Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings make a couple of coaching moves

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings promoted Pat Shurmur to offensive coodinator after Norv Turner’s departure last season and they’ll be keeping him in that role this year, which left them in need of a new tight ends coach. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that former Broncos assistant Clancy Barone will fill the position...." January 20

  • Adrian Peterson contract question will be resolved sooner than later

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson has said he’d like to stay with the Vikings. Teammate Chad Greenway thinks there’s a good chance Peterson won’t be back. Much more will be known soon. Peterson’s contract pays him a $6 million roster bonus on March 11. Once the Vikings make that payment, they’ll be as a..." January 19

  • Peterson wants to stay in Minny but would consider Giants, Bucs, Texans

    ESPN "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he sees himself remaining with Minnesota next season but mentioned the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams he might consider in free agency. "I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on..." January 19

  • Chad Greenway not sure if he or Adrian Peterson will be back next year

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The 2017 Vikings roster could be similar to last season’s, but it also could see two huge changes as the team decides about the two longest-tenured players in linebacker Chad Greenway and running back Adrian Peterson. Greenway just completed his 11th season with the Vikings and Peterson his..." January 19

  • Vikings adding UCLA coordinator Kennedy Polamalu as RBs coach

    Pro Football Talk "One of the more intriguing questions of the offseason for the Vikings will be the future of running back Adrian Peterson. Well, at least we know who his coach is going to be, if he’s back with the team. According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Vikings are hiring Kennedy Polamalu as..." January 16

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson helps stranded motorist in Texas

    Sportsnaut "While the NFL was preparing to kick off the divisional round of the playoffs, star running back Adrian Peterson was busy being a good samaritan in Texas. Courtesy of the father of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, here’s a photo of Peterson helping a stranded motorist move his..." January 15

  • Mike Zimmer: “We don’t know when Teddy will be back”

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would prefer to be on TV today in his usual coaching gear. Instead, he was a guest on ESPN. During his segment with Hannah Storm, Zimmer offered an update regarding the status of starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It wasn’t specific, but it was ominous. “We..." January 15

  • Linval Joseph replaces Aaron Donald in Pro Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings will have another representative in the Pro Bowl. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has been added to the team, giving Minnesota five players on the NFC roster in this year’s game. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has pulled out of the game, opening up the spot for Joseph. Joseph..." January 13

  • Leslie Frazier Name To Watch For Bills’ Defensive Coordinator Job

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that new Bills HC Sean McDermott discussed the possibility of bringing in Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator. However, sources now tell Rapoport that Ravens DBs coach Leslie Frazier is the “name to watch” for the job. There is an obvious connection between..." January 12

  • Randy Moss' Baby Mama Denies Spending $4 Million On Drugs

    TMZ "Randy Moss' baby mama is calling BS on the ex-NFL receiver after he claimed she blew $4 MILLION on drugs ... telling TMZ Sports, "I've been clean for years." Moss called out his ex on Twitter last month ... claiming the mother of his 5 children refused to get treatment for a drug addiction in..." January 12

  • Vikings likely to pick up 2017 option on Teddy Bridgewater

    Sportsnaut "Looking ahead to 2017, the Minnesota Vikings may not view Teddy Bridgewater as the starter. But the team is likely to keep him around. “Bridgewater is under contract at $2.18 million for the 2017 season, and the Vikings will have to make a decision on his fifth-year option in May,” Ben..." January 11

  • The NFL's Drug of Choice

    Bleacher Report "They didn't ask questions. If something hurt, NFL players simply stepped in line behind dozens of others waiting for the same drug. One by one, for years, players have taken a shot of Toradol to the rear or swallowed the drug in pill form to play football on Sunday. The game-day ritual was..." January 11

  • Pacific Pro Football League for non-NFL-eligible players to debut

    ESPN "A new pro football league announced Wednesday it plans to begin hiring players in winter 2017 and staging games in summer 2018. The Pacific Pro Football League is for players who have graduated from high school but aren't in college and haven't been out for three years in order to make..." January 11

  • Super Bowl ad spending for first 51 years totals almost $5 billion

    Awful Announcing "The Super Bowl is an event where the ads are almost as important as the game. Over the years, attention to the commercials has grown to the point where you can preview them on YouTube and other sites before the Big Game. Because the Super Bowl draws the year’s biggest television audience, it’s no..." January 11

  • Vikings Fire QB Coach Scott Turner

    Pro Football Rumors "A day after the Vikings announced that they’d be retaining offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, it appears that another member of the offensive coaching staff is on his way out. Alex Marvez of The Sporting News reports (via Twitter) that the organization has fired quarterbacks coach Scott..." January 10

  • As Vikings move forward with Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater's future remains cloudy

    ESPN "It seems hard to fathom, not six months after the Minnesota Vikings began training camp expecting a breakout season from their handpicked franchise quarterback. But here we are in early January 2017 and the Vikings' immediate future does not appear to have Teddy Bridgewater at the center of..." January 10

  • With big payout from Vikings unlikely, new reality awaiting Adrian Peterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In Adrian Peterson’s fantasy, he runs for 300 yards in a game, 2,500 for a season, one better than Emmitt Smith’s 18,355 for a career and makes $18 million in 2017. Of those four improbabilities, the last one is least likely to happen. The Vikings haven’t had to officially address the decision..." January 08

  • Vikings will name Pat Shurmur permanent OC, remove interim tag

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings made Pat Shurmur their interim offensive coordinator when Norv Turner stepped down during the regular season and it appears they’ll be keeping him in that role for the 2017 season. Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Vikings will do away with the interim tag..." January 08

  • Chris Berman stepping down from ESPN NFL studio role

    Larry Brown Sports "Sundays are going to look and feel a lot different at ESPN next fall, as longtime broadcaster Chris Berman is stepping down from his current in the network’s NFL studio. ESPN announced on Thursday that Berman will no longer be hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming following the playoffs. He..." January 05

  • NFL TV viewership dropped an average of 8 percent this season

    ESPN "Broadcasters of NFL games saw television viewership drop by an average of 8 percent for the 2016 regular season, as a typical game was watched by 1.4 million fewer people than last season (16.5 million versus 17.9 million), according to league data obtained by ESPN. Prime-time broadcasts were..." January 05

  • It's no joke: A barista and a farmer walk into a Vegas sportsbook, and come out with $1.2 million "So, a barista and a farmer walk into the Las Vegas Superbook… It sounds like the setup for a great joke, right? Well, it’s no joke, although the barista and the farmer are now laughing all the way to the bank. That’s because the two finished No. 1-2 in the prestigious SuperContest, the..." January 05

  • Mike Zimmer won’t commit to Sharrif Floyd for 2017

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Vikings have done a bang-up job adding elite defensive talent through the draft. Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander and Trae Waynes are just a few names here. Though, general manager Rick Spielman and..." January 04

  • Agent's Take: 10 NFL stars who could be in different uniforms in 2017

    CBS Sports "A player getting released because his performance doesn't justify his salary is a way of life in the NFL, where contracts aren't fully guaranteed. When a player is released or traded, the remaining proration of the salary components that are treated like signing bonus immediately accelerate into..." January 04

  • Finalists for 2017 Hall of Fame class include LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Brian Dawkins

    ESPN "First-year eligibles LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor and Brian Dawkins are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also making the finals are Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, John Lynch, Kevin..." January 04

  • Mike Zimmer: Sam Bradford earned right to be starter

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said before the final game of the regular season that he thought quarterback Sam Bradford did an “amazing” job after being traded to Minnesota just before the start of the regular season. Bradford took advantage of a scheme that called for him to throw the ball short..." January 03

  • Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell ready to move on after ‘disappointing’ rookie year

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell was rather blunt in assessing his rookie season. “I don’t think I helped the offense at all,’’ Treadwell said Monday. After being taken with the No. 23 pick in last spring’s draft, Treadwell caught just one pass for 15 yards while playing in nine games. He..." January 03

  • Bradford tosses 3 TDs as Vikings rout Bears

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- On the field, the Minnesota Vikings were putting together one of their most complete efforts of the season, turning a season-high five takeaways into a season-high 38 points. High above, behind one end zone, two individuals hung from a support beam along with a banner protesting the..." January 01

  • Mike Zimmer to return in 2017

    Pro Football Talk "A bizarre season in Minnesota won’t be ending with a coaching change. Coach Mike Zimmer will return to the Vikings for a fourth season, PFT has confirmed. The 2016 season became a major disappointment for a team that won the NFC North a year ago and nearly beat Seattle in the wild-card..." January 01

  • Protesters unfurl banner at U.S. Bank Stadium, disrupt Vikings game

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A protest banner disrupted the Vikings’ game on Sunday against Chicago at U.S. Bank Stadium. Early in the second quarter, a large banner was unfurled from a large beam attached to the stadium roof by two unknown individuals that read, “U.S. Bank Divest #NoDAPL.” That was in reference to the..." January 01

  • Bradford sets completion percentage record in meaningless finale

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings started 5-0. Then they lost eight of 10 games. And then they scored a blowout victory in a meaningless finale to finish the year at 8-8. Minnesota blasted the Bears, 38-10, in the last game of the 2016 season. The victory included quarterback Sam Bradford setting the single-season..." January 01

  • Adrian Peterson ruled out vs. Bears

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "There will be no swan song for Adrian Peterson. Peterson missed practice on Friday and the team announced that he will not play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings’ running back told ESPN’s Josina Anderson before last week’s game against the Green..." December 30

  • Five most likely landing spots for Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "Once the standard to which every running back in the league was compared, Minnesota Vikings ball carrier Adrian Peterson is now on the downside of his career, facing the end of his tenure with the team that drafted him in 2007 out of Oklahoma. A once-ballyhooed recruit from Texas, one who some..." December 30

  • Pat Shurmur hasn’t had discussions with Vikings about 2017

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Entering his final game as interim offensive coordinator of the Vikings, Pat Shurmur said he’s not treating Sunday’s season-ending game against Chicago as an attempt to remove the temporary tag that prefaces his title. “I view this as another opportunity to try and do what I can to help put the..." December 30

  • Teddy Bridgewater: Injury helped him “spiritually and mentally”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said the devastating knee injury that threatens his availability for the start of the 2017 season actually has helped him “spiritually and mentally” and that he considers it “a new challenge, and I love challenges.” Bridgewater made those statements in a..." December 30

  • Adrian Peterson likely to miss Week 17, could be done with Vikings

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson looks like he is going to miss Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, and it’s fair to wonder if he has played his last snap with the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson worked hard to get back on the field for Week 15 after he suffered an MCL injury in Week 2, but his return was..." December 28

  • Randy Moss Sounds Off on Twitter and Accuses Ex of Spending $4 Million on Drugs

    Complex "Randy Moss went on a tangent on Twitter on Tuesday morning and appeared to subtweet the hell out of one of his exes. So if you're the type of person who enjoys celebrities airing their personal matters out in public, it was definitely the thread for you. The former NFL great started things off..." December 28

  • Hall of Fame game moved to Thursday night to start preseason

    ESPN "The Hall of Fame game will be played on Aug. 3 -- a Thursday night -- next summer, two days before the inductions into the pro football shrine. On Wednesday, the hall announced the change in schedule. Previously, the game was played on a Sunday, one night after the inductions. Participants..." December 28

  • Xavier Rhodes, Terence Newman call Lambeau fiasco a 'miscommunication'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune ""Miscommunication" is the word of the day at Winter Park today. Xavier Rhodes said it eight times when given an opportunity to clarify the comments he made after Saturday's loss to the Packers, when he said he and his fellow defensive backs decided to disregard Mike Zimmer's game plan that..." December 26

  • Vikings' defensive switch led by Terence Newman "Why did a pair of Vikings defensive backs go off script to create their own ill-fated game plan in Saturday's ugly 38-25 loss to the Packers? NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Xavier Rhodes went into the contest planning to follow the orders of coach Mike Zimmer, who tasked..." December 26

  • Xavier Rhodes admits the Vikings ignored Mike Zimmer's plan to cover Jordy Nelson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Zimmer wanted Xavier Rhodes to shadow Packers receiver Jordy Nelson throughout Saturday’s 38-25 loss. Rhodes instead stayed on his side throughout the first half before Vikings coaches put their game plan back on track by halftime. Vikings defensive backs decided during the week of..." December 25

  • Vikings launch damage control over defensive back mutiny

    Pro Football Talk "After Sunday’s season-killing loss to the Packers, it was regarded as true and accurate that the stunning defiance of the defensive game plan by the Minnesota defensive backs lasted for the entire first half. There was no attempt by the team to refute that account, which appeared in the..." December 25

  • Randall Cobb out for Packers, Harrison Smith in for Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "The Packers will be down a wide receiver in Saturday’s game against the Vikings. Wide receiver Randall Cobb has been bothered by an ankle injury for the last couple of weeks and has been declared inactive a day after the Packers listed him as questionable to play. Cobb was not effective playing..." December 24

  • Rodgers, Nelson power Packers past Vikings

    The Sports Xchange "GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers is healthy and the Green Bay Packers are hot. After playing through hamstring and calf injuries that left him hobbling the past month, Rodgers put on a clinic against the rival Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers was 28 of 38 for 347 yards with four touchdowns, no..." December 24

  • Vikings Plane Slides off Taxiway, Team Stranded for Hours

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings Christmas weekend visit to Wisconsin got off to a rocky start Friday night when the team's plane skidded off the taxiway here, leaving players, coaches and staff stranded for more than three hours. The team was eventually removed from the plane two and three people at a..." December 24

  • Vikings rule out Adrian Peterson for Week 16 game vs. Packers

    CBS Sports "One week after his return from injury, Adrian Peterson is out yet again. The Vikings announced on Friday that Peterson will not play this week's game against the divisional rival Packers. Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus back in September, and ultimately beat projections..." December 23

  • Vikings promote a running back from practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "Running back Adrian Peterson didn’t practice the last two days and expressed uncertainty about his status for Saturday’s game against the Packers due to the combination of groin and knee injuries that sidelined him in those sessions. A roster move on Friday doesn’t do much to create optimism..." December 23

  • ‘Very likely’ Adrian Peterson out for rest of 2016

    Sportsnaut "A few hours after Adrian Peterson was ruled out for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers, some more news surfaced that indicates the running back is done for the year. ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported a Vikings source as saying Peterson is “very likely” to remain out..." December 23

  • New Spring League isn’t an NFL production

    Pro Football Talk "Yes, there’s a new spring football league coming. No, it’s not an NFL production. A series of tweets from SiriusXM NFL Radio declares that “[t]he NFL will have a spring league starting in the spring of 2017, structured around four squads of veteran free agent players.” Per a source with..." December 22

  • Report: NFL to debut spring league in 2017

    Sportsnaut "In unprecedented news Thursday, the NFL announced plans to start a “spring league,” using four teams comprised of veteran NFL free agents. Seemingly a take on the FXFL that ran for two seasons in 2014 and 2015, as well as the veteran free agent combine that was a magnificent bust last year, the..." December 22

  • NFL vows to apply Rooney Rule informally to some coordinator openings

    Washington Post "The NFL has vowed to apply a new best practice to the hiring process for some coordinator jobs based upon its minority interviewing standard known as the Rooney Rule, according to the diversity group that works with the league on its hiring practices. The change, which will not constitute a..." December 22

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