Friday, October 20, 2017

by -
3
Adrian Peterson to the Packers
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

“This guy’s crazy!” “This is just cheap click bait!” “Wow, this is just so disrespectful to Adrian Peterson!” Or maybe this guy is just smart?

After the Minnesota Vikings had announced Tuesday they would not exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s contract, Bovada released odds on which team Peterson would join next (or if he’ll wind up staying in Minnesota on a new contract).

And would you look at that — the Green Bay Packers are chilling at 10/1 odds. You don’t think maybe, just maybe, Peterson could become a Packer?

AHHHHHHHHHHH MAKE IT STOP!

by -
1
Cordarrelle Patterson
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Welcome to the next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the wideouts. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, safeties, and the quarterbacks.

For the first time in ages, the Vikings head into free agency with very little attention paid to the wideout position. However, the group is full of question marks, and sometimes, question marks equate to surprising moves.

One of those question marks is how new wide receivers coach Darrell Hazel views the group he is inheriting, with the somewhat surprising departure of George Stewart leaving us to wonder what sort of circumstances he is walking into exactly.

We don’t know enough about the inner-workings of Winter Park to know the details of what led to this coaching change, or how the current staff views its players, but we do know the team has a number of situations to address: a first-rounder that barely played football in 2016; a relatively expensive veteran that seemed to be in the dog house in 2016; and a pending free agent whose best value comes on special teams.

by -
5

Peterson to become an unrestricted free agent

Vikings Do Not Exercise Adrian Peterson's 2017 Option
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

There it is, the news Vikings fans have anticipated for weeks. On Tuesday morning, the Minnesota Vikings announced they will not exercise the 2017 option on Adrian Peterson’s contract. The decision means Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, March 9.

With the announcement, general manager Rick Spielman released a short statement addressing the development:

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization. We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

by -
5

This is not a Sam vs. Teddy thing, I promise.

quarterbacks
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Our next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the quarterbacks. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, and safeties.

At the top, the 2017 Vikings quarterback situation is cut and dried: Sam Bradford is the starter. Any prospects for a Bradford/Bridgewater training camp competition—or full-on reclamation of the starting job by Teddy—have been squashed by the speculation Bridgewater will miss all of the 2017 season, the reports he still has not resumed football activities, and the declaration by Mike Zimmer that Bradford has earned the right to be the starting quarterback.

So we wish Teddy well in his rehab, hope his career isn’t completely over, and perhaps even talk ourselves into the idea that he will return to practice at some point next year. But until we have a reason to believe otherwise, Sam Bradford is the Vikings’ starting quarterback.

However, the position isn’t settled. Bradford’s backup last year—Shaun Hill—is a free agent, and early indications are he will either retire or not be re-signed. And with Bradford’s injury history combined with the Vikings’ porous offensive line, having a capable backup is more important than ever. We’ll look at a couple ways the team could handle that.

Get Social

2,928FansLike
266Subscribers+1
10,573FollowersFollow