Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings GM: Criticism of Bridgewater 'unfair'

    The Score "The Minnesota Vikings believe they've found their franchise quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater, but many outside the building remain unconvinced. Bridgewater followed up an impressive rookie year with a fairly disappointing sophomore season, leading some to question his legitimacy as the..." July 24

  • Former Vikings coach Dennis Green dies at age of 67

    NFL.com "Former Vikings and Cardinals head coach Dennis Green has passed away at the age of 67, NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Friday. " July 22

  • Vandal does serious damage to the Vikings new $1.1 billion stadium

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Vikings learned an important lesson this week: Some people like to throw stones at glass houses, or in this case, glass stadiums. A vandal in Minneapolis did some serious damage to the Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium on Wednesday when they threw a rock through one of the windows..." July 22

  • Are the Vikings phasing Adrian Peterson out of their offense?

    Sportsnaut "In order for the Minnesota Vikings passing game to improve under third-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the team is reportedly planning on him taking more snaps out of the shotgun this season. With a new plan of attack, this could lighten up Adrian Peterson’s workload. The future Hall of..." July 21

  • An Overwhelming Number Of People Don’t Think Kids Should Play Tackle Football

    Uproxx "The true toll that playing football takes on the brain has come into focus over the last several years. We’ve reached a point where even the NFL is saying that playing can cause irreparable brain damage (Tell the truth! Tell the truth!), so it’s clear that America will need to reckon with the..." July 20

  • Despite Rooney Rule, minority NFL coaches still aren't hired often enough

    Sporting News "The number of minority coaches and assistants in the NFL has flatlined to an incredibly low number, ESPN.com reports. In the past five years, 22 new coaches have been hired, with Todd Bowles being the only minority coach hired despite the parameters set by the Rooney Rule in 2003. Former NFL..." July 19

  • NFL reportedly won't keep track of PSI numbers with microchips in footballs

    CBS Sports "Even after two years of tedious debate over whether or not Tom Brady and the Patriots could have masterminded a plot to mildly deflate some footballs, the NFL does not plan to use microchips installed in footballs to track PSI numbers. The NFL is putting microchips in footballs, though. The..." July 19

  • NFL teaches officials to rule all 'bang-bang' passes incomplete 'when in doubt'

    CBS Sports "Some good news in regards to the constantly confusing catch-rule emerged Monday: NFL officials finally received a simpler way to rule on passes that result in unclear outcomes. Some bad news, however, also surfaced: More incomplete passes might be coming this season. As ESPN's Kevin Seifert..." July 18

  • ESPN hires former Patriots receiver Randy Moss as an analyst

    Boston "Randy Moss, an electrifying and sometimes controversial wide receiver for 14 NFL seasons, including three-plus for the Patriots, is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst. The network confirmed via press release Monday that it had hired Moss, who spent the past three years in a similar if lower profile..." July 18

  • Roger Goodell never called Mark Wahlberg to complain about 'Ballers', NFL spokesperson says

    USA Today "In an appearance on Mike & Mike last week, Mark Wahlberg claimed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took time out of fighting with Tom Brady in court and the other things he does as the NFL Commissioner to call and complain about HBO’s Ballers, which uses a number of storylines from the league..." July 18

  • Randy Moss on NFL's marijuana ban: 'Loosen up the rules and let everybody live'

    CBS Sports "During Randy Moss' NFL career, in which he caught 982 passes for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, he openly admitted to smoking marijuana. So, it should come as no surprise to hear Moss, who hasn't played since the 2012 season, rail against the league's marijuana policy. When speaking with..." July 18

  • Vikings’ Rhett Ellison anticipates full recovery by training camp

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings drafted a tight end in case Rhett Ellison can’t make it all the way back from a serious knee injury. So how does Ellison feel about that? “The more the merrier,” he said. Ellison doesn’t seem concerned about the fifth-round selection of David Morgan in April or about any talk..." July 17

  • Former NFL players suing Riddell need to understand their own guilt, too

    Sporting News "The customer is not always right, as those who work or have worked in the service industry know. Riddell Inc., America's largest football helmet distributor and official provider for the NFL from 1989-2014, is dealing with some unhappy customers who are both right and wrong. Former Pro Bowl..." July 15

  • Polian: Next NFL CBA will focus on commissioner power

    Sportsnaut "Roger Goodell has irked the NFLPA with his actions during this current term for the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While the agreement runs through 2021, issues are already popping up as hot topics for the upcoming NFL CBA, set to be negotiated in five years. Bill Polian suggests that the..." July 14

  • Adrian Peterson on Teddy Bridgewater: 'When I look in his eyes, I see greatness'

    ESPN "The only NFL game Adrian Peterson has played in his adopted hometown of Houston came on Dec. 23, 2012, when the running back was chasing Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record and the Minnesota Vikings were making a frantic push toward the playoffs. Peterson had more than 100 family and..." July 13

  • Study finds Patriots have the best fans, Jaguars the worst

    The Score "New England Patriots fans have something else to brag about. A study conducted by Emory University professor Michael Lewis has Patriots fans ranked as the best in the NFL, followed by the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles. The results of the study..." July 12

  • Fantasy: 10 breakout candidates to target in your draft

    The Score "Every fantasy owner wants to discover the star player no one saw coming. It gives you bragging rights over the competition and puts you in position to make a run at the title. With only a few weeks left until players report to training camp, let’s take a look at this year’s breakout..." July 11

  • Peterson: Vikings' Barr potentially 'the best linebacker to ever play'

    The Score "Adrian Peterson didn't know who linebacker Anthony Barr was when the Minnesota Vikings drafted him ninth overall in 2014, but he sure does now. "Being around him now for a couple years, I've seen some amazing things," Peterson told NFL Network recently. "To be so tall, he comes through and he..." July 08

  • The NFL's Catch Rule Got A Little More Complicated

    Deadspin "The NFL published its updated 2016 rulebook this week, and here’s a list of some of the bigger changes. But c’mon, we all want to see what the ever-evolving, always-baffling catch rule looks like now, so we can pretend we have any idea what we’re talking about when there’s a catch..." July 07

  • Yes, The Vikings Have "Bad" Contracts, Too

    Daily Norseman "Earlier today, we took a look at what Pro Football Focus had to say about the contract of defensive tackle Linval Joseph, as they named it one of the most team-friendly deals for interior defenders in the NFL. In continuing to look at what PFF has to offer. . .because, seriously, there's not a..." July 05

  • Adrian Peterson selling $8.5 million home

    Sportsnaut "As if we needed any more evidence that professional athletes are living the grand life. With all the money thrown around to NBA players over the past week, that much has become abundantly clear. But the riches of being a pro athlete in today’s world isn’t limited to the hardwood. Just ask..." July 05

  • Vikings promote scout Scott Kuhn to director of analytics

    Pro Football Talk "When the Vikings were at the Scouting Combine earlier this year, General Manager Rick Spielman said that the team was using analytics to derive data beyond 40 times and bench press totals. Spielman called it “another tool” the team could use to evaluate players and it is something that the team..." June 30

  • Report: Goodell earned $32M in 2015

    The Score "The NFL paid commissioner Roger Goodell $32 million for 2015, according to a tax filing obtained by Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal. Since the NFL changed its status from a non-profit to a profitable venture, this is the last year Goodell's salary will be on public record. " June 30

  • Ex-Vikings WR Troy Williamson reflects on time in Minnesota, wanting to fight Brad Childress

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "troywilliamsonI had a chance to chat Tuesday with Troy Williamson, the 2005 first-round draft choice of the Vikings. He was chosen No. 7 overall with the pick the Vikings got from Oakland in the trade for Randy Moss — forever linking the two wide receivers. While Moss was a legend here, Williamson..." June 29

  • Alan Roach to leave Broncos to become Vikings public address announcer

    Pro Football Talk "After 16 years as public address announcer of the Denver Broncos, Alan Roach is returning home to Minnesota to become the public address announcer of the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. In a post on his own website, Roach announced the move back to his Minnesota roots." June 28

  • Possibly facing last Vikings season, Cordarrelle Patterson vows to work harder

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been saying good things about Cordarelle Patterson this offseason, lauding his work ethic and improved route-running. The fourth-year receiver doesn’t want to hear about it. “Good. Bad,” Patterson said. “It’s going to always be something. You can’t let the good..." June 28

  • NFL offseason arrests less frequent than years past

    Sportsnaut "Negative press dominates headlines, but the NFL is seeing a positive development when it comes to players getting arrested in the offseason. As detailed by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, only nine NFL players have been arrested this year since January 1, which is down from 13 last year, 21..." June 27

  • NFL owners haul in $222.6 million each for 2015 shared revenue

    Sportsnaut "The NFL, and its owners, just keep getting richer. In a report by Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, the league divided up $7.1 billion in revenue, which is an increase of six percent from the previous year. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has done the math, and as we can see each NFL team owner received a..." June 27

  • Herschel Walker Says He's Blackballed from Speaking Gigs By Anti-Trumpers

    Breit Bart "NFL Great Herschel Walker was one of the early Trump supporters out of the gate but now he says he is losing speaking gigs by anti-Trumpers who are blackballing him. Walker, a running back for such teams as the Minnesota Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys, recently told gossip site TMZ he has had..." June 26

  • Former Seahawk QB Tarvaris Jackson arrested for allegedly pulling gun on his wife

    Seattle Times "Tarvaris Jackson, the Seahawks’ backup quarterback the last three seasons but currently a free agent, has been arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on his wife, according to a report from WESH.com in Orlando. In a series of tweets, Chris Hush of WEST was reported that Jackson was intoxicated..." June 26

  • Adrian Peterson lists Houston home at $8.5M

    Houston Chronicle "One lucky Houston-area home buyer could soon be sleeping where Adrian Peterson once slept and floating among the trees in his swanky infinity pool. The Minnesota Vikings running back has put his 9-acre estate in The Woodlands on the market for $8.5 million. The hefty price tag will buy you..." June 24

  • Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph: Top tight ends do more than catch passes

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Two years ago, Kyle Rudolph proclaimed himself the best tight end in the NFL. He still feels that way. “Absolutely,” said Rudolph, entering his sixth season with the Vikings. “Route running and catching balls, to many, is all that matters. But it’s also (about) being one of the best..." June 23

  • Adrian Peterson says 'boring' offseason work could prompt early retirement

    Sporting News "Adrian Peterson said in May he could play until he's 40, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will. The Vikings running back told ESPN this week he might call it quits early to avoid the toll the NFL offseason takes on him. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that..." June 22

  • NFL takes unusual step of involving position coaches in looking at more kickoff rule changes

    USA Today "The NFL is assessing the viability of further rules changes on kickoffs with unprecedented input from the league’s special teams coordinators, who want to save the exciting play from extinction. Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, recently held a conference call with special..." June 21

  • Vikings’ German receiver Moritz Bohringer adjusting slowly to NFL

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It hasn’t taken long for Moritz Bohringer to realize he’s not in Germany anymore. The wide receiver played four years of club ball in his native land before being taken by the Vikings in the sixth round of the NFL draft in April. With offseason drills wrapping up Thursday, he knows he has..." June 17

  • Zimmer on Teddy Bridgewater: 'He's a winner'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer defended Teddy Bridgewater from those who might stray too far in their argument that the young quarterback has a long leap to reach the so-called next level in his third season. “I don’t know how you measure how much of a step [he has to] take,” Zimmer said today after..." June 15

  • Even off the field, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo goes to extremes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Offseason NFL charity events often consist of bowling, building playgrounds or signing autographs — not rappelling 38 stories down the face of a high-rise. Extreme philanthropy resonates more with Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo. He will descend down the fourth-­tallest building in Austin, Texas,..." June 11

  • NFL owners, coaches say a developmental league is needed and here's what's brewing

    CBS Sports "The limos were lined up bumper-to-bumper around the sprawling driveway and the private planes waited on tarmacs nearby as NFL owners scrambled to get back home after wrapping up another league meeting. In a nearby ballroom, commissioner Roger Goodell began addressing the media, his statements..." June 07

  • NFL Twitter Hacked, Announces Roger Goodell's Death

    Deadspin "Some gremlin got access to the NFL’s Twitter account today and announced the death of commissioner Roger Goodell. NFL PR flack Brian McCarthy quickly corrected the record: The other two tweets were also deleted. The NFL appears to have regained control of its account. The fake cause of..." June 07

  • 20 Different Players to Take Part in Celebrity Family Feud NFL Edition This Summer

    Total Pro Sports "If you enjoyed the Gronkowski Family‘s appearance on Celebrity Family Feud last summer, you’ll love what the NFL has in store for you this year. ABC is mixing up the format of Celebrity Family Feud for Season 2. While many of the episodes will feature celebrities and their actual families, a..." June 07

  • NFL curious about marijuana as potential medical alternative

    Sporting News "While it’s not saying so publicly, the NFL is exploring the viability of marijuana as a medical option for its players. In a profile on Ravens offensive tackle Eugene Monroe’s marijuana advocacy, the Washington Post reports NFL senior vice president for player health and safety Jeff Miller and..." June 07

  • Harrison Smith Signs Contract Extension with Vikings

    Vikings.com "Harrison Smith is asked to line up multiple places in Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s defense. Whether on the line to stuff the run or execute or bluff a blitz, or off the line to play coverage, Smith has made a variety of plays in a dynamic role. Smith will continue to do so in Purple for..." June 06

  • Vikings' Treadwell wears Raiders hat, gets roasted

    The Score "It's easy to forget NFL players are fans just like everyone else before they enter the league, but, nonetheless, they must abide by some unwritten rules. One of those rules is fairly obvious: Don't support other teams. No matter what." June 03

  • Captain Munnerlyn ready to face challenge from Vikings rookie

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In the second round of this year’s NFL draft, the Vikings selected cornerback Mackensie Alexander to one day supplant slot specialist Captain Munnerlyn, perhaps even this season. Munnerlyn’s immediate reaction? Bring it on. “When they drafted that guy, it lit a fire under me again,”..." June 02

  • Phil Loadholt “moving pretty well” in return from torn Achilles

    Pro Football Talk "Tackle Phil Loadholt took care of one obstacle in the way of his return to the Vikings when he took a pay cut earlier this offseason. He’s working his way through another one during OTAs. Loadholt is back on the field after tearing his Achilles in the preseason last year and says his return to..." May 29

  • Vikings rookie QB Joel Stave forgot how to throw ‘for a few weeks’ at Wisconsin

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Paul Chryst was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin in 2011 when the Badgers signed a two-star recruit out of Greenfield, Wis., named Joel Stave. Chryst left in 2012 to coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Upon returning to Madison three years later to replace Gary Andersen as head coach..." May 28

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson hopes to improve from shotgun formation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "It was just one voluntary, unpadded, noncontact practice in late May, but the final team period of Wednesday morning’s organized team activity at Winter Park featured a familiar routine for running back Adrian Peterson. On first and second down of one series of plays, Peterson lined up behind..." May 26

  • Roger Goodell on NFL’s concussion issue: ‘This is our No. 1 priority’

    Sportsnaut "Holding a press conference at this week’s NFL spring meetings, commissioner Roger Goodell had to answer questions involving an Outside the Lines report suggesting that the league attempted to influence a government study on concussions. Primarily focusing on what seems to be league-mandated PR..." May 25

  • Prepare for 'this is Teddy Bridgewater's prove-it year' to become national narrative

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is about to enter his third season in the NFL. The first two were uneven, though they were marked by a a team improvement from seven victories his rookie year to 11 wins and a division title last season. As such, it’s only natural that there will be plenty of..." May 24

  • Adrian Peterson to attend Vikings OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has said on multiple recent occasions that the demands of training camp ultimately could bring about the end to his career. At least for 2016, he doesn’t have the same attitude about Organized Team Activities. Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press..." May 23