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randball: how should vikings fans handle nfl draft's first round without a top p


april 27 is going to be weird if you're a vikings fan.that day, a week from thursday, marks the beginning of the nfl draft, with the first round held in prime time. but it also will be the first time since the draft expanded to three days — with the first round getting a separate stage — that the vikings will enter the draft without a first-round pick.that draft expanded in 2010. the last time the vikings went into the draft without a first-round pick was 2008 because of the jared allen trade with kansas city — similar to this year with the sam bradford trade. the vikings ended up without a first-round pick in 2010, but they started the night with the no.30 pick before dealing it to detroit.rick spielman has been known to trade into the first round, so there is that possibility. but viking






vikings schedule 2017: games, dates, times, tv


with the nfl draft approaching, the vikings turn the dial in earnest to a fresh start. in the ultimate vikings draft preview, we've done a mock draft that is built to fill every one of the vikings' biggest needs.






vikings say season ticket prices will stay flat for 2017 season


the vikings, after a disappointing season that saw them squander a 5-0 start and miss the playoffs at 8-8, have informed season ticket holders that season ticket prices will stay flat for the upcoming 2017 season.the vikings are heading intotheir secondseason at u.s. bank stadium after playing the 2014 and 2015 seasons at tcf bank stadium at the u."our season ticket members supported the team through two years of outdoor vikings football and helped us build the best stadium in the nfl," vikings executive vice president and chief marketing officer steve lacroix said in a statement. "keeping prices flat for those fans in 2017 is just our way of saying thank you for that continued p ion and support."all other ticket pricing, including packages and single-game sales, have yet to be determined






eric staal talks about concussion recovery


with the nfl draft approaching, the vikings turn the dial in earnest to a fresh start. in the ultimate vikings draft preview, we've done a mock draft that is built to fill every one of the vikings' biggest needs.






vikings 'win' coin flip, will first be on the clock at pick no. 48


the vikings won their coin flip with the colts at the nfl scouting combine today, but the victory is not something they will be celebrating.because both the vikings and the colts finished 8-8 with identical strength of schedules, they had to have a televised coin flip today to determine where each would fall in the draft order for next month's nfl draft.the vikings won the toss, meaning they would get the 14th overall pick and the colts would get the 15th pick. but, of course, the vikings traded their first-rounder to the eagles to get quarterback sam bradford back in september. so technically the eagles were the biggest winners this afternoon.but that coin flip had ramifications beyond the first round, which is why the vikings came away disappointed. because the vikings, colts and ravens






nfl report: raiders sign tight end jared cook to two-year contract


new minnesota vikings running back latavius murray is giving up the jersey number he’s worn since he was a kid — not because someone who’s already on the team wears it, but because of someone who used to wear it for the vikings.last week the vikings declined to pick up their option on adrian peterson,... (chuck schilken)






vikings free agency tracker for 2017


former packers running back eddie lacy, who officially visited the vikings on sunday, has agreed to join the seahawks, per his agency. raiders running back latavius murray reportedly will visit the vikings today.






vikings vr: crush (full ver.) download


download download vikings vr: crush. unique vr runner for devices with gyroscope. put on your cardboard and go to the real adventure - hateful vikings, giants form jotunheim and even animals - all of them are going up against you. if you don't have a cardboard - it's not a problem. we made a mode without using vr - hold your device in hands and play. features: a wide variety of the in-game objects: vikings, land mines, totems, stockades and much more. dynamic surroundings: green meadows, rough snow-covered forests, deadly slopes of volcanic mountains. awesome driving music. you can output the game to your smart tv using chromecast and utilize your mobile device as a controller. we have cookies. and vikings.






peterson signing with saints can bring 2009 vikings full circle


an aging, prideful, elite athlete was deemed to be washed up nearly a decade ago. he was coming off a season in which he tried to play hurt. it looked like his days in the nfl might be coming to an end.but instead, he joined his former biggest rival and sparked a season that fans will never forget — for reasons both good and bad.that, of course, was quarterback brett favre in 2009. after a one-year detour in new york, where he threw a league-high 22 interceptions for the jets, the longtime packers qb came to the vikings. he arrived to give a vikings offense led by adrian peterson — then a third-year running back — some real balance. he ended up throwing 33 touchdown passes and seven interceptions in a 12-4 regular season. included in that was a memorable early-season monday night football






vikings to open 2017 at home against saints on 'monday night football'


the vikings open the 2017 season at home on "monday night football."the nfl's regular season schedule will be released tonight at 7 p.m. ct, but a source confirmed this afternoon that the vikings will host the saints at u.s. bank stadium in week 1. the nfc showdown will be the first half in the opening monday night doubleheader, broadcast on espn.the last time the vikings kicked off a season at home was in 2012. and this will be just the second time in the past decade they open at home.and, in case you are wondering, the vikings for the second straight year will host the bears in the season finale, according to chicago tribune.in addition to their nfc north rivals, the vikings will play the nfc south and the afc north this season, along with the panthers and rams.we’ll see if their monday






new vikings rb latavius murray will no longer wear no. 28 out of respect for adr


new minnesota vikings running back latavius murray is giving up the jersey number he’s worn since he was a kid — not because someone who’s already on the team wears it, but because of someone who used to wear it for the vikings.last week the vikings declined to pick up their option on adrian peterson, the running back who has worn the no. 28 jersey for minnesota the last 10 seasons. early thursday morning, the team announced it had signed murray, who donned the same jersey number for the oakland raiders the previous four seasons.“there wasn't a thought in my mind to try and wear or ask for the #28,” murray wrote in an instagram post later that morning. “i have too much respect for ap and so much respect for what he's done and what he means to this organization.”peterson, who turns 32 next






nfl mock draft: vikings picks by draft experts vary widely


at this time of year, everyone is an nfl draft expert. mock drafts are toted around like bibles. fans desperate to see their team select a difference-maker cling tight to every word espn insiders mel kiper jr. or todd mcshay say. the buildup only gains steam as we get closer to the april 27-29 draft in philadelphia.it’s the most inexact science — and the most intoxicating.the vikings don’t have a first-round pick this year — not today, anyway — but the enthusiasts are no different than their nfl draft-obsessed peers. no one wants a bust (troy williamson) or a disaster (dimitrius underwood) on their hands. everyone is hopeful the next big game-changer is just a phone call away for gm rick spielman.the vikings continue to expand on the list of players invited to the team facilities, and we h






nfl mock draft: vikings picks by draft experts vary widely


at this time of year, everyone is an nfl draft expert. mock drafts are toted around like bibles. fans desperate to see their team select a difference-maker cling tight to every word espn insiders mel kiper jr. or todd mcshay say. the buildup only gains steam as we get closer to the april 27-29 draft in philadelphia.it’s the most inexact science — and the most intoxicating.the vikings don’t have a first-round pick this year — not today, anyway — but the enthusiasts are no different than their nfl draft-obsessed peers. no one wants a bust (troy williamson) or a disaster (dimitrius underwood) on their hands. everyone is hopeful the next big game-changer is just a phone call away for gm rick spielman.the vikings continue to expand on the list of players invited to the team facilities, and we h






vikings won't exercise option on adrian peterson's contract


for a decade in purple, adrian peterson gave vikings fans plenty of thrills and chills, and later in his career conflicting feelings, as he plowed over would-be tacklers and pulled away from defenders in the open field.his 2012 season, when he bounced back from a major injury suffered that previous december to win the league’s most valuable player award and nearly ran down eric dickerson’s single-season nfl rushing record, established the team’s 2007 top pick as a generational talent and likely hall-of-famer.but the soon-to-be 32-year-old will likely have to continue his chase of the career rushing record elsewhere. the vikings announced tuesday that they will not exercise their 2017 option on peterson’s contract.the two sides may continue negotiations, but the vikings have decided they wo






vikings won't exercise option on adrian peterson's contract


for a decade in purple, adrian peterson gave vikings fans plenty of thrills and chills, and later in his career conflicting feelings, as he plowed over would-be tacklers and pulled away from defenders in the open field.his 2012 season, when he bounced back from a major injury suffered that previous december to win the league's most valuable player award and nearly ran down eric dickerson's single-season nfl rushing record, established the team's 2007 top pick as a generational talent and likely hall-of-famer.but the soon-to-be 32-year-old will likely have to continue his chase of the career rushing record elsewhere. the vikings announced tuesday that they will not exercise their 2017 option on peterson's contract.the two sides may continue negotiations, but the vikings have decided they wo






vikings set goal to play in hometown super bowl


phoenix – mark wilf spent the last tuesday in march at a sun-splashed desert resort giving fellow nfl owners an update on preparations for hosting super bowl lii.“it went well,” said the vikings owner and president.it will go much better if he can spend the first sunday in february taking the lombardi trophy from his peers and hoisting it for vikings fans at an ice-covered u.s. bank stadium in the heart of minneapolis.“that’s what drives us,” wilf said tuesday during a break in the annual league meetings at the arizona biltmore hotel.that’s never been done, of course. the vikings are 0-4 in super bowls, while the league is 0-for-51 when it comes to teams playing the big game in their home venue.“we know the history,” wilf said. “we’d like to be the first.”while general manager rick spielma






randball: wild looking like vikings, with caveat


after the wild beat the sharks 3-2 last week with a tight, efficient defensive effort, head coach bruce boudreau had a little bit of a "yeah, but" reaction. basically, he wanted to see minnesota produce that kind of effort and result more than once before he was going to declare the wild's slump was over.and, well, the veteran coach was correct to proceed with caution based on the last two games.minnesota sports fans who are only a few months removed from watching a promising vikings season go off the rails are wondering if the same thing is happening to the wild. the answer is yes — but with a major difference: the wild still very much has a chance to save its season, which the vikings do not have.minnesota won't go far playing the way it is right now, but if that changes by the time the






vikings free agency tracker for 2017


after visiting the seahawks and patriots, former vikings running back adrian peterson will meet with the saints next week, according to a report by nfl media.






still available in free agency: a look at possible vikings targets


free-agency updateten potential fits for the vikings still available:ol d.j. fluker: former chargers first-round pick can play both rg and rt.g t.j. lang: longtime packers guard is coming off hip surgery but could be an immediate upgrade at right guard.ot gosder cherilus: former lions top pick could provide competition at 32 years old.ot kelvin beachum: the 27-year-old had a down season in jacksonville but is one of a few left tackles still available.ot mike remmers: a former viking, he could start at rt if riley reiff starts at lt.dt domata peko: the vikings are interested in the former bengal, who would solidify the interior d-line.qb nick foles: foles has drawn interest from the vikings before and would be a veteran replacement for shaun hill.rb eddie lacy: the packers free agent will v






vikings free agency tracker for 2017


riley reiff grew up in parkston, s.d. he said it’s about a half hour from mount vernon, where now-retired vikings linebacker chad greenway was raised.






dan rowe, who called vikings games in the 1990s, dies at 67


dan rowe, who was the play-by-play voice of the vikings in the 1990s, died early friday at his home in baldwin, wis.rowe, who was 67, had lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) for several years.“our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of dan rowe, vikings play-by-play announcer from 1991-2000,” the team said in a tweet.rowe called games from the metrodome during that era, working through the 2000 season as the vikings switched radio homes from wcco to kran. in 2003, he went on to announce for the san diego chargers (now the los angeles chargers.)he also endeared himself to many by frequently calling hastings high school football games both during and after his time with the vikings.services will be held at 11 a.m. monday at peace lutheran church in baldwin. visitation will b






top 10 vikings plays of 2016


the sweetness of a 5-0 start for the vikings was quickly forgotten when the 2016 season was soured by bitter losses en route to an 8-8 finish.it’s a lingering bad taste that’s hard to wash away, but hopefully the process has already begun with free agency and the draft around the corner.podcast: what moves should the vikings make this offseason?be reminded, though, that 2016 wasn’t all bad. in fact, there were a few double-take highlights; the kind that kept hope alive even as the outcome grew more bleak.nfl.com put together the vikings’ top 10 plays of 2016 that should give you a jolt of positivity with the official league calendar year making the flip on march 9.sure, there are a lot of questions to be answered. for starters, what becomes of adrian peterson? and how will the vikings go a






favorite schools, most-picked positions and other vikings draft trends


when the vikings drafted running back adrian peterson seventh overall in 2007, not only did they get a hall-of-fame talent, they also got rare stability at a position that other nfl teams have churned through.since the vikings picked peterson, 230 running backs have been drafted by nfl teams. but other than peterson, the vikings have only picked two.of those 230 other backs, 136 of them started fewer than eight games.now with the leading rusher in franchise history no longer on the squad, the vikings are in unfamiliar territory. despite signing latavius murray in free agency, they are expected to draft one at some point this weekend for the first time since selecting jerick mckinnon in the 2014 third round.they are also expected to add at least offensive linemen — the position they have pi






favorite schools, most-picked positions and other vikings draft trends


when the vikings drafted running back adrian peterson seventh overall in 2007, not only did they get a hall-of-fame talent, they also got rare stability at a position that other nfl teams have churned through.since the vikings picked peterson, 230 running backs have been drafted by nfl teams. but other than peterson, the vikings have only picked two.of those 230 other backs, 136 of them started fewer than eight games.now with the leading rusher in franchise history no longer on the squad, the vikings are in unfamiliar territory. despite signing latavius murray in free agency, they are expected to draft one at some point this weekend for the first time since selecting jerick mckinnon in the 2014 third round.they are also expected to add at least offensive linemen — the position they have pi






nfl mock drafts: vikings could trade up or hope to get lucky


the vikings addressed several issues in free agency this offseason and will attempt to fill any remaining holes in this week’s nfl draft.vikings beat writer matt vensel wrote in our special draft preview, “general manager rick spielman and co. need to deliver a strong, impactful class to get this once-promising squad heading back in the right direction.”the vikings sit out of the first round and make their first pick in the second round with the 48th overall pick. they’ll pick twice in the third (no. 79 and 86) and fourth rounds (no. 120 and 128) and have one pick in each of the final three rounds pending any trades.so how will spielman use the eight draft picks?with mock drafts making final edits just days before the draft, here is round-up of how the vikings might pick:cbs sports predict






vikings 2017: previewing the nfl draft


april 21 after picking laquon treadwell in the first round last year, it looked as if the vikings had found a perfect fit for norv turner’s vertical passing attack. but six months or so later, so much has changed.






vikings free agency tracker for 2017


cordarrelle patterson, the electric athlete who tantalized in his rookie season with the vikings but never became a polished pass-catcher in purple, agreed to sign with the raiders on monday night.






vikings add ryan quigley as option at punter


the vikings pressed on at punter with the signing of free agent ryan quigley on monday.quigley, 27, is joining his seventh nfl team in his sixth season as one of two punters on the vikings roster. he will compete with texas tech product taylor symmank to replace jeff locke, who left the vikings to sign with the indianapolis colts this offseason.quigley appeared in six games for the arizona cardinals after he was signed in the middle of last season. he averaged 41.6 yards on 34 punts before he was released in november. his longest run with a team so far came in three seasons with the new york jets, during which he peaked in 2014 with a 45.9-yard average and a net average of 39.9 yards.locke, a fifth-round pick in 2013, averaged 43.2 yards (38.8 net average) during his four seasons with the






the internet sure had fun with the blair walsh signing. here's the best of it...


field yates tossed a log on the fire and drenched the remaining flames in lighter fluid thursday when he broke news on twitter seattle signed former vikings kicker blair walsh.one of yates' 207,000 followers reacted with just one word, “no.” much of the other reaction on social was not as restrained.max gross tweeted “my instant reaction,” with the well-circulated michael scott gif yelling “no! god, please no! no! no! nooooooo!”jeff simmons inserted humor to his response, tweeting “they owe him after that playoff game.”walsh missed the potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the nfc wild-card game against seattle during the 2015-2016 season. seattle won the game 10-9 and more than a year later, vikings and seahawks fans are still reliving the missed 27-yard attempt.thursd






peterson's return to vikings unlikely after team declines $18 million option


for a decade in purple, adrian peterson gave vikings fans plenty of thrills and chills, and later in his career conflicting feelings, as he broke loose from would-be tacklers and pulled away from defenders in the open field.his 2012 season, when he returned from a major knee injury suffered that previous december to win the league’s most valuable player award and nearly ran down eric dickerson’s single-season rushing record, solidified the team’s 2007 top draft pick as a generational talent and likely hall of famer.but the soon-to-be 32-year-old likely will have to continue his chase of the career rushing record elsewhere. the vikings on tuesday announced that they will not exercise their team option on peterson’s contract for the upcoming 2017 season.peterson will become a free agent for






peterson's return to vikings unlikely, team declines $18 million option


for a decade in purple, adrian peterson gave vikings fans plenty of thrills and chills, and later in his career conflicting feelings, as he broke loose from would-be tacklers and pulled away from defenders in the open field.his 2012 season, when he returned from a major knee injury suffered that previous december to win the league’s most valuable player award and nearly ran down eric dickerson’s single-season rushing record, solidified the team’s 2007 top draft pick as a generational talent and likely hall of famer.but the soon-to-be 32-year-old likely will have to continue his chase of the career rushing record elsewhere. the vikings on tuesday announced that they will not exercise their team option on peterson’s contract for the upcoming 2017 season.peterson will become a free agent for






vikings agree to contract with cornerback terence newman, 38


minneapolis — the minnesota vikings and veteran cornerback terence newman have agreed to terms on a new contract, bringing him back for a 15th season in the nfl.the vikings announced the deal wednesday with newman, who has been a starter for the team the last two years. he missed only one game in that span, because of a neck injury, and had four interceptions and 21 pass breakups.newman, who will turn 39 on sept. 4, will start his ninth season playing under vikings coach mike zimmer. zimmer was his defensive coordinator for four years with dallas and two more with cincinnati before they reunited again in minnesota in 2015.with 41 career interceptions, newman is second among active players in the league behind deangelo hall (43).






vikings hosting free-agent packers linebacker datone jones


the packers passed on picking up the fifth-year option on former first-round pick datone jones a year ago. now he’s visiting the vikings on monday, according to a report by nfl media.jones, 26, is the second packers free agent to visit the vikings in as many days, touring winter park a day after running back eddie lacy made his visit in minnesota. he’s the firstdefender to make a reported free agent visit to the vikings.an outside linebacker in green bay’s 3-4 front last season, jones shed weight last summer to move from defensive end. the 6-foot-4-inch defender is still listed at 285 pounds by the packers and could join an already strong vikings defensive line.jones made seven starts in four seasons with the packers, compiling nine sacks, seven pass deflections and one interception. the u






'friday night lights' prep football envisioned at vikings' eagan facility


picture an evening in late august 2018 when eagan's football team runs onto the field in a world-class stadium before a packed house of 6,000 fans and many more around minnesota watching on television.how's that for a home opener?it's not just a daydream. the minnesota vikings are stepping up efforts to make their future eagan headquarters a stage for high school football, soccer and lacrosse. on thursday, team executives presented the "minnesota friday night lights" concept of regular-season rivalry football games — broadcast to a statewide television audience — to the minnesota state high school league's board of directors.the team wants to hold prep games in the 2018-19 school year at its 6,000-seat, synthetic turf venue to be known as twin cities orthopedic (tco) stadium. it could expa






vikings sign ex-packers 1st-round pick de datone jones


eden prairie, minn. — the minnesota vikings have signed defensive end datone jones, the former first-round pick of the rival green bay packers.the vikings closed the deal on tuesday with jones, who was selected 26th overall out of ucla in the 2013 draft. the 6-foot-4, 285-pound jones played defensive end in 59 of a possible 64 regular-season games, mostly as a backup. he also played some outside linebacker in green bay's 3-4 scheme.the packers previously declined their fifth-year option on jones that is built into every first-round pick's contract. jones has nine sacks and seven passes defended in his career.jones was a college teammate of vikings starting linebackers anthony barr and eric kendricks.






vikings sign free agent quigley to add to punter competition


the vikings press on at punter with the signing of free agent ryan quigley on monday.quigley, 27, joins his seventh nfl team in his sixth season as one of two punters on the vikings roster. he’ll compete with former texas tech punter taylor symmank to replace jeff locke, who left minnesota to sign with the colts this offseason.quigley appeared in six games for the cardinals after he was signed in the middle of last season. he averaged 41.6 yards on 34 punts before he was released in november. his longest run with a team came as the jets punter for three seasons, during which he peaked in 2014 with a 45.9-yard average and a net average of 39.9 yards.locke averaged 43.2 yards (38.8 net average) during his four seasons with the vikings.updates: vikings predraft visits, private workouts for 20






former detroit offensive tackle riley reiff agrees to terms with vikings


the vikings didn’t wait long after the 3 p.m. bell signaling the official start of free agency to land one of the top offensive tackles available.the vikings have signed former lions tackle riley reiff, according to multiple reports. reiff became available after the lions agreed to make rick wagner of the lions one of the nfl’s highest-paid right tackles.terms of reiff’s deal with the vikings have not yet been disclosed.live tracker: follow all of the vikings’ free agency movesreiff, who was a first-round pick  for the lions in 2012, started 69 games for the lions in his five seasons in detroit. he has played both left and right tackle in the nfl. last year, he was their starter at right tackle after they drafted left tackle taylor decker in the first round.it is unclear which tackle posit