Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Adrian
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Well folks, ol’ number 28 is at it again. Yes indeed, the currently unemployed Adrian Peterson has made another social media post attempting to explain his position and, this time, his desires in free agency. This one took the form of a Twitter picture, of what appears like an Instagram caption, even though the statement doesn’t seem to be live on Instagram. I’m confused as well.

It’s hard to fault Peterson for trying to tell his side of the story; there has been a lot reported about him this offseason, and anonymous sources often turn out to be inaccurate. And it’s nice to have, as he put it, some information “Straight from the horse’s mouth.” According to Adrian, his main objective is finding a good fit with a team that can content for a Super Bowl. He also says he’s in no rush to commit, which is either a valid explanation for why he hasn’t signed a contract yet, or posturing, as other, lower-profile running backs get scooped up and Peterson remains without a team.

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Scott Crichton
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One of Rick Spielman’s 2014 third round Draft selections is set to continue his role as part of a running back committee. The other is Scott Crichton who has been released, according to reports, after three seasons with the team that featured little to nothing in the way of production.

In fairness to Crichton, defensive end has been a loaded position for the Vikings throughout his tenure, and injuries have kept him off the field too much to form any true evaluation of his talent. While the fan base often harbored high hopes for the former Oregon State player, it just never came to fruition.

The move to release Crichton comes on the heels of the organization giving veteran defensive end (and rotational weapon) Brian Robison an extension that has him under contract at a reduced rate through 2018.

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Purple FTW! - Remix to Position by Position Evaluations (ep. 364)

PurpThe first few waves of free agency have washed ashore some new faces and taken some old out with the tide. Before the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Warship sets sail for the NFL Draft, let’s take stock of the the current roster and rule if General Manager Rick Spielman has improved each position groups or still has a need for the April Volunteering of NFL Tributes.

Today’s Upgraded Talkers Include:
• Position-by-Position Evaluations.
• Ranking Positional Needs Heading Into the Draft
• Why Y’all Should Calm Down About Latavius Murray’s Ankle Surgery.
• It’s Sink or Swim Time for Mackensie Alexander in 2017.
• Hall of Fame Odds Are Out. Where Does Randy Moss Stack Up?
• Sam Bradford Has Leverage.
• Why I Root for Teddy Bridgewater.

All that and more “No One Uses a Fullback Anymore” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Brian Robison Takes Pay Cut, Signs Extension
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Veteran Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison wanted to play “one or two more years,” and on Friday, the team made his wish come true. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Robison took a slight pay cut and signed a one-year extension to remain with the Vikings through 2018.

Robison’s new deal reduces his 2017 base salary from $5.3 million to $3.9 million, all of which is guaranteed. While he’s losing out on $1.4 million this season, Robison’s eligible for a $100,000 workout bonus and walks away with his entire year’s salary guaranteed; a luxury not included in his original contract from 2013.

Next season, he’ll earn a base salary of $3.2 million ($1.25 million guaranteed). His newly-added year also includes $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 workout bonus. In total, the two-year deal is worth a base value of $7.5 million with $5.15 million guaranteed.

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wide left
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“Wide Left: The Movie,” Bailey Cossairt’s documentary chronicling the Minnesota Vikings’s path from Gary Anderson’s infamous NFC Championship Game miss to present day, has just released its official trailer. You can watch it here:

The full film will be released March 30, 2017.

Earlier this month I did a fairly extensive interview with Cossairt about the film, offering an interesting glimpse into his process. One piece that stuck out was how he curated the sizable amount of footage needed for a Vikings movie with an estimated runtime of over an hour:

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