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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seconded an ESPN New York report that the Jets are "willing to pay a lot of money to Kirk Cousins, maybe more than anyone else."

Rapsheet also noted the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator; Bates' system is similar to what Cousins ran in Washington. When discussing the Jets' competition for Cousins, Rapsheet first mentioned the Broncos, whom he expects to "go all in on a free agent quarterback." Rapsheet said the Cardinals are "in the mix as well," and to "keep an eye" on the Vikings.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings are expected to "consider" A.J. McCarron in free agency.

McCarron was granted free agency last week after winning his grievance against the Bengals. He'd likely be a fallback for the Vikings, who are also pursuing Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum. McCarron, who is expected to command up to $10 million annually, is also drawing interest from the Broncos, Browns, Cardinals and Jets.
Feb 18 - 9:48 AM

The Vikings denied the Giants' request to interview QBs coach Kevin Stefanski for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Stefanski was a frontrunner for the job after working with Pat Shurmur the last three years. A riser in the coaching ranks, Stefanski will remain in Minnesota for at least another season before his deal expires. With Stefanski out of the running, the Giants could turn to Eagles RBs coach Duce Staley as a fallback.
Feb 10 - 4:11 PM

The Vikings will interview Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Thursday.

The Vikings have been strongly connected to DeFilippo but had to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview him. His interest level could take a hit if the Colts hire Frank Reich as head coach, which would leave DeFilippo as the Eagles' top in-house option at coordinator. The Vikings have also been linked to ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Texans QB coach Sean Ryan, and Saints TE coach Dan Campbell for their offensive coordinator job.
Feb 7 - 4:21 PM

George Edwards will not return as the Vikings' defensive coordinator.

It's a surprise in that Edwards presided over one of the NFL's top defenses and generated some head-coaching interest early in the search phase. Mike Zimmer is a defensive-minded coach, so perhaps the two had too many disagreements. The Vikings' defense didn't show up in the NFC Championship game, getting worked over by Nick Foles for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 blowout.
Feb 5 - 3:44 PM

Paul Allen of KFAN Minneapolis reports the Vikings are "number one with a bullet" on Kirk Cousins' wish list.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer agrees that Minnesota would be a "prime location" for the impending free agent. Cousins has garnered widespread interest since Washington traded for Alex Smith last week with the Broncos, Cardinals, Jaguars, Jets and Vikings emerging as his top suitors. Cousins reportedly has a desire to "win right away," which would make Minnesota an appealing destination. The Vikings also boast one of the league's strongest receiving duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. With Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum all headed for free agency, the NFC runner-ups will be aggressive in pursuing a quarterback this offseason.
Feb 4 - 10:51 AM

The Vikings could interview Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator job next week.

DeFilippo had some head-coach interest this offseason, interviewing with Arizona and Chicago. He's highly regarded for his work with Carson Wentz and would be a solid fit as Pat Shurmur's replacement. The Vikings have also met with ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Texans QB coach Sean Ryan, and Saints TE coach Dan Campbell.
Jan 31 - 4:49 PM

ESPN reports Saints TEs coach Dan Campbell will interview for the Vikings' offensive coordinator vacancy on Tuesday.

The Vikings will also conduct an interview with in-house QBs coach Kevin Stefanski. That's in addition to ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell and Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan. A TEs coach since 2011, Campbell served as the Dolphins' interim head coach in 2015, overseeing a 5-7 record.
Jan 25 - 8:10 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Vikings will interview Texans QBs coach Sean Ryan for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

Ryan is currently at the Senior Bowl, so the interview will take place on Monday. Coach Bill O'Brien said Ryan is interested in calling plays, something he would certainly be asked to do in Minnesota. Ryan also interviewed for the Browns earlier this month.
Jan 25 - 8:54 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell will interview for the Vikings' offensive-coordinator vacancy this week.

Bevell was the Vikings' OC for five seasons from 2006-2010 in Adrian Peterson's prime, teaming up with Brett Favre to help lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship game in 2009, and also doing the best work with former dynamic weapon Percy Harvin. Bevell had been in Seattle ever since leaving Minnesota, but he could be headed back. He's also drawn interest from the Cardinals.
Jan 23 - 9:52 PM

Giants hired Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as head coach.

It's a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shurmur's hiring became a foregone conclusion once the Lions and Colts snagged Patriots coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels respectively. Shurmur did a lousy job during his previous head-coaching stint in Cleveland but rebuilt his reputation with a strong showing in Minnesota. He'll be replacing Ben McAdoo, who was fired midseason after inexplicably benching Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Shurmur is reportedly in favor of keeping Manning, though the Giants are fully expected to select a quarterback in the upcoming draft, perhaps as early as second overall. Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio should follow Shurmur to New York as the team's defensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 5:54 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Vikings will "consider" former Giants coach Ben McAdoo to replace Pat Shurmur at offensive coordinator.

Shurmur will be announced as the Giants' head coach after the Vikings conclude their season. He'll be replacing McAdoo, who was fired after Week 13. McAdoo was obviously out of his depth as a head coach, but he still has something to offer as a coordinator. Ex-Broncos OC Mike McCoy is also on the Vikings' radar, according to Rapoport.
Jan 21 - 10:14 AM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley worked out for the Vikings on Wednesday.

Troymaine Pope, Bobby Rainey and Josh Rounds were also at Wednesday's workout. The Vikings are looking to add a ball-carrier after losing second-round rookie Dalvin Cook to a torn ACL. Ridley has been a nomad in recent years, spending time with five organizations since leaving the Patriots after the 2014 season. Even if Ridley signs, he'll merely be a depth option behind lead back Latavius Murray.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 05:30:00 PM

Ex-Vikings and Chargers G/T Mike Harris has retired from the NFL after five seasons.

Harris spent all of last season on the NFI list with an undisclosed illness that has now been brought to light. He suffers from a rare congenital condition known as arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that was discovered in spring of 2016 when Harris initially thought he was having a stroke. The 28-year-old appeared in 48 career games, making 33 starts and starting all 16 in 2015.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 09:29:00 PM

Vikings waived/injured TE Bucky Hodges.

The Vikings cut him to make room for Blake Bell, who was claimed off waivers from San Francisco. The sixth-round rookie needs time to adjust to tight end after mostly playing receiver at Virginia Tech. At 6'6/257, he certainly has the size to make that transition.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Redskins claimed OT T.J. Clemmings off waivers from the Vikings.

Clemmings has been one of the worst tackles in the league over the last two years, but he is only 25 and a former fourth-round pick. Washington has a reclamation project on their hands.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Vikings released LG Alex Boone.

Signed to a "four-year, $26.8 million" contract just last year, Boone was part of the problem on the Vikings' horrendous offensive line last season as he battled hip and concussion issues. The Vikings will eat $3.4 million in a dead money hit this year but save $3.3 million. With Boone gone, the Vikings will likely go with a line of LT Riley Reiff, LG Nick Easton, C Pat Elflein, RG Joe Berger, and RT Mike Remmers. Boone turned 30 this year but should get another job quickly.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 03:37:00 PM

Vikings waived/injured QB Taylor Heinicke.

Heinicke led a game-winning touchdown drive in Minnesota's third preseason game but struggled overall, completing just 26-of-49 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Case Keenum will back up Sam Bradford while Teddy Bridgwater works back from an ACL tear.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 02:51:00 PM

Vikings waived OT T.J. Clemmings.

Clemmings didn't pan out at tackle and obviously didn't do enough to convince the Vikings he could stick at guard. The 24-year-old earned PFF's worst grade out of 76 qualifiers at tackle in 2016.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 03:25:00 PM

KSTP's Darren Wolfson reports the Vikings are interested in free agent Michael Floyd.

Per Wolfon, the Vikings are "highly, highly interested." He also reports the Redskins are considering the ex-Cardinal. It's the first we've heard of Floyd in months. He drew zero initial interest in free agency, and has yet to make a visit. Floyd looked lost on the field for Arizona last season, and was then popped for "extreme" DUI, leading to his release. He did zero with the Patriots after being claimed off waivers. The Vikings' receiver depth chart is shaky behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
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