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Latavius Murray Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Mar 23, 2017 8:37 AM

Latavius Murray, who signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings last week, underwent ankle surgery on Wednesday.

The Vikings said in a statement that they knew about Murray's need for an operation before they signed him and they expect him to be ready for training camp.

Murray's ankle condition was made known to teams in free agency, according to a league source.

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Vikings Rule Out Re-Signing Adrian Peterson

Mar 16, 2017 6:33 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled out re-signing Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings signed Latavius Murray to a three-year, $15 million deal this week.

Rick Spielman said he texted Peterson at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning and informed him of the Murray deal.

"With us signing Murray, Adrian will move on elsewhere," Spielman said on a conference call with reporters.

Peterson became a free agent when the Vikings declined their $18 million option on his contract.

Peterson has met with the Seahawks but they signed Eddie Lacy. Peterson also has interest in the Raiders.

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Latavius Murray Signs Three-Year Deal With Vikings

Mar 16, 2017 7:53 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have signed Latavius Murray to a three-year contract that can be voided after the 2017 season.

Murray, 27, led the Oakland Raiders with 788 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games this past season.

However, his touches decreased from 2015 (228 from 307) with the emergence of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard and because he missed two missed games with turf toe.

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Vikings, Adam Thielen Agree To Three-Year Deal

Mar 16, 2017 7:44 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a three-year deal with Adam Thielen that could be worth as much as $27 million through incentives, according to a source.

The contract includes $11 million in guaranteed money. The Vikings had placed a second-round tender on the restricted free-agent receiver. Thielen would have made $2.75 million on the tender.

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Adrian Peterson Intrigued By Playing For Raiders

Mar 1, 2017 4:24 PM

Adrian Peterson is interested in the Oakland Raiders as a potential free agent destination, according to sources.

Peterson likes Oakland's offensive line.

The Minnesota Vikings declined Peterson's $18 million option for 2017, but the club hasn't closed the door on a return.

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Vikings Decline 2017 Option On Adrian Peterson

Feb 28, 2017 12:21 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will not exercise their 2017 option on Adrian Peterson's contract.

Peterson was due $18 million for 2017 but will instead become an unrestricted free agent.

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Vikings, Adrian Peterson Haven't Discussed $18M Option

Feb 23, 2017 4:31 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have not talked to Adrian Peterson about his $18 million option for the 2017 season.

Peterson, who turns 32 on March 21, has a team option that would also trigger a $6 million bonus if he's on the roster by the third day of the league year.

"Adrian Peterson has a significant contract coming up. We have to make a decision," Rick Spielman said. "I'm not going to announce anything, but that will get addressed here before free agency starts. The one thing I will say is, if we don't exercise that option, we will always keep the door open on all of our players. But in my mind, regardless if Adrian is here or not here next year -- because of whatever happens -- he will always be a Minnesota Viking. If he's fortunate enough to go in the Hall of Fame, and fortunate enough to go in the [Vikings] Ring of Honor, in my mind, he's a Minnesota Viking."

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Pat Shurmur Focused On New Offensive Approach For Vikings

Feb 21, 2017 7:31 AM

The Minnesota Vikings struggled offensively last season for a number of reasons, including the loss of Teddy Bridgewater for the season, a dinged-up Adrian Peterson and the resignation of Norv Turner at midseason.

Pat Shurmur is now working to rebuild the Minnesota offense over the course of an entire offseason.

"There will be things we do where we’ll be able to operate differently. Some of the plays will look different maybe in special situations," Shurmur said. "But the key thing is that we have to do a better job of running the football in all situations, and I think that will be a focal point.

"From an offensive standpoint, you have to be able to score points so we need to be more efficient running the ball, hopefully more explosive, and then when we get in there close we have to score points."

The Vikings finished last season ranked 28th in the league in total offense, averaging just 315.1 yards per game. They ranked 23rd in points per game with 20.4 points per game as well.

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Adrian Peterson Continues Public Flirtation With Giants

Feb 16, 2017 9:07 AM

Adrian Peterson continues to hint that he'd like to play for the New York Giants.

Just a few weeks after telling ESPN that the Giants are a team he's "thought about" playing for next season, Peterson tweeted late Wednesday that the club has "been making some interesting moves."

The Giants released Rashad Jennings earlier this week, leaving Paul Perkins as New York's lead running back.

Peterson will make $11.75 million in the final year of his three-year deal if he remains with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings

Jan 19, 2017 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings but he openly talked about other teams he would consider in free agency, such as the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."

"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."

The Vikings have a team option on Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. They have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year and would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year.

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Vikings' Secondary Freelanced On First Series Against Packers
As soon as the first series ended, Mike Zimmer addressed the players, and the situation was corrected.

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Adrian Peterson Out For Week 16 Against Packers
Adrian Peterson returned for Week 15 from his meniscus surgery and rushed six times for 22 yards.

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Adrian Peterson Returning For Week 15
Adrian Peterson hasn't played since Week 2 when he tore his meniscus and underwent surgery.

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Adrian Peterson Plans To Return To Vikings In Week 16
Adrian Peterson intends to return to practice this week and plans to play in Week 16 against the Packers, he told DJ Skee on Tuesday.

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Adrian Peterson Will Only Return If Vikings Remain In Playoff Hunt
The Vikings have lost six of their last seven games after a 5-0 start.

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Sam Bradford Questions No-Call On Failed Two-Point Conversion
Sam Bradford badly overthrew Kyle Rudolph on the potential game-tying play.

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Mike Zimmer To Undergo Emergency Eye Surgery
Doctors had initially told Mike Zimmer he ran the risk of going blind in the eye if he did not have the first surgery.

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Adrian Peterson Running On Side During Vikings' Practice
Adrian Peterson is on track to make a December return before the playoffs.

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Adrian Peterson Could Return As Early As Week 15
Adrian Peterson had an exam late last week and could start running this week.

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Adrian Peterson Resumes Light Running
Adrian Peterson is still receiving treatment on his knee following September surgery to repair a torn meniscus, and his timetable for a return continues to be December.

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Vikings Sign Kai Forbath To Replace Blair Walsh
Kai Forbath, who kicked for Washington from 2012 to 2015 and spent part of the 2015 season with the Saints.

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Vikings Release Blair Walsh
Blair Walsh missed an extra point in Sunday's loss against Washington, bringing his total up to four misses this season.

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Vikings Sticking With Blair Walsh For Now
The Vikings worked out a number of kickers on Tuesday, but have decided to stick with Blair Walsh for now.

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Vikings To Work Out Several Kickers
The Vikings plan to take a look at several kickers after Blair Walsh missed twice in an overtime loss to the Lions on Sunday.

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Norv Turner Felt He Was Holding Back Vikings' Offense
Norv Turner stepped down as offensive coordinator of the Vikings in a surprising move.

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Norv Turner Steps Down As Offensive Coordinator Of Vikings
Pat Shurmur will be the interim offensive coordinator of the Vikings, replacing Norv Turner.

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Vikings, Brad Childress Deny Claim Of Past Bounty System
The Vikings and former coach Brad Childress have denied allegations that the team had a bounty system in 2008-09 that was similar to the one allegedly run by the Saints.

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Vikings To Receive Extra Pick From Eagles If They Reach NFC Title Game
The announced deal had the Eagles receiving the Vikings' first-round draft pick in 2017, as well as a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018 in exchange for Sam Bradford.

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