Saturday, October 21, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Vikings Moneyball with Former Agent Joel Corry of CBS Sports (ep. 401)

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings made it rain over the offseason extending stalwarts pieces Xavier Rhodes, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen. But were they player-friendly deals or team-friendly? To answer that, we brought in former agent and friend of the show Joel Corry (@CorryJoel) of CBS Sports to breakdown the numbers and also drop knowledge bombs about how Teddy Bridgewater can avoid his contract tolling even while starting the season on the PUP and how the Philadelphia Eagles may have screwed the Vikings out of the option of franchise tagging Sam Bradford in 2018. Also Joel fills us in about his experience negotiating with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and EVP of football operations Rob Brzezinski. Plus thoughts on Jaleel Johnson, the offensive line, and I fire up the Trade Machine 3000 to try and find some cornerback depth.

All that and more “You. Complete. Me.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Mankato Lovin' LIVE from the Boulder Tap House [PODCAST] - 1500 ESPN Twin Cities

The Purple FTW! Podcast has descended upon Mankato for Minnesota Vikings Training Camp. We set up shop at Boulder Tap House, our home away from home, and Andy and Producer Allie welcomed in Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) and Arif Hasan (Zone Coverage) to recap some random Purple tidbits. The crew chatted about Sam Bradford and Mike Zimmer’s dap fail, Laquon Treadwell’s hamstring injury (which may or may not have been caused by Antone Exum), Riley Reiff’s back “twinge”, Dalvin Cook living up to the hype, and the Michael Floyd Redemption Tour. Plus who would prevail in a Twin Cities sports media Anchorman-style rumble.

All that and more “Hi, Megyn Kelly” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Episode 87

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald break down Days 2-4 of Minnesota Vikings training camp with discussions centered around Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes, Teddy Bridgewater, Riley Reiff, Mike Zimmer and Taylor Heinicke.

Episode 87 is sponsored by Blackstack Brewing, The Twin Cities Directory and stand-up comedian Brendan Gay.


  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: Win FREE BEER for an Entire Year Playing Beer Pong! (1:30)
  3. Foreverson: Everson Griffen contract extension thoughts and takeaways (2:25)
  4. Rhodes & Joseph Next?: What to Expect about … the Expected (11:21)
  5. Bridgewater Back: From Mike Zimmer’s Dog House to Nickel Cornerback (20:34)
  6. Sponsor Note: See Brendan Gay LIVE at Joke Joint Comedy Club August 10th (27:55)
  7. Dodging Bullets: Riley Reiff & Adam Thielen Leave Practice; Reportedly A-OK (28:21)
  8. Zimmer Zone: Mike Zimmer in Mid-Season Press Conference Form & Takeaways (31:40)
  9. Camp Takeaways: Where did the Heinicke Hate Train Go & Bower Power (44:32)
  10. Twitter Takes: Optimal Alignment on 3rd&9 vs. Aaron Rodgers (53:35)
  11. Sign-Out: iTunes/Stitcher Review = Chance to Win a FREE Vikings Territory T-Shirt! (1:03:50)

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One year ago Minnesota Vikings players were still unpacking their bags and preparing for morning walkthroughs at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato. In 2017, however, Mike Zimmer ordered his young and inexperienced troops to report three days early.

“Last year, a lot of the rookies didn’t play as much as they had in the past,” Zimmer told Chad Graff of the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “I just figured, let’s give these guys every opportunity we possibly can to get them up to speed a little quicker. We want to get them back in here, get them back doing the techniques that we’ve been working on in the spring. Kind of refresh another three days of practice with the terminology. Then when the vets get here, they’ve heard it four or five times now as opposed to just two or three.”

As a result, fans have had the luxury of enjoying an extra three days of Vikings football — and what a three days it has been. While Dalvin Cook, Pat Elflein and the rest of Minnesota’s star-studded rookie class were finding their footing, general manager Rick Spielman has been busy solidifying the future of the organization.

Everson Griffen captured headlines with a massive contract extension, but his new deal wasn’t the only pertinent information disclosed this week. So, before Sam Bradford, Harrison Smith and the rest of the Vikings veteran take the field this afternoon, let’s first catch up on the developments of the past three days.

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Many of us were expecting some contract extension news today.

Well, we got it. But it’s not exactly the news we were expecting. Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the Minnesota Vikings and Pro Bowl defensive end Everson Griffen are finalizing a “massive” contract extension that would likely keep Griffen in purple and gold for the rest of his career.

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