Sunday, April 23, 2017

Part 2

NFL Free Agent Jerrod Black
Image courtesy of Jerrod Black

It’s often said that success requires blood, sweat, and tears. Sitting on the lake’s edge that warm May night, Jerrod knew he’d given all three. The blood and sweat every day on the field, and now, the tears as he sit alone, trying to wrap his head around the fact that his football career may be over.

“Not getting drafted made me re-evaluate everything,” he said “Is this what I really wanted to do? If someone says they don’t want to hang it up after that, they’re lying.”

And he nearly did give it up, spending every day locked in his room at his Houston family home, watching as rookie draft picks took the practice field with their new teams. The NFL Network was a constant reminder of Jerrod’s disappointment and the disappointment that affects those hundreds who never hear their names called on Sundays.

Audie Cole - Vikings Re-sign Audie Cole

According to numerous reports and sources, the Minnesota vikings are re-signing linebacker Audie Cole.

Cole, a Vikings fan favorite, was drafted in the seventh round by the Vikings in the 2012 NFL Draft. Despite not being a regular starter, Cole managed to make a name for himself through exciting preseason play. In a 2012 preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Cole famously intercepted two passes on consecutive plays – returning both for touchdowns.

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My first attempt at a 2016 mock draft was not at all popular with you fine readers. Based on the poll, I’d have given a concession speech by now if this were a political race.

This time around, however, I let tight end Hunter Henry slip by the Vikings (selected two spots later) and I believe I’ve got the Vikings selecting someone that will be a little more appealing to the masses.

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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Vikings fan base appear to be on the same page when it comes to upgrading the offensive line this offseason. The most clear evidence comes in the form of “tampering period” reports and rumors suggesting that the Vikings are willing to offer a significant contract to guard Kelechi Osemele.

This report comes after the Vikings made a series of offseason moves proving they plan to improve their blocking situation, which started with the acquisition of line coach Tony Sparano. On Monday, they also successfully convinced right tackle Phil Loadholt to return on a greatly reduced salary, while also retaining the young Carter Bykowski.

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The Vikings entered the offseason with two exclusive rights free agents: Adam Thielen and Carter Bykowski.

Players designated with the “ERFA” status have no choice but to play another season for their former team if that team wants to retain them at a set price. Well, unless they want to retire from the NFL, that is.

The Vikings have retained the services of both of these guys as of Monday afternoon, according to a press release distributed by the team.

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