Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Melvin White Futures Contract
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Twenty five is the lucky number for the Minnesota Vikings, who currently have more than 25 players under 25 years old on the roster. Yesterday, they added another, signing free agent cornerback Melvin White to a futures contract for the 2016 regular season. White spent last year on the St. Louis Rams practice squad and was an undrafted free agent in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 6’1″, 215-pound cornerback joined the Carolina Panthers in 2013 and spent two years with the team, starting 17 of 30 games from 2013 to 2014. While a Panther, White played alongside current Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and recorded three interceptions. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, White is expected to participate in the Vikings’ spring drills this offseason.

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Didn’t Tony Sparano hear that Dan Campbell was the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings offensive line coach?……

As we dive into the offseason for the Purple, Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his last weekly spot of the season. We chat about what the hell happened with The Shank at the Bank, what the Vikings’ priorities should be in free agency and the draft, and why this young team could/should/will contend for the Lombardi in 2016.

All that and other “RETURN OF THE JIMMY GAROPPOLO DROP” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The selection is the defensive end's first Pro Bowl appearance

Everson Griffen Pro Bowl
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In Minnesota, Vikings fans have known for years that Everson Griffen would become a Pro Bowl player. He flashed the ability as a backup behind Jared Allen and shined as a full-time starter in 2014. Before his first season as the team’s premier pass rusher, Griffen signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal with the Vikings and has proven he’s worth every penny. This year, the six-year veteran recorded a team-high 10.5 sacks and earned the first Pro Bowl berth of his career, as announced on the team’s official website.

Griffen joins Adrian Peterson as one of two Vikings named to this year’s Pro Bowl roster. He replaces Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who will miss the game after undergoing offseason groin surgery. In addition to his double-digit sacks, Griffen recorded 44 tackles (34 solo), four defended passes, 30 quarterback hits, 14 tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.

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The VT staff's favorite Vikings moments of 2015

Vikings Favorite Moments
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As soon as the final whistle blew on Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman transitioned to the next phase of life in the NFL; the offseason. Now that the quest for a Super Bowl title has come to an unsatisfying end, Spielman will begin analyzing the roster, targeting free agents, and preparing for the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a process that takes months to execute, and one that’s informed by the results of the previous season. A season, that in many people’s minds, was an enjoyable, successful ride.

Here at Vikings Territory, we cheered, we cried, and we celebrated through the ups-and-downs of the season. On the roller coaster ride that was 2015, we each found our favorite moments that made the Vikings’ campaign a memorable one. After the jump, enjoy as we recount specific memories, and be sure to share your own in the comments section!

What was your favorite thing about the Vikings’ 2015 season?

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Offensive Line
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The Minnesota Vikings parted ways with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson yesterday, as reported yesterday.

Today, Mike Zimmer is wasting no time in making changes that will provide a new identity to a unit that allowed 221 sacks during Davidson’s five years at the helm.

According to Sid Hartman, the Vikings have replaced Davidson with a former colleague of Zimmer’s and another product of the Bill Parcells coaching tree.

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