Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the ninth article, focusing on the defensive ends. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backstight endsfullbackswide outsspecialistssafeties, and cornerbacks.]

With free agency fast approaching, front offices are preparing to make moves that will shape their franchises in 2015 and beyond. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has never been one to sign “splashy” free agent names, but his decisions have generally been “low-risk, high-reward” moves.

This year, the Vikings will need to address their defensive ends — specifically,  the situation surrounding Brian Robison’s backup. The team drafted Oregon State’s Scott Crichton 72nd-overall in the 2014 NFL Draft hoping he’d fill that role, but the former Beaver recorded just 2 tackles in 8 games.

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The situation has already been discussed at great length. We’ll surely dissect it a lot more in the coming days and weeks.

For now, here is the Friday statement from Adrian Peterson regarding yesterday’s legal decision and his status in the NFL:

I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty’s decision.  It is a positive step in protecting players’ rights and preserving due process for all players.  It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love.  As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day.  I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports.

The statement really says very little and offers little insight as to how this will all play out.

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Veteran guard Charlie Johnson has been released by the Vikings.

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According to Vikings.com, the Minnesota Vikings have released Charlie Johnson. Signed in August of 2011, Johnson spent four years on the Vikings offensive line. Resigned in early 2014 to a two-year deal, the veteran guard never quite lived up to expectations and his release comes at no surprise. Pro Football Focus ranked Charlie Johnson 56 of 78 at his position in the 2014 Seaosn.

Charlie Johnson was due 2.5 million in 2015 with no guarantees. The Vikings will incur no “dead money” and add that amount to their available salary cap.

Currently, sophomore guard David Yankey is next in line on the depth chart though, the Vikings will likely address the vacancy left by Johnson’s departure in either free agency or the draft. Brandon Scherff, Iowa offensive lineman, has been mocked to the Vikings frequently and is a possible selection by the Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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“If Adrian Peterson doesn’t stay with the team it will be very unfortunate, because the thought of him working in Norv Turner’s offense—who has a long track record of maximizing his RBs’ talents—is still something that gives me chills.”

The above thoughts are from Luke Inman, friend of Vikings Territory and contributor for eDraft Sports. A lifelong Vikings fan, Inman is thrilled to spend most of his days doing what he loves: working around football. Inman joined eDraft almost two years ago, and he helped in a variety of departments, including NCAA Football, NFL Draft and Fantasy Football.

Inman started out as a contributing writer, but now he has his hands in many other areas of the site as well. Being local, Inman has the opportunity to photograph events such as Vikings Training Camp or the Senior Bowl, and he also hosts eDraft podcasts. You name it, he can do it.

If you’re excited for the NFL Draft, Inman assures you that he has a ton of great content coming. Starting next week, he will be launching a Daily Draft Player Profile: a five-minute video on a 2015 draft prospect that will include highlights, analysis, and breakdown of the player’s strengths and potential team fits.

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Newly acquired tight end Brandon Bostick recently penned an honest assessment of his life since his disastrous attempt to recover an onside kick in the NFC Championship Game.

Bostick, who was waived by the Packers afterwards and then claimed by the Vikings, says that he has had trouble getting that moment out of his mind. It haunts him as he’s falling asleep, as he is dreaming, and when he wakes up in the morning.

Of course, the media coverage and nature of social media has not helped him to try and forget about it, but Bostick’s article has a feel to it that suggests he needed to write it and get his feelings out there as a part of the healing process.

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