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Mike Zimmer lands another intriguing defensive tackle

Will Sutton Signing
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In signing former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Will Sutton, the Minnesota Vikings accomplished an important offseason goal: bolstering depth in the middle of Mike Zimmer’s defense.

Understandably so, the focus through free agency and the NFL Draft was improving the pieces around Sam Bradford. Minnesota’s offense sputtered through a forgettable 2016 campaign, forcing general manager Rick Spielman’s hand in shifting resources to that side of the ball.

Still, Zimmer’s unit suffered its setbacks last season, from Anthony Barr‘s regression to the uninspiring play of defensive tackles Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen. The Vikings found a few solutions in the past few months, signing free agent Datone Jones and drafting Jaleel Johnson, two players expected to step in and contribute immediately.

With the Will Sutton signing, Zimmer now has the depth and flexibility in his front seven to feel comfortable heading into a pivotal 2017 season.

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About the Labor: Episode 52 feat. Bailey Cossairt

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Bailey Coissart onto the show to discuss his upcoming Minnesota Vikings documentary “Wide Left” which premieres this Thursday March 30th at 5 p.m. CST on YouTube. The guys all discuss Brian Robison’s contract, Scott Crichton’s release and polarizing former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Bailey Coissart interview
  • Discussing Brian Robison’s contract extension/restructure
  • Scott Crichton finding a new home with the Buffalo Bills
  • The Joe Mixon Discussion

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Scott Crichton
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One of Rick Spielman’s 2014 third round Draft selections is set to continue his role as part of a running back committee. The other is Scott Crichton who has been released, according to reports, after three seasons with the team that featured little to nothing in the way of production.

In fairness to Crichton, defensive end has been a loaded position for the Vikings throughout his tenure, and injuries have kept him off the field too much to form any true evaluation of his talent. While the fan base often harbored high hopes for the former Oregon State player, it just never came to fruition.

The move to release Crichton comes on the heels of the organization giving veteran defensive end (and rotational weapon) Brian Robison an extension that has him under contract at a reduced rate through 2018.

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Brian Robison Takes Pay Cut, Signs Extension
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Veteran Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison wanted to play “one or two more years,” and on Friday, the team made his wish come true. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Robison took a slight pay cut and signed a one-year extension to remain with the Vikings through 2018.

Robison’s new deal reduces his 2017 base salary from $5.3 million to $3.9 million, all of which is guaranteed. While he’s losing out on $1.4 million this season, Robison’s eligible for a $100,000 workout bonus and walks away with his entire year’s salary guaranteed; a luxury not included in his original contract from 2013.

Next season, he’ll earn a base salary of $3.2 million ($1.25 million guaranteed). His newly-added year also includes $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 workout bonus. In total, the two-year deal is worth a base value of $7.5 million with $5.15 million guaranteed.

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

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