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Vikings Extend Contract Of Mike Zimmer

Jul 28, 2016 1:41 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have signed Mike Zimmer to a contract extension.

The Vikings had an 11-5 record this past season and has gone 18-14 over two seasons.

“Mike has instilled a very positive atmosphere over the past three years and our players have thrived under his tutelage and leadership,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. “His focus on helping our players develop and maximize potential, individually and collectively, is critical for our current and future success. We believe the continuity established with Mike leading our football team is a very positive step for our organization.”

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Greg Jennings Retires From NFL After 10 Seasons

Jul 25, 2016 11:18 AM

Greg Jennings has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

Jennings said he was "done" with football and is "excited to be done."

"The past 20 years of my life has been football, but today that all changes," he says in the video.

"This smile is not going to be removed -- it's going to be enhanced. The same dedication, the same work ethic that I put into pursuing that sport, this game, I'll be pursuing everything else with the same mindset," he said.

Jennings, 32, said, "physically I know I can do it, I can still play ... but I feel like as though I would be going back to football instead of moving forward."

Jennings signed with the Dolphins last season following his release by the Vikings. Jennings played his first seven seasons with the Pacers.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

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Phil Loadholt To Retire After Meeting With Vikings

Jul 25, 2016 7:48 AM

Phil Loadholt is expected to retire pending his meeting with Minnesota Vikings officials on Monday, according to sources.

Loadholt is leaning toward retirement due to soreness in his surgically repaired Achilles tendon as well as other aches and pains. Loadholt's injuries have taken a toll on a player who signed a $25 million extension in 2013.

He will become the 14th NFL player 30 years of age or younger to retire this year.

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Dennis Green Dies At Age 67

Jul 22, 2016 11:17 AM

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green died Friday morning at the age of 67.

Green's former agent Ray Anderson spoke to Green's wife and confirmed the death to ESPN. Anderson said Green died after a cardiac arrest.

Green made eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the NFC Championship Game in 1998 and 2000. He led the Vikings to a 15-1 regular season in 1998.

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Melvin Gordon Working With Adrian Peterson On Ball Security

Jul 21, 2016 1:39 PM

Melvin Gordon, who grew up idolizing Adrian Peterson, is working with the veteran running back on ball security this offseason.

Gordon has joined Peterson for offseason workouts in Houston.

"I talked to Adrian about it, and he said, 'The biggest thing about the lack of ball security is, it's a mental thing,'" Gordon said. "You can do a lot of drills, but you can still go out there and mess up if you're not mentally focused on it. It's [having that reminder of], 'Someone's there. Someone's always there [trying to take it].'"

Peterson fumbled seven times last season, losing three, after not losing a fumble in 2014.

Gordon fumbled six times as a rookie.

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Adrian Peterson: Grind, Not Age, Will Cause Him To Walk Away

Jun 22, 2016 8:54 AM

Adrian Peterson believes he can still dominate at age 31, but the running back admitted that the toll his body has taken will be what leads him to walk away from football.

"That's it," Peterson said. "Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that -- that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I'll be good. It's just mentally -- like with OTAs, I'm out there practicing, I'm going, I'm putting in work. But it's so repetitive that it's more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring."

Peterson needs 6,681 yards to break Emmitt Smith's all-time rushing record.

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Adrian Peterson: Super Bowl Or Bust For Vikings

Jun 15, 2016 3:56 PM

Adrian Peterson believes that everyone on the Minnesota Vikings should be carrying Super Bowl expectations.

"We have a long way to go, but we have the pieces of what it takes to accomplish that. So there's nothing wrong with saying it," Peterson said. "If any other guy on this team don't feel that way, we should trade him and bring somebody in that feels that [we can win a Super Bowl]. We all know what we are trying to accomplish and I feel like we have what it takes."

The Vikings won the NFC North title last season. Peterson turned 31 in March and lives in Houston, the site of the Super Bowl next February, during the offseason.

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Vikings, Harrison Smith Agree To Five-Year Extension

Jun 6, 2016 9:56 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Harrison Smith, according to a source.

The agreement will make Smith the highest-paid safety in the NFL.

Smith will earn $51.25 million over the next five years, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter, including a $10 million signing bonus. The contract includes $28.578 million guaranteed against injury and his contract runs through 2021, according to a source.

He was already scheduled to play on his fifth-year option this year. Smith was a first-round pick in 2012.

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Adrian Peterson Left Off Pro Football Focus' Top 101 Players

May 16, 2016 12:53 PM

Pro Football Focus left Adrian Peterson off their list of the top 101 players in the NFL from the 2015 season.

While PFF analyst Sam Monson conceded that Peterson “may still be the best pure runner in the league with the ball in his hands,” he pointed to Peterson’s fumbles in 2015, his lower frequency of broken tackles and his limitations in the passing game as reasons for his exclusion.

“His 2.3 yards per carry after contact was bettered by 28 other runners. Twenty-five other running backs broke tackles at a higher rate,” Monson wrote in this explanatory piece. “And of course he is bad enough as a blocker and receiver that he effectively is only a two-down player that doesn’t even see the field in the most critical situations for the Vikings.”

Peterson's $11 million for the 2016 season is guaranteed.

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Adrian Peterson Would Like Preseason Carries For First Time Since 2011

May 6, 2016 10:07 AM

Adrian Peterson would like to play in the preseason, something he hasn't done since 2011.

"I feel like getting out there and playing a little bit," Peterson said in a phone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's something that once that time comes around, I'll have a better feel for, like, 'Hey, I need to get out there just to kind of get the legs moving and get the pads (on) a little bit.' I can tell you, though, I'm definitely more itching towards playing a little more in the preseason than I have the past seven, eight years."

Peterson tore his ACL in December of 2011 and the Minnesota Vikings have been extremely cautious with him ever since.

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Moritz Boehringer Becomes First Draft Pick Outside North America
Moritz Boeringer comes to the Vikings from the Schwabisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League.

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Jerry Jones Compares Titans-Rams Trade To Herschel Walker Deal
Jerry Jones compared the Titans' trade of the first overall pick to the Rams to the Herschel Walker trade he made after buying the Cowboys.

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Jared Allen Announces Retirement At 33
Jared Allen retires as a five-time Pro Bowler.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Vikings-Packers Flexed To Sunday Night Football
The winner of the game will earn a home playoff game as the No. 3 seed in the NFC.

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Mike Zimmer Questions Final Play Call By Vikings In Loss To Cardinals
With 13 seconds left and no timeouts, the Vikings opted to call one more play to get kicker Blair Walsh closer than the 48-yard kick he could have attempted at the time.

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Mike Zimmer Admits Adrian Peterson Should Have Received More Carries
Adrian Peterson only received eight carries against the Seahawks.

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Adrian Peterson: Vikings Outcoached 'In So Many Different Ways'
Adrian Peterson met with Mike Zimmer after the game to share his concerns.

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Adrian Peterson: 2014 Was Blessing In Disguise
Adrian Peterson has also been motivated by turning 30 last March.

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Teddy Bridgewater To Start For Vikings Despite Last Week's Concussion
Shaun Hill is the Vikings' backup at quarterback.

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Adrian Peterson Denies Sickness Being Caused By Chewing Tobacco
Adrian Peterson vomited after the flight, according to Chris Myers.

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Adrian Peterson Believes He Could Have Gone To NFL From High School
Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns as a high school senior in 2003 and then went on to rush for 1,860 yards with 15 touchdowns -- 5.9 yards per carry -- as a true freshman.

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NFLPA Investigating Concussion Suffered By Brandon Fusco
The ATC spotter in Minnesota apparently missed Brandon Fusco had suffered a concussion during Week 2's game.

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Adrian Peterson Trusts Norv Turner
Adrian Peterson showed some awkwardness receiving carries when the Vikings were in the shotgun formation.

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Adrian Peterson 'Hesitant' In Shotgun After Skipping Entire Preseason
Adrian Peterson didn't touch the ball until the second drive of the game, as the Vikings threw on their first three plays.

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Bridgewater: Peterson Is A 'Mad Man' After Being Away From Football
Teddy Bridgewater was asked about Adrian Peterson and how he was the top priority of opposing defenses even in 2009 when Brett Favre was playing at his best.

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