Player News - Vikings

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Vikings contract-year SLB Anthony Barr isn't participating in voluntary OTAs.

The No. 9 overall pick of the 2014 draft has one year left on his rookie deal that is set to pay him over $12.3 million this year. The Vikings would be wise to extend him and knock down that exorbitant cap number, but Barr plays a position that is expendable in today's league. He's not a dominant edge rusher -- as evidenced by his 10.5 sacks through four seasons -- and isn't a back-end cover man. It's possible the Vikings simply let him play out the final year.
May 23 - 2:43 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Dalvin Cook (ACL) is expected to participate during OTAs.

"We're excited about where he's at," Zimmer said of Cook's recovery. The coach added Cook will be limited until training camp, but the fact he is participating at all is a great sign. With his health seemingly not in question, Cook heads into draft season as a back-end RB1.
May 21 - 8:25 AM

According to Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Vikings are hoping to sign Stefon Diggs to a long-term contract.

The Vikings are also hoping to lock up LB Anthony Barr and DE Danielle Hunter, who are both entering contract years. Finances are tight in Minnesota following the team's offseason spending spree but it's clear the Vikings will do everything they can to keep Diggs, who tied for the team lead with eight touchdowns last season. The 24-year-old is due an extremely reasonable $705,000 salary in 2018, which happens to be the final year of his rookie contract.
May 20 - 12:17 PM

Vikings signed DT David Parry, formerly of the Saints.

A 2015 fifth-round pick of the Colts, Parry started all 32 games his first two seasons before off-field issues and an ankle injury sabotaged his 2017. He's a solid flier for the Vikings behind Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson.
May 16 - 12:24 PM

Free agent DT David Parry is visiting the Vikings on Thursday.

This is his first known interest. A fifth-round pick by the Colts in 2015, Parry made one appearance with the Saints last season before landing on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He also earned a four-game suspension for an arrest last offseason, but he was able to serve that during his time on injured reserve. Parry would offer the Vikings some rotational depth.
May 10 - 12:42 PM

Vikings signed fifth round TE Tyler Conklin to a four-year, $2.74 million contract.

The deal comes with a $281K bonus. Minnesota traded up on Day 3 for Conklin — a two-year starter with 71st-percentile SPARQ scores. Conklin should push David Morgan to open the season behind Kyle Rudolph. First-round CB Mike Hughes is the Vikings' only unsigned pick.
May 5 - 3:01 PM

Vikings signed fourth round DE Jalyn Holmes to a four-year, $3.19 million contract.

Holmes was limited to a rotational role all four years at Ohio State. The Vikings drafted him to compete for sub-package snaps with NT Linval Joseph. Holmes will also back up locked-in starters Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen.
May 5 - 2:32 PM

Vikings signed second-round OT Brian O’Neill to a four-year contract.

O’Neill was one of the top pass blockers in this year's class, allowing only one sack his junior year. With Riley Reiff locked in on the blindside, O’Neill could end up at right tackle if the Vikings decide to keep Mike Remmers at guard.
May 4 - 5:30 PM

Vikings seventh-round LB Devante Downs remains limited coming off a knee injury he suffered at Cal last season.

Downs hasn't been able to do much at Vikings minicamp and remains without a timetable. When healthy, the seventh-rounder expects to see reps at middle linebacker while also playing on special teams.
May 4 - 2:42 PM

Vikings signed fifth-round K Daniel Carlson, sixth-round OG Colby Gossett, sixth-round DE Ade Aruna and seventh-round LB Devante Downs to four-year contracts.

The Vikings are getting ahead of the game with getting their draft picks locked up. The Vikes traded up for Carlson. Any time you trade up for a kicker, you expect them to be your starter.
May 3 - 7:43 PM

Terence Newman, who signed a one-year contract with the Vikings on Monday, says 2018 will be his final season.

"After 15 years, I’ve soaked as much as I can in," Newman said. "It’s been a heck of a ride. I understand when it’s time for me. I’m not going to put an onus on doing anything special." Going on 40, 2018 will be Newman's 16th season. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Newman will be one of the few cornerbacks in league history to play into his 40s. He should have a situational role in the Vikings' crowded secondary.
May 1 - 2:38 PM

NFL suspended Vikings WR Cayleb Jones four games for violating the league's PED policy.

It's an untimely suspension for Jones, who was already buried on the depth chart but did survive the draft without the Vikings investing at wide receiver. It would be a surprise if Jones suited up for the Vikings at any point this year.
Apr 30 - 3:52 PM

Vikings re-signed CB Terence Newman.

The Vikings are already deep at cornerback after using their first-round pick on UCF's Mike Hughes, but have long valued Newman's presence and veteran leadership. Five months shy of his 40th birthday, Newman appeared in all 16 games last season, playing 554 snaps. He held his own. That number will probably decrease in 2018.
Apr 30 - 2:48 PM

Vikings exercised CB Trae Waynes' fifth-year option for 2019.

The option year will be worth $9.069 million and is guaranteed for injury. Waynes struggled to establish himself early in his career, but he came on strong as a 16-game starter last season. If he puts together another strong campaign, the Vikings will likely look to extend him next offseason.
Apr 30 - 11:47 AM

Vikings C Pat Elflein won't participate in upcoming organized team activities.

Elflein fractured his ankle in the NFC Championship game last season and is still recovering from surgery. Though his ankle is healing well, the Vikings are taking a cautious approach in getting him back onto the field. "I’ll probably start some footwork drills [at OTAs], but full contact, probably not,’’ he said. At worst, Elflein should be ready for camp.
Apr 29 - 9:05 PM


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