Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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It look as though Adrian Peterson won’t be receiving the Greg Jennings treatment from the Vikings’ front office this offseason.

According to the USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings will not release Peterson:

The “news” comes as no surprise, though. Peterson is still one of the league’s premier running backs, and if the Vikings are going to part ways with him, they will need to receive a solid return on investment — Peterson’s release would result in a $2.4 million strike against Minnesota’s salary cap.

The embattled running back is set to make $12.75 million in 2015 and will turn 30 later this month, which may explain his relatively quiet trade market — teams are unwilling to take on the Peterson’s expensive contract, which will pay him $45 million over the next 3 years.

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For the Chad Greenway fans out there (myself included), you’ll be happy to see this tweet by USA Today’s Tom Pelissero:

Greenway has been one of those question marks as the Vikings have entered free agency, mostly because his contract takes up a good-sized chunk of Minnesota’s cap space.

In his tenth NFL year, he would count $8.8 million against Minnesota’s salary cap; if released, he would count a much smaller number ($1.7 million) against the cap. Last season Greenway willingly took a pay cut, restructuring his contract to stay in Minny, and it seems he is willing to do the same again.

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It seems as if the Vikings are in the running for 27-year-old safety Taylor Mays.

According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, the Vikings, Bengals, and Redskins are all vying to bring Mays in. The safety has played for Cincinnati since 2011, and Tomasson said the Bengals are “desperately” wanting Mays to stay on the roster.

John Day is a Bengals fan who would like to see Mays stay in Cincinnati at the right price. He feels there are some challenges to Mays, but he also offers a lot of upside to a team:

“[Mays is] more of a straight line type of guy.  Hes a good athlete […] Perfect depth guy who could fill a couple spots in a pinch.”

Mays is yet another free agent whose interest in the Vikings relates directly to his past experience with head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer served as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator during Mays’ first three seasons, so he is widely familiar with Zimmer’s coaching style and system.

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Although the Minnesota Vikings have been relatively quiet in free agency, they’ve made a few moves that could have lasting impacts heading into the 2015 season.

Splashy trades, surprising releases, and expensive free agent signings usually dominate headlines, but sometimes, the smaller, less-publicized transactions make or break a team’s season.

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“Why’d the Vikings cut him? He was such a nice guy.”

That seemed to be the overriding sentiment when the Vikings announced they had cut bait with soon to be 32-year old wide receiver Greg Jennings Saturday afternoon, only two years into a five-year $47.5 million deal ($18m guaranteed). Not impassioned pleas of “He’s still a #1 receiver” or “Jennings still has something left in the tank”, those came after all of the nice guy pinings – and then to a much lesser degree.

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