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Vikings’ Roc Thomas Suspended For First 3 Games Of Regular Season https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/16/vikings-roc-thomas-suspended-for-first-3-games-of-regular-season/
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Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the NFL’s 2019 regular season. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings running back Roc Thomas is suspended for the first three games of the NFL’s 2019 regular season.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced Thomas is suspended for violating the NFL’s policy and program on substances of abuse.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the suspension stems from a felony marijuana arrest and conviction.

In May, Thomas pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree marijuana charge in Dakota County Court. He was sentenced to 3 years of probation.

“Thomas is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, September 23, following the team’s September 22 game vs. Oakland,” the NFL said.

The 23-year-old joined the Vikings as a free agent last year from Jacksonville State University.

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Vikings Announce Single-Game Ticket Sales For 2019 Season https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/11/vikings-announce-single-game-ticket-sales-for-2019-season/
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Limited single-game tickets for the Minnesota Vikings 2019 season will go on sale Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Limited single-game tickets for the Minnesota Vikings 2019 season will go on sale Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

Preseason single-same tickets will be as low as $20 and regular season tickets will be as low as $62.

These tickets will only be available online through Ticketmaster; there will be no outlet sales at the box office or Ticketmaster.

Presale opportunities are only accessible for Vikings Rewards members.

2019 VIKINGS HOME GAMES

Sunday, August 18: Seattle Seahawks (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, August 24: Arizona Cardinals (Noon)
Sunday, September 8: Atlanta Falcons (Noon)
Sunday, September 22: Oakland Raiders (Noon)
Sunday, October 13: Philadelphia Eagles (Noon)
Thursday, October 24: Washington Redskins (7:20 p.m.)
Sunday, November 17: Denver Broncos (Noon*)
Sunday, December 8: Detroit Lions (Noon*)
Monday, December 23: Green Bay Packers (7:15 p.m.)
Sunday, December 29: Chicago Bears (Noon*)

* Game times subject to change due to NFL’s Flexible Scheduling.

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Vikings Announce Training Camp Plans, Ticket Availability https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/20/vikings-announce-training-camp-plans-ticket-availability/
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Once again, tickets will be free, but you do have to have them to get into to the TCO Performance Center in Eagan.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As summer begins, its time to start talking football. The Vikings have announced their plans for this year’s training camp.

Once again, tickets will be free, but you do have to have them to get into to the TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Season Ticket holders can start reserving their tickets on Monday. They then will be offered to the general public next Wednesday.

Full team practices will kick off on Friday July 26. In all, 16 practices will be open to the public. Each fan will be able to reserve up to four free seats for a maximum of two days.

There are also reserved seating that you can buy for $15 a seat. Daily digital parking passes will be $10 each, and they can be purchased when reserving tickets.

One other added bonus for Vikings fans 18 years old and younger, there will be daily autograph sessions for youth, taking place at about 4:30 p.m. on the TCO Stadium concourse.

Here is the full training camp schedule:

Friday, July 26: 2 – 4:25 p.m. (First team practice)
Saturday, July 27: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Sunday, July 28: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Monday, July 29: 2 – 4:25 p.m. (First padded practice)
Wednesday, July 31: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Thursday, August 1: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Friday, August 2: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Saturday, August 3: 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. (Night practice in TCO Stadium)
Monday, August 5: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Sunday, August 11: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Monday, August 12: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Thursday, August 15: 2 – 4:25 p.m.
Friday, August 16: 2 – 4:25 p.m. (Final open practice)

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Vikings’ Dalvin Cook Ranked As Top 10 Running Back In NFL https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/vikings-dalvin-cook-ranked-as-top-10-running-back-in-nfl/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/19/vikings-dalvin-cook-ranked-as-top-10-running-back-in-nfl/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:44:36 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota








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Despite suffering a season-ending injury his first year in the NFL, Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook is now thriving and continuing to turn heads two years later. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Despite suffering a season-ending injury his first year in the NFL, Minnesota Vikings’ Dalvin Cook is now thriving and continuing to turn heads two years later.

On Tuesday, NFL analyst and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew released a ranking of all 32 starting running backs in the NFL.

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Cook took the No. 10 spot on the list. Here’s what Jones-Drew had to say about Cook:

“The hiring of Gary Kubiak in Minnesota bodes well for Cook. Throughout the years, Kubiak has turned unheralded backs into 1,000-yard rushers, including former sixth-round pick (and Hall of Famer) Terrell Davis and Mike Anderson (in Denver), Steve Slaton and undrafted free agent Adrian Foster (in Houston) and Ray Rice (in Baltimore). Cook is one of the more naturally talented backs Kubiak has worked with. Look for the third-year veteran to be maximized in this year’s offense — IF he can stay healthy,” Jones-Drew said.

The top three spots go to the Giants’ Saquon Barkley, Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Jets’ Le’Veon Bell, respectively.

Check out the entire list here.

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Wisconsin Radio Station Edits Mention Of Minnesota Vikings Out Of Lizzo Song https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/wisconsin-radio-station-edits-mention-of-minnesota-vikings-out-of-lizzo-song/
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There’s an off-season border battle playing-out on the airwaves in Packer Country.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s an off-season border battle playing-out on the airwaves in Packer Country.

A Green Bay radio station, WIXX-FM, is bleeping out a mention of the Minnesota Vikings in the song “Truth Hurts” by formerly-Minnesota-based singer Lizzo.

The Green Bay Gazette reports that the station, which is the home of the Packers Radio Network, cut the Minnesota team’s name from the following line in the song’s chorus: “Fresh photos with the bomb lighting, New man on the Minnesota Vikings.”

The station’s music director said if the reverse were true, Minneapolis stations would cut the Packers from the song.

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Steve Jordan To Be Inducted In Vikings’ Ring Of Honor https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/12/steve-jordan-to-be-inducted-in-vikings-ring-of-honor/
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Jordan played with the Vikings for 13 seasons, and finished his career having racked up 498 catches, putting him behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss in franchise history.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings will induct former tight end Steve Jordan into the team’s Ring of Honor later this year.

Jordan played with the Vikings for 13 seasons after being drafted in 1982. The team said he finished his career having racked up 498 catches, putting him behind only Cris Carter and Randy Moss in franchise history, and the best overall for a tight end.

He also made a total of 6,307 yards and 28 touchdowns.

“Steve Jordan’s impact on the Vikings has carried on past his career on the field,” team president and co-owner Mark Wilf said. “As great a player as Steve was, he is just as great an ambassador for the Vikings and the game of football. He is a positive role model to young NFL players about the value of education and how to use your platform for good.”

Jordan will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the Vikings game against Washington on Thursday, October 24, at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Jordan is the 25th player to be honored. The team reports the current roster includes Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad, Randy Moss and Dennis Green.

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‘I Am Honored Beyond Words’: Kyle Rudolph To Remain A Viking https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/11/report-kyle-rudolph-to-sign-4-year-36m-contract-extension-with-vikings/
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The Minnesota Vikings will reportedly put an end Tuesday to the Kyle Rudolph trade rumors.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Kyle Rudolph is staying with the Vikings.

On Tuesday, the team put an end to trade rumors, announcing that the 29-year-old tight end has agreed to terms on a contract extension.

Earlier Tuesday, ESPN had reported that Rudolph had agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract extension.

Rudolph, who entered the NFL back in 2011, was set to become a free agent next year.

On Instagram, Rudolph wrote: “I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home, will always be…in Minnesota!”

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Just under a decade ago, I received a phone call that would change my life. On that day, all I knew is that I would be playing in the NFL, realizing my childhood dream. What I didn’t know was the role the state of Minnesota would play in my life. Marrying my wife and established our home…in Minnesota. Experiencing the birth of my 3 beautiful children…in Minnesota. Starting a journey to better the lives of children dealing with a disease that doesn’t discriminate…in Minnesota. Giving everything I can possibly give, professionally and personally, to the greatest sports franchise and it’s fans…in Minnesota. And I am honored beyond words to say that my home, our home, will always be…in Minnesota! #UnfinishedBusiness #SKOL

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Vikings COO Kevin Warren Named Big Ten Commissioner https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/04/vikings-coo-kevin-warren-named-big-ten-commissioner/
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Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer Kevin Warren has been named the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer Kevin Warren has been named the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.

The Big Ten Conference announced the decision at a press conference Tuesday.

Warren will be replacing longtime commissioner Jim Delany, who had served as commissioner since 1989. Delay will vacate his post after the 2019-20 academic year.

According to the NFL, Warren has spent over 20 years in the NFL and 14 with the Vikings. He will be the first African-American commissioner of the Power Five conference.

The Vikings released a statement shortly following the announcement:

“Kevin has impacted the Vikings and our family in immeasurable ways over the last 15 years. He has worked tirelessly to elevate the Vikings franchise, all with the greater good of the organization and Minneapolis-St. Paul in mind. From the very onset, Kevin helped us navigate and execute the purchase of the franchise. He then evolved as a leader of the organization in ways we never could have imagined, leading our vision for U.S. Bank Stadium and TCO Performance Center, developing a world-class fan experience, and implementing many initiatives that have transformed our franchise with the benefit of our employees and Vikings fans top of mind. Kevin has been a tremendous leader for the Vikings and he and his family have been passionately and intricately involved in the community, enhancing the lives of so many people. We know the Big Ten and their student-athletes, coaches, and administrators are extremely fortunate to have his leadership, character, and vision, and we wish Kevin and the Warren family all the best. We will work with Kevin and the Vikings management team over the next three months to help us through this transition and process how we want to move forward.” – Mark & Zygi Wilf

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Vikings’ Back-Up QB Sean Mannion Works To Build Up Trust https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/30/vikings-back-up-qb-sean-mannion-works-to-build-up-trust/
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Sean Mannion was brought in from the Rams to serve as a back up and be ready for the more uncertain moments.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We know Kirk Cousins will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings this fall, but we’ve also seen how valuable he can be in certain circumstances.

Enter Sean Mannion, brought in from the Rams to serve as a back up and be ready for the more uncertain moments.

It’s an interesting life as a back-up quarterback, working in practice with a purpose, because it might be your only playing time.

Mannion said he is “just continuing to develop, just taking a really intentional approach to every play that you’re going to practice, every rep. Some of the stuff we’re doing post-practice.”

The Vikings understand well the importance of the back-up. Remember a guy named Case Keenum? They saw some of that in Mannion.

“I see a bro. Sean, again, enjoyed being around him. He came from a successful program the last few years there,” offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski said. “He’s really a guy that fits in extremely well.”

Part of his job is to support the starter. That comes with territory. And part of Cousins’ job is to support his back-up.

“Really strong arm, really accurate, works very hard, has a great understanding of the system,” Cousins said. “I just think he’s one of those players like many of us in the league, we just need our chance.”

But right now it’s simple: play hard, be a good teammate, and build the most important ingredient.

“Trust is the most important thing,” Mannion said. “When I let that ball go, I can trust that he’s going to run through it and know where he’s going to be, and he can trust that when he’s breaking in, that ball’s on its way.”

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‘More Consistent And Menacing’: CBS Sports Predicts Vikings Will Win NFC North https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/28/more-consistent-and-menacing-cbs-sports-predicts-vikings-will-win-nfc-north/
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By all accounts, last season was a disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings and its fans. But that is going to turn around in 2019 — at least in the NFC North, according to CBS Sports.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — By all accounts, last season was a disappointment for the Minnesota Vikings and its fans. But that is going to turn around in 2019 — at least in the NFC North, according to CBS Sports.

On Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Confora says the team will win the NFC North in 2019, with a strong defense and timely offense helping lead the way.

Here’s his full statement below:

“Kirk Cousins may not ever get them over the mountain, and he may not win huge games, but they will beat enough mediocre teams to win this division. They dealt with mental health and physical health issues on defense in 2018, but Mike Zimmer knows the bar must be set higher on that side of the ball this year, and I expect them to be more consistent and menacing. Give Cousins a few more leads and good things happen. I have serious concerns about the new power structure in Green Bay and the Aaron Rodgers/Matt Lafleur coupling could be perilous, and the Bears are the poster boys for 2019 regression to me (more on that next week).”

Related: Vikings Sign 1st Round Selection, OL Garrett Bradbury

Last year, the Chicago Bears took the division with a 12-4 record.

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Vikings Sign 1st Round Selection, OL Garrett Bradbury https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/14/vikings-sign-1st-round-selection-ol-garrett-bradbury/
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The Minnesota Vikings have made it official and signed first-round draft pick, offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have made it official and signed first-round draft pick, offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury.

The team announced the move Tuesday, saying 11 of the team’s 12 selections from the 2019 NFL Draft are now signed.

Related: Vikings Draft NC State Center Garrett Bradbury At No. 18

The North Carolina State center is expected to bolster the team’s greatest need: the front five.

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Report: Vikings, TE Rudolph Contract Extension Talks Break Off; Trade Could Be Looming https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/10/report-vikings-te-rudolph-contract-extension-talks-break-off-trade-could-be-looming/
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Minnesota Vikings veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph’s future with the team is in doubt. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph’s future with the team is in doubt.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team held active extension talks with Rudolph, but those broke off Friday morning.

Rapoport says this means a trade could be looming, since there’s interest around the NFL.

Back in April, the 29-year-old said he’s just getting into the prime of his career.

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Vikings Rookie Long Snapper Austin Cutting Has Air Force Duty To Fulfill https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/05/03/__trashed-12/
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Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored.]]>

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Long snappers are the afterthoughts of the NFL draft. Players from the service academies, on track to join the military and not pro sports, are largely ignored.

Still, here was Austin Cutting, a seventh-round pick out of the Air Force Academy, sharpening his specialist skills in rookie minicamp on Friday with the Minnesota Vikings and taking the first step toward what would be an unlikely, complicated and potentially inspiring career in the league.

“It was just good to be out here for the first time,” Cutting said, “so I loved it.”

Continuing further into the NFL calendar will depend on a plan for fulfillment of the minimum of two years of active duty for all cadets upon graduation, which is on May 30. Two years ago, the Defense Department rescinded a policy that previously allowed service academy athletes to delay their active duty to pursue a pro sports career. That undoubtedly steered teams away from drafting Jalen Robinette, the all-time leading receiver for Air Force.

“Going to the academy, serving comes first,” Cutting said.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has been speaking with academy officials about options Cutting might have to meet his requirement while simultaneously trying to make the team.

“It’s not, ‘OK, the Air Force was done, and now it’s time for the NFL,’” Cutting said, adding: “It’s decisions that are made above my pay grade, and they’ll help me along the way.”

Cutting, who picked up his long snapping trade at Central High School in Keller, Texas, in the Dallas area, has been majoring in management. He’s an acquisitions officer, the personnel designated to serve as the government’s business managers and technical experts in buying everything from computers to helicopters for forces around the world.

“I’ve heard everybody who does it loves it,” Cutting said.

The chosen few who make it to the NFL usually do, too. Even simply taking the call from the Vikings last weekend, at home with family and friends, was one of those moments Cutting will always remember no matter where his career winds up taking him.

“When it actually happens, you can’t really describe it,” Cutting said. “It’s a great feeling.”

The Vikings have signed nine of their draft picks, with first-round center Garrett Bradbury, sixth round cornerback Kris Boyd and Cutting the only ones still without a finalized contract. Unsigned players are typically given a special injury waiver to participate in offseason workouts until their deals are done.

In addition to the 12 draft picks and 10 rookie free agents the Vikings acquired last weekend, seven other players on the 90-man roster, whether a practice squad member last season or a recent signing from the defunct Alliance of American Football, were eligible to participate in the practices at team headquarters.

Then there’s a group of 37 players who were invited on a tryout basis, seeking to become the next Marcus Sherels or Adam Thielen.

Sherels became the franchise’s all-time leading punt returner before signing with the New Orleans Saints this year. Thielen recently signed a $64 million contract after a second Pro Bowl selection. Both Sherels (2010) and Thielen (2013) needed a successful rookie minicamp to even make the summer roster.

“We’re looking for guys that, number one, are good people, and number two, they have to have athletic ability,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “Come out and do what they’re being coached to do.”

Among the tryout players this weekend are former UAB safety Mar’Sean Diggs, the brother of Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

“That’s all I ever wanted, was to play in the NFL. Having the opportunity now means the world to me, so hopefully, and God willing, I make the team,” said the younger Diggs, who has been training with his older sibling for the last three months.

He’s been listening, too, whatever advice big bro has.

“Just to keep my head down and work and stay quiet,” Diggs said. “Take heed to everything that’s going on. Take coaching. Keep my playbook with me at all times, and just do what you do.”

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Vikings Sign Stefon Diggs’ Little Brother, Mar’Sean Diggs, As Free Agent https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/29/vikings-sign-stefon-diggs-little-brother-as-free-agent/
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The Vikings have another Diggs on the roster. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Vikings have another Diggs on the roster.

Mar’Sean Diggs, the younger brother of “Minneapolis Miracle” receiver Stefon Diggs, signed with Minnesota over the weekend as a free agent, The Star Tribune reports, citing league sources.

“Words can’t explain my excitement,” the older Diggs wrote on Twitter, in response to his little brother’s post about being picked up by the Vikings.

Words can’t explain my excitement. I love you. It’s Gods plan, let’s stay on his path. I’m here behind you pushing you every step of the way. https://t.co/95ko87bxPE

— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) April 28, 2019

In college, Mar’Sean Diggs played safety for University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Diggs brothers weren’t the only ones to be reunited by the Vikings over the weekend.

According to the Strib, the team also signed defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo, the younger brother of defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo.

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Vikings Take Alabama Tight End Irv Smith Jr. In 2nd Round https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/27/vikings-take-alabama-tight-end-irv-smith-jr-in-2nd-round/
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The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport.]]>

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Irv Smith Jr. began playing football in eighth grade. Becoming a tight end was only a matter of time.

The son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith had plenty of footballs, helmets and trophies in the house to steer him toward the sport. Some simple advice from his father, who played five of his seven seasons in the league with New Orleans after being drafted in the first round in 1993, helped him settle at the same position.

“He said, ‘You can either be a slow receiver or a fast tight end,’” Smith said. “I went with being a fast tight end, and it worked out.”

The Minnesota Vikings selected the Alabama standout with the 50th overall pick in the second round on Friday night, adding another potential field-stretching pass-catcher for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings then fueled up for the final four rounds on Saturday by making four separate trades with their third-rounder, finally picking Boise State running back Alexander Mattison with the 102nd overall selection. The deals with Detroit, Seattle, the New York Jets and Baltimore netted them an additional four selections for the weekend and gave them nine picks for the third day.

Irv Smith Jr. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Vikings selected North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in the first round on Thursday, shoring up their greatest need: the interior of the offensive line. They targeted Mattison as a big-bodied replacement for Latavius Murray and complement to Dalvin Cook, adding a player who had 40 carries for 200 yards in the Mountain West conference championship game against Fresno State.

After finishing 20th in yards and 19th in points last season, the Vikings needed some help for the offense, a fact even their defensive-minded coach Mike Zimmer could readily acknowledge, even if he was irritated by general manager Rick Spielman’s insistence on trading down four times.

“He was ready to unplug the phones again like he is every year,” Spielman said.

Smith became the fourth Alabama tight end drafted in the last eight years, with O.J. Howard the most recent by Tampa Bay in the first round in 2017. With the Crimson Tide, Smith played sparingly as a freshman in 2016 while Howard was still a primary cog in the offense.

For the 2017 national champions, Smith became more involved with 14 catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Then last year as a junior, he flourished with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores. Smith ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, the fourth-fastest among tight ends, and he was the third player off the board at his position after Iowa teammates T.J. Hockenson (eighth overall to Detroit) and Noah Fant (20th overall to Denver) went in the first round.

“We can line him up wide. We can line him up in tight. We can use him in the backfield. He has a lot of versatility,” Vikings director of college scouting Jamaal Stephenson said. “We want to be more explosive on offense.”

And as a run blocker?

“He’s OK. He’s a work in progress, more from that standpoint, but he’s certainly tough enough and willing, which are the two things you look for to project improvement,” Stephenson said.

The Vikings have Kyle Rudolph and David Morgan for that, for now. The ninth-year veteran Rudolph has not missed a game in five seasons, is a bulwark in the community, has two Pro Bowl selections on his resume and is coming off a strong 2018, but he’s in the final year of his contract with a $7.625 million salary cap hit. Smith’s presence could make Rudolph expendable, should the Vikings seek more space under the cap.

“All the best tight ends in the NFL and all the greats, they’re able to do both, run block and make plays in the passing game, so it opens a lot for you and it helps a team in all phases of the game,” Smith said.

Make no mistake, though. He’s here to create a mismatch by lining up in the slot and giving defenses concerned about wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs pause about who to cover him with.

“I believe no linebacker or safety one-on-one can stay with me, and I’m going to keep proving to people that’s how I feel,” Smith said.

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2019 NFL Draft Grades: Vikings Get A B+ For 1st Round Pick https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/26/2019-nfl-draft-grades-vikings-get-a-b-for-1st-round-pick/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/26/2019-nfl-draft-grades-vikings-get-a-b-for-1st-round-pick/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2019 16:55:48 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota







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CBS SPORTS — With the No. 18 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Vikings selected Garrett Bradbury, center out of NC State. Bradbury is slender for the center spot and lacks in the power department, both in his hands and his anchor, but has insanely loose hips and flexible ankles which allow him to routinely win the leverage/angle battles on blocks most centers wouldn’t come close to reaching.

He’s also a tremendous combo blocker who’s lightning quick finding linebackers at the second level. With more weight and strength, Bradbury can be an All-Pro interior blocker because of his athleticism and is the prototypical center you want in a zone-blocking scheme.

Vikings: B+

Pete Prisco: I like this pick. It’s a B-plus for me. The Vikings couldn’t move anybody off the line of scrimmage last year. Bradbury is very athletic, not a very big kid, but he can move.

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2019 NFL Draft: Mike Max’s Forecast For The Vikings https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/25/2019-nfl-draft-mike-maxs-forecast-for-the-vikings/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The 2019 NFL Draft starts Thursday, and the Minnesota Vikings have the 18th overall pick.

WCCO Sports Director Mike Max says that if there’s an offensive lineman coveted by a number of teams, the Vikings might trade down to get multiple picks.

One player the team is likely considering is Andre Dillard, an outstanding tackle from Washington State University. If he’s up for grabs, the Vikings will take him, Max says.

Many project Garret Bradbury, a center from North Carolina State University, to go to the Vikings with the 18th pick. However, Max says that he doesn’t see the team giving up on Pat Elflein just yet, despite injuries performance issues.

Whoever the Vikings pick in the draft, they’ll have to play right away. Salary cap restrictions will force rookies to step up.

“With how top-heavy our roster is right now, with the contracts we have out there, these players that we’re bringing in have to come in and contribute,” said Rick Spielman, the Vikings general manager on Tuesday.

On the local front, keep an eye on Amani Hooker, Max says. Hooker graduated from Park Center High School and went on to play in Iowa, where he won the starting safety position.

The Vikings might also be eyeing a tight end. However, although there are at least two of them ranked highly, Max believes the Vikings are still satisfied with Kyle Rudolph.

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‘Incredible Career’: Brian Robison Signs 1-Day Contract With Vikings, Retires https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/24/incredible-career-brian-robison-signs-1-day-contract-with-vikings-retires/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/24/incredible-career-brian-robison-signs-1-day-contract-with-vikings-retires/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:14:34 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota







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Former defensive end Brian Robison has ended his NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former defensive end Brian Robison has ended his NFL career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.

On Wednesday, the team announced Robison retired after signing a one-day contract with the Vikings.

Throughout his 11-year career, Robison recorded 60 total sacks while appearing in 173 games. While with the Vikings, he played in four NFC North Division Championship teams and played in two NFC Championship games.

“To the Minnesota Vikings, I thank you for the opportunity to be a Viking,” Robison said in video posted to Twitter Wednesday.

Watch the entire video below:

#Vikings fans – a special message from your favorite #96, @Brian_Robison. pic.twitter.com/UGmrVzn5cG

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 24, 2019

The Vikings also paid tribute to the athlete on Instagram:

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Today, Brian Robison signed a one-day contract so he could officially retire as a Minnesota Viking. • Throughout his 11 year career, Robison tallied 60 total sacks and appeared in 173 games. • Comment below to congratulate @brianrobison96 on his incredible career with the team. #Skol

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Robison was released from the team prior to the 2018 season.

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Minnesota Vikings Release 2019 Schedule https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/17/minnesota-vikings-release-2019-schedule/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It has to be the NFL. No other league could create this much drama about the releasing of its upcoming schedule.

Teams already know who they are playing, and now they know when.

The Vikings have a few to bookmark, including five primetime matchups. Here are some of the biggies:

The season opener is at home against the Atlanta Falcons on September 8.

Skip ahead to a Thursday night matchup October 24 against the Washington Redskins.

And the end of the season is loaded with tough opponents and division rivalries:

Click here for the complete schedule, and here for notes on the schedule.

The Vikings also put out this video of announcer Paul Allen delivering haikus about each game in the upcoming season!

Two Thousand Nineteen
Vikings schedule is here
Poetry stylehttps://t.co/m0jfJIfmem pic.twitter.com/VApm2oWkP4

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 18, 2019

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Charges: Daniel Escamilla Swindled Minnesota Vikings In $70K Luxury Suite Scam https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/17/charges-daniel-escamilla-swindled-vikings-in-luxury-suite-scam/
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The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has charged 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla with passing bad checks in order to rent out luxury suites for Minnesota Vikings games.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has charged 39-year-old Daniel Escamilla with passing bad checks in order to rent out luxury suites for Minnesota Vikings games.

Escamilla, from San Francisco, was charged Wednesday with three counts of theft by swindle.

According to the criminal complaint, Escamilla signed a contract on September 5, 2018, to rent a luxury suite for a Vikings-49ers game at U.S Bank Stadium on September 9. More than a week later, the Vikings contacted Escamilla to say the check had been returned because his bank account had been closed. Escamilla said he was sorry, then preceded to write another $225,000 in checks to the team to rent luxury suites for several other games.

A U.S. Bank Stadium luxury suite (credit: CBS)

The team soon found that those checks were also connected to closed accounts, and a web search revealed Escamilla had run a similar scam in another state. The Vikings lost $70,000 in total from their dealings with him.

Investigators also found that Escamilla signed a lease at a luxury downtown Minneapolis apartment building in August of 2018. Management said he threw a big party in the apartment before the aforementioned 49ers game, but never paid rent or even a security deposit. He was evicted in late September.

An online records search shows charges for forgery, unlawful issuance of checks and possession of stolen property in Washington state in 2004.

Escamilla’s whereabouts are currently unknown, and a warrant is out for his arrest.

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Kirk Cousins Says He’s Ready For 2nd Year As Vikings QB https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/17/kirk-cousins-says-hes-ready-for-2nd-year-as-vikings-qb/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kirk Cousins has had a busy offseason.

It’s included some time with Fran Tarkenton in Atlanta to talk quarterback, and some time last week at the Final Four in Minneapolis to watch his team, Michigan State, now playing in his town at his stadium.

“I thought the Twin Cities did a great job hosting and it was a great venue,” Cousins said. “I had always wanted to go to a Final Four, and I think the stars aligned to have it be in my home city with my alma mater playing there, so it was a lot of fun for me and my dad to be there and take that in.”

He’s also had plenty of time to look back to last season, and to analytically decide what needs to change.

“If the other metrics are all there like they were last year, but then the explosive plays are higher … I think that will be a very telling thing,” Cousins said.

Krik Cousins (credit: CBS)

Part of that comes from a new coach to oversee it. Gary Kubiak is in, and he’s familiar with Cousins conceptually and what he wants.

“He’s a great coach. His track record says it all, and, you know, [offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski] will work really well with him, and I think it will help all of us,” he said.

The offense has to be more balanced and the offensive line is a key. It has to have a different rhythm, and getting there is as much art as it is science.

“If you run the football well, have it marry with your play-action game so that the defense doesn’t know what’s coming, you can slow down the pass rush, you can create some open windows down the field for those explosive plays, you can stay out of third down,” he said.

And then there is the experience factor. This is Cousins’ second year in a system, in the same city.

“Just like any of you who have worked somewhere for several years, your second year there, you’re probably more comfortable than you first year,” Cousins said. “I don’t know how to articulate that, but whatever the words are that would sum that up is what I feel going into year two.”

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‘We’re Very Blessed’: Vikings’ Adam Thielen Talks New $64M Contract https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/16/were-very-blessed-vikings-adam-thielen-talks-new-64m-contract/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/16/were-very-blessed-vikings-adam-thielen-talks-new-64m-contract/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:43:55 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota










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Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen is going through the off-season workouts like every year. But this year and this week it’s different. That is what happens when you just signed a $64-million contract.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen is going through the off-season workouts like every year. But this year and this week it’s different. That is what happens when you just signed a $64-million contract.

“It’s just extremely special for me to be in this state that’s done so much for me, and to be here for a long time, and know I’m going to be here for a long time and my family, the place where we have a house, the place that we love,” Thielen said.

It is humbling, and it creates a calm. It also is news to his teammates. Some understand exactly what this means.

“Adam taken care of, great for the organization to be able to step up and get that done, and not let it drag on,” said quarterback Kirk Cousins. “Great for his family and for all of us as teammates in the locker room to know that he’s going to be here. I think it’s a positive all the way around, and happy that it got done.”

Adam Thielen (credit: CBS)

His story has been told and re-told too many times to repeat, but it’s still amazing. The undrafted free agent just got a shot. And as he looks back, he understands how fragile that can be.

“And now when I look back I kind of get nervous because I know that if I wouldn’t have done this right, or if I would’ve been late to this, or if I would’ve, you know, ran the wrong route I might have not ever gotten the chance,” Thielen said.

And so begins a new chapter for him, his wife and two sons. And for Thielen that’s the bigger picture, that his spiritual life remains alive.

“We’re very blessed and grateful, and we know that [God has] put us here for a reason,” Thielen said.

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Vikings CB Hill Suspended Without Pay For Violating Drug Policy https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/05/vikings-cb-hill-suspended-without-pay-for-violating-drug-policy/
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The Minnesota Vikings says cornerback Holton Hill is suspended without pay.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings says cornerback Holton Hill is suspended without pay.

On Friday, the team announced Hill will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hill will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

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Vikings Sign 2 Defensive Backs From AAF https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/05/vikings-sign-2-defensive-backs-from-aaf/
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The Minnesota Vikings have added a bit more depth to their defense with a couple of defensive back signings. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings have added a bit more depth to their defense with a couple of defensive back signings.

On Friday, the team announced the signings of safety Derron Smith and cornerback Duke Thomas, who have both played for the San Antonio Commanders in the Alliance of American Football (AAF).

In seven games with San Antonio, Smith, 27, has 21 total tackles and three interceptions. Smith was a sixth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2016 out of Fresno State.

The #Vikings have signed S @D_SmithFS and CB @Duke_Nukem21. #Skol

📰: https://t.co/anaeLRUMUb pic.twitter.com/7smosYUvsG

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 5, 2019

Thomas had a team-high 22 tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery for the Commanders. He went undrafted out of Texas in 2016 and spent the offseason with the Houston Texans. He was then on Philadelphia and San Francisco’s practice squad in 2016.

Thomas missed the 2017 season with an injury before moving to the Canadian Football League and later the AAF.

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Vikings Bolster Offensive Line, Sign Dakota Dozier https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/04/04/vikings-bolster-offensive-line-sign-dakota-dozier/
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The Minnesota Vikings are continuing to rebuild the offensive line roster. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are continuing to rebuild the offensive line roster.

On Thursday, the team announced the signing of 27-year-old Dakota Dozier, who has spent the last five years of his professional career at with the New York Jets.

He started seven of 37 games played for New York, and each of those starts were at right guard.

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The team also signed free agent Josh Kline, who is also a right guard, in March.

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Still Seeking Stability At Kicker Position, Vikings Bring Back Dan Bailey https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/22/still-seeking-stability-at-kicker-position-vikings-bring-back-dan-bailey/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/22/still-seeking-stability-at-kicker-position-vikings-bring-back-dan-bailey/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:14:26 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota





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The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a new contract with kicker Dan Bailey, the ninth-year veteran who was signed last season to replace struggling rookie Daniel Carlson.]]>

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a new contract with kicker Dan Bailey, the ninth-year veteran who was signed last season to replace struggling rookie Daniel Carlson.

Bailey’s deal was done Tuesday, bringing the fifth-most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history (86.6 percent) back to a team that has lacked reliability and stability at the position for the past five years. Carlson, a fifth-round draft pick, was cut after two games. Bailey’s performance was mixed at best, making 21 of 28 field goals and 30 of 31 extra points.

He suffered a groin injury in 2017 with Dallas, leading to his departure from the Cowboys. He posted a career-worst field goal rate of 75 percent in each of the past two seasons.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Vikings Sign G Josh Kline For Thin Offensive Line https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/21/vikings-sign-g-josh-kline-for-thin-offensive-line/
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The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line.]]>

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed former Tennessee right guard Josh Kline for their thin offensive line.

Kline’s three-year deal, valued at $15.75 million, was done Wednesday as Kline finished a visit to team headquarters. Kline’s streak of 46 games started is the longest active run among all NFL guards. He played three seasons with the Titans.

Undrafted out of Kent State in 2013, Kline landed with the New England Patriots. He won a Super Bowl after the 2014 season and became a full-time starter in 2015.

The Vikings released Mike Remmers and let Tom Compton sign with the New York Jets, losing both starting guards. Nick Easton, their starting left guard in 2017, became a free agent. The only other guard currently on the roster is Danny Isidora.

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Vikings’ Roc Thomas Slated To Make 1st Court Appearance For Drug Charges https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/18/vikings-roc-thomas-slated-to-make-1st-court-appearance-for-drug-charges/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/18/vikings-roc-thomas-slated-to-make-1st-court-appearance-for-drug-charges/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:40:40 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota







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A Vikings player is expected to make his first court appearance Monday for drug possession charges.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Vikings player is expected to make his first court appearance Monday for drug possession charges.

(credit: Minnesota Vikings)

Earlier this month, police arrested running back Roc Thomas.

Court papers say neighbors complained about a strong smell of marijuana coming from his Mendota Heights apartment.

Police say they found the drug and paraphernalia all over his place.

The 23-year-old joined the Vikings as a free agent last year from Jacksonville State University.

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Report: Vikings Getting Calls From Teams Interested In Trading For CB Waynes https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/14/report-vikings-getting-calls-from-teams-interested-in-trading-for-cb-waynes/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are getting calls from teams interested in trading for cornerback Trae Waynes.

That’s according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The #Vikings have received calls from teams interested in trading for former first-round CB Trae Waynes, sources say. His fifth-year option just became fully guaranteed, so Minnesota won’t cut him. But there is interest.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2019

In April of 2018, the Vikings exercised a fifth-year option on the former first-round draft pick in 2015.

Waynes, who has started for the team for the last two years, plays opposite of All-Pro Xavier Rhodes.

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Vikings Agree To Deal With Barr, Stephen https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/13/vikings-agree-to-deal-with-barr/
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EAGAN, Minn. (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings announced Wednesday they have officially agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Barr after he went back and forth with the organization early this week.

Early reports said Barr intended to sign with the New York Jets next season, but changed his mind and will remain with the Vikings.

🚨 ROSTER MOVES 🚨

We have agreed to terms with @AnthonyBarr and Shamar Stephen.

📰: https://t.co/4FOC3fw03o pic.twitter.com/0mZNbMSXsx

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 13, 2019

Barr was the ninth overall pick in 2014 and has started all 71 games of his career in Minnesota.

The Vikings also agreed to terms with defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who returns to Minnesota after spending the 2018 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Stephen was also drafted by the Vikings in 2014.

He's coming back!#Skol pic.twitter.com/zJgMCPDXyY

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 13, 2019

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Report: Vikings Lose Sheldon Richardson To Free Agency; Anthony Barr To Stick With Vikings https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/12/report-vikings-to-lose-anthony-barr-sheldon-richardson-to-free-agency/
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Minnesota Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson is leaving town while Anthony Barr has changed his mind and is staying with the Vikings, according to reports.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Vikings’ Sheldon Richardson is leaving town while Anthony Barr has changed his mind and is staying with the Vikings, according to reports.

On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the Jets are in line to sign Barr to a contract. The Vikings declined to franchise tag Barr by the deadline last week. Barr is considered one of the top linebackers in free agency.

Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019

However, on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo says Barr has changed his mind and will stay with the Vikings.

Plot twist! LB Anthony Barr has decided to agree to terms to remain with the #Vikings, sources say. He will not be a member of the #Jets after all.

— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 12, 2019

So far, it looks like defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will indeed be departing the team. Schefter says Richardson intends to sign a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Former Vikings’ DT Sheldon Richardson intends to sign a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns when free agency opens Wednesday, a source tells ESPN.

Cleveland’s opening-day front four now expected to be DE Myles Garrett, DT Larry Ogunjobi, Richardson and DE Emmanuel Ogbah.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019

The deal is reportedly worth $39 million and includes $21.5 million in guarantees.

Just 28 years old, Richardson remains one of the most athletic interior linemen in the league. And now he’ll join a young, athletic Browns team that will be looking for their first playoff appearance since 2002.

Free agency opens Wednesday.

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Vikings’ Roc Thomas Charged With Drug Possession https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/03/06/vikings-roc-thomas-charged-with-drug-possession/
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Officers were dispatched to an apartment in Mendota Heights on January 16 at about 2:30 p.m. Some residents had complained about the smell of marijuana.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Roc Thomas, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, has been charged with felony drug possession in connection with a January incident.

According to charges filed in Dakota County Wednesday, officers were dispatched to an apartment in Mendota Heights on January 16 at about 2:30 p.m. Some residents had complained about the smell of marijuana.

When officers arrived at the apartment, they found Thomas and another person inside.

Officers had a search warrant, and found multiple glass jars containing what they suspected to be marijuana, as well as other containers holding marijuana wax. Both tested positive for THC.

Investigators also said they found a vape pen, along with nearly $16,000 in the nightstands next to the bed.

Thomas told officers that all the marijuana in the apartment was for his own personal use, and that he was not selling it, the complaint says.

The Minnesota Vikings issued this statement Wednesday evening:

“We are aware of the charges filed against Roc Thomas and have expressed our disappointment directly to Roc for his actions. We will respect both the legal process and the NFL’s disciplinary process.”

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Spielman: Vikings Pick Up 2020 Option On Mike Zimmer’s Contract https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/27/spielman-vikings-pick-up-2020-option-on-mike-zimmers-contract/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/27/spielman-vikings-pick-up-2020-option-on-mike-zimmers-contract/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2019 18:10:42 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota




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The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer’s contract for 2020.]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have exercised their option on coach Mike Zimmer’s contract for 2020.

General manager Rick Spielman made the announcement in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine. Zimmer said last month he’d have no problem working in the final year of his deal without an extension in place, but now he’ll have some security.

The Vikings have missed the postseason three out of five times while going 48-34-1, including the playoffs, under Zimmer, with NFC North titles in 2015 and 2017. They went 8-7-1 in 2018 after starting out as one of the Super Bowl favorites, and Zimmer fired offensive coordinator John DeFilippo with three games remaining. Kevin Stefanski was promoted to replace DeFilippo, and the Vikings hired former Denver and Houston coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive adviser.

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Vikings Fill Out Staff, Hire Maalouf To Special Teams https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/08/vikings-fill-out-staff-moving-maalouf-to-special-teams/
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The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach. ]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have completed their coaching staff for 2019, hiring Marwan Maalouf as special teams coordinator and Rick Dennison as offensive line coach.

The Vikings also announced Friday the promotion of assistant quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing to wide receivers coach, where Darrell Hazell was not retained.

Maalouf was Miami’s special teams coordinator for the last six seasons. He replaces Mike Priefer, who took the same job in Cleveland.

Dennison, who was also given the title of running game coordinator, begins his 25th year as an NFL assistant. The majority of his time was spent in Denver with Gary Kubiak, who has joined the Vikings as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser. Dennison has served 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator.

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‘I’m One Lucky Guy’: Fmr. Viking Cordarrelle Patterson Talks About Playing With Tom Brady https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/31/im-one-lucky-guy-fmr-viking-cordarrelle-patterson-talks-about-playing-with-tom-brady/
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Cordarrelle Patterson turned heads early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was big, athletic and fast. He was a Pro Bowl returner his rookie season.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Cordarrelle Patterson, who will be playing with the New England Patriots this Sunday in Super Bowl LIII, turned heads early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was big, athletic and fast. He was a Pro Bowl returner his rookie season.

“I took my hats off to everybody in the organization, you know, that gave me an opportunity, you know, drafting me, you know, trusting me, believing me,” Patterson said. “I wouldn’t change anything in the world.”

Bill Belichick is a master at finding players like Patterson. A trip to Oakland, then he landed in New England. He has been asked to do what he can do, including time as a running back. It’s all come together.

“It’s going to be crazy, man. I can’t get too juiced up, man … I’ll probably lose all my energy,” he said. “I’m just going to do what I’ve been doing my whole life, what got me here, just having fun.”

He looks comfortable with his Patriot teammates, like he belongs. And he is the first to admit he benefits greatly by playing with a legend like Tom Brady.

“It’s just a bragging right that I have for life,” Patterson said. “There’s a lot of guys in this world, you know, they want to play for Tom Brady, and you know, I’m one lucky guy.”

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Reality Check: The Value Of The Vikes https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/30/reality-check-the-minnesota-vikings-dollar-value/
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We don’t have to tell you the Minnesota Vikings are not in the Super Bowl this year, but they don’t need to be in the big game to be one of the most lucrative sports franchises in the country.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We don’t have to tell you the Minnesota Vikings are not in the Super Bowl this year, but they don’t need to be in the big game to be one of the most lucrative sports franchises in the country.

To Minnesota fans, the Vikings may be priceless — but the team does have a value: $2.4 billion. That is four times the $600 million the Wilf family paid for the Purple. That’s according to a Forbes Magazine ranking of every team in the National Football League.

RELATED: Reality Check: The Costly Golden Age Of Building Stadiums

In 2018, the Vikes rank 19th out of 32 NFL teams. Revenues of $408 million, and operating income of $90 million. A value that got supercharged by the taxpayer-funded U.S. Bank Stadium.

Actually, that has nothing to do with this Reality Check. I just never get tired of seeing it. So, anyway.

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Taxpayer-funded stadiums are the key to how much a team is worth. The Vikings’ value shot up 38 percent when it got U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Atlanta Falcons, where the Super Bowl will be played: a 19-percent bump.

And the Los Angeles Rams are now doubled in value ahead of a $5 billion stadium deal.

Unlike most NFL Stadiums, the Rams-San Diego Chargers stadium is privately financed and will include
retail space and a gambling casino.

The value of the Rams grew by $1 billion simply by relocating to Los Angeles, but the value of the Chargers did not grow significantly.

The Vikings are one of 15 NFL teams who did not see their value increase from 2017 to 2018. Analysts say it’s because teams are now so expensive, there are very few people who could afford to buy them.

The Vikings have got a long way to go to match the most valuable franchise. Forbes estimates the Dallas Cowboys are worth $5 billion.

Here are some of the sources we used for this Reality Check:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbespr/2018/09/20/forbes-releases-21st-annual-nfl-team-valuations/#5e188aae7af4

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2017/09/18/the-dallas-cowboys-head-the-nfls-most-valuable-teams-at-4-8-billion/#749c018e243f

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/cowboys-top-forbes-2018-list-of-most-valuable-nfl-franchises-bills-ranked-dead-last/

https://www.forbes.com/nfl-valuations/list/#tab:overall

https://www.statista.com/statistics/194504/los-angeles-rams-franchise-value/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/194430/franchise-value-of-the-atlanta-falcons-since-2006/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/194480/franchise-value-of-the-minnesota-vikings-since-2006/

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Vikings Add Gary Kubiak As Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Adviser https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/15/vikings-add-gary-kubiak-as-assistant-head-coach-offensive-adviser/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/15/vikings-add-gary-kubiak-as-assistant-head-coach-offensive-adviser/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:32:43 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota





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The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer’s turned-over staff. ]]>
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Gary Kubiak as an assistant head coach and offensive adviser, a big bump in experience for Mike Zimmer’s turned-over staff.

The Vikings announced the move on Monday night.

Kubiak spent the last two seasons as a senior personnel adviser with the Denver Broncos after stepping down as their head coach due to health concerns. Zimmer picked Kevin Stefanski to be his offensive coordinator, his first time in that role.

The 57-year-old Kubiak has 10 seasons as a head coach on his NFL resume, eight with the Houston Texans (2006-13) and two with the Broncos (2015-16). They won the Super Bowl in his first year. Kubiak also has been an offensive coordinator for 12 seasons, most recently in 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Vikings also hired his son, Klint Kubiak, as quarterbacks coach and Brian Pariani as tight ends coach. This will be the 23rd year in the last 26 in which Pariani has worked with Gary Kubiak. Klint Kubiak was on Denver’s staff the last three seasons.

The #Vikings added a 4-time Super Bowl champion coach to the staff yesterday with Gary Kubiak joining as assistant head coach/offensive advisor.

📰: https://t.co/wkaj34tEPT pic.twitter.com/xcR65BJNtX

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 15, 2019

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‘Another Minneapolis Miracle’: Kyle Rudolph Celebrates Birth Of Baby Boy https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/15/another-minneapolis-miracle-kyle-rudolph-celebrates-birth-of-baby-boy/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/15/another-minneapolis-miracle-kyle-rudolph-celebrates-birth-of-baby-boy/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:00:02 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota







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A year after the Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is celebrating the birth of a little boy. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – On the anniversary of the Minneapolis Miracle, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph celebrated the birth of a baby boy.

The 29-year-old athlete tweeted late Monday night that his son, Henry Tyler, was born.

“Momma is a rock star and little man is doing great!” Rudolph said.

Henry is Rudolph’s third child. In 2016, Rudolph’s wife, Jordan, gave birth to twin girls, Andersyn and Finley.

Hello World! Another Minneapolis Miracle, a year later. Our family grew by one today as we welcomed Henry Tyler! Momma is a rockstar and little man is doing great!! #PartyOf5!! pic.twitter.com/dMlYoFylIv

— Kyle Rudolph (@KyleRudolph82) January 15, 2019

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Priefer Won’t Return As Vikings Special Teams Coach; Heading To Browns https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/11/report-mike-priefer-wont-return-as-vikings-special-teams-coach/
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/11/report-mike-priefer-wont-return-as-vikings-special-teams-coach/#comments Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:30:20 +0000 Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota








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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mike Priefer is out as the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach.

After a season of multiple missed field goals and a kicker who was given the boot after a terrible early-season game against the Green Bay Packers, the Vikings have decided to part ways with Priefer.

According to WCCO’s Mike Max, Priefer will be heading to the Cleveland Browns as special teams coach.

Priefer has been with the team for 8 seasons. He was suspended from the team during the 2014 season after allegations of making anti-gay remarks. He was reinstated after missing the first two games of the 2014 season.

The Vikings agreed to donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups after the investigation was concluded and later reached an additional settlement to avoid a lawsuit from former punter Chris Kluwe, who made the allegations.

Priefer’s contract expired earlier this week.

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John Michels, Longtime Vikings Assistant Coach, Dies At 87 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/01/11/john-michels-longtime-vikings-assistant-coach-dies-at-87/
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John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87. ]]>
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) — John Michels, a College Football Hall of Famer whose 27 seasons as a Minnesota Vikings assistant coach included all four of their Super Bowl appearances, has died. He was 87.

Michels’ daughter, Sarah Michels-Dunkel, said Friday that her father died Thursday in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Michels worked on the Vikings’ coaching staff from 1967-93, making him the longest-tenured assistant coach in franchise history. He was the offensive line coach that entire stretch, most of it under coach Bud Grant, aside from one season a running backs coach.

He played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953 and 1956 before joining the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he played for Grant. Michels later worked on Grant’s coaching staff at Winnipeg and with the Vikings. Michels also was an assistant at Texas A&M for one season.

He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1954-56.

Michels played guard on Tennessee’s 1951 national championship team and earned consensus All-America honors in 1952.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996 and entered the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

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