Friday, July 3, 2015

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Free agency is winding down, and the Minnesota Vikings have enjoyed a quiet, if intriguing week of trades and transactions.

Things truly kicked off on Friday, when the Vikings acquired the deep threat they’ve been lacking by trading for Miami’s Mike Wallace. Shortly after making the move, Rick Spielman released veteran wide receiver Greg Jennings, freeing up more than $5 million in cap space. The flurry of roster changes seemingly solidified Minnesota’s wide receiver corps, but I’m hard-pressed to believe the front office is finished tinkering.

Austin’s Mock Draft 2.0 

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The Vikings have a number of young bright spots on their defense these days, but Harrison Smith is right up at the top of the list, and he wants everyone to know he loves playing in Minnesota.

Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to carry a cap hit of $2.271 million if he doesn’t get a new deal. A new deal is a real possibility, however, as Smith has met and exceeded expectations since Day One of his Vikings career.

“I have no intentions of going anywhere else,” Smith said this weekend. “I’ll just let [my agency] handle it. I’m just here to play football and we’ll see what happens.”

Even with only the smallest of playoff chances left to be hopeful for, the Vikings managed to give us another encouraging win that provides some hope for the future under Mike Zimmer.  This win wasn’t the prettiest of efforts, but the fact that there was so much effort is a nice sign.

Our past winners as voted on by all you good looking folks:

WEEK ONE:  Cordarrelle Patterson

WEEK TWO: Harrison Smith

WEEK THREE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK FIVE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK SIX:  Linval Joseph

WEEK SEVEN: Everson Griffen

WEEK EIGHT:  Anthony Barr

WEEK NINE:  Everson Griffen

WEEK ELEVEN: Charles Johnson

WEEK TWELVE:  Xavier Rhodes

WEEK THIRTEEN:  Everson Griffen

As you can see, the defense is unsurprisingly dominating this contest (9 of 12), with Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen tied for the lead with three awards each.

This weeks nominations are…

The drama isn’t yet behind the Minnesota Vikings, but the Detroit Lions are still knocking on the door step.  Here are the best links we could find around the web to give yo your pregame fix:

 

The Vikings are short-handed thanks to Adrian Peterson’s legal issues and a sudden injury invasion.  However, through a quarter of the season now, they have performed almost exactly how Brett, Arif, and myself predicted prior to the start of the season.  This leaves us with plenty of optimism, thanks in large part to Teddy Bridgewater, and lots to discuss. Here is a look around the web at what is being said about our beloved Vikings with the Packers on deck:

 

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