Saturday, October 1, 2016

Vikings sign free agent defensive end Justin Trattou

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the youngest, most sustainable rosters in the entire NFL. It’s a group of players that helped the Vikings finish 11-5 and atop the NFC North for the first time since 2009. When a team is built to last, such as Rick Spielman’s in Minnesota, it’s hard to argue blowing that team up through free agency.

Spielman’s most recent moves — signing Alex Boone and building depth at linebacker — signal his efforts to retain core contributors and fill necessary holes only when necessary. That’s why today’s announcement from veteran defensive end Justin Trattou comes as no surprise; he’s returning to the team on a one-year deal.

Trattou shared via Instagram that he’s “excited and proud” to “pick up” where the Vikings left off last year and told Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press that the Vikings are the “best young team in the NFL.”

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If you are still tracking the Vikings free agency possibilities late on this Friday evening then your patience has been rewarded. The Vikings have reportedly agreed to a two year deal with punt returner and reserve cornerback Marcus Sherels.

The report comes from Chris Tomasson (who has done an amazing job this offseason) of the Pioneer Press. Tomasson says that terms were agreed to on Friday and Sherels will officially sign his new contract on Monday.

Sherels had visited the New York Jets this week, who are in need of a punt return specialist, but the deal was reached upon his return to Minnesota.

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The first wave of free agency has come and gone. The Minnesota Vikings didn’t land the White Whales the fanbase wanted (Kelechi Osemele or George Iloka), but I think we’re fine settling for the White Rhino in Alex Boone. We dive into him as well as the other depth free agent signings the Purple made. I also take a look at other potential future Vikings still on the market and what the plan should be with our own unrestricted free agents.

All that and other “Stop Typing So Loud, Tomasson” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The new NFL league year began at 4:00 PM eastern yesterday afternoon, allowing all teams to officially sign free-agents to their roster. At 4:01 PM, a mind boggling amount of contract signings had already been agreed upon throughout the entire league.

The Minnesota Vikings were certainly not shy about wanting to improve their roster yesterday. Spots were filled and depth was added as the Vikings are hoping their new players will help the team repeat as NFC North division champions in 2016.

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Splashy? Not really, no. That’s not Rick Spielman’s style, and day one of free agency ends with Vikings Nation’s two most coveted targets—guard Kelechi Osemele and safety George Iloka—signing elsewhere. But there’s a lot to smile about for Vikings fans. The team made numerous moves, most notably bringing in former 49ers guard Alex Boone and former Titans safety Michael Griffin, and resigning Mike Harris, and the refusal to shell out huge money may turn out to be the smart move in the long run (as it often is). And there’s more to come; numerous outlets have indicated the Vikings aren’t done, and there are still questions about whether or not the team will bring back some of it’s own free agents. So, in no particular order, here are a few thoughts and questions after day one:

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