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Sam Bradford Given More Control Of Vikings' Offense

Aug 7, 2017 11:12 PM

Sam Bradford will be given more control over the Minnesota Vikings' offense this season.

Bradford will reunite with Pat Shurmur.

“[Shurmur] has given us, as quarterbacks, more freedom at the line of scrimmage to go up there and change plays,” Bradford said Monday. “To get in and out of plays or save ourselves from a play that’s a bad look. So that’s been nice. Obviously, it’s a little more on our plate this year, but I think it can put us in some good situations.”

Bradford joined the Vikings eight days before the start of the season in 2016.

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Xavier Rhodes Agrees Upon Six-Year, $78.1M Extension With Vikings

Jul 30, 2017 4:43 PM

Xavier Rhodes has agreed upon a six-year, $78.126 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal is one of the richest in NFL history for a cornerback.

The new contract includes $41 million guaranteed and pays more than $42 million over the first three years.

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Everson Griffen Signs Four-Year, $58M Extension With Vikings

Jul 26, 2017 12:36 PM

Everson Griffen and the Minnesota Vikings have finalized a four-year, $58 million extension.

Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract in 2014.

Griffen earned 8.0 sacks in 2016 with 30.5 coming over the past three seasons.

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Teddy Bridgewater Likely To Begin Season On PUP List

Jul 23, 2017 6:18 PM

Teddy Bridgewater will likely begin camp with the Minnesota Vikings on the physically unable to perform list.

“I think so, but again I haven’t seen him,” said Mike Zimmer on whether he will begin the season on the PUP list

Bridgewater suffered a torn left ACL and dislocated knee in a practice last August and missed the entire regular season. He did some throwing to receivers during spring drills but wasn’t cleared to practice.

Bridgewater wore a knee brace during spring drills. Earlier this month, though, he posted online a picture of him throwing without the brace.

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Michael Floyd Suspended Four Games By NFL

Jul 16, 2017 11:25 AM

Michael Floyd has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 NFL season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Floyd was arrested for extreme DUI in Scottsdale, Arizona, in December when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle. He had a blood alcohol level of .217 when he was arrested, and on Feb. 17 he was sentenced to 24 days in jail and 96 days under house arrest.

Floyd spent the end of the season with the Patriots.

Floyd signed with the Vikings in the offseason.

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Teddy Bridgewater Working Out Without Knee Brace

Jul 13, 2017 2:37 PM

Teddy Bridgewater was seen working out this week without a knee brace.

Bridgewater previously had a sizable black brace gripping a majority of his injured left knee.

Sam Bradford will be the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback this season but Bridgewater is progressing better than expected.

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Adrian Peterson Acknowledges 'It Was Time For Change Of Scenery'

Jul 11, 2017 12:56 PM

Adrian Peterson acknowledged it was time for a change of scenery leaving the Minnesota Vikings for the New Orleans Saints.

"It was time for a change of scenery," he says. "I wanted to do something different. I knew a change was needed."

There are doubts as to whether Peterson can stay healthy and stay productive.

 

"Yes, the doubt motivates me," Peterson says. "I'd be lying to say it doesn't. You want to do things people say you can't do."

 

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Latavius Murray Motivated By Dalvin Cook, Expects To Start

Jun 28, 2017 9:11 AM

Latavius Murray expects to start for the Minnesota Vikings despite the presence of rookie running back Dalvin Cook.

Murray, who signed with the Vikings as a free agent, didn't participate in the team's offseason activities after having ankle surgery in March.

"It wasn't a surprise. When you see a guy, again, first-round potential sitting there in the second round, they snatch him up, you can't be surprised," he said of the Vikings taking Cook. "It motivates me regardless, because they're always going to bring in somebody to take over for your position."

Cook has impressed the Vikings this offseason and Mike Zimmer said the former Florida State running back has "a chance to be special."

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Vikings Support Michael Floyd's Kombucha Tea Defense

Jun 26, 2017 7:12 AM

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly support Michael Floyd's claim that any alcohol present in drug tests he took while under house arrest came from drinking kombucha tea.

Vikings COO Kevin Warren wrote a letter of support and sent it to Robert Feinberg, Floyd's attorney, according to the Pioneer Press. Feinberg submitted the document in a motion requesting that Scottsdale City Judge Statia Hendrix cancel Floyd's hearing scheduled for Monday and restore electronic monitoring for the remaining five days of his 96-day house arrest.

Floyd was ordered to attend the show-cause hearing after a review of alcohol monitoring reports indicated the presence of alcohol in several tests.

In a statement released on June 16, Floyd said he "drank several bottles of kombucha tea drinks" while watching a movie at his home and was "unaware that the drinks contain alcohol."

 

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Teddy Bridgewater Looks 'Like He Was Never Hurt'

Jun 16, 2017 7:47 AM

Teddy Bridgewater has not been cleared to participate in practice as he continues to rehab from the knee injury he suffered last Aug. 30.

However, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback has thrown to receivers during individual drills as part of his rehab work. When he'll be able to work at full speed, or plant his left leg and cut, or absorb contact to his knee remains unknown.

"It's just the way he gets the ball out," Laquon Treadwell said. "He's getting the ball out before you're breaking. He tells me he's spent a lot of time studying film. A lot of things he would say he was messing up on, he's looked 10 times better this year. When you go through an injury like that, film is your friend. You've just got to stay hungry and believe in yourself. He'll be fine.

"He looks great -- really great. It's like he was never hurt."

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Cris Carter Offers To Serve As Mentor To Michael Floyd
Cris Carter says he's willing to help Michael Floyd in whatever way possible after the wide receiver signed with the Vikings.

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Michael Floyd Visits With Vikings, Hopes To Have Deal Soon
Michael Floyd is talking to the Minnesota Vikings, among other teams, and hopes to have a deal by end of next week, according to a source.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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Vikings Likely To Decline Option On Teddy Bridgewater
While the Vikings could still re-sign Teddy Bridgewater, they appear unwilling to guarantee his salary for 2018 at $11 million.

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Jake Long Announces Retirement From NFL
Jake Long was the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dolphins.

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Vikings Sign Case Keenum
Case Keenum will backup Sam Bradford if Teddy Bridgewater isn't back from his knee injury.

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

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Vikings Rule Out Re-Signing Adrian Peterson
Rick Spielman said he texted Adrian Peterson at 1 a.m. on Thursday morning and informed him of the Latavius Murray deal.

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Latavius Murray Signs Three-Year Deal With Vikings
The Vikings have signed Latavius Murray to a three-year contract that can be voided after the 2017 season.

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Vikings, Adam Thielen Agree To Three-Year Deal
The 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.

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Adrian Peterson Intrigued By Playing For Raiders
Adrian Peterson is interested in the Raiders as a potential free agent destination, according to sources.

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Vikings Decline 2017 Option On Adrian Peterson
Adrian 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
Adrian Peterson has a team options that would also trigger a $6 million bonus if he's on the roster by the third day of the league year.

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Pat Shurmur Focused On New Offensive Approach For Vikings
The 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 midseas

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

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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings
The Vikings have a team option on Adrian Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus.

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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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