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Josh Freeman - QB Posted 4/16/14 3:01pm et
Updating a previous item, the New York Giants agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with QB Josh Freeman. He could receive extra snaps this summer as QB Eli Manning (ankle) recovers from ankle surgery.
Huddle Up: Freeman is not that far removed from being a decent NFL quarterback, though he lost his job in Tampa Bay last year and flamed out famously in his only action with the Vikings--strangely enough, against the Giants. With Manning slowed during OTAs Freeman should get plenty of reps, and he's at minimum a solid insurance policy and a backup with upside.

Kyle Rudolph - TE Posted 4/15/14 3:56pm et
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.
Huddle Up: Rudolph missed half of the Vikes' season a year ago with a foot injury and is a strong fantasy bounce-back candidate in light of his 53-493-9 campaign in 2012.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 4/13/14 4:22pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.
Huddle Up: AD has averaged 29 catches and 242 receiving yards over his 7 seasons in Minny and was right about at his average last year with 29-171-1. That could certainly change, though, with new OC Norv Turner taking the Purple reins.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 4/10/14 12:37am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is close to full strength and plans on participating in offseason workouts when he does get back to full strength. There is no timetable for his return.
Huddle Up: Given what he's recovered from in the past there's little reason to worry about Peterson or his availability this offseason. However, it'll be a new offense with potentially a new quarterback so a few reps wouldn't hurt before he hits the ground running in August.

Matt Asiata - RB Posted 4/8/14 2:11pm et
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent RB Matt Asiata. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Adrian Peterson owners, meet your new handcuff with Toby Gerhart now playing for the Jags.

Matt Asiata - RB Posted 3/25/14 2:04pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata is working to serve as the primary backup to RB Adrian Peterson now that RB Toby Gerhart (Jaguars) is gone. The team elected to keep the exclusive rights free agent, signing him to a one-year, $570,000 contract this month. General manager Rick Spielman said the team is looking for depth at running back, but the team hasn't displayed an urgency to address the spot the first two weeks of free agency.
Huddle Up: Let's see how the rest of the Vikes' offseason plays out, but Asiata is the odds-on favorite as the Adrian Peterson handcuff role occupied by Gerhart the past several seasons. Asiata did make some waves in the fantasy postseason a year ago with his 3 rushing TDs in Week 15 and his 115 rushing yards in Week 17.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 3/24/14 12:34pm et
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to use RB Toby Gerhart as their featured running back.
Huddle Up: There's fantasy value to be had here, if for no other reason than sheer quantity of touches. Don't overlook Adrian Peterson's former backup on fantasy draft day.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/20/14 7:38pm et
Free-agent DE Jared Allen (Vikings) left his visit with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, March 20, without a deal but had 'good discussions' with the team. The Seahawks made an offer, but Allen will consider it and decide this weekend.
Huddle Up: Despite reports earlier Thursday that the ex-Viking had officially joined the Super Bowl champs, the deal is on hold for now. Still, the 'Hawks remain the clear front-runner for the veteran pass-rusher, who has recorded double-digit sacks in 8 of his 10 pro seasons.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/18/14 11:00pm et
With only $7 million in cap space for the Dallas Cowboys after the DT Henry Melton deal, that makes Dallas an unlikely landing place for free-agent DE Jared Allen (Vikings).
Huddle Up: Allen reportedly also has talked to 4 other teams, but one -- the Broncos -- decided to go with ex-Cowboy DeMarcus Ware. That leaves the Seahawks and 2 other unnamed teams, who may now decide to wait for Allen's asking price to drop.

Captain Munnerlyn - CB Posted 3/13/14 10:27pm et
Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (Panthers) could make up to $15 million as part of his 3-year deal he signed with the club on Thursday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Munnerlyn, only 25, is hitting his prime after 5 seasons in Carolina and is coming off career highs in interceptions (2), passes defensed (12), total tackles (77), sacks (3) and return TDs (2) this past season.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 3/9/14 3:48pm et
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Toby Gerhart might be a possible fit for the San Francisco 49ers, if he hits the open market Tuesday, March 11. Gerhart played for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.
Huddle Up: Gerhart wants out from behind Adrian Peterson's large shadow in Minnesota, and the Niners could fill that bill with their run-first attack and the advancing age -- he'll be 31 in May -- of starter Frank Gore.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
Updating a previous report, the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings). Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Cassel was the most effective of the Vikings' trio of quarterbacks last season, which isn't necessarily saying much. He would be an effective mentor for a rookie quarterback should the Vikings take one with the eight overall pick or on Day 2, and at present projects to be the team's starter.

John Carlson - TE Posted 3/6/14 10:47pm et
The Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in impending free-agent TE John Carlson (Vikings).
Huddle Up: Carlson, whose best pro season has been his rookie campaign in Seattle (55-627-5), would immediately soar back onto the fantasy radar if he joins Aaron Rodgers' core of targets.

John Carlson - TE Posted 3/4/14 10:27pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are planning to release TE John Carlson.
Huddle Up: Carlson had 32 receptions for 344 yards and a TD this past season while starting 8 games in place of the injured Kyle Rudolph, but he's never quite lived up to his strong rookie campaign (55-627-5) 6 years ago in Seattle.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/4/14 10:50pm et
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen's agent, Ken Harris, said his client is determined to get 'a clean shot at free agency' next week. However, Harris said the Vikings 'aren't out of it.' 'He's definitely going to see what 32 teams have to say, not 31,' Harris continued. 'I'll give him the cap numbers, moves teams have made (and) how close they are to contending so he knows it all.'
Huddle Up: Even with Allen turning 32 in April, there figures to plenty of interest in the 5-time Pro Bowler, who has posted a league-leading 45.5 sacks over the past 3 seasons.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 3/2/14 5:14pm et
It is expected that Minnesota Vikings RB Toby Gerhart will leave via free agency rather than be signed by the squad. Gerhart is looking for a bigger role than just RB Adrian Peterson's backup.
Huddle Up: Gerhart, who turns 27 later this month, is in his prime and it's now or never for the RB, who has 276 career rushing attempts in 4 seasons, including only 86 over the last two campaigns.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 3/2/14 5:14pm et
The Oakland Raiders have plenty of salary cap room, and could show an interest in free-agent DE Jared Allen (Vikings).
Huddle Up: Allen turns 32 next month only has a few good seasons remaining, and you would think the NFL's sack leader (45.5) over the last 3 seasons would want to close out his career as the missing piece with a bona fide title contender, but the $$$ may also prove too good to pass up. It'll be intriguing to see which wins out.

Kyle Rudolph - TE Posted 2/27/14 1:07pm et
The Minnesota Vikings could consider signing TE Kyle Rudolph to a contract extension this offseason, because he will be entering the final year of his contract.
Huddle Up: Carlson, who missed the last half of the Vikes' season with a foot injury, is an extension candidate based on the promise of his breakout 2012 season in which he snared 53 passes for 493 yards and 9 TDs.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 2/22/14 9:06pm et
There is growing chatter that the Houston Texans might be interested in free-agent QB Matt Cassel (Vikings).
Huddle Up: There were a couple seasons of overlap between Cassel and new Texans coach Bill O'Brien in New England, so it makes sense that O'Brien would be comfortable with Cassel as the mentor to Houston's new QB of the future. Whether that's the role Cassel wants, however, remains to be seen.

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR Posted 2/21/14 9:36am et
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he believes WR Cordarrelle Patterson will thrive under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Spielman said Turner has already installed 10 plays for Patterson in the offense.
Huddle Up: Turner has a nice track record of productive big receivers, a role the Vikings hope Patterson can develop into. The 10-play addition speaks to how excited Turner is to have such a weapon at his disposal; now the Vikings need to find a quarterback capable of getting him the ball downfield.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 2/20/14 9:59pm et
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he expects RB Adrian Peterson to catch 50-60 passes out of the backfield in 2014.
Huddle Up: This is obviously something that would make Peterson more attractive in PPR leagues as the RB has averaged only 29 catches a year over the last 3 seasons.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 2/13/14 11:54pm et
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could show interest in Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent DE Jared Allen this offseason because he played for defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier when they were both with the Vikings.
Huddle Up: This makes sense in more ways than one as the Bucs' DEs combined for only 10 sacks this past season -- 1.5 fewer than Allen racked up in Minnesota.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team has already made contact with the agent for free-agent QB Matt Cassel. Spielman said he expects to talk with Cassel's agent again in the future.
Huddle Up: The logical move would be for Minnesota to use Cassel--the most effective of the three quarterbacks the Vikings used in 2013--as a bridge to their next "quarterback of the future", someone likely acquired in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft. So even though Cassel has voided his contract, don't write him out of Minnesota's plans just yet.

Toby Gerhart - RB Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Toby Gerhart said he is looking forward to seeing how many teams will be interested in him in free agency. He said he would like to be become a starting running back but understands longevity is more important.
Huddle Up: Gerhart had decent success filling in for Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. He's also a complete back, with power, speed, and pass-catching ability that would make him a tempting free agent option for any back-needy team.

Norv Turner - OC Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said QB Christian Ponder will be given a legitimate shot to win the starting quarterback job. 'I've been impressed with Christian and the things he does in terms of his movement,' Turner said. 'He moves extremely well on the run. He's made a lot of big plays. The starting point with any quarterback to me is eliminating those (bad) plays. That would be one of our starting points.' Ponder is currently the only quarterback the Vikings have under contract.
Huddle Up: That disturbance you may have felt, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, is the collective Vikings fan base facing the possibility of another season with quarterback issues. Perhaps Turner is merely toeing the company line, seeing as Ponder is the only quarterback on the roster at present. At least that's what Vikings fans will mutter to themselves as they rock back and forth, curled up in the fetal position.

Norv Turner - Posted 2/6/14 10:42pm et
Minnesota Vikings new offensive coordinator Norv Turner said the team will search for a young quarterback to lead the team this offseason. 'Quarterbacks come from a lot of different spots,' Turner said. 'A third-rounder wins the Super Bowl, and there's some pretty good players who weren't drafted high. I think everybody is in agreement: We're trying to add a young quarterback to the organization. So, you just gotta make sure it's a good one wherever you get him.'
Huddle Up: While finding a good, young QB isn't likely in free agency, the Vikes have the 8th pick in the first round, and if there's a QB there they really like, look for the team to pull the trigger. If not, expect them to nab one in the next few rounds and likely have him start out the season as the backup to Christian Ponder or Matt Cassel, if he re-signs.

Matt Cassel - QB Posted 2/5/14 11:00pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are interested in re-signing QB Matt Cassel after he voided his option for the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: With Cassel voiding his contract the Vikings have only Christian Ponder left at quarterback. Cassel could return to Minnesota as a short-term starter, which would allow them to draft a quarterback on Day Two and bring him along more slowly. It makes sense, but you can't blame Cassel for exercising his right to at least test the free agent waters.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 2/1/14 10:08am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin) is recovering from groin surgery and already taking part in upper body workouts. 'I would probably be back working (out already if not for the surgery, but) not too much. It's not going to interfere,' Peterson said. 'I'm still able to do some of the upper body exercises and things like that, but kind of laying off the lower body workouts.'
Huddle Up: Peterson looked noticeably trimmer in his Super Bowl-week appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show", but given his ability to recover from injury there's no doubting his availability for offseason workouts or, more importantly, the start of the 2014 season.

Adrian Peterson - RB Posted 1/28/14 2:20pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is happy with the hiring of offensive coordinator Norv Turner and called him 'the perfect guy to lead us and get us on the right path.' The Vikings were ranked 23rd in the league in passing offense last year, and they were ranked 31st in the league in 2012. 'I'll tell you, our pass offense has really struggled in the past couple years,' Peterson told USA Today Sports. 'I think (Turner) is going to be the perfect guy to come in and get us on the right path.'
Huddle Up: Of course left unsaid here is the Vikings need a competent QB to run Turner's offense and take some of the burden off Peterson. Turner has had that in previous stops in Dallas (Troy Aikman) and San Diego (Philip Rivers) but most definitely didn't in most recent gig last season with the Browns.

Jared Allen - DE Posted 1/28/14 11:27pm et
The Minnesota Vikings are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent DE Jared Allen unless he is willing to come back on a significantly reduced deal.
Huddle Up: Allen will be 32 in April and his sack totals have declined in each of the last 3 seasons, but he figures to have a good year or 2 left. It's easy to see him moving on and finishing out his career as a designated pass rusher on a contending team.

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