Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 5/24/15 1:18pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson once again has drawn praise from Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer -- this time for his route-running improvements. Patterson has worked extensively this offseason to become a better receiver from a technical standpoint.
Huddle Up: The rave reviews in May are one thing, but on-field fantasy production in the games that count is another and Patterson is going to have regain the trust of all the fantasy GMs he burned with last season's disappointing disaster.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/22/15 2:40pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.
Huddle Up: It isn't out of the ordinary for Peterson to skip voluntary workouts, but then again, this is far from a normal offseason for the RB and the team. The Vikes' first mandatory workouts are scheduled for June 16-18 so that's the next big date to keep an eye on in the ongoing Peterson Watch.
Mike Zimmer - HCPosted 5/19/15 1:29am ET
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has opened up the playbook to give receivers more chances to make explosive plays, head coach Mike Zimmer said at rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have some explosive receivers in Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson, and in Teddy Bridgewater they have a quarterback more capable of taking advantage of those receivers than they had when Matt Cassel was at the helm at the start of last season. Also, it doesn't hurt that defenses will likely be focusing on stopping Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota running game.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 5/14/15 2:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been impressive during offseason workouts, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'He's really done well,' Zimmer said. 'He's running routes good; he's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed with the things that he's done.'
Huddle Up: Patterson was a 2014 fantasy dud by all measures -- falling off his previous season's marks in all three of the "T" metrics with his targets dipping from 77 to 67, his touches falling from 57 to 43 and his offensive TDs dropping from seven to two. He'll be available for cheap after last season's disaster and could be a true sleeper given that his main WR competition consists of Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 5/1/15 1:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Peterson and Dogra are increasingly realizing that they don't have a whole lot of leverage, and with the RB due a base salary of $12.75 million this year with a total cap hit of $15.4M, it would seem that if anything, any new deal would have to swing more in the Vikings' favor. Don't look for much to change here.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/28/15 4:10pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 80 percent likely to remain with the Vikings, in the opinion of ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.
Huddle Up: Even though there have been reports that Peterson is willing to renegotiate his big-$$$ contact to help facilitate a trade, the many variables still factoring into any kind of deal make that possibility a longshot.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 4/27/15 1:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has dedicated himself to becoming a better receiver, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,' Spielman said. 'I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.'
Huddle Up: The knock on Patterson coming out of college was that he was raw as a receiver, and that definitely showed during his sophomore season. If the Vikings aren't going to manufacture ways to get the ball into his hands he'll need to ramp up his receiver skills to carve out playing time. Patterson's improvement also impacts how early in the upcoming draft the Vikings might dip into the talented pool of pass-catchers.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/26/15 1:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: The Falcons tried the veteran, 30-ish RB route a few years ago by signing Steven Jackson, and it didn't exactly pan out so look for the franchise to look to the draft for RB help this time around.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/23/15 10:52pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be of interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson also added that Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, reporting that the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding the RB.
Huddle Up: After a lackluster last two seasons from Doug Martin and a pedestrian trio of backs behind him on the depth chart, the Bucs certainly could use a no-doubt No. 1 back. In addition, coach Lovie Smith got an up-close dose of Peterson twice a season when he was coaching the Bears and surely wouldn't mind adding AD to his side. Stay tuned as the trade mill will be heating up with the draft now less than a week away and closing fast.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/22/15 11:20am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might have a new home in 2015, but Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team hasn't talked to Peterson despite a report the Jags were one of six teams interested in trading for him. 'No, not really,' Bradley said Tuesday, April 21. 'Not between (general manager Dave Caldwell). A while ago, but it was just conversation, not any direction that we would go.'
Huddle Up: Not that Bradley wouldn't want a workhorse back, but with the Jags building for the future it makes more sense to use the picks it would require to trade for Peterson to draft some guys who'll be around as Blake Bortles and the team's young core matures.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/21/15 5:15pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).
Huddle Up: Each of the seven teams certainly need RB help, and with this many involved there's a decent chance one of them will overpay a little and come up with a deal to the Vikes' liking After all, it only takes one ...
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/20/15 11:43am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.
Huddle Up: That's a drop in the bucket for someone who was paid a whole lot of money to not play much football last year, not to mention someone who is due more than $12 million this season. Peterson is going to have to show up to collect, however, or convince another team to make a trade offer the Vikings deem worthy. T-minus 36 days until the showdown...
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/18/15 12:19pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: If the bidding includes the fourth overall pick the Vikings would be foolish not to listen, as Peterson clearly wants out of Minnesota. Now we have to wait for Peterson's agent, father, and wife to weigh in on whether or not Oakland is an acceptable destination. And then there's the whole $12 million salary thing. Oh, and the Vikings having Peterson under contract and wanting fair value in trade if they do send him packing. So... yeah, lots of moving parts here.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/17/15 7:20pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Peterson still appears intent on trying to force his way out of the Twin Cities, but look for the Vikes to sit tight as they await the best possible offer. And if nothing really tickles their fancy, it'll come down to either Peterson playing for the Purple next season or not playing at all.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/16/15 3:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17. Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated.
Huddle Up: Well, now the drama can officially be ramped up a notch or two as the Vikings were quick to release a statement welcoming Peterson back, but most indications are that the RB still prefers to move on to another team. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned ...
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/8/15 11:43pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.
Huddle Up: Peterson being reinstated prior to the draft would also help the Vikings, who could move the disgruntled back for picks and dip into the deep 2015 RB class for his replacement. It would also give fantasy owners plenty of time to figure out if and where Peterson will be plying his trade this season.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/6/15 4:22pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss his reinstatement for the 2015 season. He is eligible to be reinstated April 15.
Huddle Up: There's no guarantee Peterson gets the nod from Roger Goodell, as his offseason has focused more on complaining about how his team wronged him rather than demonstrating any contrition for his actions. If and when he gets reinstated, then the staredown can begin in earnest between Peterson (and his agent and wife) and the Vikings.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 4/4/15 6:24pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a target for the Cleveland Browns, in the opinion of ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. The Browns have $30.96 million in salary cap space, so they could afford to make a trade for Peterson.
Huddle Up: If the Browns want to package one of their talented sophomore backs with a pick or two, the Vikings might be willing to listen. Or maybe Cleveland is just upping the ante, waiting for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to get involved.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will not be traded this offseason, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. 'No, no chance whatsoever,' Zimmer said. 'Cordarrelle is a young, emerging player who was with his third coordinator in three years. Quite frankly, we need to do a good job of figuring out how we can use him better and he needs to understand where he's supposed to be, the routes and everything.'
Huddle Up: Patterson was disappointing as a sophomore, and with the addition of Mike Wallace and emergence of Charles Johnson it might be tough to find him snaps in the regular offense. However, he remains a weapon in the return game and does possess physical gifts that, if the Vikings find a way to get the ball into his hands on a consistent basis, could propel him back to "future star" status.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/23/15 8:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond. Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have already indicated that, in essence, it's not in their best interest to give Peterson away for nothing. So unless Dogra wants to negotiate a reasonable trade offer for Peterson or wants AP to sit out another season, he may want to re-evaluate what's in the best interest of his client.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/23/15 8:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.' Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.
Huddle Up: This has been the Vikings' party line all along. Peterson is under contract, so his options are pretty limited if the Vikings don't intend to release him and don't like any of the lowball trade offers being bandied about: he could hold out, in which case (unlike last year) he wouldn't get paid for a second straight season of inactivity, or he could retire. If Peterson wants to return to football, right now the Vikings hold all the cards.
Greg Jennings - WRPosted 3/22/15 4:23pm ET
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) has drawn interest from the Carolina Panthers. Jennings visited the team on Saturday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Jerricho Cotchery, who finished with a pedestrian 48-580-1 stat line this past season, is currently penciled in as the starter opposite second-year stud Kelvin Benjamin so the Panther definitely could use another wideout.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/22/15 11:56pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.
Huddle Up: Perhaps Zimmer is now going along with the sentiments of the Vikings' front office. In any case, the talk and posturing are growing stale on both sides, and the time for some actual news on the AD front may actually be growing near.
Greg Jennings - WRPosted 3/21/15 12:51am ET
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) likely will not sign with the Green Bay Packers this offseason unless he is willing to accept the No. 4 wide receiver job, in the opinion of Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Huddle Up: Jennings, who averaged 60.7 receptions, 933.9 yards and 7.6 TDs in his seven years in G.B., isn't what he once was but he's still 31 and would be a heck up of No. 4 wideout for Aaron Rodgers & Co. That said, we definitely see Jennings seeking a better opportunity elsewhere.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 3/21/15 12:51am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is fully recovered from back surgery and has left for Southern California to train. He is preparing as though he will be a starting running back but acknowledged the job belongs to Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, provided Peterson returns to the team. McKinnon noted that he needs to learn how to help keep his body healthy. He is working on improving upper-body strength and his endurance, while also trying to better his pass-protection skills.
Huddle Up: McKinnon rushed for a modest 538 yards in 11 games as a third-round rookie last season but did average 4.8 yards per carry and likely would be counted on as the main man if Peterson doesn't return. We say "likely" because the Vikings could add another back in the deep RB draft if AD does depart. All in all, a still a lot of "ifs" here so stay tuned ...
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/20/15 5:35pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.' The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.
Huddle Up: The Vikings may want AD back, but the feeling doesn't exactly seem to be mutual as the RB's agent has seemingly spent most of the offseason trying to drum up outside trade interest. The biggest obstacle in any case is Peterson's mega deal, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million this coming season.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/19/15 12:26am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.
Huddle Up: The Vikings hold the cards in this situation, so long as they're willing to keep paying Peterson's salary. This gives them a little more leverage in a trade situation, though by all accounts the team continues to try to persuade Peterson to play out his contract in Minnesota.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/17/15 4:18pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be going to the Arizona Cardinals. A reliable source close to the team has said the Cardinals wouldn't add Peterson with three years and $45 million left on his contract.
Huddle Up: Peterson's massive contract is going to continue to be a sticking point, and a pay reduction/restructured deal is likely going to be a necessity wherever he lands.
Greg Jennings - WRPosted 3/14/15 5:35pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings has been released Saturday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Jennings' unwieldy cap number of $11 million had him on the roster bubble to begin with, and when the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace it made Jennings that much more expendable.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
The Buffalo Bills acquired QB Matt Cassel from the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 4. The Bills swapped their 2015 fifth-round pick for the Vikings 2015 sixth-round draft pick. Minnesota will also receive a 2016 seventh-round draft pick.
Huddle Up: Cassel moves to the top of the Buffalo depth chart, the Vikings upgrade a Day 3 pick this year and get an extra one for next year, and Minnesota now needs to find another insurance policy for Teddy Bridgewater.
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