Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings drop two to make room for new arrivals, sign nine to practice squad

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings confirmed the previously reported waiver claims of tight end/fullback MarQueis Gray and tackle Mike Harris on Sunday while also announcing the corresponding roster moves and the first nine additions to the team’s practice squad. The Vikings parted ways with linebacker Larry Dean and..." August 31

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    #Vikings have been awarded TE MarQueis Gray as well as OT Mike Harris off waivers, I'm told.

  • Kendall James, Kain Colter, Chris Crocker among Vikings cuts

    Pro Football Talk "Sixth-round pick Kendall James was among the Vikings’ 19 cuts on Saturday, the club announced. A cornerback from Maine, James is eligible to be added to a practice squad if he clears waivers. Other Vikings cuts included undrafted rookie wide receiver Kain Colter and veteran safeties Kurt..." August 31

  • Vikings set Fred Evans free

    Pro Football Talk "An early surprise on 53 day comes from the land of 9,947 more lakes than that. The Vikings have parted ways with veteran defensive lineman Fred Evans, per a league source." August 30

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    Damond Talbot @drocksthaparty

    Expect the Bills to put in calls for Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder. Bills are searching for a #2 who can push EJ

  • Vikings finish preseason unbeaten with win over Titans

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This felt like a preseason finale, with starters from both teams sitting out, the Vikings and Titans both keeping the clock moving to avoid injuries, and the bleachers at LP Field mostly vacant because of rain showers and an NCAA game across town on Vanderbilt’s campus. It wouldn’t have been a..." August 29

  • WR Jerome Simpson's suspension upheld

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Abuse of Substances was upheld by the NFL. Simpson missed practice on Aug. 18 to meet with the league in New York to appeal the suspension stemming from a drunken-driving arrest last..." August 29

  • No comment from Cowboys, yet, on Peterson conversation

    Pro Football Talk "The Dallas Cowboys have issued no comment in response to the comments from owner Jerry Jones to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, reportedly in response to Peterson’s stated desire to play for the Cowboys after his time with the Vikings ends. But while the Cowboys currently are saying..." August 29

  • Adrian Peterson: I would love to retire as a Viking

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL had no comment on the report that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wants to play for the Cowboys after his tenure with the Vikings comes to an end, but Peterson was willing to address it on Thursday. In a statement released in tandem with one..." August 28

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    Adrian Peterson on ESPN/Jerry Jones report: "This was a casual conversation ... in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings."

  • Adrian Peterson: I'd play for Cowboys "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a June telephone call he would like to play for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Vikings, according to an "Outside the Lines" report. "Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson during the..." August 28

  • Adrian Peterson: 'This is the offense I've been waiting for' "The gift of being Adrian Peterson is being a freakish athlete with the strongest grip known to man. The curse of being Adrian Peterson? Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't live up to your standards. Peterson's been on some bad Vikings teams since being drafted in 2007 and he's had to carry..." August 27

  • Vikings' Christian Ponder says he's no audition for other teams

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Ten miles from the Grand Ole Opry, Christian Ponder wants to put on a show of his own Thursday night in Tennessee. But he insists he doesn't consider it an audition. Ponder, the Vikings' third-string quarterback after being the primary starter the previous three seasons, expects to play a..." August 27

  • NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes $1M minimum salary, 18 games, other changes

    Yahoo! Sports "Sean Gilbert and DeMaurice Smith need to go at it, town-hall style battle-royale style in a debate. After all, these are the two men who could go head-to-head for the NFLPA executive director spot soon, even if the sitting executive director Smith has no plans of leaving his post. Gilbert, the..." August 26

  • Vikings make 14 of their 15 moves, including Derek Cox

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings released a pair of veterans among their first wave of cuts, with cornerback Derek Cox and tight end Kory Sperry the notable names of the lot. The rest of the list included: Safety Brandan Bishop, tackles Pierce Burton and Kevin Murphy, wide receivers Andy Cruse, Kamar Jorden, Erik..." August 25

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Vikings players were informed this morning that Matt Cassel will be the starting QB in Minnesota over Teddy Bridgewater

  • Phil Loadholt headed for MRI on leg

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt had to leave Saturday night’s game with a left leg injury, forcing Austin Wentworth into the lineup in the first quarter. Loadholt’s absence became clear almost immediately as Wentworth got beaten on a blitz near the Vikings’ own end zone on a play that ended..." August 24

  • First-team defense continues to shine, Vikings beat Kansas City

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mike Zimmer has acknowledged that he probably won’t be able to fix the Vikings defense overnight. But in their third preseason game Saturday night, a 30-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, his starters showed flashes of the smothering unit he one day expects them to become. “We get better and..." August 24

  • Zimmer not ready to name a starting quarterback

    Pro Football Talk "Two of the three quarterbacks selected in round one of the 2014 will commence the regular season on the bench. The third one — the last pick in the first round — still has a chance to become the first to start a game. In the wake of Saturday night’s preseason contest at Kansas City, Vikings..." August 24

  • Sharrif Floyd drops 30 pounds, feels ready for a big year

    Pro Football Talk "When the Vikings drafted defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in last year’s draft, it was widely viewed as a steal. But Floyd had a mediocre rookie year in Minnesota. This year, Floyd expects to be better, in part because he’s thinner: Floyd, who weighed in at 297 pounds..." August 22

  • Cassel isn't worried about reception from Chiefs fans

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As the Vikings hit the road for the first time in the preseason on Saturday, general fan displeasure toward the quarterback is expected to shift from third-stringer Christian Ponder to presumed regular-season starter Matt Cassel. But Cassel doesn’t sound worried or eager to prove anyone wrong..." August 22

  • Ponder not written off by Vikings coaching staff

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater still competing for the starting quarterback spot, Christian Ponder — the Vikings’ former QB of the future turned first-string clipboard-holder — didn’t even get a brief cameo in Saturday night’s 30-28 preseason victory over Arizona. But that doesn’t mean..." August 20

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Vikings, Chris Kluwe announce agreement officially reached, ending 7 1/2-month saga

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vkings and a laywer for former punter Chris Kluwe announced an agreement Tuesday morning that officially ended the 7 1/2-month saga surrounding the former Vikings punter. The settlement, which was reached late last week and then put in writing early this week, results in the Vikings making..." August 19

  • Jerome Simpson to appeal three-game NFL suspension

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson is appealing a three-game NFL suspension for his November drunken-driving arrest, his attorney said Monday. Simpson missed practice at Winter Park to attend a hearing at league headquarters in New York and argue that he should not be suspended for the second..." August 19

  • Vikes beats Cards

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wanted to get an extended look at his first-team units, especially veteran quarterback Matt Cassel with the starting offense, during Saturday night’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. He figured that the Cardinals, a team with a stout defense in 2013 that..." August 17

  • Vikings right to pick Bridgewater over Manziel

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "CBS analyst Rich Gannon said Friday the Vikings made a "calculated decision" to draft Teddy Bridgewater in May and that it was the right one. The Vikings opted not to trade up for a chance to select Johnny Manziel, who went Cleveland with the 22nd pick, to instead trade up and pick Bridgewater..." August 16

  • Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement, avoid lawsuit

    USA Today "The lawyer for former punter Chris Kluwe says the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with his client, ending the threat of a lawsuit over Kluwe's release. "The parties intend to hold a joint press conference early next week to make public the terms of a settlement arrived at late last..." August 16

  • Matt Cassel looks like right choice at QB for Vikings ... for now

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he hasn't settled on a starting quarterback. But the way he describes the decision between veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater sure seems to drop a strong hint he knows what he wants to do. "A lot of it that I have to gauge isn't just..." August 15

  • Mike Zimmer hopes exhibition can clear up traffic jam at strong safety

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings have a traffic jam at strong safety. Entering the team's second preseason game Saturday against Arizona at TCF Bank Stadium, the starting job is wide open -- and some players might have as good a chance of winning the spot as they do of being cut. "I think we have a lot of great..." August 15

  • Bridgewater says he thinks too much

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Coach Mike Zimmer clearly is content with the way Matt Cassel is playing, saying, “I hope Matt continues to do what he’s been doing.” As for Teddy Bridgewater, Zimmer is practicing patience. “He’s got so much going on in his mind right now that I just want him to play,” Zimmer said. “That’s..." August 15

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Zimmer said Adrian Peterson won't play vs Cardinals either #Vikings

  • Adrian Peterson talks life changes "Ten months after the death of his son in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he has made some major changes in his life. One of the game's top ballcarriers -- he's run for more than 1,000 yards in six of his seven pro seasons and topped 2,000 yards in..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Cassel confident in remaining Vikings' No. 1 QB

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There are times when you want to spin Matt Cassel around and check for the pull string that would explain why he sounds more like a 6-4 Ken Doll than a competitive athlete who has seized control of the Vikings quarterback competition heading into Week 2 of the preseason. “You know how it is at..." August 13

  • Vikings Sign Tight End Kory Sperry

    Daily Norseman "The Minnesota Vikings had an empty spot on the roster following the release of tight end A.C. Leonard. . .which we still don't really know all the details of. . .and they signed another tight end to put in that spot. On Sunday, the team signed tight end Kory Sperry, who has some familiarity..." August 12

  • Linval Joseph says he is 'extremely thankful' to escape major injury at nightclub shooting

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Nose tackle Linval Joseph is back with the Vikings in Mankato after being shot in the calf at a nightclub early Saturday. He attended the morning meetings with teammates and is said to be in good spirits. Joseph was not at the special-teams-only morning walkthrough — he wouldn’t have been under..." August 10

  • Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph shot after game

    Pro Football Talk "The key to the preseason for NFL teams is to escape uninjured. That applies to the post-game as well. The Vikings announced that defensive tackle Linval Joseph was shot in the leg last night at a nightclub after the game. “Following last night’s preseason game, Minnesota Vikings defensive..." August 10

  • Coleman starts, shines with interception "Since the start of the Vikings' offseason program, when Robert Blanton got a chance to stake his claim to a starting safety spot with Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo sitting out with injuries, the Vikings' crowded competition at the position has been significantly affected by who's healthy and..." August 09

  • Teddy Bridgewater turns in an inoffensive opener for Vikings

    Pro Football Talk "One of the oldest football cliches is that if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. So how many do the Vikings actually have? None of the triumvirate of Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater or Christian Ponder did much to stand out, which only serves to bolster Adrian Peterson’s MVP candidacy..." August 09

  • A lot to like in first look at Vikings, who beat Raiders 10-6 in preseason opener

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings entered a new era Friday night, with Mike Zimmer pacing the sidelines at TCF Bank Stadium, the team’s temporary home for the next two years, and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater making his preseason debut. Zimmer’s first game as an NFL head coach — albeit an exhibition — went in..." August 09

  • Vikings open preseason, begin two-year TCF Bank Stadium stay

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Mike Zimmer era unofficially begins Friday night when the Vikings trickle out of the tunnel at TCF Bank Stadium. Their preseason opener also kicks off a two-year stint at their new temporary home. Officials from the Vikings and the University of Minnesota have been preparing for this moment..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

  • Chris Kluwe’s lawyer, Vikings hold first settlement talks since threatened lawsuit put on hold

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Chris Kluwe’s lawyer held settlement talks Wednesday with the Vikings for the first time since it was announced two weeks ago that the former Minnesota punter was holding off on possibly suing the team. Clayton Halunen, who represents Kluwe, confirmed the meeting was held. Halunen said the..." August 07

  • Norv Turner: I'm excited about what Teddy Bridgewater is doing "The NFL requires teams to release depth charts ahead of their first preseason game even if the final version might look markedly different in a few weeks. We point that out because the Vikings' first depth chart of 2014 lists Matt Cassel as the No. 1 quarterback, even if that might not be the case..." August 06

  • Christian Ponder on role as No. 3 QB: 'I understand what my spot is' "It wasn't surprising when the Vikings chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder's rookie contract. And it was even less surprising when the team traded into the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater. Now nearly two weeks into training camp, and days after..." August 06

  • Adrian Peterson won't play in preseason opener

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he talked to head coach Mike Zimmer about his workload for Friday’s preseason opener against the Raiders. “Maybe 10-15 carries in this game. …I’m joking,” Peterson said. The conversation probably lasted about as long as the quote. Peterson will not..." August 05

  • Vikings sign Chris Crocker

    Pro Football Talk "One of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer’s former charges with the Bengals has signed up to rejoin Zimmer in Minnesota. The Vikings announced that they have signed defensive back Chris Crocker as a free agent. Crocker spent the last six seasons with the Bengals and also played for Zimmer in 2007..." August 04

  • Vikings rookie Barr already proving his versatility

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If not for the imposing shadow his 6-5 frame casts on the practice field, spotting Vikings top pick Anthony Barr before the snap would be like playing a game of “Where’s Waldo?” On Friday, Barr lined up across from left tackle Matt Kalil and rushed off the edge on one play. On the next, Barr..." August 02

  • Mystery at the middle linebacker spot continues

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "We’re a week into training camp, and the only clarity we have when it comes to the Vikings’ vacant middle linebacker position is that Chad Greenway probably isn’t going to be that guy. Head coach Mike Zimmer has moved him back to the outside exclusively so he can settle in on the weak side. So..." August 01