Monday, February 8, 2016

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According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, the Vikings have re-signed offensive lineman Joe Berger to a two-year deal. The news came through Berger’s agent, Tom Tafelski.

Berger was listed in a USA Today article regarding NFL free agency Monday morning, and there was some question as to whether or not he would remain with the Vikings.

Earlier this year, Chris Tomasson wrote the following about Berger’s unlikely NFL career:

[Berger] was a skinny walk-on in 2000 at Division II Michigan Tech, which he attended to get an engineering degree.

After a redshirt season and two years on the team, nobody regarded Berger as a pro prospect. When the school announced it would drop football in 2003, Berger decided he would continue classes in Houghton, Mich., rather than transfer to another school to play football.

Two weeks later, the school decided to keep the football program, and Berger closed his college career with two solid seasons. The native of Newaygo, Mich., only can wonder where he might now be had that not happened.

“I’d be happily working as an engineer somewhere,” Berger said. “I’d be in west Michigan enjoying life, not knowing any different.”

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According to a report by the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson flew to New York on Monday, where he met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman.

From Arif’s live blog regarding Tom Pelissero’s appearance on ESPN1500 radio:

“He [Pelissero] told Darren Wolfson that he has had conversations with people on the Vikings who would know and has walked away from some conversations confident that Adrian Peterson was going to be traded and other conversations where he was sure Peterson was going to stay. Yesterday, he had a conversation who was sold that Peterson was going to be traded to the Cardinals.”

The meeting appears to be a continuation of ongoing discussions with the star running back  — last week, head coach Mike Zimmer and Spielman traveled to Houston and discussed Peterson’s future at his Texas home.

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On Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Vikings tendered an offer to restricted free agent right tackle Mike Harris, per the Star Tribune’s Mark Craig:

The tender is at the “right of first refusal” level — if Harris, 26, signs an offer sheet with a new team after 3 pm on Tuesday, the Vikings can match that offer and retain him under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Harris started five games at right tackle for the Vikings in 2014, replacing Phil Loadholt after Loadholt landed on Injured Reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He is the team’s best option at “swing tackle”, able to fill in at a number of different positions on the offensive line.

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Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) – the newest edition to Vikings Territory – joins the podcast to talk about the Minnesota Vikings and their journey through free agency, the Adrian Peterson (continued) drama, & the NFL Draft as we sail towards another season of the Purple.

The Vikings have been on the sidelines during free agency, while everyone and their mother spends like drunk sailors (*cough* Eagles *cough*), but as always we trust in Rick Speilman. It’s better to win in the fall & winter than win in March. In the meantime, let that cash & cap room pile up. Make Huell and Kuby want to lay on it in the storage unit.

Is Greg Jennings a #1 receiver? Can Jerick McKinnon be a featured back if Adrian is moved? Will the Teddy and NORVVVVVV marriage continue to be a productive one? All that and more “guaranteed money would ease concerns I still have” on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

Full episode after the jump.

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The Minnesota Vikings have yet to strike a deal, at least a public deal, with a new player from outside the organization. However, they are still in the process of getting some of their own free agents back into the fold.

The latest to re-sign with the Vikings is running back Matt Asiata, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.  Specific terms of the deal are not yet known, but it is expected to be of the one-year variety and heavy on the incentives.

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