Sunday, November 29, 2015

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UPDATE (2:52 CST): Tomasson posted that a source close to Peterson clarified that there is no meeting scheduled with team officials, despite a claim earlier in the day by Peterson’s father.

According to Chris Tomasson, running back Adrian Peterson is planning another meeting with team officials by the end of this week. The report came from Peterson’s father, who said “nothing was resolved” through Monday’s discussion with the Wilfs and general manager Rick Spielman in New York.

On the other hand, it may not be happening. Per Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, there’s no meeting:

Nelson Peterson has been rather vocal over the past several weeks about his son’s relationship with the Vikings and process moving forward. He said the following to the Pioneer Press:

“They will meet again. I’m not going to say who’s going to be at the meeting. I can’t comment on that.”

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When news broke that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived Michael Johnson on Wednesday, many wondered if the Vikings would make a push for the 29-year-old defensive end — Johnson played under Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati from 2009-2013, when Zimmer was the Bengals’ defensive coordinator.

It looks like the Vikings are serious contenders — per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Michael Johnson will make Minnesota his first free agency visit:

Under Zimmer in 2012, Johnson recorded 11.5 sacks for the Bengals and vaulted himself into the top tier of the free agency market. His success in Cincinnati led the Buccaneers to sign Johnson to a five-year, $43.75 million contract in 2014 — the same year the Vikings rewarded Everson Griffen with a five-year, $42.5 million deal.

Round 2 of VT Question of the Week is on the board! This week we keep in mind the free agency moves that have—and haven’t—happened thus far and look ahead to the 2015 NFL Draft. 

If you’re the Vikings, and the Draft is tomorrow, who do you take at No. 11—and why?

AndyAndy: Brandon Scherff, OT – Iowa.

The Vikings didn’t overspend for Iupati (smart) or Boling (ehh), so LG is still a need. [Joe] Berger is back, but he’s no starter, and Yankey is a major wildcard. If the Hawkeye mauler is there at 11, take him. Plug him in at LG this season and even let him audition for LT down the road if Kalil doesn’t rebound in 2015.

brentBrent: Trae Waynes, CB – Michigan State

Waynes has tremendous size and plays physically at the line of scrimmage. Not only can he body a wide out and put him on an island, but he has great ball skills and is more than willing to help in run support. Knowing how the NFCN throws the football, a corner back like Waynes gets priority over any 2 down linebacker or defensive lineman, in my opinion. Having two lock-down corners will be incredibly valuable to Zimmer, who likes to get creative with this defensive schemes. Trust your back end coverage, and you have endless possibilities on defense.

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Adrian Peterson 2014 Offseason’s Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s affiliate, Bucs Blitz, reports that the Buccaneers are pursuing Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, hoping to trade for him:

Various outlets have reported how the Buccaneers are on a list of teams Minnesota Vikings‘ running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t mind playing for. On Wednesday evening, has learned that Tampa Bay is interested in trading for him.

According to a league source close to the situation, the Bucs have had internal discussions of trading for Peterson. Whether the pursuit for the veteran tailback has already occurred or will occur, no clear answer was given. Instead, I was told there are “aggressive” plans in place.

For what it’s worth, Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports is not as easily convinced, though his sources and BucsBlitz’s report may not actually disagree:

Robinson may be speaking to the fact that the Buccaneers haven’t contacted the Vikings yet, which Gil Arcia, author of the BucsBlitz article, hasn’t claimed has happened—merely that they have an interest in giving up serious assets.

The Buccaneers were on Peterson’s list of teams he would be willing to restructure for, along with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts (now presumably out of the running after signing Frank Gore).

I posited that the restructuring may mean a contract with a cap hit a little more than Marshawn Lynch’s though proper market valuation would be closer to $10.5 million.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the first, 34th and 65th picks in the NFL draft, as well as the 10th pick in the 4th round, the 26th and 32nd pick in the 5th round, the eighth pick in the 6th round and the first pick in the 7th round. An optimistic trade may land the Vikings the 34th pick, though more likely a package involving a number of the mid-round picks and future picks may end up being more palatable to the Buccaneers who hold the most capital in the draft.

What “aggressive” means is up for interpretation. The Buccaneers currently have first-round pick Doug Martin, as well as third-round pick Charles Sims on the roster at running back. They also have Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Don’t be surprised if Martin, who had a phenomenal rookie year, is involved in a trade package as well.

Other trade assets for the Bucs include wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, guard Logan Mankins and cornerback Alterraun Verner. Most likely, the Vikings are not interested in Jackson, Mankins or Verner despite all three filling positions of need.

This would give Adrian Peterson the opportunity to reunite with former head coach Leslie Frazier.

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(UPDATE): It seems like the Vikings are genuinely interested in Michael Johnson:

Original story below


Wednesday afternoon, Chris Tomasson reported that a source close to defensive end Michael Johnson said he expects the Vikings to be “in the running” for Johnson’s 2015-2016 destination. Tampa Bay waived Johnson earlier Wednesday, and he is not expected to make an immediate decision. However, Minnesota could hold the upper hand as head coach Mike Zimmer has already worked with Johnson. “Zimmer’s his guy,’’ said the source. “He almost went (to Minnesota) last year.’’ Two days ago, ESPN’s Ben Goessling reminded us of just that:


Johnson played with the Bengals from 2009-13, when Zimmer was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator. Although considering Minnesota last year, he instead signed a five-year, $43.75 million contract with the Buccaneers. It was at that point the Vikings re-signed Everson Griffen.

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