Friday, December 15, 2017

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Vikings Compensatory Picks

A comprehensive guide to the Vikings compensatory picks situation as it stands now.

An NFL offseason is full to the brim of roster transactions that are almost 100% speculative, attempts to predict the future, as front offices across the league spend millions and millions of dollars hoping it translates to wins on Sundays. That is why I’ve always been drawn to the more calculated gamesmanship opportunities presented by the NFL’s secretive compensatory pick process, it is less crystal ball and more of a game of Stratego.

Like myself, Nick Korte can recall the days when an anonymous internet user named “AdamJT13” posted in various forums, and eventually his own site, attempts to decipher the formula that distributes 32 extra draft picks to teams every year. Those picks are assigned based on how free agency played out during the prior offseason.

Korte calls AdamJT13 a “pioneer” for what he did, making the formula considerably less secretive (but not any less complicated) and notes that his internet absence, which coincided with the signing of the NFL’s newest Collective Bargaining Agreement, left a considerable void for those wanting to be informed on how and why picks are being handed out.

“He stopped issuing comp pick projections when the new CBA was created, and hasn’t been heard from in years,” Korte told me. “But I owe a lot to Adam for doing the real difficult work of discovering some rules with the comp pick formula.”

Korte has been doing great work for Over The Cap to try and pick up where AdamJT13 left off, in addition to running his own Denver Broncos site call “Thin Air” and being a must-follow on Twitter. Since this is the first time in a long time that the Vikings have had such a considerable number of free agents heading out of town, I asked Korte to help us decipher and better understand the big picture on compensatory picks, and he was kind enough to oblige.

And, just in case anyone here wants to hold his Denver loyalties against him, Korte was quick to remind me that they kept the Packers from glory in Super Bowl XXXII and openly admits “I fear that the Broncos may not have repeated had Gary Anderson made that kick.”

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Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

General manager Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have been spending in free agency like there’s No Limit (not really, but anytime we can shoehorn in Master P references, we do it). We run through all the free agency goings on with the Purple People Eaters and pontificate on how the moves affect the draft and the outlook on 2017.

Today’s “Bye, Adrian” Talkers Include:
• Latavius Murray (Finally) Signed
• What Does This Mean For Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon
• Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers are Bookend Tackles (Maybe)
• Vikings Who Are Now Former Vikings
• Adam Thielen Got His Extension
• Terence Newman Back in the Mix
• Datone Jones Brings some DL Depth
• Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater’s 5th Year Options
• Vikings Who Have an Opportunity to Step Up Post FA
• Vikings Cap Space Situation

All that and more “Everyone is on one-year deals if you think about it” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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image via Vikings.com

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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Why not Latavius Murray
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So the Minnesota Vikings didn’t get their guy in Eddie Lacy; what a bummer.

The 267-pound running back signed a one-year, $5.55 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks, ending any hope he’d make the short trip from Wisconsin to Minneapolis. While Lacy was surely a fit with the Vikings, he likely saw Seattle as the more lucrative destination — a run-first offense with the necessary backs to rotate and split carries.

Lacy turned down comparable offers from the Vikings and Packers, leaving Rick Spielman empty-handed once again this free agency period. Fortunately, the running back market’s been soft—thanks, pass-happy offenses—and remains abundant with talent. Spielman recognized the surfeit of options, quickly shifting focus to another high-profile player looking for a new home — Latavius Murray.

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And other Free Agency thoughts

Eddie Lacy to the Vikings Makes Sense
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Say what you will about Eddie Lacy’s eating habits or his love of Chinese food, but the former Packers running back is a perfect fit for the Minnesota Vikings. In his five-year career, he’s gained more than 3,400 yards and scored 23 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry in Green Bay’s pass-happy offense.

Nevermind his weight; Minnesota knows all too well how effective Lacy can be on the ground. In seven games against the division rival Vikings, Lacy amassed 618 yards and scored five touchdowns to contribute to Green Bay’s four series victories. At 5’11” and 231 pounds, he’s a load to bring down and the potential “thunder” to complement the “lightning” that is Jerick McKinnon in Minnesota’s backfield.

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