Okay, I’ll admit it, I didn’t expect today to be a big news day for the Vikings. I was wrong.
I’ll hit each topic in greater detail as the evening progresses, but here is a recap of what has happened today:
- There is no word coming out of Seattle about anything that will prevent the Percy Harvin trade from becoming a reality. I am still ever-so-curious to learn what kind of contract they give him.
- Cornerback Antoine Winfield was released by the Vikings. His age and cap number are going to be cited as the primary factors in this move, but I have some harsh words for the Vikings front office coming up regarding this matter.
- Right tackle Phil Loadholt reportedly was flirting with offers from the Chicago Bears, but just before the bell rang for the start of free agency he reportedly signed a multi-year deal that will keep him in purple.
- Wide receiver Jerome Simpson reportedly signed a one year deal with the Vikings. He may not generate much excitement after his disappointing 2012 season, but the fact is that his career is far more established than all of our other current receivers combined. Assuming the financials are minimal, this is a no-risk move.
- Tight end John Carlson agreed to restructure his contract. This will help the Vikings gain some cap space and help his odds of remaining a Vikings.
- Backup offensive lineman Joe Berger has also reportedly agreed to come back. The deal is believed to be for one year.
- Backup lineman Troy Kropog received an exclusive rights tender on Monday.