Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings were in search of a “Thunder” style running back to pair with the “Lightning” that is Jerick McKinnon.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman noticed and acted.

Early Thursday morning (or late Wednesday night), the Minnesota Vikings announced they signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray.

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Minnesota Vikings restricted free agent wide receiver Adam Thielen has agreed to terms to stay with the team for three more years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Vikings placed a second-round tender on Thielen one week ago, showing that they intended on keeping the former Minnesota State Maverick around. Thielen’s new deal, a three-year, $17 million extension worth up to $27 million, keeps him in Minnesota through the 2020 season.

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39 Years Young: Vikings, Newman Agree to Terms

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Father Time’s undefeated record has been well-documented since, well, the beginning of time itself.

Every year another household name in sports is claimed either via planned retirement or playing through a painful final year. No individual has ever been able to stand the test of time, and betting on this changing at any point is more-or-less equivalent to tossing a wad of bills into an active volcano.

If there is one player that possesses both the physical tools and competitive drive necessary to challenge Father Time’s winning streak, however, it is two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman.

Following yet another outstanding individual season in 2016, the seemingly ageless defensive back decided he will return to the gridiron for at least one more season with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Former Packers DE Datone Jones
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The Minnesota Vikings signed former Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones on Tuesday, marking just the team’s third free agent acquisition this offseason. Jones was the 26th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with Packers at multiple defensive positions.

Jones joins the Vikings on a one-year, $3.75 million deal for the 2017 season. According to Mike Garafolo, he can make up to $5 million this year and has the chance to serve a crucial rotational role for Mike Zimmer. With his versatility, Jones can line up at defensive end—his natural position coming out of UCLA—or as a down lineman in a three-technique.

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Free agent cornerback Terence Newman has played cornerback in the NFL for 14 seasons. Yet somehow, the 38-year-old is still performing at a high level.

Newman spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Vikings as the starting left cornerback opposite Xavier Rhodes. In 31 games, he collected four interceptions and 20 passes defensed. Pro Football Focus graded Newman as the ninth-best cornerback in the NFL in 2016 with a grade of 86.4.

He announced today on Sirius XM Radio that he will indeed play in the 2017 season.

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