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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who was put back on the commissioner's exempt list last week, has had 'open dialogue' with the team, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman continues to say that the Vikings want Peterson to return in 2015. However, Peterson has been 'uneasy' about returning. The Vikings can cut Peterson or talk to him about restructuring his contract at any time since he's back on the exempt list.
Huddle Up: Expect this one to come down to money, as Peterson is unlikely to find another team willing to pay a 30-year-old running back $12 million. Unless Peterson really wants out of Minnesota, in which case he can either hold out and get nothing or hope the Vikings get an offer they can't refuse.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/27/15 8:05pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade target for the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck hasn't had a successful running game behind him so far in Indianapolis. However, Colts running backs not named RB Trent Richardson averaged close to 5.0 yards per carry in the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Arizona and Dallas (still) also are mentioned as trade destinations for Peterson as signs are starting to point that his run in the Twin Cities might be finished once he's reinstated by the league. A Luck-Peterson pairing would most definitely be juicy, and Indy is certainly in need of a RB after the first-round-pick-for-Richardson trade proved to be a colossal flop. Stay tuned ...
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/26/15 4:38pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension. The NFL is expected to appeal the decision.
Huddle Up: Peterson was originally scheduled to be reinstated April 15, but that has been pushed up almost two months, barring the league winning an appeal. In the meantime, there still remains much uncertainly over whether the RB will return to play for the Vikings, where he's scheduled to count $15.4 million against the salary cap. Peterson can be traded when the new league year begins March 10.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/26/15 7:02pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty on Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, and Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List. 'Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,' the league said in a statement.
Huddle Up: The Vikings and Peterson cannot have contact with each other and nothing can happen until he is formally reinstated by the league -- and who knows when that will happen if it carries through with the appeal. At least (we believe) the latest it will be is April 15 -- the date when his suspension was originally due to end. Just don't say we didn't warn you that this would be a true soap opera.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/23/15 1:41am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and has not had any conversations with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: The Peterson-to-Big D rumors have been circulating for years, but have recently picked up steam with AD's off-field troubles and DeMarco Murray's free agency. It's a juicy story line that figures to have legs for a while.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/23/15 3:55pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, according to sources. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly said that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again.
Huddle Up: Peterson is doing just about everything he can to burn any remaining bridges back to the Vikings, and in the process driving any possibility of a trade opportunity into the tank as well. Of course, pending the results of his appeal hearing he can't even petition for reinstatement until April so at this juncture you have to believe the Vikings' Plan A calls for moving forward--and away from Peterson--at the running back position.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/23/15 11:15pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to the Vikings. Peterson himself said earlier this month that he feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota because he felt there were some people in the organization who wanted him off the field last season. It was also previously reported that Peterson's agent and members of the Vikings' front office had a heated exchange during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
Huddle Up: On the one hand it appears as if Peterson is doing everything possible to burn his bridges with the Vikings; on the other, seeing as the team can't officially have any contact with the suspended Peterson it's quite likely no trade request has taken place... at least yet. It's also likely that should the Vikings opt to guarantee some of Peterson's hefty contract through the next two seasons, all will be forgiven and he'll happily collect paychecks in Minnesota--once the league clears him to return to action.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/20/15 5:45pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't softened his stance, despite general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer reaching out to him. Peterson said he is "Uneasy" about the prospect of returning to play for the team and may want a fresh start somewhere else. Peterson said lack of trust is a major issue in his uneasiness to return. The team has no intentions of cutting him, so a trade would be the only option.
Huddle Up: As of right now, Peterson won't be reinstated until April 15, and the Vikings cannot have direct contact with him in the meantime, so it remains quite the uncertain mess. Complicating matters is that Peterson is due to make $12.75 million in base salary this coming season so there is much to still be decided. Stay tuned ...
Charles Johnson - WRPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson is 'far and away our best receiver,' according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Johnson emerged as QB Teddy Bridgewater's No. 1 target in the second half of last season, ending with 31 catches for 475 yards. Turner has high hopes for Johnson in 2015 with his knee injury even further behind him.
Huddle Up: Turner's praise of Johnson could be viewed as a bit of a veiled shot at underachieving former first-rounder Cordarrelle Patterson. It could also be a way to let the fans know the team likes its wideouts and won't necessarily pick one in the first round. Or, it could be a smokescreen, as so much pre-draft chatter is. But hey, if you own Johnson in a dynasty league at least it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson continues to have the support of the team, and general manager Rick Spielman said, 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team' next season. President Mark Wilf said earlier this week that the team would welcome Peterson back with open arms. Peterson can't be reinstated until April 15, but the NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court to expedite his return. It's unknown if Minnesota would keep Peterson on his current contract with a base salary of $12.75 million for 2015.
Huddle Up: It doesn't seem like fitting AD under the salary cap will be an issue, and so long as he is taking the requisite steps to get out from under his suspension he'll be welcomed back by the franchise. Of course, there's still an appeal to be heard and a suspension to be lifted, plus the possibility Peterson may be looking for a fresh start with a team closer to Super Bowl contention than the Vikings.
Matt Cassel - QBPosted 2/19/15 4:53pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (Vikings) has not been told yet whether Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wants to bring Cassel back in 2015.
Huddle Up: Cassel is technically under contract through 2016, but it's Teddy Bridgewater's show now in the Twin Cities and the only way Cassel stays is as a veteran insurance policy.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 2/17/15 8:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is making preparations for two months of strength and conditioning as he tries to rid himself of proneness to injury. 'I'd like to think no one in the league works harder than I do to stay healthy and take care of my body, but the bottom line is I haven't been, and the only way to get rid of those questions is to play 16 games,' Rudolph said.
Huddle Up: Rudolph had 53 catches for 493 yards and nine TDs in his sophomore season in 2012 but has only had 54 grabs for 543 yards and five scores while playing a combined 17 games over the last two injury-riddled campaigns. If you could project a full season of work for Rudolph, he'd certainly be a TE1 candidate.
Jerick McKinnon - RBPosted 2/16/15 2:42pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) is close to completing his post-surgery rehab on his back. There have been no setbacks, and McKinnon says he will be ready to participate without any limitations in the offseason workout program, which can begin April 20. McKinnon plans on improving his overall game, but will place an extra emphasis on getting stronger so he can survive a full season of pounding between the tackles, and also pass protection, an area of his game that was subpar in 2014.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely the Vikings are banking on McKinnon as an every-down back, but if they opt to move on from Adrian Peterson and cobble the running back position together again this season there will definitely be roles for McKinnon to fill.
Greg Jennings - WRPosted 2/15/15 3:01pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings carries an $11 million cap number for 2015, and Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star Tribune believes he will be asked to restructure.
Huddle Up: Jennings has averaged 63.5 receptions, 773 yards and 5 TDs in his two seasons with the Vikings and while his veteran leadership is valuable for his young teammates, the team isn't exactly getting it's $11M worth from the WR.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/11/15 5:58pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is undergoing counseling in order to fulfill the conditions for reinstatement by the NFL. An NFL spokesperson declined to comment on what impact it could have on his suspension. Peterson is not eligible to apply for reinstatement until April 15. Peterson acknowledged regretting the incident and said it will never happen again.
Huddle Up: The league continues to hope Peterson will just go away, but so long as he continues to clear the stated hurdles for reinstatement he should return from his 15-game suspension for a misdemeanor in time for the start of the 2015 season. Whether or not that will be with the Vikings, however, remains to be seen.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/11/15 8:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would like to return to the team, and owner and president Mark Wilf said the Vikings reciprocate that feeling. However, Peterson must comply with the NFL before doing so.
Huddle Up: The Vikings need to hope the league gives them some idea of Peterson's status prior to free agency and the draft; thus far the league hasn't exactly been expediting the process.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 2/5/15 4:03pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's reinstatement hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 6, in federal court in Minneapolis. The NFLPA filed a lawsuit in December for his immediate reinstatement, seeking to overturn a November ruling that he be suspended until at least April 15.
Huddle Up: This hearing will be just the first domino to fall in what's sure to be a headline-filled offseason for the soon-to-be 30-year-old RB.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 1/27/15 1:17pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working on bulking up this offseason. 'We know where he's going to be, what he's going to be doing, in terms of lifting,' offensive coordinator Norv Turner said. 'He's never going to be a real big man, but he's going to be a guy that eventually is 220-225. He played most of the year about 212, so continue to work and get stronger and put on a few more pounds, and he will gradually, but that strength, I don't want people to think I'm talking about getting his arm stronger, no.'
Huddle Up: The extra bulk should help Bridgewater withstand more punishment, but it also likely will decrease his mobility a step or two. Regardless, though, the arrow is pointing up for the second-year QB who completed at least 68 percent of his passes in each of his last five games as a rookie.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/27/15 11:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now crying foul on the commissioner's mandated counseling, arguing that Goodell did not have the power to enforce such a stipulation. The NFLPA said the terms of Peterson's suspension violate the limits of Goodell's power under the collective bargaining agreement.
Huddle Up: Just when you think the Peterson drama has passed and all parties can move on, more back-fighting and bickering surface, clouding the RB's already murky future.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 1/15/15 2:51pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back by general manager Rick Spielman once he is eligible to apply for reinstatement April 15. 'I don't know if there's a team in the NFL that wouldn't want Adrian Peterson on the football team,' Spielman said Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: In the very least, Peterson will have some trade value, although the 3 years remaining on his 6-year, $86.3 million contract will be a sticking point with any team.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 1/3/15 1:07am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has the necessary arm strength to succeed in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. "Teddy has all the key characteristics to be an upper echelon quarterback in this league," Turner said. "He really impressed me with how he played this year and how he continued to improve. He's got great vision, and he's got great presence in the pocket. He doesn't get rattled, and he's extremely accurate. All the things you're looking for in a quarterback."
Huddle Up: Bridgewater most definitely improved down the stretch, completing 72.3 percent of his passes and averaging 273 yards while throwing for six TDs in his final four games. He'll be an intriguing QB2 with a lot of upside in drafts next summer.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 12/31/14 12:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be wanted back by head coach Mike Zimmer when Peterson's suspension ends next year. "I think he's a good person. I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order then I will be in his corner whenever the decision is made [to bring him back or not]." Peterson was told earlier this month that he would serve a two-game suspension next year for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Peterson's fate will certainly be one of the bigger stories of the off-season after playing in only one game in 2014, and his big-$$$ contract will be a key factor in any decision.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 12/31/14 4:41pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback heading into next season, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "I think we're fortunate in the fact that we learned an awful lot about Teddy this year and the progress that he's made," Zimmer said. "He's still got to get a lot better to get to where we want to go. He's got to improve in the offseason and things like that, but yeah, I think it will allow the focus to move to another spot, other spots, not one spot, but other spots, we've got a lot of spots we've got to get better at. I think that helps solidify probably the number one question that was going on at this point in time last year."
Huddle Up: This was even a question? Christian Ponder hits free agency and Matt Cassel isn't likely to return to hold a clipboard, so this is Teddy's team. And if Adrian Peterson winds up elsewhere or doesn't get reinstated, it will be even more so Teddy's team.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/26/14 6:54pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is questionable for Week 17. Rudolph was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: The status of Rudolph, who sat out Week 16, remains very much up in the air with only Friday's limited work being the extent of his practice time this week. His fantasy owners will definitely need to check his status Sunday morning.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/25/14 7:02pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: That's two missed practices in two days for the TE who also sat out Week 16, so Friday is shaping up as a crucial practice.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/24/14 1:48pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Status quo for now, but practices later in the week should reveal if Rudolph will be able to return Sunday after sitting out Week 16.
Ben Tate - RBPosted 12/23/14 7:45pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings released RB Ben Tate on Tuesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: That's two trips to the waiver wire in as many months for Tate, whose stay in the Twin Cities netted 38 rushing yards on 13 carries in three games.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 12/22/14 8:12pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) will be active for the team's Week 17 game if he is healthy enough to play, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: "If" is the key word there for Rudolph who sat out Week 16 -- his eighth missed game of the season.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 12/19/14 6:44pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (foot) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Asiata should start and continue to get the bulk of the Vikings' RB touches against a Miami run D that's been less than formidable of late.
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