Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Early this morning, Adam Schefter reported that defensive end Michael Johnson had reached an agreement with the Cincinnati Bengals to return to his former team:

Johnson, who spent 2014 in Tampa Bay, found a lot of success while playing in Cincinnati under Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, recording 11.5 sacks in 2012. Johnson visited the Vikings late last week, and was quoted at the airport as saying that it would be a tough decision between his the two teams.

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The Vikings welcomed their newest pass-catching weapon to Minneapolis on Saturday, the same day they released veteran Greg Jennings, and he spoke publicly about what is ahead for him in his new home.

“I’m excited to be here. Fresh start,” said Wallace on Saturday. “I’m excited about the opportunity that Coach [Mike] Zimmer gave me, [General Manager Rick] Spielman and the Wilfs. I’m excited. Great city from what I’ve heard. A great young quarterback. A lot of good players on the team. I’m looking just to be an asset to the team. I want to help out and do the best I can.”

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The start of free agency, and a trade for Mike Wallace, provided us a little relief from the ups and downs of the Adrian Peterson roller coaster ride.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports gives us a reason to jump back into that conversation, however. He has long held the belief, through his sources, that the Vikings intend to keep Adrian Peterson and that they want to find a way to make him happy to be there again.

Today, however, Robinson is saying that Peterson is not only still disgruntled, but that Arizona is prepared to make an offer to Minnesota if they want to trade their star running back.

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Two years after signing a bloated contract, it was time for Mike Wallace to leave Miami.

Apparently, two years after signing a bloated contract, it is also time for Greg Jennings to leave Minnesota, with Wallace as his replacement. The Vikings announced the release of Jennings on Saturday afternoon, less than 24 hours after they completed a trade bringing Wallace to town.

Jennings, 31, caught 127 passes from multiple quarterbacks in his two years in Minnesota. He produced 1,546 receiving yards and and 10 touchdowns during that time. He also built a house in Minnesota, took on a leadership role, and immediately began his quest to be one of the most generous and approachable players on the Vikings roster.

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Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press is bringing Minnesota Vikings beat writers back to their roots. By that, I mean he was at the airport this morning hoping to catch a glimpse and get a quote out of potential free agent acquisition Michael Johnson.

The level of detail in the story is actually pretty cool.

Johnson revealed to Tomasson at the airport that the Vikings have extended him a lucrative offer to join a defensive line that currently features pass rushers Everson Griffen and Brian Robison.

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