Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings went into this offseason widely believed to be in need of some safety help across from Harrison Smith. Veteran safety Michael Griffin appears to be in the mix to fill that role.

Despite the impressive contract numbers they gave 2015 Andrew Sendejo a few days ago, everyone believed they would seek more outside help via free agency or the NFL Draft. Griffin (age 31) appears to be signing that aims to bring more serious competition to Mankato after the Vikings missed out on blue chip possibility George Iloka.

 

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The Vikings have reportedly agreed to terms with former Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur.

This move, reported by numerous outlets as outlined in our Live Blog, comes after the Vikings retained linebacker Audie Cole and also reportedly agreed to terms with former Lions linebacker Travis Lewis. The stage is already set for a considerable competition in Mankato at the linebacker position, and the NFL Draft hasn’t even happened yet, so one can’t help but wonder if Chad Greenway really has played his last game for the Vikings.

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Alex Boone, COME ON DOWN!

NFL free agency is upon us and Rick Spielman is doing his Rick thing, eschewing the mega deals and finding valuable comparables at a fraction of the price. Rick is indeed the TJ Maxx of the NFL and I love that. We didn’t get Kelechi Osemele or George Iloka. Who cares? We didn’t get Mike Iupati or Michael Johnson last year and didn’t go 0-16. Good teams don’t care about winning in March.

Making It Rain (Responsibly) Talking Points Include:
• Retaining Our Own Free Agents is Smart
• Hello, Alex Boone
• Matt Kalil Remains a Viking (Good?)
• What the Vikings Offensive Line May Look Like
• Good Teams Don’t Overspend in Open Free Agency
• This Doesn’t Change Anything in the Draft
• Twitter/Facebook Questions

All that and other “In Rick We Trust” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings have had a busy day in free agency, including bringing back 2015’s starting right guard Mike Harris to a one year deal. After adding notable free agent, Alex Boone to the roster, the Vikings retained Harris in hopes of bolstering their offensive line depth.

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