Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings "Unsure" About Bringing Back Matt Cassel?

    Daily Norseman "Chalk this up as a bit of a surprise, at least to me. According to Fox Sports North, Minnesota Vikings' General Manager Rick Spielman has been quoted as saying that nothing has been decided for sure about the team's backup quarterback situation. Honestly, I'm not sure what the team has to..." March 01

  • Let's pump the brakes on Adrian Peterson to Colts

    Indianapolis Star "It sounds like a splendid scenario if you're an Indianapolis Colts fan. Who wouldn't want Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wearing a horseshoe on his helmet? He's one of the best running backs of his generation, the Colts have an anemic running game and Peterson would..." March 01

  • Adrian Peterson issues statement

    Pro Football Talk "On Thursday, Judge David Doty overturned the arbitration decision upholding the suspension of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. While Peterson is not yet reinstated (and who knows when he will be?), he has been returned to the Commissioner-Exempt list, which allows him to speak to the..." February 28

  • Cardinals shouldn't pass on possible 2nd chance to acquire Adrian Peterson

    Arizona Republic "Running back Adrian Peterson has haunted the Cardinals not so much because of what he has done to them, but for what he could have done for them. Taking offensive tackle Levi Brown instead of Peterson with the fifth overall pick in 2007 turned out to be a colossal mistake. Eight years later,..." February 28

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    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

    The universe of teams for Adrian Peterson, barring something unexpected (e.g. Marshawn retiring): Vikings, Cowboys, Cardinals, Colts.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    In important news, the @NFL is expected to appeal the Adrian Peterson ruling handed down by Judge Doty. Explanation coming online.

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    Chris Tomasson @christomasson

    If Vikings were to trade Adrian Peterson, his dad Nelson said he's heard "rumors" of possible teams being interested: Arizona, Indy, Dallas

  • Federal judge agrees with NFLPA, overturns Adrian Peterson's suspension

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A federal judge has sided with Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson and the NFL Players Union in determining Thursday that the league’s arbitrator exceeded his authority by suspending the star running back. " February 26

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Minnesota's decision on Adrian Peterson now will not wait until his reinstatement April 15. Clock starts running now.

  • Uncertainty remains at signal-caller for Vikings, just not at starting spot

    Fox Sports North "When the Minnesota Vikings ended the 2012 season, Christian Ponder was entrenched as the team's starting quarterback even though he was forced to miss the team's playoff game because of injury. Yet, the inconsistency that defined Ponder's career with Minnesota was still a bit evident and there..." February 24

  • Peterson’s dad says Adrian is open to returning

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson's father said his son remains open to a Vikings reunion despite a rift between the estranged superstar and front office that exploded late Friday when his agent and a team executive argued publicly at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. A conversation between Ben Dogra and..." February 24

  • Adrian Peterson’s Agent Says “He’ll Never” Play For Vikings Again

    Larry Brown Sports "The relationship between Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings could be going south in a hurry, and an event that reportedly took place at the NFL Scouting Combine last week may have been proof of that. According to Jason La Canfora of, Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, got into a..." February 23

  • Peterson tells Vikings he wants to play for Cowboys "There's a lot we don't know about Adrian Peterson's situation as we head into the NFL's offseason, including exactly where he'll be playing in 2015 (though we have some ideas). Peterson himself said he was "uneasy" about returning to the Vikings next season, primarily because of how things were..." February 23

  • Vikings sign linebacker Brian Peters from Canadian Football League

    Twin Cities "The Vikings on Monday signed free-agent linebacker Brian Peters, who played the past two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Peters last year led the Roughriders with 78 tackles and had three sacks. In 2013, he was on a Saskatchewan team that won the Grey..." February 23

  • Vikings unlikely to be big spenders in NFL free agency

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings sound as if they aren’t going to be big spenders in free agency. Coach Mike Zimmer’s preference is to build a team through the draft. “When I was in Cincinnati and a lot of places, we would kind of go for the lower-end free agents and coach them up and hope they fit in our..." February 20

  • Peterson uneasy of Vikes return "While the Minnesota Vikings have tried to pave the way for Adrian Peterson's return to the team through numerous comments from top officials in the last week, the running back remains undecided about his future with the team. Peterson told ESPN on Thursday night he is "still uneasy" about the..." February 20

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    Brian Hall @MNBrianHall

    Zimmer on podium: "We have to do a better job of manufacturing touches" for Cordarrelle Patterson.

  • Report: NFL salary cap expected between $140-143M "The NFL expects this year's salary cap to be between $140 million and $143 million, at least $1.5 million higher than projected, ESPN reported Wednesday. League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the NFL notified teams Wednesday. The league had informed team executives at the owners..." February 19

  • NFL reportedly unlikely to expand playoffs in 2015

    SB Nation "Last offseason, it appeared the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell were intent on reaching an agreement to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams. However, a report in the Washington Post suggests a potential change is now unlikely to arrive in time for the 2015 season. "I think it's..." February 19

  • Vikings GM Spielman strongly supports Adrian Peterson's return

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman offered the strongest statement yet on the future of Adrian Peterson, saying Wednesday morning he expects the banished star to be a part of the team. Spielman's remarks came days after Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf offered public support of..." February 18

  • Manziel Teammate: 'Think About...If We Had Drafted Teddy'

    Bleacher Report "It was a few days after Johnny Manziel had imploded like a dying star against the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 10 passes for 80 yards and throwing two picks—one of the worst first starts for a quarterback in recent NFL history. Many things led to that moment, and Browns players knew the..." February 17

  • Vikings' McKinnon looks back and ahead after first NFL season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Jerick McKinnon entered December with not only a spot near the front of the NFL’s rookie rushing ranks, but also a painful lower back injury. Unexpectedly thrust into a starting role with Adrian Peterson banished from the Vikings, McKinnon surprised with 538 rushing yards through 11 games, two..." February 16

  • Vikings want to keep Peterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Consider, too, that wide receiver Greg Jennings carries an $11 million cap number next season. Which one seems more egregious, his or Peterson’s? Jennings should be in line for a contract restructuring this offseason. The organization is not allowed to have contact with Peterson until his legal..." February 15

  • Fifth-year option decisions looming for Vikings on Kalil, Smith

    Fox Sports North "One was vilified by the public and analysts for the failings of the Vikings offensive line last season, the other was perhaps the most valuable player on Minnesota's defense. The perception regarding left tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith couldn't be any different heading into an..." February 12

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Kevin Warren on a conference call with a few reporters right now. Said he would welcome Peterson back with open arms.

  • Which NFL Teams Have The Hardest And Easiest 2015 Schedules? "Even before the release of next season's schedule (which should happen in April, about a week before the draft) we already know who everyone will be playing in 2015. That means it's possible to calculate who'll have the toughest row to hoe, and who gets a break. The Falcons will face the..." February 12

  • Steelers, Vikings to square off in Hall of Fame Game "It's never too early to start thinking about next season. The NFL on Wednesday announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off the 2015 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game will unfold at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 9...." February 12

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Mark Wilf says #Vikings would love to have Adrian Peterson back, if he takes care of things with the NFL.

  • Harrison Smith had offseason surgery, wants to stay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "When I stopped to chat with safety Harrison Smith in the hallway of Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, where Smith was one of five Vikings players who visited the hospital as part of the team’s Arctic Blast event, I couldn’t help but notice the bulky bandage wrapped around his left hand and..." February 07

  • Favorable ruling would help both Peterson, Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be in a Minneapolis courtroom today. The NFLPA is suing the NFL in federal court on his behalf, hoping to get his indefinite suspension, handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in November, overturned. As my colleague Kelly..." February 07

  • Adrian Peterson: I felt like I got a fair hearing, for once

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s court date in Minnesota has wrapped up after both the NFLPA on behalf of Peterson and NFL made arguments in front of Judge David Doty regarding Peterson’s reinstatement from suspension. Peterson is arguing that he should be reinstated before the April 15..." February 07

  • First hearing on Adrian Peterson's lawsuit against NFL held in Minneapolis on Friday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The tussle over Adrian Peterson’s suspension from the National Football League will play out Friday for the first time in a Minneapolis courtroom. The NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court on behalf of the Minnesota Vikings star running back, who was suspended nearly..." February 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Vikings RB Jerome Felton sent in his notice of intent to void the rest of his contract, source said. Peterson’s guy. Top FB on the market.

  • Larry Fitzgerald on Adrian Peterson: 'He deserves to be back on the field'

    Sporting News "Larry Fitzgerald is upset Adrian Peterson has not been reinstated by the NFL. The Cardinals receiver spoke with the Pioneer Press about the Vikings running back he calls "my brother." He said Peterson should be reinstated following his suspension for a child-abuse incident. "He's served his..." February 03

  • Junior Seau leads a strong eight-man class into the Hall of Fame

    Pro Football Talk "The Pro Football Hall of Fame cleared the decks of a number of finalists who had been debated for years, as they ushered in an eight-man class to Canton Saturday night. First-year eligible linebacker Junior Seau was elected to the Hall of Fame, along with running back Jerome Bettis, defensive..." February 01

  • Vikings' Bridgewater beats Giants' Beckham for rookie honor

    Sporting News "Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may have come up with the catch of the century greatest catch of all time, but he wasn’t able to snag at least one postseason award. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year on Friday ahead of Beckham and three other..." January 31

  • Teddy Bridgewater didn't want to play for Browns in part because he knew not everyone was on board, source says

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who's up for Pepsi Rookie of the Year, didn't want to play for the Browns in part because he knew that not everyone in the organization was on board with drafting him, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Bridgewater, who made the rounds at..." January 31

  • NFL will review Calvin Johnson rule, narrow goal posts

    SB Nation "The league is still considering reducing the width of the goal post and will review the "Calvin Johnson Rule" this offseason. The NFL competition committee will examine reducing the width of the goal post uprights this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Each year the..." January 30

  • NFLPA to give own salary-cap projection for 2015

    USA Today "For the first time, the NFL Players Association plans to issue its own projections for the 2015 salary cap to counter what it perceives as deflated league projections that can impact teams' budgeting and, in turn, hold down spending. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith made the..." January 30

  • Report: A half-dozen teams have done background work on Adrian Peterson

    Sportress of Blogitude "Adrian Peterson definitely will be suiting up for an NFL team next season after missing all but one game last season due to his legal issues. It’s only a matter of which one. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that according to league sources, a half-dozen teams — by his count — reportedly have..." January 30

  • Adrian Peterson Trade or Release To Cowboys, Raiders, Patriots, Dolphins?

    Sports World Report "The Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson could be headed for a split at some point in the future once Peterson returns from suspension, as he is getting paid a high salary and despite Mike Zimmer wanting him to return, the team looks at his trade or release, the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders,..." January 28

  • NFLPA argues Peterson counseling "When the NFL suspended Adrian Peterson for the rest of the 2014 season on Nov. 18, commissioner Roger Goodell directed the Minnesota Vikings running back to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist to design a counseling and therapy program. In a brief it filed in federal court Monday, the NFL..." January 27

  • NFL files to have NFLPA's Peterson suit tossed "The NFL has pushed back against the NFL Players Association's lawsuit on behalf of suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, with a Friday filing in U.S. District Court that argued it should be thrown out. In the 35-page document, the league argued that commissioner Roger..." January 18

  • Replacement glass on new Vikings stadium could cost $60 million extra "The Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to move into a new stadium in time for the 2016 season, but that date could now be changed thanks to "bird-safe" glass. That potential change could also prove very costly. Michele Kelm-Helgen, Chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said..." January 17

  • Spielman wants Peterson back for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Echoing earlier sentiments of his head coach, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team wants Adrian Peterson to return to Minnesota once the suspended running back is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15. “I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian..." January 15

  • Duron Carter says Vikings are top choice "There was always going to be something about Duron Carter's visit to Minnesota that felt a little different than any other visit the Canadian Football League star took this winter. He would return to the same practice facility in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, that he ran around as a kid. He would see..." January 11

  • Duron Carter's workout with Vikings set for Friday

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Duron Carter, the son of former Vikings wide receiver and Hall-of-Famer Cris Carter, is scheduled to work out for the Vikings at Winter Park tomorrow. He is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities today. You may recall that two years ago the Vikings invited Duron Carter, who went undrafted after..." January 08

  • Adrian Peterson lawsuit set for next month

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of banished Vikings star Adrian Peterson is scheduled to reach federal court next month in Minnesota. The case is on the docket of U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, Doty's office said Monday. The NFLPA..." January 06

  • Vikings CB Jabari Price arrested for DWI

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Rookie cornerback Jabari Price was arrested early Monday, the morning after the team’s season-ending win over the Chicago Bears, and was released from Hennepin County jail after he was booked with a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired. A state trooper observed Price driving above the..." January 03

  • 2014 AP All-Pro Team

    Pro Football Talk "Via USA Today and, here is the first-team All-Pro squad as announced by The Associated Press on Friday. Fifty NFL writers compose the AP’s voting panel: OFFENSE Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay. Running back: DeMarco Murray, Dallas; Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh. Fullback: John..." January 02