Sunday, November 29, 2015

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Last month’s Veteran Scouting Combine left few teams impressed, but Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman saw enough to kick the tires on former Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka.

According to Kafka’s agent, the 27-year-old quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Vikings on Wednesday:

Kafka spent most of 2014 on Tampa Bay’s practice squad, and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since 2011. He was selected 122nd-overall (4th round) by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2010 NFL Draft and appeared in 4 games for the team, completing 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards and 2 interceptions.

The addition continues an overhaul behind starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater — both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel will join new teams in 2015. The Vikings proceeded to sign veteran quarterback Shaun Hill in free agency, who will serve as Bridgewater’s backup next season.

As of now, the 6’3″, 225-pound Kafka will take over Christian Ponder’s third spot on the depth chart, followed by Pat Devlin. Per the Star Tribune’s Matt Vensel, Minnesota will look to add a fifth quarterback during or after the draft.

Welcome to Minnesota, Mike!



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Chad Greenway and the Minnesota Vikings will continue their 9-year relationship in 2015, as the former Iowa Hawkeye restructured his contract to remain with the team next season. Whether you support the move or regret the decision, Greenway will play some role on Mike Zimmer’s defense when September comes around.

Last year, Greenway battled through injuries, finishing a disappointing 12-game season with a career-low 93 tackles and 1 sack. He disappeared in the run game and consistently missed assignments in coverage (remember the Buffalo game, anyone?) Still, Greenway has been a staple in Minnesota, leading the team in tackles from 2008 to 2013 and missing just 4 games due to injury throughout his lengthy career.

In a Monday interview with our favorite team reporter (love you, Wobby), Greenway expressed his gratitude in returning to the Vikings:

“My number one goal is really being able to finish my career a Minnesota Viking and remain loyal to the place that’s been loyal to me […] It’s been an honor, and I definitely want to go out on top, being a Minnesota Viking and winning a lot of football games this year. We do have a young crew, a young linebacking crew with a lot of talent and need some direction, and I’m definitely happy to help with that.”

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The NFL Draft is a month away and the question on the minds of Vikings fans is “What are the Vikes gonna do at #11?” Convincing arguments can be made for nearly every prospect outside of QB, so we had our man Luke Inman (@luke_spinman) of eDraft back on the show with a basic premise: If you were Rick Spielman, what would you do in these scenarios?

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Spoiler: We get different answers for each — including trades — and the wild card scenario even features an Adrian Peterson trade.

Full episode after the jump! 

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We’ve hit the slowest point of the offseason, as teams are gearing up for the 2015 NFL Draft and working tirelessly to finalize their rosters following the first few weeks of free agency. At home, fans are counting down the days to April 30th, pondering Minnesota’s options with the 11th-overall pick and dreaming of a potential DeVante Parker-Teddy Bridgewater reunion (I am).

As Peter King reported in his weekly MMQB column, the Vikings spent less money in free agency than 27 other teams — $9.3 million in total on 6 players. But, the Vikings weren’t as thrifty as their neighbors in Green Bay, as the Packers spent absolutely nothing in free agency, looking to build from within and through the draft.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the NFC North and see what our division rivals have been up to:

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Division I linebackers like UCLA’s Eric Kendricks and TCU’s Paul Dawson will dominate the early draft-day conversations, but teams shouldn’t sleep on the later rounds’ small-school prospects. One in particular, Newberry’s Edmond Robinson, could be a potential steal for the Minnesota Vikings near the end of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Newberry, a Division II school in South Carolina, hasn’t seen a player drafted since 1974, when the Cardinals selected linebacker Greg Hartle in the 10th round. Currently, three former Wolves are on an NFL roster, including the Vikings’ Brandon Bostick. Robinson played with Bostick at Newberry, and spoke about the advice he’s received from his former teammates:

“They’ve been great about giving me advice and telling me how to approach certain situations. They all said that if they can make it, I can too.”

Robinson was just one of two Division II players to participate in last month’s NFL Scouting Combine, and used the week in Indianapolis to boost his draft stock.

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