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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 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

Free agent CB Dontae Johnson has visited the Vikings.

Johnson was a 16-game starter for the 49ers last season, but as evidenced by the fact that he is still on the open market, he was not effective. At least according to Pro Football Focus' ratings, he was one of the worst corners in the league. Johnson would be in for a reserve/special teams role in Minnesota.
Apr 10 - 4:45 PM

The Vikings are in talks to re-sign free agent CB Terence Newman.

This isn't a surprise after Newman graded as one of the better corners in the league last year. Newman is limited to the slot at this stage but the Vikings want to bring him back. Despite entering his age-40 season, he should return in a sub-package role.
Mar 30 - 6:32 PM

The Vikings have interest in free agent Marquette King.

King was a surprise cap-saving release from Oakland. He'll have no trouble resurfacing despite getting cut late in free agency and should remain one of the highest paid punters in the league. King would replace Ryan Quigley in Minnesota.
Mar 30 - 5:30 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports free agent WR Kendall Wright is visiting the Vikings.

It's just Wright's second visit since the market opened two weeks ago. He was in Kansas City last Thursday. The Vikings have one of the league's top receiver duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but are thin behind them after Jarius Wright departed for the Panthers.
Mar 29 - 5:46 PM

Panthers signed WR Jarius Wright, formerly of the Vikings, to a three-year contract.

Wright finished the playoffs as the Vikings' primary third receiver but was cut three days ago to save Minnesota $2.64 million under the cap. 28-year-old Wright has background with new Panthers OC Norv Turner and will be the favorite to overtake Russell Shepard as Carolina's new slot receiver.
Mar 19 - 2:38 PM

Free agent DT Sheldon Richardson is continuing his visit with the Vikings on Friday.

The Vikings are putting the press on him; Richardson met with GM Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer when he arrived in town Thursday, and he's expected back at the facility today to meet others in the organization. After signing Kirk Cousins, Richardson would be another home run signing and cement the Vikings atop the NFC along with the Eagles. Richardson is reportedly looking for $15 million per year, but no team has been willing to offer it at this point.
Mar 16 - 9:17 AM

Free agent RG Joe Berger has standing offers from the Vikings and Lions.

Berger is still "seriously weighing" retirement despite the offers. Coming off another strong season, Berger may command more than the $3.5 million he made last year if he returns. He was PFF's No. 23-ranked guard in 2017.
Mar 14 - 6:10 PM

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the Vikings have "inquired about" free agent DT Sheldon Richardson.

Pelissero's colleague at NFL Network, Ian Rapoport, said the "assumption has been" that Richardson will return to Seattle, though it sounds like the Vikings have at least some interest. The 27-year-old enjoyed another productive season in 2017, earning PFF's No. 10 pass-rushing grade among defensive tackles. Richardson would be a great fit in Minnesota but the Vikings may be reluctant to get into a bidding war for him after going all-in on Kirk Cousins.
Mar 14 - 4:03 PM

Broncos signed CB Tramaine Brock, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The Broncos were looking to add a corner after trading Aqib Talib to Los Angeles last week. Brock earned PFF's No. 16 cornerback grade with the Niners in 2016 but was used sparingly in Minnesota. In Denver, the 29-year-old should have a chance to start opposite Bradley Roby on the perimeter with All-Pro Chris Harris manning the slot.
Mar 14 - 1:20 PM

49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

That $7.5 million average makes McKinnon the league's fourth-highest-paid running back. Our own Evan Silva labeled McKinnon a "poor man's Alvin Kamara" as an in-space playmaker who can run it and catch it. McKinnon doesn't turn 26 until May and has an upward-pointing arrow coming off a career year and joining one of the league's most exciting offensive play-callers in coach Kyle Shanahan. McKinnon totaled 991 yards and five touchdowns last season and is now penned in as the Niners' top back after Carlos Hyde signed with Cleveland.
Mar 14 - 9:02 AM

Jets agreed to terms with QB Teddy Bridgewater, formerly of the Vikings, on a one-year contract.

The Jets also re-signed Josh McCown to a one-year, $10 million deal on Tuesday. McCown has reportedly been informed he'll be the Jets' 2018 starter, but McCown is 38 and is already a known commodity. The Jets will again continue their rebuild this year, so seeing what Bridgewater has after essentially two years away with a knee injury makes more sense. The Jets hold the No. 6 overall pick in April's draft. Bringing back McCown and adding Bridgewater on one-year pacts shouldn't keep them from using that pick on a passer if they view him as a franchise quarterback. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are likely both goners.
Mar 13 - 8:16 PM

Cardinals signed QB Sam Bradford, formerly of the Vikings, to a one-year, $20 million contract.

Another quarterback comes off the board. The deal includes $15 million guaranteed and a $20 million option for 2019. Bradford was probably the best Arizona could have hoped for after seeing Kirk Cousins sign with Minnesota and Case Keenum land in Denver. The former first overall pick turned in a dominant Week 1 performance against New Orleans last year but spent the rest of the season battling injuries, as he's been known to do. The Cardinals are firmly in rebuilding mode and don't have a ton to work with on offense outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson. They will be candidates to add another signal caller early in next month's draft.
Mar 13 - 2:26 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Kirk Cousins' first visit will be with the Vikings.

This is as sure a sign as any the Vikings are in pole position, and their only real competition seems to be the Jets after the Broncos agreed to terms with Case Keenum early Tuesday morning. Minnesota is reportedly offering a three-year deal worth $28 million per year. At this point, it would be a surprise if Cousins ended up anywhere else.
Mar 13 - 11:06 AM

Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

The deal is considerably less than what Kirk Cousins is expected to command. That could be why Denver decided to go with Keenum before even having Cousins in for a visit, or they may have already been out of the running. Either way, they are moving forward with Keenum, who they were interested in trading for a couple years ago and has a relationship with senior personnel advisor Gary Kubiak from their days together in Houston. This move should not preclude the Broncos from using the No. 5 overall pick on a quarterback.
Mar 13 - 1:23 AM

St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports the Vikings have interest in re-signing G Joe Berger.

Tomasson continues that three other unnamed teams have also "expressed interest" in Berger. Berger planned to retire after starting every game at right guard for the Vikings last season but has since had second thoughts. He turns 36 in May and would fill a pressing need on Minnesota's interior line.
Mar 12 - 8:19 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Vikings have "reached out" to free agent Drew Brees.

Brees' situation is becoming more fluid. There's been almost zero belief he could actually leave New Orleans, but we are less than 48 hours from the start of free agency and there's seemingly been zero movement in talks. It makes all the sense in the world for Brees to at least feign interest in other teams as he negotiates with the Saints. It also makes sense for the Vikings, who could be trying to leverage Kirk Cousins.
Mar 12 - 4:15 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "at least two teams" are willing to offer Kirk Cousins a three-year, fully guaranteed contract.

He adds another team is willing to offer a "nearly fully guaranteed" contract. RapSheet does not mention any names, but the Broncos, Vikings, Jets, and Cardinals are all safe bets. Cousins reportedly plans to take a few visits before making his final decision, so we likely will not know his destination until late this week.
Mar 12 - 9:03 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Bills are a "team to watch" for free agent Sam Bradford.

Pelissero adds the Vikings have "stayed in touch" with the impending free agent, but Bradford "may have options, provided he can pass a physical." How Bradford's troublesome knee, which coach Mike Zimmer described as "degenerative," fares in medical testing will likely decide how strong his market actually is. If the Bills are comfortable with his health, this marriage makes a lot of sense.
Mar 12 - 8:57 AM


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