though it should be.) This year, the NFL has offered standing-room only tickets at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, site of this year’s..." January 29

  • Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson: ‘I would love to play running back’

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "As the Vikings begin their search for a running back to revitalize a ground game that ranked dead last in the NFL this season, at least one non-running back already on the team is volunteering to fill in. After the Green Bay Packers successfully moved wide receiver Ty Montgomery to running back..." January 28

  • NFL and medical marijuana: A Q&A with former Eagles OL Todd Herremans

    ESPN "The conversation about marijuana's place in the NFL is heating up. Earlier this week, it was revealed that the NFL Players Association is working on a proposal that would amend the current drug policy to take a "less punitive" approach to recreational marijuana use among players, and the..." January 28

  • The Super Bowl Sex-Trafficking Myth: Is it the crisis it's cracked up to be?

    SI "Oh, man, we’re about to get robbed. That was Ryan Murphy’s thought when the two sedans ominously pulled up on either side of the car he was sitting in. From the front passenger’s seat of the Ford Fusion parked at a gas station, he breathed a sigh of resignation and reached for his wallet...." January 28

  • Teddy Bridgewater likely to miss 2017 season

    SI "Teddy Bridgewater could miss the entire 2017 season as he continues recovery from knee surgery, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reports. Bridgewater, a central piece of Minnesota’s offense and building process, was injured in practice in August prior to the 2016 season, tearing his ACL and..." January 27

  • Mike Zimmer thinks offensive changes are “kind of refreshing”

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have turned their offensive coaching staff over, and Mike Zimmer seems excited about it. While they’re only a season removed from a playoff run (and a missed field goal away from advancing), the Vikings shuffled the deck. After Norv Turner resigned midseason, they made Pat..." January 26

  • Vikings' Spielman: We must address the offensive line "For as much as we in the fantasy football generation focus on the glitzy positions, football still comes down to blocking and tackling. Lose in the trenches, and you'll lose your season. The Minnesota Vikings re-learned that lesson in 2016. On paper, Mike Zimmer's team looked poised to..." January 25