Saturday, November 18, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings 2017 Free Agency
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the media this morning, taking questions one last time to close the 2016 season. He touched on Sam Bradford’s record-setting year, Adrian Peterson’s potential return in 2017, and a host of other topics.

One subject he didn’t touch, though, was that of Minnesota’s impending free agents. A question on free agency near the end of Zimmer’s press conference did, however, elicit a humorous response from one attending reporter:

If you don’t know how many free agents the Vikings have and ended up Googling the answer, we’re happy your search brought you to Vikings Territory. After the jump, we’ll take a look at each of Minnesota’s 19 free agents heading into the offseason.

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Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen Dominate Offensive Play Rankings

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Unfortunately, the offseason has started a little earlier than the Minnesota Vikings would have hoped.

While Minnesota ended its season on about as high of a note as it could have with a dominating 38-10 victory at home over the Chicago Bears, the Vikings will be watching the postseason from their couches as the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions compete for a Super Bowl.

The worst-case scenario has been engaged with the happiness of Vikings fans now in the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and, more so, the New York Giants — a pair of teams that are certainly capable of bringing peace and harmony back to Vikings Territory in one fell swoop this weekend.

There is not a single Vikings fan in the world who is happy to see the offseason arrive so soon, but there are a few benefits to this heartbreaking situation:

  1. Vikings have extra time to prepare for a critical NFL Draft and Free Agency period
  2. Vikings won’t control your happiness on Sundays for roughly 9 months
  3. Excellent offseason content from your favorite source, Vikings Territory

With a dark cloud currently hovering over Mike Zimmer’s kingdom, the best place to start the Vikings Territory offseason content cycle may very well be through a series of articles highlighting the most thrilling and critical moments and performances that we shared together throughout this rollercoaster ride of a 2016 season:

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Vikings Territory

I wanted to interrupt you regularly scheduled grieving to announce that we are excited to have brought yet another talented contributor on board here at Vikings Territory: Drew Mahowald.

Drew is currently a Media Communications major at St. John’s University in Minnesota and comes to VT with a passion and knowledge of all things purple that’ll put any one of the rest of us to the test. His Vikings work has most regularly been available at NFC North Bar Room and he also happens to be one of the more informative follows if we have any Twitter people in the crowd (@DrewMahowald).

Please join me in welcoming Drew to the family and expect to see his offseason contributions appearing very, very quickly.

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2016 Minnesota Vikings season
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Question of the Week: The 2016 Minnesota Vikings season left plenty of lessons learned.

The 2016 Minnesota Vikings season has mercifully ended in a way that accurately illustrates just how things have went: The Vikings put on a promising show at home against Chicago, but the crowd couldn’t help but watch the sideshow spectacle dangling from above.

Every season leaves us, as writers and as fans, with plenty of lessons learned. Or at least lessons we think we learned. This roller coaster ride of a season has left many of us wondering what exactly went wrong, to what extent each individual shred of craziness is responsible for the .500 record, and if this season was simply filled with Vikings-specific flukes or if there are lessons to be learned.

This desperate attempt to answer these interweaving webs of questions is probably a futile effort, but I posed the question to our group here at Vikings Territory regardless. Check out what they had to say.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

As a fan and writer, what lessons (if any) has the 2016 disaster of a season taught you?

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Vikings Sign Nine Players to Futures Contracts for 2017
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The nature of the NFL is that of a business, and franchises eliminated from the playoffs are in the business of planning ahead. The Minnesota Vikings, whose season ended Sunday following a 38-10 win over the Chicago Bears, started that process on Monday morning.

As announced on the team’s official website, the Vikings signed nine players to Reserve/Futures contracts, all of whom appeared on Minnesota’s practice squad during the 2016 season. They include:

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