Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Carolina and Minnesota continued their player swapping well into Friday night, a theme that makes this offseason’s free agency period somewhat unique.

We already knew that the Vikings lost left tackle (and pizza maker) Matt Kalil to the Panthers this week. I openly mused at that point, in our ongoing Live Chat, about the possibility of Mike Remmers joining the Vikings and being of more value at half the cost than what Kalil ends up being in Carolina.

Amazingly, that theory will now be tested by reality, as Remmers has signed with the Vikings. Then news broke that two more Vikings free agents are going to be Carolina Panthers moving forward.

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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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Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

Free agency officially opens this afternoon at 4pm ET and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have been working fast and furiously to sign all of the high octane free….. Nah just kidding. General Manager Rick Spielman hasn’t really done much (besides have lunch in Norman, Oklahoma), to the chagrin of Vikings fans. Today on the show, we run through the free agency headlines even though all the information will likely be dated by the time you listen. Fun times!

Today’s Make It Rain Talkers Include:
• Fans and Rick Spielman
• Andrew Whitworth Going to LA
• Matt Kalil Going to Carolina
• So What Now on the Offensive Line in Free Agency?
• Spielman, Zimmer & Polamalu at Oklahoma Pro Day
• The Draft…
• Adam Thielen Tendered
• Captain & Cordarrelle
• Free Agency Moves in the Division
• Adrian Peterson Free Agency Interest…
• Twitter Qs

All that and more “Mo Money, Mo Problems” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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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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Cordarrelle Patterson
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Welcome to the next installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the wideouts. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, safeties, and the quarterbacks.

For the first time in ages, the Vikings head into free agency with very little attention paid to the wideout position. However, the group is full of question marks, and sometimes, question marks equate to surprising moves.

One of those question marks is how new wide receivers coach Darrell Hazel views the group he is inheriting, with the somewhat surprising departure of George Stewart leaving us to wonder what sort of circumstances he is walking into exactly.

We don’t know enough about the inner-workings of Winter Park to know the details of what led to this coaching change, or how the current staff views its players, but we do know the team has a number of situations to address: a first-rounder that barely played football in 2016; a relatively expensive veteran that seemed to be in the dog house in 2016; and a pending free agent whose best value comes on special teams.

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