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Lindsey Young and her father.

I have heard countless sports journalists say that you simply cannot be a fan of a team that you cover. Vikings Territory‘s own Lindsey Young is well on her way to being an exception to that rule.

Lindsey is also incredibly humble, vocally refusing to use VT to promote her other works, so I decided to hijack this week’s “Fan Spotlight” (which she normally authors) and make it all about her.

Literally since before she can remember, Lindsey has been a fan of Minnesota sports of all varieties, and the evidence is on tape.

“There is a home video my parents have where I’m in the living room playing, and you can hear my dad watching TV in the other room,” she tells me of those early days of watching the Twins with her dad.

“Kirby Puckett is on!” he could be heard yelling from the other room. Little Lindsey hops right up, in this video, and books it for the room with the television in it to watch Puckett at bat. Even at that young age, she was interested in sports and knew which players were a cut above the rest.

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If you are a Minnesota sports fan and a memorabilia collector, chances are you’ve seen a piece of Ryan Fors’ artwork along the way.Fors is an avid Minnesota sports fan himself, and he has loved to draw and paint for as long as he can remember. It only makes sense that his two interests would combine, but he never imagined it would grow the way it has.

“I got into the stencils and sports paintings about 7-8 years ago as an inexpensive gift I could give family members,” Fors explained, “and things kind of took off from there.”Randy MossOver the past several years, Fors has created over 400 pieces, many of those being likenesses of Minnesota athletes.

Of course, several of the paintings feature Vikings players. Fors has been supporting the purple and gold since Day 1.

“My earliest memory is when I was given an autographed Carl Lee napkin from a family friend,” he said. “As a kid, I thought that was the coolest thing.”

Although Fors didn’t play football himself–rather, he was a basketball player–he loved watching the Vikings and had many player favorites throughout the years. The fan has no doubt in his mind when it comes to his all-time favorite player, though: Randy Moss, hands down.  Moss played with an intensity and natural talent that Fors (and many other Vikings fans!) thrived on, and Fors’ prints featuring Moss are incredibly popular.

Like most die-hard fans, Fors feels plenty of excitement surrounding Minnesota’s current roster and upcoming 2015 season. Despite the unforeseen road bumps in 2014, Fors reflected on the positives of the situation and also high expectations for next year:

“With what we had to deal with throughout the season and with a new coach, I think we did well. Teddy [Bridgewater] got some experience, hopefully AD comes back, and hopefully the new guys and Draft help us out. I think anything less than the playoffs next season would be a disappointment.”

Fors hopes to see Minnesota draft well at the end of the month, and he would love to see cornerback Trae Waynes playing at TCF Bank Stadium next year.The Vikings have made some decent free agency moves as well this offseason, including adding wide receiver Mike Wallace to the roster.

“I’m excited to see Wallace in purple,” Fors said. “I’m hoping he can help Teddy out downfield and also open things up for Adrian [Peterson].”

Who is he most excited to watch next season? Fors said it has to be his favorite player on the current roster: linebacker Anthony Barr, who will be entering his sophomore season with Minnesota.”The combo of speed and power is just fun to watch,” Fors explained. “[Barr has the] ability to make a game-changing play at any moment. Plus, he’s a fellow sneaker lover!”

Play-by-Play with Ryan

Cris CarterTop-Selling Paintings: Cris Carter, Kirby Pucket and, surprisingly, Buster Posey

Vikings Jerseys in Your Closet: Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr

Athlete You’d Like to Paint That You Haven’t Yet: I’ve been trying to clear up some free time to get a Purple People Eaters piece done.

Favorite Movie: So many to choose from! But I think I have to go with Pulp Fiction … with Kingpin being a close second.

Ryan on the Web:
Twitter: @ryan_fors
Contact: info@ryanfors.com
See more of Ryan’s work and his online store at ryanfors.com!

 

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    Free agency rumors have been flying already. The most recent updates will be posted to the top of this page as time continues, with special emphasis being given to those rumors that can affect the Vikings as far as free agents they’ve been targeting, signing, hosting or ones that can set the market at positions of need.
    Stay here and refresh the page for the latest on free agency. We’ll be liveblogging through the first couple of days of free agency as well as the tampering period.

    The Vikings interest/inquiry list so far is LB A.J. Hawk, QB Shaun Hill (hooray!), DE Michael Johnson, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE George Selvie, QB Brian Hoyer, S Rahim Moore, CB Patrick Robinson, S Taylor Mays, OG Clint Boling and RB Stevan Ridley OG Mike Iupati.

    For the VT reaction to the Vikings’ interest in Hawk, Clayborn, Hill and Selvie, check out this piece.

    Check out our story on Tom Johnson here.

    Check out our story on Cullen Loeffler here.

    Check out our story on Matt Asiata here.

    Check out our story on Mike Harris here.

    Check out our story on Joe Berger here.

    Check out our story on Shaun Hill here.

    Check out our story on missing Clint Boling here.

    Check out our story on Michael Johnson here.

    After parsing data on the running back market as it has evolved in the last couple of days, I took a stab at what it meant for Adrian Peterson’s contract value and if it makes sense. He should be paid a lot, but at what point is “a lot” crossing the line into “overpaid”?


    For a summary of the previous day’s activities, just click on that date’s tab!

    (1:47 PM CDT): CB Shareece Wright is visiting San Francisco.

    (1:43 PM CDT): Talks between TE Jermaine Gresham and the Oakland Raiders are “dead for now”. He is #35 on our FA wishlist below.

    (1:37 PM CDT): The Saints cut CB Corey White, which actually makes a lot of sense.

    (1:36 PM CDT): Our previous reports of Chip Kelly just being a damn liar may not be so, unless he made lying about the trade a condition of the trade.

    (1:35 PM CDT): New Orleans will restructure LB Dannell Ellerbe.

    (1:34 PM CDT): RB Reggie Bush is visiting New England because the AFC East can’t have nice things.

    (1:34 PM CDT): Dolphins are still working on an extension for TE Charles Clay.

    (12:22 PM CDT): S Jeron Johnson has interest from multiple teams and is visiting Washington. I like him and think he is #good.

    (12:21 PM CDT): The Patriots couldn’t resist Patriot-ing, so they signed a tight end. Scott Chandler has agreed to terms with New England. The Ravens were interested.

    (12:11 PM CDT): Lots of bafflings Saints moves. They’ve signed RB C.J. Spiller to pair with RB Mark Ingram and overshadow RB Khiry Robinson. They have also traded WR Kenny Stills for LB Dannel Ellerbe and a third round pick from the Miami Dolphins. This means they’ve lost good OL, two young, excellent receiving options and have gained expensive running backs, old cornerbacks and an old, expensive linebacker. It’s the anti-build. They didn’t even tender a really promising young DT in Tyrunn Walker, instead letting him walk to sign a deal larger than a tender would have been.

    (12:10 PM CDT): The Jaguars have signed PR/WR Bryan Walters.

    (12:08 PM CDT): The St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with Nick Fairley, which puts him on a team with Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn, with Michael Brockers in tow.

    (12:07 PM CDT): Edge defender Greg Hardy has drawn interest from at least three teams. They are mysteries.

    (10:45 AM CDT): After a very good morning of signing their kicker, an impact interior defensive tackle, re-signing edge defender Derrick Morgan and grabbing edge defender Brian Orakpo, the Titans could ruin it all by aiming for Trent Richardson.

    (10:43 AM CDT): OG John Jerry and CB Perrish Cox are visiting Tennessee.

    (9:46 AM CDT): Percy Harvin, who reportedly wants to play a traditional WR role but has not been treated as such by teams (although the Jets did it more than anyone else), has ended his visit with Buffalo (and reunite with Rex) and has two other teams to visit. He’s been linked with New England, Green Bay and San Diego.

    (9:45 AM CDT): Interior DL Nick Fairley will sign with St. Louis.

    (9:43 AM CDT): Interior DL Karl Klug, who almost made the wishlist because he is very talented, re-signed with the Tennessee Titans on a three-year deal. I don’t think he’s a scheme fit there, but players sometimes have to go where there’s a market.

    (9:34 AM CDT): The Dallas Cowboys have signed RB Darren McFadden to a two-year contract.

    (9:33 AM CDT): S Darian Stewart is visiting Atlanta. He visited Denver previously.

    (9:32 AM CDT): Tennessee has signed K Ryan Succop to a three-year extension.

    (9:13 AM CDT): Another one bites the dust. #19 on our FA target wishlist below, CB Chris Culliver, has signed with Washington, on a four-year, $32M ($8M APY) deal.

    (7:02 AM CDT): Scratch what I said about the Titans needing to agree with Derrick Morgan instead of Brian Orakpo. They’ve evidently done both. He is our #9 FA target on the wishlist below.

    (6:15 AM CDT): The Bills are confident they’ll land TE Charles Clay, who the Miami Dolphins decided to keep the transition tag on after signing TE Jordan Cameron despite the expense. The transition tag allows the Dolphins the right of first refusal, but does not provide them any compensation if they do not.

    (6:12 AM CDT): The Titans have agreed to a deal with edge defender Brian Orakpo—even though they probably should have found a way to keep Derrick Morgan instead. It’s not a bad signing in a vacuum, however.

    (5:16 AM CDT): The Saints have re-signed LB and special teams captain Ramon Humbar.

    (5:13 AM CDT): The Buffalo Bills have signed WR/KR Marcus Easley and edge defender Jarius Wynn. Easley’s contract is four years, for $7M ($1.75M APY) and Wynn’s is two-years $2.2M ($1.1M APY).

    (5:12 AM CDT): The Saints are shopping everyone but QB Drew Brees and WR Brandin Cooks

    (5:09 AM CDT): CB Chris Culliver, #20 on our FA target wishlist below, is expected to visit Washington.

    (11:25 PM CDT): Edge defender Derrick Morgan is done with his visit to Tampa Bay, and had previously visited Atlanta. Dallas is interested.

    (11:24 PM CDT): The Raiders are interested in edge defender Greg Hardy.

    (10:20 PM CDT): Former Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Best of luck to him, but not his team. The Vikings cannot rely on picking him back up if they miss on a MLB in the third or fourth wave of free agency.

    (10:20 PM CDT): The Jets have agreed to a four-year contract with S Marcus Gilchrist.

    (9:34 PM CDT): DT Tyrunn Walker has been signed by the Detroit Lions on a one-year, $1.75M deal. He’s actually very talented despite the fact that the Saints let the RFA walk. I would not be surprised to see him play a big role in rotation, much like Tom Johnson did.

    (8:46 PM CDT): The Dolphins signed a deal with TE Jordan Cameron after it was reported that he had signed a deal with the Browns. The Dolphins will not revisit the transition tag they have on TE Charles Clay, though I expect they’ll lose him to the Bills or the Browns on a front-loaded contract that will be too difficult for them.

    (7:22 PM CDT): Our #5 FA target on the wishlist below, LB Akeem Ayers, has signed with the Rams on a two-year deal. It is a two-year, $6M deal ($3M APY) with $3M guaranteed. Incentives can push it to $10M.

    (7:00 PM CDT): CB Davon House’s deal with the Jaguars is four years, $24.5M ($6.1M APY), with 2015 ($4.5M) fully guaranteed and $3.5M of 2016 ($6M) guaranteed.

    (7:00 PM CDT): I know you’ve heard, but it must be here anyway: the Eagles have signed RB Ryan Mathews to a three-year $12M deal ($4M APY) along with RB DeMarco Murray, giving them a backfield of Darren Sproles, Murray and Mathews, with RB Chris Polk on the roster as well.

    (7:00 PM CDT): Chip Kelly is a liar.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Seahawks are hosting C/OG Stefen Wisniewski as well as OG Shelley Smith

    (7:00 PM CDT): QB Carson Palmer restructured his contract to free up $7.1M of cap space.

    (7:00 PM CDT): WR/Gadget Percy Harvin is done visiting the Bills and a decision will be made soon.

    (7:00 PM CDT): DT Terrance Knighton signed a one-year, $4M deal with Washington

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Browns are interested in both WR Stevie Johnson and WR Dwayne Bowe

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Patriots signed LB Jonathan Freeny

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Falcons signed edge defender O’Brien Schofield.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Jets are interested in WR Cecil Shorts.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The 49ers quickly signed TE Garrett Celek.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Indianapolis Colts cut RB Trent Richardson and RB Michael Hill.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Giants cut CB Travis Howard

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Broncos have signed punter Karl Schmitz

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Dolphins signed DB T.J. Heath

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Patriots signed CB Chimdi Chekwa

    (7:00 PM CDT): CB/S Sterling Moore is visiting the Buccaneers. He is our #30 FA target on the wishlist below.

    (7:00 PM CDT): LB Mark Herzlich’s deal with the Giants is $2.6M over two years, ($1.3M APY) with $200k in playtime incentives each year.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Cardinals have released OC Kyle Sendlein.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The release of WR Stevie Johnson is official. At the same time, they re-signed QB Blaine Gabbert to a two-year deal and TE Garrett Celek to a one-year deal.

    (7:00 PM CDT): WR Eddie Royal’s contract with the Bears is three years, $15M ($5M APY) with $10M guaranteed for the first two years.

    (7:00 PM CDT): If you never saw the DeMarco Murray deal, it was five years, $40M with $18M in full guarantees.

    (7:00 PM CDT): CB Antonio Cromartie has signed with the Jets. The deal is worth $32M over four years ($8M APY). The Jets’ top three cornerbacks in APY pull down $28.25M and Dee Milliner adds another $3.2M.

    (1:45 PM CDT): The Brandon Browner deal with the Saints is three years and “roughly” $18M ($6M APY).

    (1:43 PM CDT): The Vikings have lost out on DE Adrian Clayborn. He is signing with the Falcons, along with CB Phillip Adams. Clayborn is our #37 FA wishlist target.

    (1:40 PM CDT): Edge defender Derrick Morgan is not signing with Tampa Bay. He is #9 on our FA wishlist below.

    (1:38 PM CDT): RB Justin Forsett’s deal with the Ravens is expected to be $3M APY.

    (1:37 PM CDT): The Saints have signed CB Brandon Browner on a three-year deal, crowing perhaps the most confusing rebuilding period I’ve ever seen.

    (1:34 PM CDT): Jason La Canfora reports that the Dolphins, Bills, Rams, Vikings and… Saints I guess are in on potentially wanting to deal for Evan Mathis.

    (1:31 PM CDT): The Ravens are giving RB Justin Forsett a three-year deal.

    (1:10 PM CDT): After reports that the Eagles were cutting OG Evan Mathis, the best guard in the NFL on an incredibly cheap contract, they are instead opening him up to trade.

    (1:01 PM CDT): The Saints are closing in on a deal with CB Brandon Browner

    (12:56 PM CDT): The Chiefs are releasing WR Dwayne Bowe.

    (12:50 PM CDT): The New Orleans Saints are attempting to trade talented receiver Kenny Stills.

    (12:44 PM CDT): DeMarco Murray’s contract is right in line with what the market would have predicted. Five years, $42M ($8.4M APY), with $21M guaranteed.

    (12:22 PM CDT): The Chiefs have traded a fifth-round pick for guard Ben Grubbs from the Saints. Great move by Kansas City.

    (11:44 AM CDT): S Nate Allen is signing with the Raiders. He is our #34 FA wishlist target, which serves to explain how thin the safety crop is this year.

    (11:38 AM CDT): QB Thad Lewis has signed a one-year deal with the Browns. I would hope he doesn’t beat out Connor Shaw for the third QB spot, much less McCown for QB1

    (11:35 AM CDT): WR Danny Amendola has re-done his deal with the Patriots. Three years, $12.75M ($4.25 APY), $15M with incentives

    (11:34 AM CDT): DT Henry Melton’s one year deal is $5M. May be signing prove-it contracts for the rest of his life.

    (11:21 AM CDT): OT/OG Willie Colon has re-signed with the Jets on a one-year contract.

    (11:14 AM CDT): RB DeMarco Murray will sign with the Eagles, in part because Dallas offered him $5M a year holy crap

    (11:04 AM CDT): LB Mason Foster is closing in on a three-year deal with the Bears. A lot of Vikings fans have asked me about him, and I’m OK not landing him.

    (10:57 AM CDT): The Texans are closing in on a deal FS Rahim Moore. Booooo.

    (10:56 AM CDT): The Bills have signed QB Tyrod Taylor

    (10:55 AM CDT): The Saints are interested in CB Brandon Browner.

    (10:54 AM CDT): Jacksonville has cut interior DL Red Bryant.

    (10:53 AM CDT): CB Antonio Cromartie is still probably signing with the Jets.

    (10:52 AM CDT): The Ravens are interested in TE Scott Chandler, cut recently from the Bills.

    (10:51 AM CDT): The Cowboys have signed FB Jed Collins. The fullback market is now too thin to really think there’s an answer in FA. The Vikings must be high on FB Zach Line or are prepared to platoon Rhett Ellison there with Line.

    (10:50 AM CDT): A number of teams are interested Derrick Morgan. They should be. He’s our #9 FA target on our wishlist below.

    (10:03 AM CDT): DE Michael Johnson, a former standout defensive end for Mike Zimmer, has scheduled a visit with the Vikings.

    (8:43 AM CDT): RB Ryan Mathews is still in Philly. Wondering if he knows about the Murray news.

    (8:38 AM CDT): RB DeMarco Murray is flying to Philadelphia “with the expectation” of becoming an Eagle. Our reaction:

    Hey Dallas

    (8:37 AM CDT): The Bills are still after WR/Gadget Percy Harvin.

    (8:36 AM CDT): Tampa Bay have made the signings for DT Henry Melton and S Chris Conte official.

    (8:34 AM CDT): A lot to update from last night. For now gaze upon the report that the Buccaneers are ready to “aggressively pursue” Adrian Peterson

    (8:30 AM CDT): Buccaneers they have agreed to terms with DT Henry Melton. Melton reunites with Lovie Smith.

    (8:30 AM CDT): Edge defender Brian Orakpo is still in Tennessee and has not set a confirmed date with the Cardinals.

    (8:30 AM CDT): OG Justin Blalock is visiting Detroit. As a reminder, the Vikings have not expressed an interest, at least as of yet.

    (8:30 AM CDT): New England is hosting LB Colin McCarthy

    (8:30 AM CDT): The 49ers are not interested in edge defender Greg Hardy.

    (8:30 AM CDT): TE Jimmy Graham has officially become a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Bills are interested in TE Anthony Fasano.

    (8:30 AM CDT): S Ron Parker is in Chicago.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Giants have made official their signings of RB Shane Vereen, OT Marshall Newhouse, WR/KR Dwayne Harris, LB Jonathan Casillas and LB J.T. Thomas.

    (8:30 AM CDT): Interior DL Vance Walker and S Darian Stewart are visiting Denver

    (8:30 AM CDT): Tennessee Titans are hosting CB Perrish Cox

    (8:30 AM CDT): CB Buster Skrine has signed with the Jets, officially.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Giants have announced a one year extension for Tom Coughlin. No one wins more Super Bowls on the hot seat.

    (8:30 AM CDT): Edge Defender Derrick Morgan is visiting Tampa Bay after leaving Atlanta without a deal.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were planning on releasing S Dashon Goldson, now want to trade him.

    (8:30 AM CDT): New England has signed LB Chris White for one year, $1.045M

    (8:30 AM CDT): RB Roy Helu has signed with the Raiders. This likely won’t stop them from trying to secure a feature back despite also carrying an exciting talent Latavius Murray.

    (8:30 AM CDT): CB Brice McCain’s deal with the Dolphins is two years, $5.5M.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Cardinals have signed interior DL Cory Redding.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Cardinals have signed center A.Q. Shipley. It’s a two-year deal.

    (8:30 AM CDT): The Raiders have signed Super Bowl MVP and LB Malcolm Smith.

    (10:51 PM CDT): Bucs can cut bait with LB Bruce Carter easily if they want to. The 4-year, $17M deal is only guaranteed through the first year with no signing bonus.

    (10:45 PM CDT): Edge defender Derrick Morgan is visiting the Buccaneers. He is our #9 FA Wishlist target below.

    (9:55 PM CDT): The Bears have signed S Antrel Rolle to a three-year deal. It’s $11.25M with $3M guaranteed.

    (9:15 PM CDT): DeMarco Murray is heading to Philadelphia, and negotiations with Jacksonville broke down. C.J. Spiller is headed to New Orleans.

    (8:38 PM CDT): The Ravens are interested in their former backup QB Tyrod Taylor, who visited the Bills.

    (8:31 PM CDT): Edge defender Jabaal Sheard signed with the Patriots for two years on an $11 million deal ($5.5M APY) with a $4M signing bonus.

    (8:29 PM CDT): The Chiefs are likely to sign G Paul Fanaika.

    (8:28 PM CDT): The St. Louis Rams will re-sign TE Lance Kendricks. He is our #40 FA on our wishlist tracker below.

    (8:27 PM CDT): TE Charles Clay is a top target for the Browns.

    (8:24 PM CDT): WR/KR Dwayne Harris has a five-year $17.5M deal with $7.1M guaranteed in the first two years.

    (8:15 PM CDT): S Major Wrights deal with the Bucs is two years, $3 million.

    (8:05 PM CDT): The Jacksonville Jaguars will not cut Marcedes Lewis and did receive a trade offer they didn’t execute.

    (8:04 PM CDT): The Cowboys have not pursued any running backs yet, despite their offensive revival being built on a run game.

    (8:02 PM CDT): DT Corey Peters’ deal with the Arizona Cardinals is $9M, $5M guaranteed.

    (7:59 PM CDT): DT Jared Odrick with the Jaguars is $42.5M with $22.5M guaranteed.

    (7:57 PM CDT): TE Lee Smith’s deal with the Oakland Raiders is a three-year $9.1M deal with $3.1M guaranteed.

    (7:54 PM CDT): NT Stephen Paea has a four-year, $21M deal ($5.25M) with Washington, with a $5M bonus and $7.85M guaranteed.

    (7:46 PM CDT): The Bills have cut TE Scott Chandler. Still has skill.

    (7:44 PM CDT): OT Bryan Bulaga’s deal with the Packers is five years, $33.75M with $8M in signing bonus.

    (7:43 PM CDT): RB DeMarco Murray’s top choice is Philadelphia. Oakland and Jacksonville are also interested, but not providing the same money.

    (7:42 PM CDT): Interior DL Kendall Langford has signed with the Colts for four years and $17.2M, with only $2.5M guaranteed.

    (7:40 PM CDT): RB DeMarco Murray is being wooed by former Oklahoma teammates at Philadelphia. The offensive familiarity is a draw.

    (7:39 PM CDT): New England has signed former Packers WR Kevin Dorsey and re-signed WR Brian Tyms.

    (7:37 PM CDT): CB Anthony Levine re-signed with the Ravens for a two-year, $2.4M ($1.2M APY) deal with $400k in signing bonus.

    (7:36 PM CDT): New England dropped out of the CB Darrelle Revis talks when the money reached $16M APY and $40M guaranteed.

    (7:34 PM CDT): WR Andre Johnson signed with the Colts on a three-year, $21M deal ($7M APY). The Chargers were interested in him and offered him more. It was close; the deal was agreed-upon with a plane waiting.

    (7:32 PM CDT): Edge defender Jerry Hughes’ deal with Buffalo is a five year, $45M deal with $30M over the first three years ($10M APY followed by $7.5M APY). Only $11.6M is guaranteed.

    (7:30 PM CDT): The Cowboys offered DeMarco Murray only $5M a year before he left town to pursue other deals. He is our #55 FA wishlist target on the list below

    (7:28 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings made the deal with QB Shaun Hill official.

    (7:27 PM CDT): The Chargers will not pursue a deal with edge defender Dwight Freeney.

    (7:25 PM CDT): The Dolphins landed CB Brice McCain, who the Vikings inquired about. It’s a two-year, $5.5M deal with $3M guaranteed.

    (7:24 PM CDT): The Vikings are among the teams rumored to be interested in CB Patrick Robinson. The others are the Steelers, Panthers, Dolphins and Saints. He is our #32 FA target on the Vikings wishlist below.

    (7:21 PM CDT): The Cardinals have announced deals with OG Mike Iupati, LB Sean Weatherspoon and DT Corey Peters

    (7:07 PM CDT): WR Leonard Hankerson’s deal with the Atlanta Falcons is one-year, $1 million with a $225k bonus and $745k base salary.

    (7:06 PM CDT): The Cowboys are in the mix for RB C.J. Spiller, as is New Orleans.

    (7:05 PM CDT): The Buccaneers are signing former Cowboy LB Bruce Carter. Good signing.

    (7:01 PM CDT): The Jets will send a 2016 7th-round pick to the Houston Texans for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Basically just securing his rights pre-release.

    (7:00 PM CDT): The Buccaneers have released DE Michael Johnson. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to be interested in him.

    (6:58 PM CDT): DT Ndamukong Suh is finally signing with the Dolphins.

    (6:56 PM CDT): Chip Kelly is totally not trading up for Marcus Mariota. And he got a trade request for Sam Bradford, allegedly.

    (6:56 PM CDT): The Titans have announced a deal with WR Harry Douglas.

    (6:53 PM CDT): Percy Harvin is visiting the Bills.

    (6:52 PM CDT): Liveblog took a hiatus. We’ll update with all the news we can find in a few minutes. Oops.

    (10:08 AM CDT): DE Adrian Clayborn is on the Falcons’ radar. He’s our #37 FA wishlist target.

    (10:01 AM CDT): RB Frank Gore’s deal with the Colts is official. Three years, $12 million ($4M APY), with $8.5M guaranteed in the first two years. Gore’s expected average with Philadelphia was $1M higher, which is a pretty significant discount to take to play somewhere besides where Chip Kelly is.

    (10:01 AM CDT): OK now LB Curtis Lofton is a Raider

    (9:59 AM CDT): WR Jeremy Maclin’s deal with the Chiefs is out. Five year, $55 million ($11M APY) with $22.5M in guarantees. Maybe it’s better that Philadelphia didn’t drive for him.

    (9:57 AM CDT): The Jaguars have announced the OT Jermey Parnell signing

    (9:48 AM CDT): Or maybe Lofton isn’t with the Raiders. If they’re lucky, it will stay that way.

    (9:44 AM CDT): NT Dan Williams has signed with the Raiders, along with LB Curtis Lofton. Terrance Knighton may be pricing himself out of a good market.

    (9:26 AM CDT): The numbers for TE Julius Thomas’ deal with Jacksonville are mostly out. It’s a five-year, $46 million deal with $24M guaranteed. That’s an APY of $9.2M, which is a little high for him, but not a risk for a franchise with that much space. The question is whether or not Thomas’s production benefited from the pieces around him more than his talent warranted, or whether or not he can produce those in a less dynamic offense. It helps that though Peyton Manning was a better quarterback than Blake Bortles was last year, Bortles can push it down the field and take advantage of Thomas’ specific skill set.

    (9:15 AM CDT): The Julius Thomas signing to the Jaguars is official.

    (9:13 AM CDT): RB DeAngelo Williams is visiting the Steelers.

    (8:50 AM CDT): Ryan Fitzpatrick could be traded to the Jets, which would really start the Revis 2.0 era off on the right foot. It’s happening.

    (8:46 AM CDT): DT Nick Fairley will not join the Lions, per… the Lions.

    (8:45 AM CDT): The Jets are in the lead to land the services of CB Antonio Cromartie.

    (8:11 AM CDT): The Dolphins have released Interior DL Randy Starks.

    (8:09 AM CDT): DeMarco Murray is down to either Dallas or Jacksonville.

    (7:36 AM CDT): So I guess mark down Marcus Mariota as the new quarterback for Washington.

    (7:33 AM CDT): Peter King’s most recent piece is full of the same fluff it usually is, but does contain two key tidbits for fans of the Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson wants out of Minnesota, and Dallas would deal “a good pick” to get him.

    (7:30 AM CDT): Ryan Mathews is the next running back to join the stable in Philadelphia.

    (7:29 AM CDT): WR Stevie Johnson will be released from San Francisco.

    (7:28 AM CDT): CB Brandon Browner is visiting New Orleans and will visit Washington next.

    (7:27 AM CDT): RB Reggie Bush has a few teams who want him, and he’ll visit San Francisco.

    (7:25 AM CDT): WR Leonard Hankerson will visit Atlanta.

    (7:24 AM CDT): Atlanta, Washington, Indianapolis and Baltimore are interested in RB Justin Forsett.

    (7:23 AM CDT): S Jimmy Wilson is visiting the Chargers.

    (7:22 AM CDT): CB Walter Thurmond will be an Eagle. One guess as to his college (but also he’s actually extremely talented).

    (7:10 AM CDT): Interior DL Cory Redding is visiting the Cardinals.

    (7:09 AM CDT): The Saints, after losing all of their linebackers and cutting the pay of their top defensive back, have said one of the reasons for the Jimmy Graham trade is the need to improve defense.

    (6:34 AM CDT): LB Curtis Lofton will visit Oakland.

    (2:02 AM CDT): S Isa Abdul-Quddus has re-signed with the Lions. He is our #29 FA target o the wishlist below.

    (1:55 AM CDT): QB Tyrod Taylor is visiting the Buffalo Bills.

    (1:54 AM CDT): CB Leonard Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Bucs.

    (1:50 AM CDT): DT Terrance Knighton is visiting Washington.

    (1:48 AM CDT): LB Akeem Ayers, our #5 FA target, is visiting with the Rams.

    (1:31 AM CDT): CB Antonio Cromartie is going to sign with the Jets. Only sticking point is the length of the contract.

    (1:14 AM CDT): TE Luke Stocker has signed with the Buccaneers for three years, on a $4.8M deal ($1.6M APY)

    (1:12 AM CDT): CB Perrish Cox will visit Cleveland and Washington.

    (1:08 AM CDT): RB Roy Helu has signed a two-year, $4M deal with the Oakland Raiders. I’m not sure what this means about their pursuit of DeMarco Murray, but probably not much. Personally, I would really like for Helu and Latavius Murray to battle it out because I think both are extremely talented.

    (1:05 AM CDT): Missed this yesterday, but edge defender Jason Worilds retired. He was a relatively coveted edge defender that put together a nice pair of seasons for the Steelers. He’s 27.

    (10:44 PM CDT): Chris Ogbonnaya, our #49 FA wishlist target, has signed with the Giants.

    (10:33 PM CDT): WR Eddie Royal has signed with the Bears.

    (9:43 PM CDT): The Dolphins will target Jordan Cameron if they cannot retain Charles Clay, who is visiting the Bills and may have interest from the Browns. He is transition tagged, but other teams can offer to him.

    (9:41 PM CDT): The Saints “will obviously” look for another tight end, along with rostering Josh Wilson and Ben Watson.

    (9:39 PM CDT): Guard Shelley Smith, recently cut by the Dolphins, is visiting the Seahawks.

    (9:33 PM CDT): Linebacker Jonathan Casillas’ deal with the Giants is three years, $8M ($2.67M APY)

    (9:30 PM CDT): Linebacker J.T. Thomas’ deal with the Giants is three years, $10M ($3.33M APY) with $4.5M guaranteed.

    (9:23 PM CDT): Joe Berger’s contract is a two-year $2.15M deal for an APY of $1.075M. Not bad for a high-level backup guard, but still a tad high (the top backups at the guard position seem to typically make $150-200k over vet minimum and his is $870k). I would not be surprised if the Vikings mean for him to compete for a starting spot against David Yankey or an incoming guard. There are $800k in further incentives, which are probably keyed to playing time—which would further drive speculation about his eventual role.

    (9:21 PM CDT): The Bengals have signed OG Clint Boling. The Vikings are out of it. The next best guard on the market is probably former Falcons guard Justin Blalock.

    (8:21 PM CDT): I cannot stop blogging about this Revis deal. Revis’ deal is a 5-year, $70M ($14M APY) with $16M APY for the first three years and $39M guaranteed overall. That $39M has the first two years fully guaranteed with the third year guaranteed for up to $6M. It is unlikely that Revis will not earn the other $10M in that final year, so those first three years of $48M will all likely go in his back pocket. After that, the $11M for the final two years look somewhat reasonable if his third-year is top-notch, especially with how the cap situation will look in 2017.

    (8:10 PM CDT): Darrelle Revis will have earned more than the 2013 NFL salary cap and will be paid over $125M over the life of his career if he only earns the $40M+ guaranteed he’s getting from the Jets. He may have earned $60M more than the second-highest career earnings for a cornerback. I am in awe.

    (8:09 PM CDT): The Bears are hosting WR Eddie Royal.

    (7:49 PM CDT): CB Darrelle Revis has agreed to terms with the Jets. This dude might really get another $16 million per year. He needs to become an agent when he retires.

    (7:38 PM CDT): The Cowboys think they might lost DeMarco Murray at this point. “They almost expect it” according to Ian Rapaport. The Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams interested. Peterson implications, etc. The other rumored teams interested in Murray are not teams that seem to be in the market for Peterson, so that’s something.

    (7:34 PM CDT): The 49ers are keeping QB Blaine Gabbert, which is a relief to somebody I’m sure.

    (7:29 PM CDT): The Vikings may end up losing out on guard Clint Boling. Geoff Hobson from Bengals.com says that the Bengals are closing in on signing him.

    (7:24 PM CDT): Former Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton is visiting the Oakland Raiders.

    (7:22 PM CDT): The Buccaneers will host center/guard Stefen Wisniewski along with DT Henry Melton

    (7:13 PM CDT): CB Perrish Cox will visit Washington. Talented cornerback and a secondary that has Brashad Breeland and DeAngelo Hall—though they don’t need to replace either (unless they feel the same about Hall as I do), Cox would be a great add.

    (7:11 PM CDT): Former Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is visiting the Panthers.

    (7:03 PM CDT): Ravens have tendered exclusive rights free agent RB Fitzgerald Touissaint for $510k.

    (7:01 PM CDT): The Buccaneers are hosting DT Henry Melton

    (6:57 PM CDT): The Denver Broncos are signing tight end Joe Don Duncan from Dixie State. He’s a Matt Waldman favorite and could be an enormous hidden gem. With him and Virgil Green, it seems like the Broncos are doubling down on freak athletes with underrated technical skill who could explode onto the scene

    (6:54 PM CDT): Tennessee is hosting edge defender Brian Orakpo. The rumored list of teams interested in him include them, Washington, Arizona, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Atlanta (though the last has been refuted at times, and confirmed at others).

    (6:51 PM CDT): CB Tramon Williams is visiting the New Orleans Saints. Vikings fans can continue to cheer against him without worry.

    (6:44 PM CDT): Center A.Q. Shipley is visiting the Cardinals.

    (6:42 PM CDT): The Jaguars are currently making their pitch to RB DeMarco Murray right now. Knowing Gus Bradley, that might actually be really cool to see. Hopefully #JaguarsTwitter is involved.

    (6:40 PM CDT): The hangup in the Vikings of Matt Cassel to the Bills was a broken foot. The Bills acknowledged the risk and passed him.

    (6:39 PM CDT): Jabaal Sheard is visiting with the Patriots.

    (6:34 PM CDT): WR Percy Harvin is receiving a lot of interest from several teams, but will visit his old buddy Rex Ryan in Buffalo first, presumably to swap stories with E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel on Christian Ponder.

    (6:26 PM CDT): QB Matt Cassel has passed his physical with the Buffalo Bills, consummating the trade with the Vikings.

    (6:22 PM CDT): New rules on that damn trade, updated below.

    (6:05 PM CDT): The Colts have signed interior DL Kendall Langford.

    (6:00 PM CDT): Some of the reports have clarified on the Sam Bradford/Nick Foles trade conditions. Here are the conditions:

    Eagles get

    • Sam Bradford, QB
    • The Rams’ fifth-round pick this year (2015)

    Rams get

    • Nick Foles, QB
    • Eagles’ fourth-round pick this year (2015)
    • Eagles’ second-round pick next year (2016)

    If Sam Bradford is injured and therefore does not start eight games, Eagles get

    • Rams’ fourth-round pick next year (2016)

    If Sam Bradford does not play at all, Eagles get

    • Rams’ third-round pick next year (2016)

    (5:59 PM CDT): The Patriots have signed WR Brandon Gibson to a one-year deal worth $825k.

    (5:51 PM CDT): The terms of the Eagles’ trade with the Rams for QB Sam Bradford in exchange for QB Nick Foles are in. The Eagles will receive Sam Bradford and a fifth-round pick this year. The Rams will receive Nick Foles, a fourth-round pick this year and a second-round pick next year. That is if Sam Bradford starts eight games this year without injury. There are other conditions in the deal that are being reported that conflict with each other, including injury. Assuming the normal next-year discount, the net point value of the trade as-is is 214.5 points in favor of the St. Louis Rams, which is equivalent to the 11th pick in the third round.

    (5:49 PM CDT): There’s been a lot of drama on the Vikings trade with the Bills that gives them a late-round pick for Matt Cassel and a late pick this year and next year. Seems like the deal is going to get done.

    (5:48 PM CDT): The Bengals are hosting DT Nick Fairley.

    (5:46 PM CDT): Vic Carucci is reporting that the Jets are not in on the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, which is odd because that $16M APY deal is supposed to be theirs.

    (5:42 PM CDT): The Chargers are releasing guard Chad Rinehart. He is not good, so this move makes sense.

    (5:38 PM CDT): Virgil Green’s deal with the Broncos is three years, $8.4M ($2.8M APY). Incentives bring it up to $11.25M. Great value.

    (5:20 PM CDT): The three teams vying for RB Roy Helu are the Patriots, Raiders and Jets.

    (5:15 PM CDT): Linebacker J.T. Thomas has signed with the Giants for a three-year, $12 million deal ($4M APY), with $4.5M guaranteed.

    (5:11 PM CDT): CB Darrelle Revis has an offer for three years, $48M ($16M APY again) on the table, with $40M guaranteed.

    (5:04 PM CDT): LB Bruce Carter is visiting Tampa Bay.

    (4:54 PM CDT): The Steelers are not in it for Darrelle Revis. Too much money, which… yea.

    (4:51 PM CDT): If Derrick Morgan leaves Atlanta without a deal, he will visit Tampa Bay.

    (4:49 PM CDT): The Patriots have inquired after RB C.J. Spiller to replace RB Shane Vereen.

    (4:47 PM CDT): Texans traded QB Case Keenum to the Rams for a seventh-round pick.

    (4:46 PM CDT): The “mystery team” in for Revis is probably the Bills, per Adam Schefter.

    (4:42 PM CDT): Five teams are in the running for Darrelle Revis. Patriots, Jets, Packers, Steelers and a “mystery team,” according to Jason Cole. That seems very, very unusual given the Packers’ and Steelers’ general approach to FA. And of course, a Packers Revis would suck for the Vikings.

    (4:38 PM CDT): The New England Patriots have a good shot at landing WR/Gadget Percy Harvin, which actually would be exciting despite my snark on the 4:30 PM CDT update.

    (4:35 PM CDT): Linebacker A.J. Hawk, who the Vikings inquired after, has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    (4:33 PM CDT): The Buccaneers have cut OT Anthony Collins.

    (4:30 PM CDT): WR/Gadget Percy Harvin has been released from the Jets. His 2012 season will probably trick some other team, too.

    (4:26 PM CDT): The Giants have cut OT Rogers Gaines.

    (4:24 PM CDT): Edge defender Derrick Morgan is visiting the Falcons. He’s supremely talented and underappreciated. There’s a good chance he’ll be well worth the money. He is #9 on our FA wishlist.

    (4:22 PM CDT): The Dolphins have cut guard Shelley Smith.

    (4:18 PM CDT): The Panthers have released RB DeAngelo Williams. Life came at him fast.

    (4:18 PM CDT): The Houston Texans are interested in NT Vince Wilfork.

    (4:16 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills are hosting TE Charles Clay, according to Adam Schefter on air. Clay is transition-tagged by the Dolphins, so they have the right to match and keep him. Rapaport indicates that the Bills are constructing their offer sheet with that in mind and want to make it difficult to match.

    (4:11 PM CDT): S Keenan Lewis wants his contract guaranteed or he wants to leave the New Orleans Saints.

    (4:10 PM CDT): The Colts and S Colt Anderson have agreed to an extension

    (4:08 PM CDT): The Philadelphia Eagles are evidently interested in RB DeMarco Murray, which seems unusual given the preference Chip Kelly has on offense for having scheme over high-paid talent at skill positions. If he goes to a team not known to be interested in Adrian Peterson, that is good news for the Vikings.

    (4:07 PM CDT): The Colts’ deal with the Trent Cole is for two years, $16M ($8M APY). Even in the new-cap era, that’s a bit much, per Adam Caplan on ESPN (on-air).

    (4:04 PM CDT): RB Shane Vereen’s deal with the New York Giants is as follows: three years, $12.5M total ($4.2M APY).

    (4:01 PM CDT): The details on the incentives in the Matt Asiata deal for the Vikings are out. In addition to his base salaries of $800k and $725k, he has a $75k workout bonus each year and $100k of his base salary guaranteed. He can earn up to $700k more over those two years with incentives for rushing touchdowns, touchdowns and catches.

    (4:00 PM CDT): TE Lee Smith signed for $3M APY for three years with the Raiders.

    (3:58 PM CDT): The Giants agreed to a two-year deal with former Packers offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse.

    (3:57 PM CDT): Stephen Paea has agreed to a deal with Washington.

    (3:56 PM CDT): The Raiders, along with three other teams, are in on the RB DeMarco Murray race. It has Adrian Peterson implications, obviously.

    (3:51 PM CDT): The Bills made it official, they are signing former Vikings FB Jerome Felton.

    (3:47 PM CDT): Torrey Smiths’ deal is $8M APY. 5-year, $40M with $22M guaranteed.

    (3:46 PM CDT): CB Darrelle Revis is expected to sign with the Jets, according to sources inside the Patriots organization.

    (3:42 PM CDT): WR Torrey Smith, as expected, signed a five-year deal with the 49ers. He is our #17 FA target.

    (3:40 PM CDT): WR/KR Dwayne Harris has signed a five-year, $3.5M APY deal with the Giants and $7.5M guaranteed up front.

    (3:38 PM CDT): Guard Mike Iupati signed a 5-year $40M deal with the Arizona Cardinals, with incentives that bring it up to $41M ($8M APY) with $22.5M guaranteed. That is why the Vikings were not seriously in his market, though he got $500k less than he wanted.

    (3:35 PM CDT): Linebacker Josh Bynes has re-signed with the Detroit Lions for two years.

    (3:34 PM CDT): S Sergio Brown is signing with the Jaguars.

    (3:33 PM CDT): TE Jermaine Gresham and DT Dan Williams are visiting the Oakland Raiders.

    (3:31 PM CDT): The Atlanta Falcons have signed linebackers Justin Durant and Brooks Reed.

    (3:37 PM CDT): QB Jake Locker is retiring. The Eagles were rumored to be interested in him before the trade for Sam Bradford. He is our #46 FA on the wishlist below.

    (3:19 PM CDT): Adam Schefter reports there is no deal in place for the Bears and S Antrel Rolle.

    (3:16 PM CDT): The Raiders have secured TE Lee Smith. Still in contention for TE Jermaine Gresham.

    (3:14 PM CDT): The Vikings have signed backup QB Shaun Hill. It’s a two-year deal with escalators that bring the total to $7M. As it stands right now, it’s $6.5M ($3.25M APY, cheaper than Matt Cassel’s $4.5M APY).

    (3:12 PM CDT): Colts have retained S Mike Adams on a two-year deal.

    (3:11 PM CDT): The Vikings are in the lead for backup QB Shaun Hill.

    (3:10 PM CDT): The Bears have signed safety Antrel Rolle. Damn.

    (3:09 PM CDT): ESPN reported on-air that CB Buster Skrine will head to the New Jork Jets.

    (3:07 PM CDT): LB (and former Super Bowl MVP) Malcolm Smith has agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders.

    (3:06 PM CDT): The Denver Broncos have agreed to a deal with Owen Daniels.

    (3:05 PM CDT): The Vikings have agreed to a two-year deal with swing OL Joe Berger. Our story here.

    (2:58 PM CDT): Nick Foles could be headed to St. Louis along with some draft picks in exchange for Sam Bradford heading to Philadelphia. Confirmed.

    (2:55 PM CDT): In what is bad news for the Vikings, the Lions have traded for Ravens DT Haloti Ngata to replace Ndamukong Suh. Lions DC Teryl Austin was the secondary coach for the Ravens from 2011-2013 so is familiar with Ngata. Big news.

    (2:51 PM CDT): The Vikings haven’t called on CB Buster Skrine, despite interest in a lot of CBs. He may not meet their physical parameters—a slowish 40 and shorter arms may not be a good fit for who they pursue.

    (2:47 PM CDT): IT HAPPENED THEY DID THE DEAL

    (2:44 PM CDT): The Saints are shopping TE Jimmy Graham, like Ian Rapaport reported, BUT ARE EVIDENTLY DEALING WITH SEATTLE OFFERING GRAHAM AND A FOURTH FOR CENTER MAX UNGER AND A FIRST

    (2:39 PM CDT): Reggie Bush is considering a return to the Saints, along with the Patriots and 49ers.

    (2:36 PM CDT): The Saints are shopping a lot of players because of their cap issues. One of those players is TE Jimmy Graham. Bombshell from Ian Rapaport.

    (2:34 PM CDT): The offer sheet from the Bills for transition-tagged Charles Clay is being prepared, and the Browns are interested, too. The Dolphins will have to match to keep him, but they do have right of first refusal.

    (2:29 PM CDT): The Bears are no longer in it for DT Terrance Knighton. He is expected to sign with the Raiders.

    (2:22 PM CDT): Nothing is sure yet on QB Shaun Hill. But there’s interest.

    (2:09 PM CDT): The Dolphins not only re-signed LB Kelvin Sheppard, but S Michael Thomas. They have put a second-round tender on RFA DE Derrick Shelby. Shelby is a good rotational player, but I don’t expect teams to bite.

    (1:57 PM CDT): S Da’Norris Searcy’s deal with the Titans is four years, $24M ($6M APY). $10.5M is guaranteed. Expect Rahim Moore’s eventual deal to fall between that and McCourty’s $9.5M deal (and McCourty was offered more elsewhere).

    (1:55 PM CDT): TE Virgil Green, our #25 FA, will not sign with the Bears. He is remaining with the Broncos for $3M a year. That’s a great, great deal for Denver.

    (1:50 PM CDT): TE Ed Dickson will play for the Panthers.

    (1:48 PM CDT): CB Brandon Browner won’t take a paycut to stay in New England, which either means they exercise their option to keep him or let him go into free agency. He is owed $5.5 million and other teams are willing to pay him more.

    (1:44 PM CDT): The Cardinals are still pursuing edge defender Brian Orakpo even after securing LaMarr Woodley.

    (1:43 PM CDT): OT Bryan Bulaga, our #47 FA target on the wishlist below, took $7M APY to sign with the Packers, which was less than what other teams were offering him.

    (1:41 PM CDT): Nose tackle B.J. Raji is weighing his options (evidently he has a few), but has a preference to return with the Green Bay Packers.

    (1:40 PM CDT): The Broncos are meeting with TE Owen Daniels.

    (1:12 PM CDT): The Brian Hoyer “hasn’t decided yet” stuff is basically just noise to make sure everyone is in compliance with the NFL rules that say one cannot agree to a deal or make offers during the tampering period. As an example, the Jets, rumored to be still interested in Hoyer, are not. They are targeting Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will become available.

    (1:09 PM CDT): LB LaMarr Woodley is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals.

    (1:06 PM CDT): LB Kelvin Sheppard has re-signed with the Miami Dolphins. It makes the inevitable Dannel Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler (both LBs) more inevitable. He is depth, but they need LBs.

    (1:02 PM CDT): In less confusing, non-Vikings (sort of) news, the Bills are favorites to sign former Vikings FB Jerome Felton. RB LeSean McCoy didn’t run behind a fullback in Philadelphia under Chip Kelly, but did under Andy Reid.

    (12:59 PM CDT): Also from that show on 1500ESPN and the interview with Tom Pelissero (details below), Adrian Peterson is conflicted about playing with the Vikings, but his wife and agent will play a role in determining things—like whether he chooses to play for the team. Further, Wolfson said after the interview that Peterson’s camp is confused as to why the Wilfs didn’t send their personal jet for the meeting. I guess all this tangential stuff matters.

    (12:52 PM CDT): Former 1500ESPN reporter and current USA Today sportswriter Tom Pelissero was on 1500ESPN today to talk the Adrian Peterson situation. He says he has never been this confounded following a story with the team in his life, not even during the multiple Favre sagas. He 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. Well.

    (12:47 PM CDT): The Cowboys are in on the Greg Hardy (edge defender) race.

    (12:43 PM CDT): Adrian Peterson met with the owners, the Wilfs, in New York. Not really much else in that story.

    (12:23 PM CDT): Well the Vikings have now “expressed interest” in CB Chris Culliver, so.

    (12:19 PM CDT): WR Dwayne Bowe will be released by the Chiefs this week. He will probably refuse to catch passes over the middle for a better quarterback soon.

    (12:16 PM CDT): CB Chris Culliver has been contacted by the Vikings, though they have not made an offer. He is our #20 FA target on the wishlist below, but is rumored to have quite the market (as we mentioned yesterday). I would not be surprised if his price point was too high for Minnesota.

    (12:13 PM CDT): The Tennessee Titans are signing WR Harry Douglas to a three-year deal. Hopefully another fanbase can fall irrationally in love with him.

    (12:11 PM CDT): Arizona is the front-runner to sign edge defender Brian Orakpo, but Washington and Tennessee are on the list. If Arizona signs him, their diminishing cap space could create issues with a possible trade, though again it will be easy to restructure a high take-home pay for Adrian and a low year-one cap hit.

    (12:10 PM CDT): The Panthers have re-signed DT Kwan Edwards. He is good, but has been supplanted by Kawann Short.

    (12:05 PM CDT): Greg Hardy is drawing interest from a number of teams. They can sign him despite his status on the exempt list.

    (11:50 AM CDT): RB Shane Vereen will sign with the Giants.

    (11:47 AM CDT): The Titans will sign S Da’Norris Searcy.

    (11:45 AM CDT): Looks like Trent Cole to the Colts is not a sure thing. It probably is.

    (11:42 AM CDT): The Chiefs have interest in re-signing tackle Ryan Harris.

    (11:41 AM CDT): The Vikings have not reached out to Michael Crabtree’s agent, per Chris Tomasson.

    (11:39 AM CDT): The Vikings have tendered an offer to OT Mike Harris. They have not to LB Dom DeCicco. I am not a huge fan of Mike Harris as a backup option, but tackles are hard to find.

    (11:35 AM CDT): After locking up Brian Hoyer and then not having locked up Brian Hoyer, Houston has definitely locked up Brian Hoyer probably. The deal should be in excess of $6M APY.

    (11:45 AM CDT): The Packers have locked up OT Bryan Bulaga. Oh well. Good move for them.

    (11:28 AM CDT): Or less total, better structure for Gore’s contract. Garafolo says $11M total, not $12M (which was modeled off Eagles deal). Gore might have structured this contract knowing that he would not necessarily see year three of it, so has more money up front.

    (11:25 AM CDT): OK so now Frank Gore is signing with Indianapolis for a similar deal (probably) to the Philly one. Adam Schefter has a “rough” outline, which is very specific: three-year deal for $12M ($4M APY), $7.5M guaranteed.

    (11:17 AM CDT): The Colts are signing edge defender Trent Cole.

    (11:15 AM CDT): The Packers are pushing hard to keep OT Bryan Bulaga. He’d have to take less to do it. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get done.

    (11:10 AM CDT): It looks like Andre Johnson to the Colts is not a lock; he will workout with Miami as well. And technically, Gore hasn’t decided on Indy yet, but that seems likely.

    (11:06 AM CDT): The Miami Dolphins will not be pursuing C.J. Spiller.

    (10:35 AM CDT): The Jets have agreed to terms with RB Bilal Powell. Rex’s pull was not strong enough.

    (10:30 AM CDT): Andre Johnson and former U Miami teammate Frank Gore are heading to Indianapolis to play for the Colts. Huge get. This takes them off the list for an Adrian Peterson trade.

    (10:26 AM CDT): Eric Winston is headed to Cincinnati.

    (10:16 AM CDT): DT Devon Still did not receive a tender from the Bengals. He’ll hit the open market. Vikings may have interest because of his history with Zimmer.

    (10:13 AM CDT): The Jaguars are going to get CB Davon House. Looks like that in they had helped. Vikings were in the race.

    (10:11 AM CDT): The Bengals have extended tender offers to both linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris.

    (10:03 AM CDT): Davon House has a lot of teams after him that want him to sign as soon as FA opens. The Jaguars have an in, as their defensive backs position coach was his former head coach at New Mexico State.

    (9:57 AM CDT): DT Terrance Knighton isn’t close to a deal with anybody just yet.

    (9:56 AM CDT): The Giants are interested in S Da’Norris Searcy.

    (9:55 AM CDT): I guess the Cowboys contacted RB DeMarco Murray’s agent last night, just not him.

    (9:54 AM CDT): The Falcons are after WR Leonard Hankerson (and not Brian Orakpo)

    (9:53 AM CDT): The Cardinals are pursuing former Denver Broncos LB Nate Irving.

    (9:41 AM CDT): The Colts have re-signed swingman OL Joe Reitz, a player who held a lot of value to them late in the season. He’s on a three-year, $9M deal, that could increase to $10M.

    (9:33 AM CDT): The Chiefs have signed S Tyvon Branch to a one-year deal. Good move for everybody. It’s a one-year deal worth $2M that can increase to $4M.

    (9:21 AM CDT): If DeMarco Murray doesn’t hear from the Cowboys by 4:00PM EST, expect the Jaguars, Cardinals and Buccaneers to vie for his services. Two of those teams were on Adrian’s list of teams he would restructure for.

    (9:18 AM CDT): The Jets’ deal with guard James Carpenter is four years, at $4.75M APY. Expect a deal for Boling to be worth more, as he’s better.

    (9:16 AM CDT): Evidently, Pep Hamilton is playing a big role in why Frank Gore reneged from the Philadelphia deal (though not really, because there is technically no deal). Gore had 1700 yards in the same season Hamilton was the QB coach in San Francisco, and Gore is “smitten.”

    (9:11 AM CDT): The Jets are interested in QB Brian Hoyer (who was supposed to have already agreed to terms with the Texans), CB Antonio Cromartie and CB Buster Skrine. The Giants were interested in Skrine, too. And Darrelle Revis, obviously.

    (9:08 AM CDT): The Cleveland Browns are interested in CB Darrelle Revis, though no word on if he’s interested back.

    (8:43 AM CDT): More names are being thrown in for former Chargers linebacker Andrew Gachkar, and they still include the Vikings . They also include the Panthers and Raiders.

    (8:41 AM CDT): The Jets will release Percy Harvin today, meaning they only owe Seattle a sixth-round pick instead of a fourth-round pick.

    (7:56 AM CDT): The Vikings are rumored to be interested in RB Stevan Ridley, particularly in the case where Adrian Peterson is traded. He is our #15 FA target.

    (7:51 AM CDT): The Miami Dolphins are trying to trade linebackers Philip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe before being forced to cut them.

    (7:42 AM CDT): Evidently, Jason La Canfora said on the Gio and Jones show that Adrian Peterson would prefer a fresh start somewhere else.

    (7:39 AM CDT): Terrell Suggs is converting $3 million of his base salary into signing bonus to create more cap room for the Baltimore Ravens.

    (7:28 AM CDT): Edge defender O’Brien Schofield has been connected to the Atlanta Falcons

    (6:53 AM CDT): As mentioned yesterday, the Bills aren’t scared by the transition tag Miami placed on TE Charles Clay. It allows Miami to match and keep Clay, but with cap space issues, that may be a problem. The Bills are also interested in former Vikings FB Jerome Felton. Clay is our #24 target on the wishlist below.

    (6:53 AM CDT): The Chicago Bears are planning to roll with Jay Cutler as their Week 1 starter at QB.

    (6:51 AM CDT): Building off of the report from the previous day, the Giants have “serious interest” in RB Shane Vereen

    (6:50 AM CDT): The Jets, who were in the same guard market as the Vikings and had gone after Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin and Vikings target Clint Boling, will sign guard James Carpenter instead. He is our $45 FA target on the wishlist below.

    (6:49 AM CDT): OT Tyron Smith has restructured with the Cowboys, giving them more cap space.

    (6:47 AM CDT): RB DeMarco Murray has scrubbed all references from the Cowboys on his twitter feed, including his bio, tweets and images. The team has not contacted him in a week.

    (6:45 AM CDT): Seahawks will re-sign LB Mike Morgan

    (6:44 AM CDT): The Raiders are not expected to use fullbacks in their offense, so expect Marcel Reece’s talents to actually be useful. This is probably further evidence that Bill Musgrave is not in charge of the run game there, like he wasn’t in Minnesota.

    (6:43 AM CDT): WR Andre Johnson’s brother says something, I guess. He says the four teams Johnson wants to go to are the Seahawks, Colts, Packers and Patriots.

    (6:39 AM CDT): Contrary to previous reports, Charles Robinson is indicating that Atlanta isn’t only not a front runner for edge defender Brian Orakpo, but that they haven’t even contacted him. Indianapolis, Arizona and Washington have.

    (6:38 AM CDT): CB Cary Williams is signing with the Seahawks after deciding between them, the Jets, the Titans, and the Ravens—his team before Philadelphia.

    (6:37 AM CDT): Former Falcons DT Corey Peters is signing with the Cardinals. It’s a three-year deal with $3.5M APY.

    (6:35 AM CDT): NT Dan Williams will be targeted by the Raiders.

    (6:33 AM CDT): The Jaguars are expected to sign linebacker Dan Skuta, who formerly played for Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati.

    (9:25 PM CDT): In addition to WR Kris Durham, it turns out the Titans will also not tender RFA LB Kaelin Burnett

    (9:18 PM CDT): Virgil Green has drawn a lot of interest, and it has come down to either the Bears or Broncos. He is our #25 free agent on our wishlist below. He could be good with Martellus Bennett, so I’d prefer he not do that and re-sign with Denver.

    (9:17 PM CDT): The Falcons have closed in on a one-year deal with QB T.J. Yates, our #42 FA wishlist target.

    (9:13 PM CDT): The Falcons aren’t interested in edge defender Greg Hardy. Jason Cole called them a good fit earlier, though I think Hardy violates their stringent character rules.

    (9:01 PM CDT): The Ravens have tendered exclusive rights free agent CB Rashaan Melvin. He did well for them in the final stretch until the divisional game against New England.

    (8:35 PM CDT): The Chargers have re-signed C Trevor Robinson to a two-year deal worth up to $4.25 million.

    (8:18 PM CDT): The Raiders will be expected to dig in on TE Jermaine Gresham with TE Julius Thomas off the market.

    (8:17 PM CDT): LB Jon Beason re-worked his contract with the New York Giants to give them cap space.

    (7:59 PM CDT): The Jaguars have all but locked up Julius Thomas, something that seemed inevitable at the beginning of the day and crept closer to certainty all year.

    (7:44 PM CDT): The Vikings have signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with Matt Asiata according to Chris Tomasson. My take on Asiata is that he can be valuable but was used too much last year in non-specific situations. He has hands and the versatility to play fullback as well as halfback and can provide some degree consistency due to his vision. He did, after all, rank sixth in success rate per Football Outsiders last year. The deal is for less than $1 million, as expected. Our story on the Asiata signing here.

    (7:34 PM CDT): With the Eagles potentially losing out on Frank Gore, Albert Breer tweeted out that the Eagles are working on “contingencies”. I don’t expect them to be hiasgh-value contingencies, as that is not how the Eagles seem to work on the offensive side of the ball. Players like Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount make sense to me.

    (7:30 PM CDT): After ruining David Wilson’s confidence before injuries ended his career, the New York Giants are purported to be interested in Shane Vereen, because they like versatile running backs.

    (7:17 PM CDT): The Browns are “still in play” for edge defender Trent Cole.

    (7:06 PM CDT): The deal for Brian Hartline to the Cleveland Browns is a two-year, $6 million contract.

    (6:58 PM CDT): Perhaps the Vikings never inquired about guard Mike Iupati. By sports journalism law, Chris Tomasson and Darren Wolfson now have to fight it out to the death or otherwise determine honorable recompense.

    (6:45 PM CDT): Frank Gore has reached out to the Colts to “learn more about” them.

    (6:43 PM CDT): Jaguars are prepared to break the bank on TE Julius Thomas.

    (6:41 PM CDT): Brian Hartline is signing with the Cleveland Browns.

    (6:40 PM CDT): 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been cited for spousal battery charges.

    (6:38 PM CDT): The San Francisco 49ers received an inquiry for Colin Kaepernick, but are evidently not trading him despite earlier reports.

    (6:35 PM CDT): The New York Jets have tendered NT Damon Harrison at the second-round level and S Jaiquawn Jarrett at the original-round level (a cheaper tender, but would still cost a second-round pickthird round pick because rules), they’ve announced.

    (6:31 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills’ “top focus” is TE Charles Clay, our #24 FA target on the wishlist. Clay has been transition-tagged by the Dolphins, but could still be had. The Dolphins have the right of first refusal, but have cap space concerns after having signed (well, not yet) Ndamukong Suh and so may not be able to match any offers given to him. The Bills also are after OT Bryan Bulaga, our #47 target on the FA wishlist below.

    (6:30 PM CDT): The Green Bay Packers will not tender exclusive-rights free agent RB DuJuan Harris.

    (6:19 PM CDT): The Rams are now in the market for former Raiders C/OG Stefen Wisniewski, our #13 FA wishlist target.

    (5:56 PM CDT): Frank Gore may be approached by the Colts, who believe in foundational backs and were on “the list” of teams Adrian Peterson said he would restructure for.

    (5:53 PM CDT): Frank Gore is reconsidering his deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. This is the biggest difference between a deal reported in the legal tampering period and one reported after free agency opens on March 10.

    (5:49 PM CDT): The NFL will let edge defender Greg Hardy know very soon (tomorrow, according to Jason Cole) whether or not he is suspended and if they can work out a deal. Cole identifies five teams as the top suitors: San Francisco, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Indianapolis.

    (5:43 PM CDT): The Buccaneers may cut edge defender Michael Johnson, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals. They will be interested if he does get cut, and of course someone will link him to Mike Zimmer and the Vikings. I don’t think the Vikings will pay him how much the Bengals will, but if his market is truly that much more depressed than a year ago, the Vikings will at least inquire. If it is shot, they will want to sign him.

    (5:40 PM CDT): The St. Louis Rams have released OT Jake Long and C Scott Wells. With Joe Barksdale leaving and Greg Robinson kicking outside, this likely leaves them with an OL of Greg Robinson-Rodger Saffold-Barrett Jones/Tim Barnes-Travis Bond/Barrett Jones-Brandon Washington. Yuck. If the Vikings are in the market for OL, so are the Rams.

    (5:38 PM CDT): Mike Iupati will sign with the Arizona Cardinals. He will probably be overpaid, but it could provide a small and not meaningless additional incentive for Adrian to work out a friendly deal for Arizona. He is #27 in our FA wishlist below.

    (5:35 PM CDT): The 49ers will release receiver Stevie Johnson.

    (5:32 PM CDT): Former Falcons DT Corey Peters has heard from six teams.

    (5:30 PM CDT): The Falcons, Redskins and Colts are interested in former Ravens RB Justin Forsett.

    (4:55 PM CDT): An ESPN report says that the belief among teams is that Murray will sign with the Cowboys, though there has been no reports of internal confidence in that regard. Charles Robinson reported (you can see below) that Murray is seeking $8M APY and thinks he can get it. He leaked via PFT that he is “willing to sign with another team,” which is an odd thing to leak because that is the basis of his leverage, obviously. The ESPN report is actually pretty poorly constructed and assumes that because a deal hasn’t been worked out and reported thus far with another team that a report from the combine that he was staying with Dallas is still accurate (and at the time, rumors were that Murray was getting $10M APY, not $8M).

    (4:52 PM CDT): The Vikings inquired about LB Brooks Reed, who seems a lock to sign with Atlanta (which you can find down below).

    (4:49 PM CDT): The Texans have cut QB Thad Lewis, who many desperate fantasy owners may remember for his brief time with the Bills.

    (4:48 PM CDT): The Seahawks have signed former Jaguars and Packers CB Will Blackmon.

    (4:42 PM CDT): RB Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings indicated that he would be open to the Dallas Cowboys in a world where they lose out on DeMarco Murray and offer him a deal that would guarantee at least $25M over the next three years.

    If my look at his market valuation is correct (and the money DeMarco Murray is shopping for, $8M APY, would verify that guess), then that would mean an ideal restructure offer for him would be three years, $33M, with an $8M signing bonus and the first year of his contract fully guaranteed, with $4.25M in base salary year one (for $12.5M take-home pay in his first year, identical to what he would get with the Vikings this year) and a year one cap hit of only $6.9M. The next two years would average a cap hit of $13M, with guaranteed roster bonuses in both years.

    If the implied valuation given by a skewed contract like Marshawn Lynch’s takes hold (which seems likely), then Peterson could structure a $38.25M deal with Dallas for those three years with a $10M signing bonus and a base salary of $6M in the first year (for $16M in take-home pay in the first year, identical to the LeSean McCoy contract he seems to care about). That would leave his average cap hit in the final two years to be $14.5M, close to his average hit with the Vikings while making his first-year hit only $9M.

    (4:38 PM CDT): Ravens safety Will Hill, who has off-field concerns but is very talented, received a restricted tender worth $1.542M, which implies that his tender was an original-round tender. Which is to say the Ravens have the right of first refusal on any contract offered to Hill, but the team offering would not have to provide draft compensation for him (because his original round is zero—he was undrafted). The Vikings should make a run.

    (4:35 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings are interested in CB Brice McCain, formerly of the Houston Texans. The Eagles are also interested in McCain, mentioned below.

    (4:24 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings are one of the teams interested in former Packers CB Davon House. Mentioned below, other suitors include the Packers (naturally), Jets, Jaguars, Seahawks, Bears and Cowboys.

    (4:21 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings could host and are interested in former Chargers linebacker Andrew Gachkar, a special teams ace. As a freshman at Mizzou, he overcame Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He needed multiple surgeries to remove blood clots and was not expected to return to football.

    (4:17 PM CDT): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released edge defender Lawrence Sidbury.

    (4:15 PM CDT): RB Fozzy Whittaker’s deal with the Panthers is a two-year$1.36M contract ($680k APY). $50k in signing bonuses, $585k and $675k in base salaries, $100k in additional incentives.

    (4:13 PM CDT): WR/KR Damaris Johnson’s deal with the Texans is worth $1M with $850K in base salary, $12,500 gameday roster bonus (for a yearly income of $150k) and $100K of his salary guaranteed.

    (4:07 PM CDT): ATH Joe Webb’s deal with the Panthers is $825,000 with an $80,000 signing bonus.

    (4:04 PM CDT): S Devin McCourty has quite the deal for himself going. It has base salaries of $2.5M, $4.5M, $6.5M, $7.5M and $9M and a per-game roster bonus of $31,250, which adds $500,000 to each year’s base salary if healthy. He has a $15M bonus, which means first-year take-home pay is $17.5M. He has the first two years’ base salaries (but not game-day roster bonuses) fully guaranteed.

    (4:02 PM  CDT): CB Cary Williams continues to command a lot of interest. He had a “fantastic visit” with the Titans and is also in it for the Seahawks, Ravens and Jets.

    (4:00 PM CDT): WR/KR Ted Ginn’s contract with the Panthers is a little high for a return specialist; 2-year $2.4M with another potential $1.5M in incentives and $1.7M guaranteed.

    (3:59 PM CDT): S Tashaun Gipson has been tendered at the second-round level. The Vikings should submit an offer because it is unlikely they will be able to find a Pro Bowl-quality safety, a position of need, in the second round. It’s that simple to me.

    (3:55 PM CDT): Haloti Ngata will not be cut because the Ravens have found a way to get under the cap.

    (3:51 PM CDT): The Eagles are locking up edge defender Brandon Graham despite years of misuse. He is our #4 FA target on the wishlist below. It’s a cheap, 4-year, $6.5M APY deal with $14M of the total $26M guaranteed.

    (3:50 PM CDT): The Pittsburgh Steelers are cutting the beardliest man, DE/Interior DL Bree Keisel.

    (3:47 PM CDT): Former Vikings practice squad member and camp attendee WR Kamar Aiken will be tendered by the Ravens at $585k. He caught 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns(!!).

    (3:47 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills have extended the contract of their kicker, Jordan Gay.

    (3:45 PM CDT): San Francisco 49ers DE/Interior DL Justin Smith is not guaranteed to retire, though he might want to given all of the shenanigans in San Francisco right now.

    (3:44 PM CDT): The New England Patriots are not picking up the $20M option in Darrelle Revis’ contract, as expected. He’s truly a free agent for real now.

    (3:40 PM CDT): Chiefs DE/Interior DL Mike Devito is taking a pay cut to avoid being released. He has reduced his $3.75M base salary and $250k workout bonus to a fully guaranteed $870k, with a signing bonus of $300k and workout bonus of $80k. That means $1.2M guaranteed in the first year in cash. He’ll also earn $300k in roster bonuses each game, which amounts to another $4.8M and $1.2M in playing time incentives that also trigger upon playoffs. It’s mostly a cap accounting trick to create $2.5M in space while giving him money that will be realizing against next year’s cap.

    (3:39 PM CDT): The Saints are cutting Curtis Lofton, LB.

    (3:38 PM CDT): If the Raiders don’t follow through on TE Jermaine Gresham, our #35 FA, expect the Browns to be in the market.

    (3:37 PM CDT): Ravens have put a second-round tender on RFA Justin Tucker.

    (1:49 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings are in the mix for WR Michael Crabtree. The 49ers are not expected to bring him back. Woo.

    (1:44 PM CDT): The Carolina Panthers have re-signed ATH Joe Webb and don’t know what to do with him.

    (1:36 PM CDT): Edge defender Brandon Graham is down to either the team that kept signing free agents at his position, played him as a backup despite superior play and forced him to undergo multiple scheme changes, or their rival, the New York Giants. Geoff Mosher at CSN contends that Graham’s original team is not in play. Original report according to Dianna Russini at NBC 4.

    (1:31 PM CDT): Scott Bair at CSN and Jim Thomas at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders are interested in former Rams backup QB Shaun Hill, who is a Vikings target.

    (1:29 PM CDT): DeMarco Murray leaked that he has negotiating leverage because he is a free agent who can choose to sign with other teams if he so feels.

    (1:19 PM CDT): The San Francisco 49ers have reached a two-year deal with TE Derek Carrier, who makes looking for QB Derek Carr in Pro-Football-Reference a pain.

    (1:17 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills are not going to release RB Fred Jackson despite widespread speculation after the LeSean McCoy trade.

    (1:17 PM CDT): The Falcons are the current front-runner for edge defender Brian Orakpo, who could become an elite player once more so long as he’s recovered from injuries and they do not continue to plague him.

    (1:16 PM CDT): The Patriots could be moving on from CB Brandon Browner. If so, I don’t think he’s a scheme fit for the Vikings.

    (12:52 PM CDT): Former Bears DT Stephen Paea is heading to Washington.

    (12:49 PM CDT): Teams may still take a run at RFA CB Tony Carter.

    (12:43 PM CDT): The Denver Broncos have tendered restricted free agent CB Tony Carter, who was drawing a lot of outside interest.

    (12:42 PM CDT): Boling reciprocates the interest of the Minnesota Vikings

    (12:40 PM CDT): Edge defender Arthur Moats is re-signing with the Steelers.

    (12:39 PM CDT): DeMarco Murray is confident he can earn $8M APY from teams. That sounds like a low number to be confident about if running backs are getting paid a lot this year. They of course, are not.

    (12:32 PM CDT): Beside the Vikings, other teams interested in Boling are the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and the team he played for last year, the Cincinnati Bengals.

    (12:30 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings are making a strong push for OG Clint Boling, our #3 FA target.

    (12:20 PM CDT): Peter King’s column this morning has a few more rumors, and some speculation based on who knows who and less about fit and cap. Evidently the Jets want to bring the band back together, except without the same coaches—King says their ideal plan is to bring Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie back.

    (12:14 PM CDT): CB Davon House is commanding quite the market. Suitors include the Packers (naturally), Jets, Jaguars, Seahawks, Bears and Cowboys.

    (12:09 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills want to make a splash in OL signings. They are pushing for Mike Iupati and/or Bryan Bulaga. Failing that, they could pursue Jahri Evans when he becomes available. They are also interested in Percy Harvin when he becomes available because Rex Ryan can’t resist making the same mistakes twice.

    (11:59 AM CDT): Washington is closing in on Stephen Paea.

    (11:55 AM CDT): The Titans and the Rams are in trade talks with Philadelphia for Nick Foles, which matches the reports we have below of the same. Greg Arias of Titans Red Zone says the Rams are more likely.

    (11:51 AM CDT): The Cleveland Browns have re-signed interior offensive lineman Ryan Seymour, who may end up having to play if center Alex Mack’s recovery is delayed.

    (11:36 AM CDT): Linebacker Brooks Reed is leaning towards signing with the Atlanta Falcons.

    (11:32 AM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings are “not close” on a deal with Joe Berger, but are closing in on one with restricted free agent Matt Asiata. That is sort of unusual if only because it seems like if the Vikings wanted Asiata, it would not take much to get him. The details may be small but if people are sticking to them it may be why it’s stalled. Asiata can have value on the roster, but it feels like whatever value it is, it’s not large enough to hold up to a real negotiation.

    (11:22 AM CDT): The Mike Wallace situation in Miami is evidently up in the air, without many knowing how it will resolve. It will “go down to the wire.” I had kind of assumed he was going to be cut.

    (11:18 AM CDT): Edge defender Derrick Morgan, #9 on our FA wishlist below, is hearing back from several teams that are very interested in him.

    (11:14 AM CDT): Also on the 1500ESPN show with Mackey and Judd, Clayton mentioned that the situation with Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings will play itself out first before teams move on Demarco Murray. That aligns with Jason Cole’s report below.

    (11:09 AM CDT): Phil Mackey says that ESPN analyst John Clayton, on his and Judd Zulgad’s show on 1500 ESPN, thinks the best case scenario for a Peterson trade for the Minnesota Vikings would be a fourth-round pick. That seems low and unlikely. I outlined my case for that a while ago here. Remember when Harvin was worth a third-rounder?

    (11:04 AM CDT): Doug Free’s deal with the Cowboys is three years, $15M with a $4.5M signing bonus and $6M guaranteed in 2015.

    (11:00 AM CDT): Jason Cole at Bleacher Report says that whatever happens between the Minnesota Vikings and Adrian Peterson will set the RB market for Demarco Murray, and that teams will wait for that situation to resolve itself first before moving forward on Murray. The Cowboys are banking on that, and want Murray to be impatient and re-sign with them.

    (10:54 AM CDT): Former Dallas Cowboy (and Chicago Bear) Henry Melton has heard interest from six teams. The Vikings pursued him last year, but will not likely pursue him again after re-signing Tom Johnson.

    (10:46 AM CDT): The Steelers released a statement regarding S Troy Polamalu, who they hope retires. They have stated they have no information, which is nice to hear.

    (10:45 AM CDT): The Cowboys have signed former Mike Zimmer linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year, $825K deal.

    (10:44 AM CDT): Recently released from the Raiders in part due to massive injury concerns, talented safety Tyvon Branch will be visiting the Chiefs, who are losing S Ron Parker.

    (10:41 AM CDT): #4 on our FA Wishlist, Brandon Graham, is leaning towards the Dolphins or the Titans, but the Giants may threaten him with physical harm if I’m reading Derrick Gunn’s tweet correctly. I don’t see the fit with the Dolphins, who have two very good pass rushers in Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake. And they’ve recently signed Ndamukong Suh, who they can pair with Earl Mitchel—a very good defensive tackle in his own right.

    (10:29 AM CDT): The Miami Dolphins are prepared to release punter Brandon Fields, who is very good. The Vikings should sign him.

    (10:27 AM CDT): The Panthers have made a deal with exclusive rights free agent WR Brenton Bersin.

    (10:22 AM CDT): The Vikings have made an offer, as much as the rules would allow, to QB Shaun Hill. I think it would be a good backup signing for a player who has played in many systems, including once with Norv Turner in 2006. If veterans have instrinsic value, he’s good. He also has carved out a very successful career as a backup and can win won games and keep an offense going. It’s also a nice story that he was an undrafted free agent in 2002 and was with the Vikings until 2005.

    (10:17 AM CDT): The Sun Sentinel was wrong! As confirmed by the Sun Sentinel, Jared Odrick will be playing for the Jaguars.

    (10:13 AM CDT): Nick Foles was evidently shopped at the Senior Bowl by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans were interested. The Texans have landed (for better or worse) their quarterback(s), so the Titans and Rams could still be in play. Given that the Eagles are presumably all-in on Marcus Mariota, the Titans make an intriguing destination, as SB Nation site Music City Miracles points out.

    (10:06 AM CDT): Jermey Parnell’s terms are mostly out. He will receive $6.5M APY to play for the Jaguars.

    (10:04 AM CDT): There are competing reports on Jared Odrick. Pro Football Talk is reporting that he will head to Jacksonville. The Sun Sentinel says it will be Oakland.

    (10:01 AM CDT): If released, the Jets will be high on Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    (9:57 AM CDT):  Here’s a recap on the situation, per 1500 ESPN and Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, between Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings:

    • Robinson said is that the four hour meeting between Zimmer, Spielman and Peterson is not the last meeting; the Vikings will have another meeting in the next couple of days. Robinson did not release details with regards to the meeting. He reported this late last night, too.
    • Peterson wants a lot of guaranteed money to stay with the Vikings. He may be seeing all these new RB deals and wants more guaranteed to assuage him. I wrote about why that’s the exact opposite reaction people should have to the new RB deals.
    • He wants some resolution for non-money issues. The media coverage and the fans drove he and his wife crazy.
    • Peterson’s preference for Arizona comes from a few things, including liking the turf and weather there. Peterson also has a preference for playing for a place that has a good chance of winning soon.

    (9:46 AM CDT): On 1500 ESPN Radio, Charles Robinson gave an interview about the Adrian Peterson situation. There are a lot of takeaways, but a big one is that money is not the core of the issue or one that will resolve things—that is, Peterson will not be happy by having his money guaranteed. That said, Robinson thinks Peterson would play if the Vikings pulled a power move and decided neither to release nor trade him, though Mike Zimmer has said multiple times that they will not do it.

    (9:45 AM CDT): The Houston Texans will probably release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    (9:43 AM CDT): The Peterson situation will “come to a head” soon, according to La Canfora. This squares with earlier reports that there would be a second meeting, but La Canfora seems to be implying that an action is coming soon.

    (9:42 AM CDT): Former Dallas Cowboys backup OT Jermey Parnell is heading to Jacksonville.

    (9:41 AM CDT): Andre Johnson will be cut, according to NBC’s Dianna Russini. There were no trade offers.

    (9:19 AM CDT): The Denver Broncos are interested in C Chris Myers and C/OG Stefen Wisniewski. Wisniewski is #13 on our FA wishlist.

    (9:16 AM CDT): The deal for Ryan Mallett is a two-year, $7 million contract ($3.5M APY). The deal for Hoyer is supposed to be “twice as large”.

    (9:09 AM CDT): LB Patrick Willis of the 49ers is electing to retire, per Rand Getlin. Wow.

    (9:08 AM CDT): Edge defender Jabaal Sheard is drawing interest from the Buccaneers, Patriots, Bengals and Seahawks. He is #14 on our FA wishlist.

    (8:59 AM CDT): The Houston Texans are signing Damaris Johnson at receiver, who is kind of like a Percy Harvin-lite, but like Ginn is probably reduced to providing help in the return role exclusively.

    (8:57 AM CDT): Ted Ginn is returning to Carolina. Though they need help at receiver, I don’t expect that to be the point of the signing. They need help in the return game as well, especially in the punt return unit. If that is the sole reason for the signing and it matches the terms of the APY in the deal, it’s good. Otherwise it’s more grasping at straws.

    (8:51 AM CDT): Brian Hoyer has agreed to play for the Houston Texans, taking the Minnesota Vikings out of the running as a backup quarterback. He will likely compete for a starting job with Ryan Mallett, who is also back.

    (8:49 AM CDT): Jeremy Maclin will evidently earn $11 million APY for the Chiefs. I don’t think the majority of the problem with their “WR touchdowns” stat was the receivers’ fault, but it’s good to add one. Not sure if this price is right—7.7% of the cap seems high. But receivers tend to get paid a lot these days.

    (8:47 AM CDT): The Chicago Bears got better. They’ve added Pernell McPhee, a great rotational pass-rusher from Baltimore. It’s a five-year, $40 million contract with $16 million guaranteed.

    (7:48 AM CDT): Something else that has a bearing on the interior offensive line market—center Rodney Hudson signed a $44.5 million, 5-year deal ($8.9M APY). That’s pretty high for a center abstractly, but falls right in line with historical values for the top center on the market as a percentage of first-year cap (6.7%). Expect Iupati to command just a little bit less than that if teams truly think he is the top guard (guards make slightly less than centers but also have a more top-heavy salary distribution). Earlier, he mentioned $8.5 million as the target and it seems like he could do that.

    (7:27 AM CDT): Orlando Franklin’s deal may tell us something about the guard market. His APY is $7.3M, and Mike Iupati may cost even more. The Vikings have cap room, but it may be wiser not to spend it here and grab a sufficiently good guard instead of a great guard in free agency if they don’t want to trust David Yankey or a competition.

    (7:22 AM CDT): LB A.J. Hawk is visiting the Bengals.

    (5:41 AM CDT): The numbers for edge defender Jerry Hughes’ contract with Buffalo are out. He is on a five-year contract, averaging $9 million a year with $20 million total guaranteed. All things told, kind of cheap—it seems like he could have pulled in $12 million on the open market if he wanted to. This way, he only takes up 6.3% of the first-year cap; quite cheap for an edge defender. He is #16 on FA wishlist below.

    (12:44 AM CDT): If it is the case that the market is heating up for Rahim Moore, I don’t expect the Vikings to be involved in a bidding war. The basis for our report that the Vikings would pursue Rahim Moore was that he would be undervalued in the market. If that’s not the case, I don’t see the Vikings pushing.

    (12:34 AM CDT): So Colin Kaepernick is on the trading block in San Francisco. The teams that are interested: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears. Perhaps this will change Torrey Smith’s likelihood of signing, as he was thought to be a lock to San Francisco. Mike Garafolo thinks the 49ers are not “actively shopping” Kaepernick, though the difference between “actively shopping” and “well we’re going to listen to trades if you have them” may only be different semantically and not in practice.

    (12:29 AM CDT): LB Sean Weatherspoon has agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

    (12:26 AM CDT): Oakland Raiders remain interested in TE Jermaine Gresham, our #35 FA on the wishlist below.

    (12:23 AM CDT): S Taylor Mays, of interest to the Vikings, can return to Cincinnati if he wants to. Josina Anderson reports that the Bengals have said “It’s up to Taylor.”

    (12:21 AM CDT): Edge defender Tamba Hali has agreed to restructure his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    (12:13 AM CDT): The New England Patriots have agreed to a deal with S Devin McCourty, #1 on our FA wishlist. McCourty turned down more money elsewhere to sign a five-year, $47.5M contract with $28.5M guaranteed.

    (8:41 PM CDT): The St. Louis Rams have shown interest in guard Justin Blalock, recently waived from the Falcons.

    (8:40 PM CDT): The Colts have announced an extension for nickel corner Darius Butler.

    (8:38 PM CDT): QB Matt Cassel may get a multi-year deal in Buffalo. They may not be confident in Manuel and do not have a first-round pick this year.

    (8:37 PM CDT): The Vikings still have not made an offer to LB Jasper Brinkley. Seems they have other plans in mind either in free agency or the draft. If, after the draft, he is still available and the Vikings didn’t get an answer at MLB, he will probably sign.

    (8:01 PM CDT): I guess the Chiefs are in the Darrelle Revis chase? Earlier reports had it down to only New York (Jets) and New England.

    (7:56 PM CDT): Shaun Hill is very interested in signing with the Vikings (who return the interest). He has a few teams after his services, but interest in the Vikings remains high.

    (7:47 PM CDT): Expect Dwayne Bowe out of Kansas City. This has been expected for some time, but with Maclin coming in, it’s a virtual certainty.

    (7:45 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings will be competing with at least four other teams for S Taylor Mays’ services: Washington, Cincinnati, Oakland and St. Louis.

    (7:36 PM CDT): The Raiders’ courting of C Rodney Hudson could exceed $8 million a year.

    (7:34 PM CDT): The Vikings have reached a one-year deal with long snapper Cullen Loeffler, per Aaron Wilson. They were originally working on a two-year deal. Loeffler will be gone sooner rather than later given the length of that contract.

    (7:32 PM CDT): Back to La Canfora’s roundup. He mentions that a cash-strapped Ravens team will have to make tough decisions regarding Haloti Ngata and Lardarius Webb. They hoped to be able to keep both, but the CB market’s expansion puts pressure on the situation because Webb can demand more in a market with short supply. If Ngata hits the market proper (and he might, emboldened by Suh’s deal in Miami), both the Colts and Browns would be willing to pounce.

    (7:30 PM CDT): The rumors of Jeremy Maclin’s return are greatly exaggerated. He will head to Kansas City to reunite with Andy Reid, per Chris Mortensen.

    (7:29 PM CDT): The Bills are expected to close with Jerry Hughes (our #16 FA target for the Vikings).

    (7:25 PM CDT): Continuing with Jason La Canfora’s evening roundup, Buffalo’s interest in Bilal Powell has teams looking at Fred Jackson as a potential release in the new regime. He’s old, but would be an effective, and reliable, backup somewhere. Several teams have looked at him. The Bills also have an offer to Jerry Hughes (our #16 FA target for the Vikings) for $8.5M a year.

    (7:19 PM CDT): Jason La Canfora has quite a few tidbits in his evening roundup. He expects to the Patriots to sign one of Darrelle Revis or Devin McCourty (our #1 Vikings FA target) and isn’t ruling out both, but thinks both are unlikely. The Eagles will offer McCourty at the $9 million range (which is cheap in my opinion, but the market thinks it’s expensive so it is) and push for Jason Worilds as well (La Canfora mentions Byron Maxwell, but he is a foregone conclusion at this point). La Canfora thinks all three (McCourty, Maxwell, Worilds) is the most likely, which would leave the Pats with Revis.

    (7:05 PM CDT): A lot going on with some recent Charles Robinson (from Yahoo! Sports) tweets. Generally speaking, the gist is that the Minnesota Vikings are not done attempting to woo Adrian Peterson (“not throwing in the towel”) but it sounds like the Vikings—head coach Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman specifically—will have another meeting with the franchise running back. Robinson has made a habit of lobbing news across the timeline, but it doesn’t seem like any of it hasn’t checked out so far.

    Our stance at VT remains the same: Peterson will inevitably be moved from the team.

    (7:04 PM CDT): Kendall Langford has a number of teams he will visit. On the itinerary: New Orleans, Indianapolis, New York (Jets) and Detroit.

    (6:19 PM CDT): Now the Matt Cassel contract doesn’t look as bad in Minnesota (before the trade) or the Josh McCown contract in Cleveland. Mark Sanchez’s contract is $9M for two years ($4.5M APY) with $5.5M guaranteed—likely the signing bonus and the first year base salary. With incentives it can rise to $16M total, but that is likely a set of incentives Sanchez is incapable of reaching.

    (6:15 PM CDT): The Buffalo Bills indeed want to sign former Jets RB Bilal Powell.

    (6:14 PM CDT): The New York Jets have inquired about Ryan Mallett. Competition for Geno Smith remains a priority.

    (6:12 PM CDT): In what will sadly be a shock to some teams around the NFL, Mark Sanchez is returning to Philadelphia, per Ian Rapaport. There are floating rumors about Jeremy Maclin having re-signed but nothing solid enough to call a report yet.

    (6:11 PM CDT): Torrey Smith evidently tweeted he’s out of Baltimore. Given that San Francisco is seen as a lock, that’s not a surprise.

    (6:03 PM CDT): I guess Byron Maxwell’s contract is bigger than we thought (which is unusual—contracts are usually initially reported by agents and therefore higher). It’s $63M over 6 years, not $53M over 5. I suspect the difference between the two reports lies in the existence of a team or player option in the final year of the contract.

    (5:30 PM CDT): The Jaguars’ “big offer” for RB Demarco Murray could accelerate things for the Vikings and Adrian Peterson. The Cowboys are not expecting to hear back from Murray, which may be a problem a year after they have their best offensive output stem from a stellar running game. The Cowboys will have to resolve the tension between Jerry Jones’ well-known fondness for Peterson, their lack of RB options (pre-draft), their belief that their offensive line drove more of the running output than Murray, and the closing window for Tony Romo. Any one of those givens could be tested by the Cowboys for better or worse if they can’t keep Murray. At the same time, they will have to balance grabbing defensive upgrades to round out the roster.

    (5:25 PM CDT): The deal the Bucs closed with Major Wright is a two-year contract with the first year fully guaranteed. With incentives, it can rise to $4.5M total.

    (5:23 PM CDT): Tom Curran reports that the Patriots could keep both McCourty and Revis, and that it’s a “very good bet” that one of them will re-sign, if not both.

    (5:17 PM CDT): If the Eagles do not land S Devin McCourty, expect them to drive hard for Rahim Moore or Ron Parker.

    (5:12 PM CDT): The Saints will likely cut LB David Hawthorne, per Jason Cole. He will be 30 before the season starts. These past two years he has been somewhat average with some weaknesses in coverage. I do not think he will be a fit for the Vikings.

    (5:05 PM CDT): DT Tom Johnson has re-signed with the Vikings on a three-year contract worth $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. Johnson was the best defensive tackle the Vikings had through the first six weeks of the season and continued to be productive. He’s an excellent rotational option despite his age, and this low-money, low-guaranteed signing is good. The depth chart below has been updated. Our story here.

    (5:01 PM CDT): The Eagles are in a strong position to sign S Devin McCourty, our #1 FA target.

    (5:00 PM CDT): Stefen Wisniewski (our #13 target), who has played both guard and center well for the Raiders, is drawing interest from multiple teams. The Raiders are not expected to re-sign him. They are still all-in on C Rodney Hudson, though the Kansas City Chiefs are attempting to re-sign him.

    (4:44 PM CDT): The Giants are interested in Brandon Graham to pair with recently-franchised Jason Pierre-Paul. Smart of them. He is our #4 FA in the wishlist below.

    (4:43 PM CDT): Hey, I guess Jacksonville never had a chance at Suh. They’ll get theirs, though. Hard not to with that much cap space, no income tax and nice weather.

    (4:27 PM CDT): It looks like the Chargers have all but locked up Orlando Franklin. He is #18 on our Vikings FA wishlist below.

    (4:23 PM CDT): The edge rusher market is getting play. The Tennessee Titans are continuing their switch to a 3-4 and are targeting Jason Worilds to help make that happen.

    (4:17 PM CDT): Trent Cole is also visiting the Cleveland Browns.

    (4:16 PM CDT): The ever-exciting free agency quarterback market has produced this: Mark Sanchez is drawing interest from the Tennessee Titans, and could potentially return to Philadelphia.

    (4:12 PM CDT): The Cardinals and Colts are both interested in a different edge defender. While the Cardinals were known to be interested in Brian Orakpo, you can add the Colts to his potential employers.

    (4:11 PM CDT): The Cardinals and Colts are interested in the services of former long-time Eagle Trent Cole.

    (4:09 PM CDT): I guess Adrian Peterson’s preference for the Cardinals is not set in stone. That may change if Demarco Murray leaves… which… isn’t that a given?

    (4:08 PM CDT): The New England Patriots will be players in the secondary receiver market, not the first wave of WR signings. That means no Jeremy Maclin (who may sign with the Browns) or Torrey Smith (who seems to be a virtual lock with San Francisco)

    (3:14 PM CDT): The Cardinals, aside from the tantalizing tidbits about their interest in Peterson, are interested in edge defender Brian Orakpo.

    (3:10 PM CDT): The four-year deal for Brandon Flowers is worth $36 million, according to Aaron Wilson.

    (2:58 PM CDT): Brandon Flowers and the Chargers have agreed to a deal, per Adam Schefter. It is four years.

    (2:55 PM CDT): The Cardinals are clearing space for a run at Adrian Peterson, per Rand Getlin. He says those familiar with the team’s plans deny it. Adrian evidently says this is his preferred destination.

    (2:43 PM CDT): That offer from Philadelphia to Frank Gore is expected to average $5M, with—like Charles Robinson reported—a little over $7M in guarantees. If the Lesean McCoy contract was supposed to buttress the idea of RB worth in contracts relative to Adrian Peterson, then the Gore numbers may say the opposite. And the general consensus is that Gore, a year older than Peterson, is being overpaid. That’s fine—his decline is steeper and starker—but it does refocus the idea of RB value for age.

    (2:40 PM CDT): Poor Toby Gerhart. It looks like Demarco Murray may be headed to Jacksonville after all. They will attempt to leverage their massive cap space advantage.

    (2:35 PM CDT): The Eagles’ interest has manifested in an offer that will have at least $7M in guarantees.

    (2:28 PM CDT): The interested the Eagles have for Frank Gore is quite strong.

    (2:22 PM CDT): The Cincinnati Bengals are closing in on a two-year deal with kicker Mike Nugent.

    (2:18 PM CDT): The New York Jets continue to look for free agent safeties. As reported below, they are looking at S Ron Parker. The Vikings being in the safety market makes the Jets a nearly direct competitor.

    (2:17 PM CDT): The Cleveland Browns are still in negotiations with Tashaun Gipson for a long-term deal. It’s still unknown whether they will offer a first-round or a second-round tender if the deal doesn’t happen, but a first-round tender is much wiser.

    (2:15 PM CDT): The Oakland Raiders are also making a big push for C Rodney Hudson, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs.

    (2:12 PM CDT): The Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns are looking at TE Jermaine Gresham. He is #35 on our FA wishlist below.

    (1:58 PM CDT): The Green Bay Packers are not going to bring back Matt Flynn and will roll with Tolzien as their backup. Flynn will probably land on his feet. Or, failing that, the giant wads of cash he somehow has.

    (1:47 PM CDT): Nick Fairley is evidently receiving twice the guaranteed money from the Colts as anywhere else.

    (1:24 PM CDT): Byron Maxwell is unofficially officially off the market. He has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles, per Jayson Braddock. He is our #6 FA target. It is set to be five years, $53 million.

    (1:20 PM CDT): Bilal Powell may head to Buffalo to re-join Rex Ryan. Pro Football Talk says the Jets think this may happen.

    (1:17 PM CDT): Paul Allen disagrees with my earlier Rahim Moore report and thinks the Vikings have very little interest in Rahim Moore, if any. He is usually well-connected on these things.

    (1:08 PM CDT): The Detroit Lions offered Ndamukong Suh less, per Albert Breer. It was $17 million a year with $58 million in guarantees.

    (1:07 PM CDT): Josina Anderson reports four teams are in on Terrance Knighton. They are Oakland, Washington, Indianapolis and Chicago. The Vikings are likely to be active in the secondary market for defensive tackles, so this probably does not affect them.

    (1:06 PM CDT): Torry Smith is likely to sign with the 49ers. He is our #17 target on the wishlist below. The Colts and Texans were also interested.

    (12:59 PM CDT): The Packers have re-signed QB Scott Tolzien.

    (12:52 PM CDT): The 49ers have all but given up on retaining Frank Gore. This may put them on the potential list of Peterson suitors. Frank Gore is still being courted by the Eagles and the Colts.

    (12:42 PM CDT): Julius Thomas is nearly a lock to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Jason Cole.

    (12:35 PM CDT): The Browns will pursue “mid-tier” TE options in free agency, not a player of Julius Thomas’ caliber.

    (12:22 PM CDT): Evidently the Raiders pushed up Suh’s price in Miami.

    (12:18 PM CDT): The Jets are one of the teams pursuing Cowboys backup tackle Jermey Parnell, per Manish Mehta’s deleted tweet.

    (12:16 PM CDT): The Colts, one of the teams rumored to be interested in Adrian Peterson, is also interested in FA RB Frank Gore.

    (12:14 PM CDT): Because of the nature of guaranteed money and signing bonuses, the cap charge to Buffalo for the Lesean McCoy contract is actually much smaller than Peterson’s. McCoy will have cap charges of $5.5M, $7.7M, $8.9M, $9.0M, $9.1M over the next five years. Peterson’s next year will be $15M to the Vikings and $13M to anyone who would want to trade for him. It increases by $2M for the next two years. They are not comparable contracts.

    (12:13 PM CDT): Suh’s contract is $20M for the first three years, and all of them are fully guaranteed. The next three years are smaller, and average $18M.

    (12:06 PM CDT): The Miami Dolphins have all but locked up the deal with Ndamukong Suh. He will sign with them for a massive contract and it totals $114 million with $60 million guaranteed. Chris Mortenson didn’t provide terms, but we can assume a six-year deal ($19M APY), unless the Dolphins went all out on a five-year deal to offer Suh $22.8 APY. (UPDATE: yes, it’s six years).

    (12:02 PM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings have reached out to guard Mike Iupati, per Chris Tomasson. He is demanding $8.5M per John Middlekauff and I don’t like the distribution of his skill set—not a good pass blocker despite his All-Pro accolades and very likely to be quite expensive. Hopefully the interest is merely gauging markets and not serious. He is our #27 FA target because despite all of that, he would be an upgrade at guard for a position that is hard to find.

    (11:51 AM CDT): The Seahawks have re-signed TE Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal.

    (11:49 AM CDT): Not free agency related, but Chris Johnson, former Jets and Titans running back, was training in Florida and was shot. He is recovering in an Orlando hospital. Our thoughts are with him. His prognosis is good. Per Rich Cimini, it was a drive-by shooting at 4AM and the driver of the car was fatally injured.

    (11:45 AM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings have reached out to S Taylor Mays, per Matt Vensel. Mays is a former Cincinnati Bengals safety with extensive experience working with Zimmer (and one of the best combine workouts a safety has ever put together). He is not good, but would not be a bad depth add or band-aid starter add for free safety if every other plan falls short. Don’t envision him as a long-term solution despite his athleticism and age (he will be 27 throughout the season).

    (11:39 AM CDT): Good lord the Bills have paid LeSean McCoy serious cash. It’s a three-year extension (for a total of five years) with $16M in the first year. The guaranteed money is $26.5M and the total payout is $40M over five years. McCoy will be 27 to start the season, so it may not track completely with Peterson’s value to some teams, but it does provide some information—if a team is willing to pay over 11% of the first-year cap for an RB coming off a down year with elite production potential, they may be willing to pay less for an older RB with a stronger history of production and a reasonable chance of reproducing it in any scheme. $13 million of that comes in signing bonus, which means the other $13.5M may be in salary guarantees. McCoy’s base salary may only be guaranteed through two years if the structure is friendly enough, though the proration of the signing bonus means a $2.6M cap charge added on to every year he has left on is contract in the event of a cut. As a result, his cap impact this year will be low, $5.2M.

    (11:30 AM CDT): The Cleveland Browns are interested in TE Ed Dickson.

    (11:28 Am CDT): Former Broncos guard/tackle Orlando Franklin isn’t just drawing interest from the Chargers, but the Eagles as well. He is our #18 FA target. I am not sure about the scheme fit in Philadelphia, but it’s not like Chip Kelly doesn’t know better.

    (11:11 AM CDT): The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a new contract with the running back they acquired from Philadelphia, Lesean McCoy. It’s a big one.

    (11:09 AM CDT): The 49ers have contacted the Vikings regarding Adrian Peterson. There is nothing serious yet, they are attempting to figure out Peterson’s contract demands and level of trade compensation necessary.

    (11:05 AM CDT): TE Julius Thomas is being courted by both the Jaguars and Seahawks, and the Jaguars can offer more.

    (11:03 AM CDT): The Bills are expecting to keep DE Jerry Hughes, our #16 FA target on the list below, despite the “rich” offer given by the Jaguars.

    (10:39 AM CDT): OverTheCap has a list of all the tenders given out. No first-round tenders. Six second-round tenders (LB Jerrell Freeman, Colts; WR Jermaine Kearse, Seahawks; LB Emmanuel Lamur, Bengals; S Rodney McLeod, Rams; WR Rod Streater, Raiders; DL Cedric Thornton, Eagles) and eleven original-round tenders (S Larry Asante, Raiders; QB Austin Davis, Rams; RB Lance Dunbar, Cowboys; K Kai Forbath, Washington; TE Cody Harkey, Rams; WR Andre Holmes, Raiders; DE George Johnson, Lions; P Chris Jones, Cowboys; P Marquette King, Raiders; RB Chris Polk, Eagles; CB Brandian Ross, Raiders)

    (10:35 AM CDT): The Tennessee Titans will not tender former Lions and Georgia WR Kris Durham.

    (10:29 AM CDT): The Indianapolis Colts have signed a high-level tackle/guard in Todd Herremans, who is 32. The Colts are in win-now mode, and this is a good move for them, as they’ve struggled on the OL for some time. It is a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

    (10:27 AM CDT): The interest the Philadelphia Eagles have in CB Byron Maxwell is well-known, but Jayson Braddock reports he could get “top 3-5″ money for a CB from them.

    (10:14 AM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers have expressed interest in QB Brian Hoyer. That adds them to the list that includes the Jets and Texans. Josina Anderson reports that the Texans and Jets are favorite because he has a chance to start there.

    (10:00 AM CDT): The Minnesota Vikings will make safety Rahim Moore a priority in free agency. He is our #10 target on the FA wishlist below.

    (9:57 AM CDT): The Buffalo Bills will make an offer to TE Charles Clay (who has been transition tagged)—he is #24 on our FA wishlist down below.

    (9:52 AM CDT): More confirmation on the link between the Miami Dolphins and DT Ndamukong Suh

    (9:50 AM CDT): RB Demarco Murray and the Dallas Cowboys want to stay with each other, but the Cowboys are “holding tight” to not overpaying a running back. That of course has its own implications for the Adrian Peterson story.

    (8:10 AM CDT): OT Bryan Bulaga is expected to draw $7-8M APY, which would price out Washington—who offered Newton in the $4-5M range.

    (8:06 AM CDT): CB Byron Maxwell could pull in upwards of $12 million a year.

    (7:59 AM CDT): The Giants’ interest in S Devin McCourty will not come at the expense of bolstering their defensive line, per Dan Graziano. Their focus is on the line.

    (7:45 AM CDT): The Giants were previously mentioned to be in the McCourty market. Evidently, they are all-in on that market.

    (7:35 AM CDT): In addition to targeting OG Mike Iupati, the San Diego Chargers may be after G/T Orlando Franklin (#18 on our FA wishlist below). He can play tackle as well, so it’s conceivable they sign and start both.

    (7:34 AM CDT): CB Chris Culliver (the #20 FA on our wishlist below) will have quite the market. The Lions liked him coming out, but evidently the Philadelphia Eagles are not on that train. They prefer Brice McCain at CB.

    (7:31 AM CDT): Louis Delmas hopes to return with the Dolphins and play as soon as possible if he does so. The Dolphins are shopping for a free agent safety regardless because of his injuries.

    (7:29 AM CDT): The Dallas Cowboys have tendered both RB Lance Dunbar and P Chris Jones at original draft level.

    (7:25 AM CDT): Dan Graziano at ESPN thinks the Giants are likely to re-sign Henry Hynoski (our #28 FA target below).

    (7:22 AM CDT): The Giants are trying to re-sign S Stevie Brown (#30 in our wishlist below). The NY Daily News puts his chances of re-signing at 50-50.

    (7:12 AM CDT): The Dolphins are interested in S Da’Norris Searcy.

    (7:11 AM CDT): CB Patrick Robinson (#32 on our FA wishlist below) is expected to hit the market from the New Orleans Saints, which is not much of a surprise given their cap situation. The Dolphins are interested.

    (7:00 AM CDT): TE Lance Kendricks, drafted in the same class as Kyle Rudolph, is being linked to the Patriots, but it is mostly speculation from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Kendricks is #40 on our wishlist below.

    (6:54 AM CDT): Vaughn McClure of ESPN reported that T.J. Yates (#42 on our wishlist below) was drawing interest from five teams including the one that rostered him last year (the Falcons), but deleted that tweet.

    (6:51 AM CDT): The Dallas Cowboys are closing in on a deal with Justin Durant (#44 on our wishlist below).

    (6:43 AM CDT): The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in Jake Locker (#46 on our wishlist below) as well as Tarvaris Jackson. They do not seem interested in Josh Johnson, per the same report.

    (6:39 AM CDT): The Dallas Cowboys will not tender promising young corner Sterling Moore (#30 on our wishlist below).

    (6:36 AM CDT): Devin McCourty (#1 on our FA Wishlist below) is expected to command $9M APY, which is about $500k less than I would have expected in the new salary cap.

    (6:34 AM CDT): The Packers are not expected to re-sign tackle Bryan Bulaga (#47 on our wishlist below). Instead, Washington, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville are in the market for him.

    (4:17 AM CDT): The Buffalo Bills are in the market for G/T Jah Reid (#52 on the FA wishlist list below).

    (4:13 AM CDT): The Buccaneers are “in play” for S Chris Conte (#54 on our FA wishlist down below). Lovie Smith’s regime in Chicago originally drafted him, so that makes sense. Conte started off the year extremely well, and then dropped off precipitously. At 26, he may be a low-end target.

    (3:38 AM CDT): C.J. Spiller is looking to sign with one of eight teams so far. Seven of them are Washington, New England, Miami, New York Jets, Detroit, San Francisco and Arizona. The eighth is Dallas. Spiller is an odd commodity in the RB market and may not track well to the Adrian Peterson market. Some of the teams interested in Spiller (Washington, San Francisco) would likely not use him in a “foundational” role, but a more complementary one. Other teams (Dallas, Arizona) would likely use him in a primary role instead of a specialist one. At any rate, it should have some, but not a large, effect on the RB market. Philadelphia is looking for a running back and interested in Frank Gore, but are not one of the teams currently vying for C.J. Spiller’s services, reinforcing the earlier reports that Chip Kelly is looking for a “north-south” back.

    (3:23 AM CDT): Don’t expect Washington to be involved in the Devin McCourty race. So far, the teams known to express interest are the Giants, Philadelphia and New England, where he played last year.

    (3:22 AM CDT): The Philadelphia Eagles are not close to a contract with WR Jeremy Maclin.

    (3:19 AM CDT): The New York Giants are interested in S Rahim Moore. Moore is not expected to re-sign with Denver. He is expected to command over $5M APY on the market. I’d be OK with that.

    (12:47 AM CST): The Jaguars want in on more than Jerry Hughes. They’re in the market for Julius Thomas, Demarco Murray, Ndamukong Suh and will pursue running backs. With a little luck (good for the Jaguars, bad for Toby), Adrian Peterson could be ahead of Toby Gerhart on the depth chart once more.

    (12:45 AM CST): Edge defender Jerry Hughes (our #16 FA target) has caught the eye of the Bills, Jaguars, Bears, Jets and Giants.

    (12:34 AM CST): Don’t expect Peterson to be limited to the teams he listed as his preferences (San Diego, Arizona, Indianapolis, Dallas and Tampa Bay)—the Vikings may deal him to the team with the best offer, though that could still mean one of the five. After all, a team is more likely to deal a better package if they have to give up fewer resources keeping the running back. Every additional dollar Peterson costs is a marginal decrease in his utility, which means a smaller gap between assets traded and return.

    (12:31 AM CST): Torrey Smith (our #17 FA target) is expected to make less than Randall Cobb in the FA market, which is $10M APY. That feels off, if only because Cobb is more likely a “system WR” and he took a substantial discount to stay in Green Bay, whereas Smith is a vertical threat that will likely work in more than one system and will be able to go after the highest bidder. The 49ers may offer $11M APY.

    (12:28 AM CST): The Cleveland Browns will target receivers in free agency, and how. Right now, there’s a serious possibility of Jeremy Maclin landing with them.

    (12:26 AM CST): Adrian Peterson’s top preference is the Arizona Cardinals because I suppose he is used to mediocre quarterbacking.

    (12:21 AM CST): Justin Houston, per Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, is extremely upset with the Kansas City Chiefs and is evidently hoping/having his agent shop the idea that teams should sign an offer sheet over Kansas City’s application of the franchise tag. It’s an extremely unusual rule that hasn’t been taken advantage of yet because of its high cost. Houston wants out, and for a team to give him that opportunity, they would have to give up two first-round picks and pay him a pretty penny to do it. Houston is a rare player that may be worth it, too. Houston has already leaked that he plans to stay away from the Chiefs until Week 10 of the regular season, which represents the floor for how much time he can do that and still be considered a free agent for the next year. Houston can wait until after the draft for this to happen, which means an executive on the hot seat can give up a 2016 and 2017 pick instead of a 2015 and 2016 pick in order to do it.

    So far, only three free agents have been given serious billing by the Twin Cities media.

    Five teams including the Vikings are interested in former first-round pick for the Buccaneers, Adrian Clayborn, according to Jeremy Fowler.

    The Vikings are one of the teams to be interested in former Minnesota Viking Shaun Hill (who has also played for a number of other teams as a high-end backup).

    According to Ben Goessling at ESPN, the Vikings have called about former Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie.

    Minute-by-minute updates throughout the day are below:

    (11:48 PM CST): The Seattle Seahawks and Byron Maxwell are still in it, despite what many assumed to be a fait accompli for Philadelphia. Seattle is offering hefty money, though it is the structure of the deal that is the sticking point; Seattle’s offer is currently backloaded and Maxwell’s camp wants more.

    (11:36 PM CST): The Philadelphia Eagles, aside from being interested in everybody, are specifically interested in RB Frank Gore, formerly of the 49ers. What they pay him might provide a little bit of market clarity regarding high-quality but old running backs—though Marshawn Lynch’s three-year deal/two-year extension for $12M APY may do a better job. In that sense, the difference between a team paying Adrian Peterson an equivalent amount of money and less money is how much they value their draft picks. If a team can get Peterson to lower his APY  (which will be $14.75M over the rest of the contract) by $2M, then it may be worth a third-round pick (in theory).

    (11:23 PM CST): Cobb’s potential money may have been higher than $1.5M APY over the Green Bay offer. At least three other teams were willing to offer $48M over 4 years—$2M APY over the Green Bay offer originally accepted. One was Oakland, one was Miami and San Francisco. Miami has no state income tax and Oakland has nearly twice the state income tax of Green Bay. Wisconsin signing bonuses are taxed locally, not in the home state like many athlete signing bonuses. Cobb didn’t just take a hit of $2M APY to stay in Green Bay, but a larger hit in total cash money and in guaranteed money ($25M with either San Francisco or Oakland) to stay with the Packers. If Cobb had signed with Miami, the difference in home-state gameday income and signing bonus income would have been substantial—up to $1.62 million over the life of the contract (3.3%), although likely closer to $1 million. San Diego was involved too, but it is unknown what the offer was.

    (11:11 PM CST): The Saints or the Cardinals seem to be the final destination for LB Sean Weatherspoon.

    (11:10 PM CST): The Oakland Raiders are evidently interested in TE Jermaine Gresham and not TE Julius Thomas.

    (11:08 PM CST): Brian Hoyer, who previously played for Norv Turner, is being shown interest by the Texans and the Jets among other teams. He has a shot at starting for Houston and New York.

    (9:30 PM CST): Cobb turned down $1.5M APY elsewhere to stay in Green Bay. I guess he knows who butters his bread.

    (9:20 PM CST): The Green Bay Packers have signed Randall Cobb to a four-year, $40 million deal. It sounded like he was going to get a little more than $10 million APY on the market, and in cities with lower income tax, so there’s an element of hometown discount. If anything, this is a little disappointing as a Vikings fan as it seemed like Cobb was on his way out of the division.

    (8:45 PM CST): Mike Iupati is evidently seeking $8.5 million a year on the market. That’s very expensive for a guard. Expect the Vikings to pass.

    (8:26 PM CST): The 49ers will pursue free agent WR Torrey Smith (#17 on the FA wishlist below). He will be drawing interest from a lot of teams. Many have linked him to the Philadelphia Eagles as well.

    (8:24 PM CST): Though I hadn’t heard anything even pointing to a shadow of a rumor implying it, I had secretly harbored a hope that the Vikings would pursue punter Brett Kern (#26 on the FA list below) to replace Jeff Locke. The Titans just re-signed him, so nevermind.

    (7:59 PM CST): There isn’t much of a verified rumor out there, but it seems like the feeling out there is that S Tashaun Gipson will get a second-round tender from the Cleveland Browns. That would be a mistake; he’s worth more than that and had a brilliant year—Cleveland would only save a million by offering him that instead of a first-round tender. That means teams can match the offer (one year, $3.3 million for a first-round tender; one year, $2.4 million for a second-round tender) and give up a pick equal to the round tendered. So a team would need to give up a second-round pick to Cleveland and then pay Gipson $2.4 million for one year should that be the grade he is tendered at. At least one team will at the second-round level, and I would not mind if the Vikings did.

    (7:57 PM CST): Evidently one team has sent a five-year, $35 million deal to Buster Skrine.

    (7:30 PM CST): Eight teams, including the Houston Texans, have inquired about CB Buster Skrine, who would typically be considered a nickel target for many teams. The team he played for last year, the Cleveland Browns, are also in contention for his services.

    (7:21 PM CST): #23 target on the free agency list (compiled below), RB Mark Ingram, signed a four-year deal with the Saints with whatever imaginary cap space they have.

    (6:21 PM CST): Safety Da’Norris Searcy and safety Ron Parker are drawing interest from a number of teams. Count the Bears as a Searcy suitor, while Parker has captured the attention of the team he was with last year, Kansas City, as well as Atlanta, Tampa Bay and both New York teams.

    (6:10 PM CST): Safety Da’Norris Searcy is drawing an interest from four teams: Raiders, Texans, Dolphins and Colts.

    (6:06 PM CST): The Vikings are interested in A.J. Hawk, according to Ben Goessling at ESPN. I would not be a fan.

    (6:03 PM CST): #25 ranked free agent on the list (which you can see below), TE Virgil Green, is working out a deal with the Denver Broncos. He will shop himself around first, but wants to stay in Denver.

    (5:59 PM CST): Cary Williams has drawn a lot of interest by teams that so far thankfully do not include the Minnesota Vikings. He is visiting the Tennessee Titans on Monday, which comes after visits to the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks. The Baltimore Ravens remain interested in a reunion, though that is evidently unlikely.

    (5:56 PM CST): Along with Kareem Jackson, the Texans had also signed a deal with tackle Derek Newton.

    (5:53 PM CST): The Indianapolis Colts are making a push for Greg Hardy and Ndamukong Suh

    (5:40 PM CST): Don’t be surprised to see a competition at guard next season involving Joe Berger (if he comes back) and David Yankey. Joe Berger evidently wants starter money and the Vikings don’t necessarily see him that way, according to Chris Tomasson at the Pioneer Press. It would be surprising if the Vikings wanted him to start or if a career backup like Joe Berger expected him to start, so what may end up being the case is that Berger was given the impression he could compete for the starting spot with Yankey. With the Vikings having cut Charlie Johnson, they likely think the answer at guard is internal—Johnson could have been cut after signing a guard or drafting one, and they chose not to. The alternative is to gamble on being able to sign one of three or four starting-quality players in free agency or one or two of the starting quality rookies in the NFL draft. Unlikely.

    (5:36 PM CST): Washington, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are pursuing Dallas backup tackle Jeremey Parnell

    (5:34 PM CST): The Chargers aren’t just in the market for guard Mike Iupati, but they’re pursuing Orlando Franklin as well. They are also pushing hard to re-sign CB Brandon Flowers. He is expected to remain with the Chargers.

    (5:30 PM CST): The San Francisco 49ers may not bring back WR Michael Crabtree, according to cornerback Perrish Cox.

    (5:30 PM CST): The Vikings have not contacted Packers CB Davon House.

    (5:22 PM CST): The Philaldelphia Eagles will target Devin McCourty, Byron Maxwell, Jason Worilds and others.

    (5:21 PM CST): Greg Roman, Mike Iupati’s former offensive coordinator in San Francisco, has apparently given the Buffalo Bills the go-ahead to pursue Iupati, and they are interested.

    (5:18 PM CST): The 49ers are not expected to re-sign Iupati.

    (5:14 PM CST): Mike Iupati, who many Vikings fans are interested in, is expected to be pursued by the San Diego Chargers, along with Ndamukong Suh and Randall Cobb.

    (5:12 PM CST): Reggie Wayne isn’t retiring despite release from the Colts. He wants to play for a team he feels is a contender.

    (5:10 PM CST): Those teams interested in Stephen Paea include Dallas, Washington and Arizona.

    (5:07 PM CST): Philadelphia is rumored to be interested in Brian Orakpo.

    (5:02 PM CST): You can check out the Vikings list of free agents below, but it seems like all of them will hit the market. The Vikings are not showing interest in Christian Ponder, and both Joe Berger and Tom Johnson are looking for long-term or starter deals. Jasper Brinkley has not been contacted by the Vikings. Cullen Loeffler is expected to work out a two-year deal.

    (4:59 PM CST): If the Vikings are competing for George Selvie, they’ll be up against the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons, according to Ben Goessling.

    (4:56 PM CST): I don’t know if the Vikings would be interested in a previously interested Sean Weatherspoon at linebacker, but he’s a free agent that could hit the market and won’t be back in Atlanta. At 27, he’s not out of the conversation entirely.

    (4:56 PM CST): The Vikings may need a backup defensive tackle at both the nose and under tackle positions. One name to keep an eye out for is Stephen Paea, who is currently drawing interest from Washington.

    (4:53 PM CST): Dashon Goldson is expected to be cut or traded from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. An unlikely target for the Vikings, but worth keeping an eye on.

    (4:52 PM CST): The Vikings are not expected to pursue 31-year-old former Packer Tramon Williams at cornerback

    (4:50 PM CST): Someone is going to break markets at DT, WR and RB—the Jaguars have extraordinary cap space and are not expected to get Ndamukong Suh, Randall Cobb or Demarco Murray, per Charles Robinson. They will pursue tight end Julius Thomas.

    (4:48 PM CST): The Cowboys may be expected to re-sign Demarco Murray, per Charles Robinson. This could depress the trade market for Adrian Peterson.

    (4:37 PM CST): More to keep track of, the Dolphins have already cut a number of players in order to clear cap room for a serious run at Ndamukong Suh. Of note, aside from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, is linebacker Philip Wheeler. Cornerback Cortland Finnegan is also of interest.

    (4:36 PM CST): Center and possible guard formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, Rodney Hudson, will hit the market and is drawing interest.

    (4:34 PM CST): The Vikings are likely not pursuing a shot to re-sign quarterback Christian Ponder.

    (4:33 PM CST): The Miami Dolphins are cutting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

    (4:32 PM CST): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are keeping safety Major Wright

    (4:30 PM CST): The Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Tyson Alualu


    There are other players on the Top 55 list (that you can see below) that have since been signed to deals with their old teams, including Rey MaualugaKareem Jackson, Charles Clay (transition tag), Jason Pierre-Paul (franchise tag) and Dez Bryant (franchise tag).

    Arif’s Top 55 Vikings Targets


    Detailed write-ups can be found for all 55 potential Vikings targets at Vikings Journal.

    55. DeMarco Murray, HB Dallas Cowboys

    54. Chris Conte, S Chicago Bears

    53. Leonard Hankerson, WR Washington Redskins

    52. Jah Reid, OG Baltimore Ravens

    51. Niles Paul, TE Washington Redskins

    50. Jordan Cameron, TE Cleveland Browns

    49. Chris Ogbonnaya, FB/HB New York Giants

    48. Roy Helu Jr., HB Washington Redskins

    47. Bryan Bulaga, OT Green Bay Packers

    46. Jake Locker, QB Tennessee Titans

    45. James Carpenter, OG Seattle Seahawks

    44. Justin Durant, LB Dallas Cowboys

    43. George Selvie, DE Dallas Cowboys

    42. T.J. Yates, QB Atlanta Falcons

    41. Kenny Britt, WR St. Louis Rams

    40. Lance Kendricks, TE St. Louis Rams

    39. Rey Maualuga, LB Cincinnati Bengals

    38. Brandon Harris, CB Tennessee Titans

    37. Adrian Clayborn, DE Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    36. Terence Newman, CB Cincinnati Bengals

    35. Jermaine Gresham, TE Cincinnati Bengals

    34. Nate Allen, S Philadelphia Eagles

    33. Daniel Thomas, HB Miami Dolphins

    32. Patrick Robinson, CB New Orleans Saints

    31. Stevie Brown, S New York Giants.

    30. Sterling Moore, CB/S Dallas Cowboys

    29. Isa Abdul-Quddus, S Detroit Lions

    28. Henry Hynoski, FB New York Giants

    27. Mike Iupati, G San Francisco 49ers

    26. Brett Kern, P Tennessee Titans

    25. Virgil Green, TE Denver Broncos

    24. Charles Clay, TE Miami Dolphins

    23. Mark Ingram, RB New Orleans Saints

    22. Brandon Spikes, LB Buffalo Bills

    21. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Indianapolis Colts

    20. Chris Culliver, CB San Francisco 49ers

    19. Louis Delmas, S Miami Dolphins

    18. Orlando Franklin, OG Denver Broncos

    17. Torrey Smith, WR Baltimore Ravens

    16. Jerry Hughes, DE Buffalo Bills

    15. Stevan Ridley, RB New England Patriots

    14. Jabaal Sheard, DE Cleveland Browns

    13. Stefen Wisniewski, C Oakland Raiders

    12. Dez Bryant, WR Dallas Cowboys

    11. Joe Barksdale, OT St. Louis Rams

    10. Rahim Moore, S Denver Broncos

    9. Derrick Morgan, DE Tennessee Titans

    8. Rolando McClain, LB Dallas Cowboys

    7. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE New York Giants

    6. Byron Maxwell, CB Seattle Seahawks

    Top 5 Vikings Targets

    5. Akeem Ayers, LB New England Patriots

    4. Brandon Graham, LB Philadelphia Eagles

    3. Clint Boling, G Cincinnati Bengals

    2. Kareem Jackson, CB Houston

    1. Devin McCourty, S New England Patriots

    Vikings Free Agents


    Unrestricted Free Agents

    Christian Ponder, QB / 26 yrs. / $3.2 mil*

    Jerome Felton, FB / 28 yrs. / $2.1 mil*

    Corey Wooton, DT / 27 yrs. / $1.7 mil*

    Jasper Brinkley, ILB / 29 yrs. / $830k*

    Vladimir Ducasse, G / 27 yrs. / $635k*

    Josh Kaddu, OLB / 24 yrs. / $34k*

    Ross Homan, LB / 27 yrs.

    Restricted Free Agents

    Dom DeCicco, ILB / 26 yrs. / $570k*

    Josh Samuda, C / 26 yrs. / $318k*

    *2014 Salary Cap Hit

    Projected Vikings Depth Chart


    Offense

    PositionPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5 
    LWRGreg JenningsJarius WrightKain ColterAdam Thielen
    RWRCharles JohnsonCordarrelle PattersonDonte Foster
    LTMatt KalilAntonio RichardsonCarter Bykowski
    LGDavid YankeyJordan McCrayJosh Samuda
    CJohn SullivanJoe BergerZac Kerin
    RGBrandon FuscoAustin Wentworth
    RTPhil LoadholtMichael Harris
    TEKyle RudolphRhett EllisonChase FordBrandon BostickRyan Otten
    QBTeddy BridgewaterShaun HillPat Devlin
    FBZach Line
    RBAdrian PetersonJerick McKinnonMatt AsiataJoe BanyardHenry JoseyDominique Williams

    Defense

    PositionPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5
    LDEBrian RobisonJustin TrattouLeon Mackey
    NTLinval JosephChigbo AnunobyIsame Faciane
    DTSharrif FloydTom JohnsonShamar Stephen
    RDEEverson GriffenScott Crichton
    SLBAnthony BarrMichael MautiBrandon Watts
    MLBAudie ColeJustin Anderson
    WLBGerald HodgesChad GreenwayDom DeCiccoBrian Peters
    LCBCaptain MunnerlynJosh RobinsonMarcus Sherels
    SSHarrison SmithAntone ExumAhmad Dixon
    FSRobert BlantonAndrew SendejoShaun Prater
    RCBXavier RhodesJabari PriceDeMarcus Van DykeJalil Carter

    Special Teams

    PositionPlayer 1Player 2Player 3Player 4Player 5
    PJeff Locke
    PKBlair Walsh
    LSCullen Loeffler
    HJeff Locke
    PRMarcus SherelsJarius Wright
    KRCordarrelle PattersonMarcus Sherels

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    Long injury report (along with inactives list) for the Vikings.

    NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU. FRI. STATUS GAMEDAY
    Barr, Anthony LB Knee DNP DNP DNP Injured Reserve N/A
    Watts, Brandon LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
    Yankey, David G None - - - N/A Inactive
    Dixon, Ahmad S None - - - N/A Inactive
    Josey, Henry RB None - - - N/A Inactive
    Prater, Shaun CB None - - - N/A Inactive
    Bykowski, Carter T None - - - N/A Inactive
    Greenway, Chad LB Knee DNP DNP DNP Questionable Inactive
    Wright, Jarius WR Low Back DNP DNP LP Questionable Active
    Rudolph, Kyle TE Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable Active
    Johnson, Charlie G Ankle LP LP FP Probable Active
    Jennings, Greg WR Hamstring LP LP FP Probable Active
    Exum, Antone S Knee LP LP FP Probable Active
    Harris, Mike T Foot LP DNP LP Probable Active
    Ford, Chase TE Foot LP LP FP Probable Active
    Blanton, Robert S Ankle LP LP FP Probable Active
    Sendejo, Andrew S T FP FP FP Probable Active
    Floyd, Sharrif DT Knee FP FP FP Probable Active
    Asiata, Matt RB Foot FP FP FP Probable Active

    The Vikings are their starting linebacker corps and this will be quite the test against Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, who have a combined 2629 yards and 12 touchdowns—over 30 percent of the combined touchdowns and 53 percent of the combined offensive yards the Bears have put together. The rest of the inactives are either marginal players (Shaun Prater), newly added (Carter Bykowski, Henry Josey, Ahmad Dixon) or David Yankey.

    With a starting linebacker corps of Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole and Jasper Brinkley (perhaps) expect the Vikings to be in nickel as often as make sense. Also, don’t be surprised if the Bears attempt to roll with two or one receiver on the field for as often as they can in order to force the Vikings to play all their linebackers instead of bringing Josh Robinson on and a linebacker off. Also notable, new promotion Josh Kaddu is active.

    The linebacker problem is an enormous one, and if the Vikings lose, I wouldn’t be surprised if they swung the match in Chicago’s favor.

    On the other hand, the Vikings seemingly do not have to rely on Vlad Ducasse with Charlie Johnson active and presumably starting.

    Aside from that, we have Zach Line‘s first game as an active player, and a return of Yankey to the inactive list. Line will likely not see any snaps, and Yankey hasn’t done enough in workouts, evidently, to impress the Zimmer staff enough to see the field. It doesn’t help Yankey’s case that Charlie Johnson is active. Scott Crichton is active once more, but he doesn’t figure to see many snaps.

    Expect Matt Asiata to carry the running game with occasional spells by Joe Banyard. Sharrif Floyd being active will help in a big way (and he was fully healthy this week) in the run game, but may not be enough to overcome the loss of linebackers.

    The safeties will be Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo while the starting linebackers will be Gerald Hodges (SLB), Jasper Brinkley (MLB) and Audie Cole (WLB). Hodges will keep his spot replacing Anthony Barr while Cole is replacing Greenway.

    NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU. FRI. STATUS GAMEDAY
    Clausen, Jimmy QB Concussion Out Out Out Out Inactive
    Conte, Chris S Back DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
    Gould, Robbie K Right Quadricep DNP DNP DNP Out Inactive
    Louis-Jean, Al CB Hamstring - - DNP Questionable Inactive
    Lane, Austen DE None - - - N/A Inactive
    Leno, Charles T None - - - N/A Inactive
    Dunn. Brandon DT None - - - N/A Inactive
    Allen, Jared DE Ribs DNP DNP LP Questionable Active
    Ratliff, Jeremiah DT Knee DNP DNP DNP Questionable Active
    Bass, David DE Knee LP LP FP Probable Active
    Long, Kyle G Hip LP LP FP Probable Active
    Wilson, Marquess WR Knee LP LP FP Probable Active
    Ferguson, Ego DT Ankle FP FP FP Probable Active

    With Brandon Marshall on injured reserve, expect to see more runs, even with Marquess Wilson on the field (as detailed above). Checkdowns and routes designed for interior players (slot receivers, tight ends and running backs) will be a priority, with Chicago working to take advantage of the linebacker problems.

    It will be a tougher game than it initially looked. It may finally be up to the offense, not the defense, to deliver.

    Chris Tomasson, reporter for the Pioneer Press, loves to bring up Pro Football Focus grades for better or worse when talking to and about players and he did so once again when talking to struggling Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil (ranked as their third-worst offensive tackle). Kalil, like head coach Mike Zimmer had earlier in the season, didn’t take too kindly to Pro Football Focus’ grades (or their use in reporting, blogging or generic fan impressions).

    “You can’t listen to some people who don’t know what they’re talking about, who want to go on Pro Football Focus, the website who they hire random fans and give them a training camp on how to grade people,’’ Kalil said Thursday. “And people want to live on that site when it’s not really a credible site.

    “I’m not going against them because they hammer me. But I mean, it’s not a credible site. … They don’t know the blocking schemes, they don’t know who’s fault (a bad play might be).’’

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