Vikings Rumors & News

  • Vikings Pick Up CB Xavier Rhodes’ Fifth-Year Option

    NFL Trade Rumors "The Minnesota Vikings have elected to pick up the fifth-year option on CB Xavier Rhodes, according to his agent, Sunny Shah. The Minnesota Vikings have elected to pick up the fifth-year option on CB Xavier Rhodes, according to his agent, Sunny Shah." May 02

  • Vikings to exercise options for Rhodes, Floyd; will not pick up Patterson's

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings have until the end of the day today to officially exercise the fifth-year options for their three 2013 first-round draft picks — Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson. But this morning, they informed those players about their intentions, if they hadn’t..." May 02

  • Vikings take OL Willie Beavers, will move T.J. Clemmings to LT

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Willie Beavers played guard for the first time last January at the Senior Bowl. He might stay there awhile. The Vikings on Saturday selected the 6-foot-5, 321-pound Beavers, a starter at left tackle for Western Michigan, in the fourth round with the No. 121 overall pick on the final day of the..." May 01

  • Moritz Boehringer first draft pick to never play in North America

    ABC News "Moritz Boehringer got his first exposure to football through YouTube clips of Adrian Peterson. Now, the German wide receiver will go from being Peterson's fan to his teammate. The Minnesota Vikings selected Boehringer with the 186th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday, making the..." April 30

  • Laquon Treadwell has a jersey number

    Daily Norseman "The Minnesota Vikings 2016 first round draft pick is already in Minnesota making his rounds with the local media and getting ready for his introductory press conference today at Winter Park. But before Laquon Treadwell smiles for the cameras with the Wilfs, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer, and other..." April 29

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    Alex Marvez @alexmarvez

    Source tells me @Chiefs tried to trade up for @SuccessfulQuon, who went to @Vikings at No. 23. KC later traded out of 1st round @SiriusXMNFL

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    Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

    The Minnesota Vikings select Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss…

  • Vikings take Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell at No. 23

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings chose Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell with the 23rd pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Treadwell, 20, had 82 catches for 1,153 yards last year as a junior, including three touchdowns against Oklahoma State in a Sugar Bowl victory. He suffered a broken leg as a sophomore,..." April 28

  • Cris Collinsworth to call Thursday Night Football with Mike Tirico

    Awful Announcing "It’s been widely reported that Mike Tirico will be joining NBC and calling Thursday Night Football this season. According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, his partner will be Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth: At the NFL owners meetings in Boca Raton last month, NBC Sports..." April 28

  • Vikings G.M.: Teams are calling about moving up to 23

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If your NFL mock draft has the Vikings selecting a receiver at No. 23, their general manager just said hold your horses, fellas. “As I sit there, I enjoy reading the mock drafts and everybody out there trying to determine what we’re going to do, we are in a position to take the best player,”..." April 27

  • From DeflateGate to tampering, how 4 teams forfeited picks in the 2016 NFL Draft

    SB Nation "Forfeited draft picks are a rare occurrence in the NFL, but they do happen -- just not as frequently as they did this year. In fact, the 2016 NFL Draft will have four teams forced to give up a pick due to various infractions. This is the biggest amount of lost picks since 2012, when the New..." April 26

  • Report: Mike Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC

    Sports Business Daily "Mike Tirico, one of ESPN’s best known on-air voices, is leaving the network for NBC, according to several sources. Tirico has been a mainstay with ESPN since '91, and given his many roles at ESPN, he will be an incredibly difficult talent to replace. Tirico has been ESPN's on-air face of the NFL,..." April 25

  • NFL players investing in cannabis pain-management

    Denver Post "The former Broncos’ quarterback and other retired and active NFL players believe Cannabidiol, or CBD, a nonpsychoactive compound in cannabis, could be an alternative to potent painkillers used by players in the league. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons and tucked behind a dog park is Jake..." April 23

  • Time to pick an Adrian Peterson replacement?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This time a year ago, the noise surrounding Adrian Peterson was deafening. Despite the Vikings’ insistence, both publicly and privately, that they had no interest in trading the disgruntled running back, trade rumors swirled nationally. There was nothing to them, though, and the Vikings held..." April 20

  • NFL $765 Million Concussion Accord Upheld by Appeals Court

    Bloomberg "The National Football League’s $765 million concussion settlement was given the all-clear by a federal appeals court. The ruling sets in motion the resolution of thousands of lawsuits covering more than 20,000 retired players. About 1 percent of players opted out of the settlement, which is to..." April 18

  • Work on new Minnesota Vikings stadium is 95 percent complete

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "With 95 percent of the U.S. Bank Stadium completed, the focus at Friday’s oversight meeting was on the finer design points: concessions signs, personnel matters and the need to hire 24/7 staff for the building. Mortenson Construction executive Eric Grenz said the company expects to be able to..." April 17

  • Everson Griffen says shoulder is back to 100 percent

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen dealt with a shoulder injury down the stretch in 2015 and coach Mike Zimmer said after the team’s season came to an end that Griffen might have surgery to repair what he thought was a torn labrum. As it turned out, Griffen didn’t have surgery after meeting..." April 15

  • Jared Allen signs one-day contract with Minnesota, will retire a Viking

    Larry Brown Sports "Tell the world: Jared Allen is coming home. According to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Thursday, the five-time Pro Bowl defensive end has signed a one-day contract in Minnesota to retire as a Viking. Allen’s last NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, are said to have helped set up..." April 14

  • 9 franchise tag talks: 1 can alter NFL draft, 2 others could get ugly

    Yahoo! Sports "In an NFL draft class robust with defensive linemen, a player who has already proven to be among the NFL elite might be the name to watch on the opening night of the draft: the New York Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson. If Wilkerson, a defensive end, is traded, the Jets' asking price will be a first-round..." April 13

  • Drafting a first-round linebacker would be a puzzling pick for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings spent two premium draft picks on linebackers the past two years, grabbing Anthony Barr in the 2014 first round and Eric Kendricks in the second round last year. But a handful of national analysts are projecting the Vikings to draft another linebacker with the 23rd pick, and some of the..." April 13

  • Study: Over '40 percent' of ex-NFLers tested had traumatic brain injury

    CBS Sports "The medical community continues to make strides in the study of concussions and one study, according to the American Academy of Neurology, claims "more than 40 percent" of retired NFL players studied had some sign of traumatic brain injury (TBI). The study conducted tests on 40 different former..." April 12

  • Players with low Wonderlic scores are more likely to be arrested

    Pro Football Talk "The Wonderlic intelligence test that has long been part of the NFL’s pre-draft screening process is mocked by many as irrelevant to a player’s football playing ability. But one group of researchers says the Wonderlic can be valuable in predicting how a player will fare off the field. A paper..." April 12

  • NFL won’t stream any London games this year

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL’s live-stream of last year’s London game between the Jaguars and Bills was so wildly successful that the NFL will be doing it again. Sorry, that should be the NFL will not be doing it again. According to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters, the NFL won’t stream any of the three 2016 London..." April 12

  • Arbitrator upholds NFL's use of paid leave for players under personal conduct policy

    ESPN "An arbitrator has ruled against the NFL Players Association in its grievance, filed more than a year ago, that the league's personal conduct policy implemented in late 2014 violated terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The union had challenged the authority granted to commissioner..." April 11

  • Greg Jennings picks up phone in hopes of Vikes reunion "Greg Jennings is holding out hope for a Vikings reunion. The veteran wide receiver, who was released after one lost season with the Dolphins, told KFXN-FM in Minneapolis on Wednesday that he recently reached out to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman about a potential job opening. "I left..." April 06

  • Vikings reportedly getting a closer look at German WR Moritz Boehringer

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "A year after their experiment with a towering but raw offensive tackle from Poland fizzled out, the Vikings are eyeing up another international project. Last Thursday, the Vikings were one of a bunch of NFL teams that got a look at German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer at Florida Atlantic’s..." April 06

  • Report: NFL ditching rookie symposium, teams responsible

    Sportsnaut "In a strange move that could portent unintended negative consequences, the NFL has reportedly ditched its rookie symposium, per Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The rookie symposium has been held every year for all the drafted rookies around the league the past 20 years. It is..." April 05

  • Vikings DT files suit against police for excessive use of force

    The Comeback "Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson has filed a lawsuit in U.S District Court in Minneapolis against two police officers from the city he accused of using excessive force against him in connection with Johnson’s arrest in October of 2014. Johnson accused off-duty officers John..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell returned to Twitter and NFL fans let him have it

    Fox Sports "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell returned to Twitter Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years to announce the league's new plan to stream Thursday night games on Twitter. Within seconds of Goodell's tweet, however, it was immediately apparent why the commissioner hasn't been on social media..." April 05

  • Twitter Said to Win NFL Deal for Thursday Streaming Rights

    Bloomberg "Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming, won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said. The social-media company was said to be bidding against a slate of heavyweights including Verizon Communications Inc.,..." April 05

  • Roger Goodell says expanded NFL playoffs will 'likely' happen

    CBS Sports "The topic of expanding the NFL postseason seems to come up every year, and every year, the league ends up nixing the idea. Don't be surprised if that changes soon, though. During a meeting with Jaguars season-ticket holders over the weekend, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL..." April 05

  • What is the NFL’s actual position on the link between football and CTE?

    Pro Football Talk "So does the NFL concede that there’s a link between football and CTE? The answer isn’t as clear as it could be, or should be. NFL executive V.P. of player health and safety Jeff Miller recently told a Congressional committee that a link exists. Multiple owners have since questioned Miller’s..." April 04

  • Flacco: Wallace signing will have 'huge impact'

    CBS Sports "It has been four seasons since Mike Wallace had at least 1,000 receiving yards. But after forgettable stops in Miami and Minnesota, the speedy wide receiver is back in the AFC North, this time with the Ravens, a team desperate for a deep threat. The hope is that quarterback Joe Flacco, who..." April 03

  • Vikings close to deal with linebacker Chad Greenway

    Fox Sports "After 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, Chad Greenway is about to re-up for more. The veteran linebacker's new deal with the team is "imminent," sources tell FOX Sports NFL Insider Alex Marvez. Greenway was a first-round draft pick in 2006 out of Iowa for the Vikings. " March 31

  • Report: NFL cancels veteran combine

    The Score "The NFL cancelled the veteran combine this year, according to Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm. In an initiative built to provide veterans with a chance to re-enter the league, the league debuted the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine last March. Unfortunately, the combine did little to bolster the..." March 31

  • New York Times has no public response to retraction demand from NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has launched an extensive attack on the New York Times in response to a double-barreled article regarding flawed concussion research and alleged ties to the tobacco industry. In response, the New York Times has nothing to say publicly. Contacted by PFT Live with a request for a..." March 30

  • NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions

    Capital New York "The National Football League is demanding The New York Times retract an article published last week about the league's research into concussions among pro football players. In a letter that was sent to the Times' legal counsel Monday and obtained by POLITICO, an attorney for the NFL, Brad S...." March 29

  • Lingering CTE debate launches new lawsuit against NFL

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has been unable to get certain owners to not spout off nonsense about the link between football and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy. The good news is that the league now has a sufficiently compelling reason for telling the members to quit putting their feet in their mouths regarding..." March 29

  • Could Laquon Treadwell fall to Vikings with No. 23 pick?

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Two years ago, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s uninspiring pro day helped him fall to the Vikings in the NFL draft. Could history repeat itself with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell? Treadwell’s Mississippi pro day on Monday wasn’t as shaky as Bridgewater’s in 2014, when he dropped from a..." March 29

  • Former Chiefs, Vikings safety Husain Abdullah retires due to concussion concerns

    The Score "Veteran safety Husain Abdullah announced Monday that he's retiring from the NFL after seven seasons. The former Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings defensive back cited personal health as the leading factor in his decision in a post on his Instagram page. The 30-year-old free agent says..." March 28

  • NFL used flawed data, left out at least 100 concussions in studies

    CBS Sports "On Thursday the New York Times released a bombshell of a report on the NFL's research into concussions, claiming the data the league used is "incomplete," "flawed" and "faulty." These assertions are made largely in part because of missing information from the concussion research the league began..." March 24

  • Talks over Roger Goodell's disciplinary role take 'massive step backwards'

    ESPN "Negotiations to remove NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the final voice on all player appeals under the personal conduct policy took a "massive step backwards," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in an email to the union's executive committee. obtained a copy of the email,..." March 24

  • League officials admit touchback rule may have unintended consequences

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL views kickoff returns as the most dangerous play in football, with players running full speed at each other. As a result, the league continues to pass new rules designed to increase the number of touchbacks and decrease the number of returns. Another such rule was passed today. But..." March 23

  • NFL adopts 7 new rules, including making 15-yard PATs permanent

    Fox Sports "The NFL’s Competition Committee and its teams put forth 19 proposed rule changes to be voted on by owners at this week’s meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., and seven of those were adopted Tuesday. Voting and discussion on other proposals will continue Wednesday. Tuesday’s biggest change was..." March 22

  • NFL eliminates all 'chop' style blocks for 2016 season "In a move that will cause sweeping changes to NFL offensive strategy for the 2016 season and beyond, owners decided Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting to abolish any and all "chop" style blocks. It was a move met with immediate and resounding praise from defensive players tired of getting their..." March 22

  • Darren Sharper likely to serve 15-20 years under revised plea agreement

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Saints safety and convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper likely will serve a prison term ranging from 15 1/2 to 20 years, under terms of a new plea agreement unveiled Tuesday (March 22) in New Orleans' federal court. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo last month rejected as..." March 22

  • NFL makes extra point change permanent

    Pro Football Talk "Before the 2015 season, the NFL changed the rules for extra points by moving the snap for kicks to the 15-yard-line. The change was made on a one-year basis in hopes of adding a bit of intrigue to what had become an essentially automatic kick when the ball was snapped at the 2-yard-line. The..." March 22

  • NFL considering “Rooney-like” rule for hiring of women

    The Comeback "No one would be shocked to learn that the NFL front office is a man’s world, given the game is played by only men at the professional level as we speak. However, the league is looking to include more women in executive and front office positions at the head office and throughout the league. In..." March 22

  • McKay: No plans for an NFL developmental league "Older fans of the NFL remember a time when the World League offered gridiron enthusiasts a springtime dose of football starring the likes of the New York/New Jersey Knights, London Monarchs and Frankfurt Galaxy. Launching in 1991 and later rebranded as NFL Europe, the developmental league was..." March 21

  • NFL could put a regular-season game in China as early as 2018

    Fox Sports "The NFL's next target for global expansion: China. A source told NFL on FOX that the league is conducting a detailed analysis in preparation for a regular-season game that could be played in the world's most populous country as early as 2018. A handful of teams already have expressed..." March 21