Thursday, July 28, 2016

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Committed to the future

Image courtesy of Vikings.com

As announced this morning on the team’s official website, the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson have mutually agreed to restructure the final three years of Peterson’s contract. Before today’s development, Peterson was set to earn $12.75 million in 2015, $14.75 million in 2016, and $16.75 million in 2017 with no guaranteed money.

During his absence from the team, Peterson took to Twitter to campaign for guaranteed contracts, and many speculated he wanted more guaranteed money from the Vikings in 2015 and beyond. With today’s news, Peterson’s wish was granted — his base salaries will likely decrease in 2015 and 2016 with more guaranteed money and a chance to earn more through incentives, per Mike Florio.

Although team policy prevents the Vikings from releasing contract details, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports disclosed some of the information:

Shortly after, Pro Football Talk released the full details on Peterson’s newly-guaranteed money, citing a “source with knowledge of the situation”. According to the report, “Peterson’s deal carries $20 million guaranteed at signing”, with part of that guaranteed for injury while the rest is fully guaranteed.

In his report, Florio suggests that the Vikings “fully guaranteed the $13 million Peterson was due to make in 2015” and made the remaining $7 million an injury-only guarantee to be paid at the commencement of the 2016 league year.

Adrian Peterson may be back with the Vikings, and for a moment everything seems like it used to be, but the off-field situation is not yet resolved.

On Monday, ESPN1500’s Andrew Krammer reported that U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron ordered a settlement talk between the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Originally, the player’s union filed the case in federal court over Peterson’s suspension.

In November, the NFL indefinitely suspended the running back for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Peterson was indicted on felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in September, and he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault after authorities said he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch and caused physical injury.

The issue came in the timing and carrying out of the suspension. Peterson payed the $4,000 fine and completed 80 hours of community service according to the judge’s ruling. When the NFL suspended him, the NFLPA accused the league of what it called an “arbitrary disciplinary proceeding” after Peterson’s legal matters had been already resolved.

Since the NFLPA and the NFL have not yet come to an agreement, Judge Mayeron is stepping in. Krammer reported the following:

Judge Mayeron ordered that both sides ‘must meet in person or telephonically with one another on or before July 30, 2015 to engage in a full and frank discussion of settlement’ in order to ‘encourage the parties to address the issue of settlement on their own.’

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Photo Courtesy of Sam Ekstrom

US Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings new stomping grounds, is flying through construction and the new addition to the Minneapolis skyline is nearing completion. We had our man Sam Ekstrom (@SamEkstrom) — Cold Omaha and 105 The Ticket — back on the show to talk about his recent media tour of the new digs as well as squawk about our favorite local professional football team as the Vikings are set to invade Mankato at the end of the week.

Counting Down the Days Topics Include
• No Vikings arrests so far this “offseason”
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• No Vikings arrests so far this “offseason”
• ESPN is becoming a daytime infomercial
• Media Tour of US Bank Stadium (aka The USB)
• New features of the stadium taking shape
• Ultra-lounges? Cool.
• Say something nice about Mankato
• What’s the buzz heading into training camp?
• Will any safety (besides Harrison) pass the BTB (Better-Than-Blanton) Scale?
• How will the offensive line battle shape up? #TeamAustinShepherd
• Will Babatunde Aiyegbusi make the 53?
• Wide receivers: Who will make the cut? #TeamThielen
• Cordarrelle = Josh Cribbs until further notice
• NFC North: Who do you fear?
• “Russell Wilson probably has a necklace of ears”
• McKinnon’s usage with Adrian back?
• Sam’s STONE COLD HOT TAKE 2.0 (This one is HOTTTTT)
• Surprise cut of camp will be who?
• Surprise riser of camp will be who?
• Do we care that the Pluto mission cost less than the new stadium?
• I got followed by Blanton on Twitter
• What’s coming up from Cold Omaha?

All that and other “This is the only camping I like” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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With only a short time until training camp kicks off in Mankato (yay!), excitement is in the air and it feels like football season is really just around the corner. I’m always internally conflicted around this time of year, because on one hand I can’t wait until the regular season is underway, but on the other hand that also means another Minnesota winter … I’m sure you all understand what I mean! Anyway, before camp kicks off, I thought it would be fun to see what a handful of your favorite players have been up to over the offseason.

Brian Robison

Spent quality time with the family: Robison spends a lot of time with his wife, daughter and son, and he often posts photos of the family adventures on his Instagram account. This offseason, he posted about his son’s birthday party, attending the circus, family vacations, and more. It’s great to see these players making it a priority to spend time with family!

Watched the NBA Playoffs: A native of Houston, Texas, Robison is a huge Rockets fan and supported James Harden and Co. during the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Unfortunately, the Rockets lost to Golden State prior to the Finals.

Went fishing (of course): For as comfortable as Robison is on the field, he’s just as much a natural with a fishing rod in his hands. It’s no secret that the DE spends a large part of his offseason fishing, and Vikings photographer Andy Kenutis captured some fun photos of Robison’s off-field gig.  Robison even got a feature written on him in Bass Angler Magazine:

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No matter how this season goes, no matter how it ends, I can promise you that Antoine Winfield will still be one of my top ten favorite Vikings of all time.

Now, his son may also be playing home games in Minnesota.

Antoine Winfield Jr. was extended an offer by the University of Minnesota on Friday, according to Ryan Burns.

The Texas cornerback is listed at 5′ 9″ and 183 pounds and is entering his senior year. According to 1500 ESPN, he has also fielded offers from Northwestern and Michigan State.

It would be great to see the next generation of the Winfield family once again playing lights out football in Minnesota.

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