Friday, September 4, 2015

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[Note: This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period. This is the 10th article, focusing on the defensive tackles and nose tackles. In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backstight endsfullbackswide outsspecialistssafeties, cornerbacks, defensive ends & interior offensive line]

Welcome to my final piece breaking down the Viking’s free agency options for the offensive line. We’ve taken a look at the guard and center positions here, today we’ll evaluate whether or not there are options for either tackle position for the Vikings moving into the 2015 season.

The position of tackle is always under a heavy microscope. Not only are these players huge, their play sticks out because of how important their success is to the offense.

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Well, we’re almost there, folks. Free agency is right around the corner which means the boring part of the offseason is almost over (well, until the next boring part, but you know what I mean…)

Before getting onto the normal Links of the Week, I want to take a second and direct you to our most popular VT posts for the month of February in case you missed something:

AUSTIN: Our newcomer came equipped with his own mock draft.

BRETT: We’re very fortunate to have great friends like Luke Inman to give us insight into the Draft here at VT.

ADAM: You all decided that guard Mike Iupati should be our top free agent target.

BRENT: A top-notch preview of the interior line with a free agency primer.

CARL: A close look at wide out prospect DeVante Parker.

ARIF: He wrapped a three-part guest post on the likelihood that Adrian Peterson declines in the near future.

ANDY: The Purple FTW! episode featuring our own Lindsey Young was a big hit.

LINDSEY: She did a great profile of a friendly little Vikings bar in Colorado.

Okay, onto the real Links of the Week:

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Per 1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson and a USA Today report from Tom Pelissero, Adrian Peterson and his wife Ashley are scheduled to meet with Minnesota Vikings management on Wednesday in Houston, Texas:

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According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Adrian Peterson has indicated to the Minnesota Vikings that he’d be willing to restructure his contract for five potential trade destinations: the Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers.

While Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson continues to have an open dialogue with the franchise about his future, he has pondered potential trade destinations and would consider a contract restructure if a deal becomes necessary, sources have told Yahoo Sports.

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Another source inside Peterson’s circle told Yahoo Sports the running back has entertained returning to the Vikings, but has also considered potential trade destinations. Under the latter scenario, Peterson would also consider restructuring his contract to make a trade work.

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While the Dallas Cowboys have been reported to be a Peterson favorite destination, the running back prefers five teams: the Arizona Cardinals, the Indianapolis Colts, the Cowboys, the San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That said, even if Peterson requested a trade, the Vikings could refuse and simply pay him the $12.75 million in base salary he’s due in the 2015 season.

2015 Scouting Report Kevin White

[Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. Continue reading below to learn more about who many experts are calling the best wide receiver in this year’s class.]

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