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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 3/5/15 10:11pm ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's meeting with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman went well after the parties spent more than four hours at Peterson's home. 'We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content,' Peterson said.
Huddle Up: The odds still seem to be against Peterson returning to the Vikings and are on the side of a trade, but then again, things have rarely played out to expectations in this ongoing saga. Stay tuned as the new league year/start of NFL trade season arrives next week.
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.
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