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Vikings LB Anthony Barr said he "absolutely" wants to remain with the team long-term.

Barr will make $12.3 million in 2018, the final year of his contract. Although the team could opt to franchise tag him before he hits the open market, he would become a free agent If he doesn’t sign an extension by March. He sat out in Saturday's preseason opener versus Denver but coach Mike Zimmer said Barr's absence had "nothing to do with his contract situation." LB Eric Kendricks, DE Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs were all given extensions this offseason, leaving Barr as Minnesota's top priority moving forward.
Aug 14 - 8:00 PM

Vikings OT Rashod Hill returned to practice Monday.

Hill was carted off then somehow came back onto the field to take snaps at right tackle 10 minutes later. Minnesota already lost C Nick Easton (neck) for the year, so any further losses to the Vikings' offensive line would be detrimental. RG Mike Remmers returned Monday after missing the last 13 days of practice.
Aug 13 - 5:24 PM

Vikings OT Rashod Hill was carted off the practice field Monday.

Hill fell to one knee and was slow to get up prior to getting carted off. Brian O'Neill replaced him at left tackle for the remainder of practice. The hits keep coming for the Vikes, who are still waiting on C Pat Elflein (shoulder, active/PUP) to recover. The club also already lost C Nick Easton (neck) for the year. RG Mike Remmers returned Monday, but it remains to be seen how Minnesota will shuffle their line if Hill is out for an extended period.
Aug 13 - 4:50 PM

Vikings RG Mike Remmers (ankle) returned to practice Monday.

It's the first time Remmers has practiced in the last 13 days. Although his return is an encouraging note for an injury-riddled Vikings line, Remmers was limited to 11 games just last season. Any more extended absences would be worrisome for his status to start the season.
Aug 13 - 4:13 PM

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings "reached out" to former OG Joe Berger about un-retiring following Nick Easton's season-ending injury, but that Berger will stay retired.

The No. 207 overall pick of the 2005 draft, Berger retired after four years as a Vikings starter. Berger, who turned 36 in May, had a strong 2017.
Aug 9 - 1:57 PM

Vikings make TE coach Clancy Barone and assistant OL coach Andrew Janocko co-Offensive Line coaches.

Senior offensive assistant Todd Downing will now coach Minnesota's tight ends. The Vikings also reportedly reached out to Mike Tice but could not strike a deal. Barone notably coached Denver's offensive line when the Broncos and Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl.
Jul 28 - 12:47 PM

Free agent LB Mychal Kendricks has left his Vikings visit without a contract.

Kendricks' brother Eric featured prominently in the Vikings' recruiting efforts, but he's still slipping out without a deal. Kendricks will next visit the Raiders. If he escapes Oakland, it will be to Cleveland. Kendricks hopes to have a decision by the end of the week.
May 29 - 7:39 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz reports free agent LB Mychal Kendricks will visit the Vikings, Raiders and Browns this week.

Schultz also reports Kendricks is expected to choose a new home this week. They're Kendricks' first-known visits since he was cut loose last week. The Browns have by far the most cap space of the three suitors, while the Raiders have by far the least. The Vikings offer the best combination of money and contention. Kendricks' brother Eric also plays in Minnesota.
May 29 - 4:23 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 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


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