Sunday, August 30, 2015

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The Hall of Fame selection process and enshrinement festivities is just another great way in which the NFL keeps us all paying attention on a year-round basis, even during the quietest of quiet periods of the offseason.

With Mick Tingelhoff officially selected to the Hall of Fame, I got to wondering who could possibly end up being the next Viking to get in. Then I had a hunch that this could end up being a greatly debated topic and figured you guys might like to hash it out in the comments section this week.

For starters, let’s review the purple fellows that have already made it to Canton:

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What a long, STRANGE trip it’s been.

The Purple FTW! Podcast is officially 100 episodes deep. We take time out today to reflect on the first century of podcast non-sense, play a little Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick to pad the ego, and take a look forward to what big developments are going down with Purple FTW for the 2015 season.

I can’t express enough gratitude to the listeners & great guests who have made this possible. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. #Skol

Century Club talking points include.
• Vikings News
• Adrian in Court
• We’ll Take Adrian Back in 2015, Under 3 Conditions
• Harrison NEEDS to be Extended
• Duron Not a Viking. Not a Big Deal
• Critiquing Purple FTW Episode 1 – Week 14 Vikings-Ravens Recap (2013)
• Vikings-Super Bowl Trivia with Uncle Nick
• Thank Yous to Guests & Fans
• Big Announcement for the 2015 Season

All of this and other Hundo shenanigans on the Purple FTW! Podcast! Full episode after the jump.

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The Vikings have a number of young bright spots on their defense these days, but Harrison Smith is right up at the top of the list, and he wants everyone to know he loves playing in Minnesota.

Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to carry a cap hit of $2.271 million if he doesn’t get a new deal. A new deal is a real possibility, however, as Smith has met and exceeded expectations since Day One of his Vikings career.

“I have no intentions of going anywhere else,” Smith said this weekend. “I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just here to play football and we’ll see what happens.”

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A quick look around the NFC North to see what is happening this time of year regarding our worst enemies:

CHICAGO BEARS

The Chicago Bears have had a very tumultuous offseason thus far, but even more turnover is surely on the horizon, and it could involve some of their biggest names.

Right now, it seems to be a hot topic to wonder about the future of wide out Brandon Marshall whose career has seen him playing the position better than anyone at times, while he also became a distraction with off-field issues.

Michael C. Wright of ESPN makes a solid observation about new head coach John Fox’s resume. Fox oversaw feisty wide out Steve Smith in Carolina, who even threw punches at teammates, and still managed to get great things out of Smith and others. It seems unlikely Fox will balk at the idea of coaching a personality like Marshall’s.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Marshall leave our division, however, as I still see him as being one of the best at playing the position. Josh Robinson is probably another guy that would like to see Chicago get a little thinner at wide receiver.

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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 fifth article, focusing on the specialists.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterbacksrunning backs, tight ends, and the fullbacks are here.]

The Vikings are likely to see some movement this offseason when it comes to their key player on special teams.

To start, however, we should look at the one guy who seems about 99% safe in terms of job security. Kicker Blair Walsh is coming off of a down year in terms of consistency, but his body of work as a whole makes him more likely to get an extension this year than get replaced, by a long shot.  Walsh is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to have a cap hit of only $689,483.

At age 25, it would take a huge fall from grace for the strong-legged Walsh to be considered anything other than our guy in the present, and well into the future.

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