Monday, April 24, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is a restless man during the NFL Draft. When he’s not on the clock, he’s frantically making calls with other teams to improve Minnesota’s draft position. He has operated that way since he took over full reigns as general manager in 2012.

In his first three NFL Drafts, Spielman either moved Minnesota’s place in the draft or added a selection in the first round. He swooped an extra couple of picks from Cleveland in 2012 to move down one spot and was still able to get the guy he wanted in Matt Kalil. In 2013, Spielman selected three times in the first round, making trades with Seattle (before the draft) and New England to acquire picks that turned into Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Spielman then pulled the trigger on a trade that moved the Vikings back into the last slot of the first round in 2014 to select Teddy Bridgewater.

“Slick Rick” didn’t make any such moves in the previous two drafts, but his track record indicates that type of maneuver is on his mind a week before the draft. It’s important to keep in mind that Spielman would likely need to give up the 48th overall pick and the 79th overall pick to move up into the bottom of the first. Depending on the prospects available, it might require more than that.

With all of this in mind, the question must be asked: If Spielman does pull the trigger on a trade into the first round, which prospects should he target?

The fundamental answer is easy: trade up for a guy with top-tier first round talent who has slipped through the cracks. Several candidates fit that bill in this year’s draft class.

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Free Agent WR Rod Streater
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The Minnesota Vikings kept one of their own in Adam Thielen this offseason, and yet, wide receiver remains a position of need heading into 2017. Despite retaining the ever-underrated Thielen, the Vikings watched Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson skip town for greener pastures.

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the exodus and expressed his desire to add more talent at the position. “I do think we need some more receivers, yes,” Zimmer said, per Vikings.com. “I think it’d be important for us to get some guys that can stretch the field a little bit.”

One of those potential targets is Rod Streater, who Chris Tomasson reports is on Minnesota’s radar. Tomasson tweeted this afternoon the Vikings are “looking at Streater,” who spent the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and 49ers are also in the mix, per Tomasson.

The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 50 (!!!!!)

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ signings of Latavius Murray and Datone Jones, re-signing Adam Thielen and Terence Newman, the team’s six remaining internal free agents, the departures of Jeff Locke, Cordarrelle Patterson and Andre Smith and plenty more on Episode 50 (!) of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The New Guys: Reviewing free-agent signings of EDGE Datone Jones and RB Latavius Murray
  • The Old Guys: Discussing the re-upped contracts of WR Adam Thielen and CB Terence Newman
  • The Exodus: Thoughts on the departures of P Jeff Locke, WR Cordarrelle Patterson and OT Andre Smith
  • The Other Stuff: Hashing over the Minnesota Vikings’ six remaining internal free agents

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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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Vikings' Pursuit of Alshon Jeffery
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Can the unexpected disappoint? It’s a question I asked myself this afternoon as I watched tweet after tweet declare Alshon Jeffery a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not more than an hour earlier, I’d heard—in real-time, with my own ears—Ian Rapoport interrupt a live NFL Network broadcast to break some unforeseen news: the Minnesota Vikings were “all in” on acquiring the free agent receiver from rival Chicago.

Mind you, I’m pretty even-keel,but Rapoport’s mention of “Minnesota” and “Jeffery” in the same breath nearly elicited a coffee-spitting reaction. I’d seen the receiver torch the Vikings as a member of the Bears, but not once did I imagine he’d potentially end up in purple and gold.

And not only were the Vikings pursuing Jeffery; general manager Rick Spielman was making a “strong push” to snag the star receiver away from the Bears, the Eagles, and the Colts.

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