SB Nation "The NFL views Mexico, Canada and China as the next markets to focus on as it looks to add more international games to the schedule, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The league could be considering NFL games in those markets, similar to the International Series that already takes place..." March 27
Pro Football Talk "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged the obvious on Wednesday when he said at the league meeting that multiple teams had dealings before the start of free agency that may have violated the letter of the law. “We want to make sure no teams are gaining an advantage as it relates to free..." March 26
The #Vikings and veteran CB Terence Newman have agreed on a 1-year, $2.5M deal with $750K guaranteed, source said.
CBSSports.com "NFL offensive linemen are often described as "massive," "behemoths," and just about every other synonym describing their prodigious girth. But even in the land of the enormous Babatunde Aiyegbusi stands out. The Vikings announced Thursday that they had signed the 6-9, 351-pound Aiyegbusi, an..." March 26
USA Today "A rules alteration that would inject more excitement into the near-automatic extra point could be adopted for the 2015 NFL season as early as the league's next meeting this May. There was lively discussion among the 32 teams Wednesday about adding significant drama to the mundane point after..." March 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Zimmer, speaking at the NFL owners meetings this morning, reiterated the Vikings’ stance that they expect disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson to play for them this season. Zimmer also clarified a comment he made to Pro Football Talk earlier in the offseason, saying, “I never once said..." March 25
TMZ.com "Despite the fact he'll be locked up for the next 9 years, convicted rapist Darren Sharper is still eligible to be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- and based on his numbers alone, there's a real possibility it could happen. TMZ Sports spoke with Joe Horrigan -- Executive V.P. of..." March 25
Adrian Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, met with Vikings last night, per @RapSheet on NFL Total Access. No resolution.
Daily Norseman "Hello, Newman! Yes, on Wednesday the Minnesota Vikings finally closed the deal with cornerback Terence Newman, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal. That makes two of Mike Zimmer's former players in Cincinnati that have signed with the team in the past 24 hours, as safety/linebacker Taylor Mays..." March 25
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Free agent linebacker Casey Matthews visited the Vikings on Tuesday, according to nfl.com’s Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet). Matthews, the brother of Packers All-Pro linebacker Clay Matthews, was taken by the Eagles in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2011 out of Oregon." March 24
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Taylor Mays is rejoining Mike Zimmer in Minnesota. Mays, 27, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Vikings, per ESPN, after the team hosted him for a free agent visit last week. He's the second unrestricted free agent signing for the Vikings, joining backup quarterback Shaun Hill. After..." March 24
Sportsnaut "The saga of one Adrian Peterson continues. Fresh off Peterson’s agent indicating publicly that it’s not in the best interest of his client to return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015, comes this piece of information from ESPN’s Jane McManus indicating that the Dallas Cowboys are looking at Peterson..." March 24
Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson doesn’t want to play for the Minnesota Vikings. Even if Peterson hasn’t said those exact words up to this point, it’s become pretty clear through the posturing of his agent, Ben Dogra, that Peterson doesn’t want to remain in Minnesota. Dogra declined a dinner invitation with..." March 24
The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison, according to the Associated Press. Earlier Monday, TMZ reported Sharper will serve a..." March 24
SB Nation "Besides instant replay reform and finding a better definition of a "catch," the NFL's competition committee is busy this week deciding whether to increase the duties of injury spotters in NFL games. The proposal would allow independent medical trainers to watch for possible concussions and stop..." March 23
Darren Sharper pled guilty to sexual assault and attempted sexual assault. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison and lifetime probation.
Complex "The NFL's first Veteran Combine took place this weekend. A new addition to the offseason calendar, the Combine seemed like a great idea for older players to get in front of scouts and front office types—a way to balance the scales between the incoming rookie class and the veteran class that'll..." March 23
The New Orleans Advocate "Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper will serve a 20-year prison sentence for drugging and raping a series of women in New Orleans as part of a global plea deal that was playing out with guilty pleas in various states on Monday, according to a source familiar with deal. Under the..." March 23
Fox Sports "One of the world's biggest soccer hotbeds could soon host a different type of football event. A source told FOXSports.com that Brazil is a viable candidate to host the 2017 Pro Bowl. The all-star exhibition game's future destination is one of the subjects that will be broached during the..." March 23
CBS Dallas Forth Worth "The Cowboys won’t be pursuing a trade for Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson, two sources tell 105.3 The Fan, citing among the reasons the team’s more disciplined approach to spending at the running back position and the running back depth in the upcoming NFL Draft. Peterson, who turned 30..." March 23
Toronto Sun "The threshold for what constitutes a catch when a receiver falls to the ground is changing, a member of the league’s competition committee told Sun Media on Sunday. In a conference call last week, the committee announced that the controversial “complete-the-catch-to-the-ground” rule will stay,..." March 23
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Filed under things you don't see everyday, Adrian Peterson apparently rode a camel into his 30th birthday party over the weekend. Peterson turned 30 on Saturday. On the field, he has a hill to climb against the history of NFL running backs who fall off that 'statistical cliff.' There is some..." March 23
SI.com "The MMQB: What’s the lesson you take from easily your most trying year as commissioner? Goodell: I don’t know if you could put one or two … One of the things we always focus on is, What do we learn and how do we get better? I think in this case there were several factors. One is, Do we have the..." March 23
Pro Football Talk "Tucked at the bottom of Sid Hartman’s article regarding Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s preference for a larger Teddy Bridgewater in 2015 is a fairly small quote regarding Zimmer’s views on running back Adrian Peterson. “Well Adrian is under contract with us and we’re excited to get him back here..." March 23
Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson wants to play for a new team, according to a report. ESPN’s Ben Goessling reported Friday that he has been told Peterson “wants to play elsewhere.” This should not at all come as a surprise. Peterson has said in public comments that he thought a fresh start might be best for..." March 23
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Relaxed confidence fits Teddy Bridgewater like ... well, like a glove. You see it when the Vikings' second-year quarterback casually peels off his boxing mitts, gives them to the hovering instructor and attacks the punching bag on his terms -- barehanded. Or swaggering to the sideline after..." March 22
Yahoo! Sports "The impasse between running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings has taken a more ominous turn. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman requested a dinner meeting with Peterson's agent at the forthcoming owners meetings in Phoenix but was rejected, a source told Yahoo Sports. This comes..." March 22
So Taylor Mays' visit is over with no deal announced by the #Vikings.
CBSSports.com "It's looking more and more like the only way Adrian Peterson won't be spending the 2015 season in Minnesota is if he gets traded and if that happens, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald would welcome Peterson to Arizona with open arms. While playing in the Pro-Am at the LPGA Founders Cup..." March 21
The New Orleans Advocate "Ex-Saints player Darren Sharper has struck a “global” plea deal that is expected to resolve pending charges of raping and drugging women against him in all four states where he has been indicted, including Louisiana, as well as a related federal court case based in New Orleans. Terms of the..." March 21
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Former Green Bay Packers safety Darren Sharper has been charged with rape in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports. Sharper already faced sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, Phoenix and New Orleans. His attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault..." March 20
Pro Football Talk "While many things remain uncertain regarding the playing possibilities for Adrian Peterson next season, one potential option now appears to be firmly off the table. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman informed Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, that they..." March 20
Pro Football Talk "If, as it appears, running back Adrian Peterson wants a fresh start and if, as is now obvious, the Vikings won’t release Peterson from the final three years of his contract, the options for Peterson are simple: (1) play for the Vikings; (2) play for no one; (3) hope for a trade. Within a week,..." March 19
CBSSports.com "The big wave of free agency has come and gone, and the focus has turned to the draft, but that doesn't mean there still aren't holes to fill, some huge ones, for each of the NFL's 32 teams. You can't solve all the problems in free agency. In fact, it's usually only a few if a team is lucky. For..." March 18
Twin Cities "Free-agent safety Taylor Mays will take a recruiting visit to the Vikings on Wednesday and Thursday, sources said. A source said Wednesday the Vikings have emerged as a “strong” candidate to sign Mays, who played the last four years for Cincinnati. Mays was scheduled to have dinner with team..." March 18
ACME Packing Company "Greg Jennings spent the first seven years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, first as a deep threat for Brett Favre then later as a well-rounded, lead receiver with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. The Packers won Super Bowl XLV in part because of Jennings' clutch catches, including two touchdowns..." March 18
SB Nation "Alex Richanbach, executive producer of Funny or Die Sports was on a SXSW panel last Saturday called "Now Athletes are Funny: Power of Comedy and Sports." I hadn't noticed it on the schedule until it was about halfway over, but I stopped in just as Richanbach was getting into the meat of a pretty..." March 17
Arizona Republic "The prospect of running back Adrian Peterson becoming a Cardinal has a lot in common with the new ceiling fan on my patio. I started talking about both a couple of weeks ago, yet neither one has moved in that time. Peterson is still a Viking. The ceiling fan is still in the box. Over the..." March 17
Arizona Republic "NFL free agency started this week, so the news cycle was dominated by the redistribution of wealth. It was a job fair at the highest level of sports as players were traded, re-signed, signed and released. That was to be expected. What was surprising is that in a time devoted to procuring..." March 17
Pro Football Talk "The Vikings are in the market for a little help on the defensive line, with defensive end George Selvie a reported target after the team wasn’t able to sign Michael Johnson before he struck a deal with the Bengals. If Selvie joins the team, he’ll be working with a new member of the team’s..." March 16
Josh Freeman had recent workout with Jets. I'm told he did well. Several other teams taking hard look at him.
Pro Football Talk "The revised contract given by the Cardinals to receiver Larry Fitzgerald contains a no-trade clause. Which means Fitzgerald won’t be traded. Unless he’s willing to be. In announcing the new deal at the Scouting Combine, the Cardinals were unequivocal in their position that Fitzgerald will..." March 16
Miami Herald "It cost the Dolphins far more to get Kenny Stills than it cost the Vikings to get Mike Wallace. So it stands to reason that Miami’s expectations for its newest receiver are at a similar level to the one it had for its exiled one. Yet Stills, whose world flipped on its axis with Friday’s..." March 16
The Vikings reached out to a representative of George Selvie March 7, 1st day teams could call reps of outside FAs. Kept in touch since.
Pro Football Talk "Last year, the Vikings added defensive lineman Tom Johnson in free agency. He played only one game with running back Adrian Peterson, but Johnson continues to work out with Peterson in Houston. “He’s one of the strongest guys pound for pound I’ve seen,” Johnson told Alex Marvez and Zig..." March 15
Ravens had interest in Dolphins WR Mike Wallace until Dolphins traded him to Vikings Friday. Ravens thought Wallace might become free agent
Pro Football Talk "Mike Wallace, the Dolphins’ expensive and underachieving wide receiver, may be on the way out. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Wallace has been on the phone with Vikings within the last hour and that a trade is likely. When Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million contract..." March 14
New York Post "Darren McFadden is not likely to make Cowboys fans forget about DeMarco Murray, but he might make them yearn for Adrian Peterson. McFadden, the former first-round draft pick of the Raiders, represents a running-back consolation prize for Cowboys fans after they watched Murray, their now former..." March 14