Friday, October 21, 2016

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Joe Berger’s battle to start at center for the Minnesota Vikings concluded weeks ago with the release of John Sullivan, but ended on a high note today with an unexpected contract extension. According to a press release from the team, Berger has been signed to a one-year contract extension with the Vikings.

The 12-year veteran has 54 starts in 115 career games and 34 starts in 77 games in Minnesota. He started all 16 games for the Vikings at center last year and beat out John Sullivan to remain there in 2016. Berger’s extension keeps him in purple and gold through 2017, as the veteran center was set to become a free agent following the season.

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Vikings Release John Sullivan
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Following an abrupt injury to Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings announced the final five moves to get the roster to 75 players. Yesterday’s list was filled with practice squad candidates and undrafted free agents, but today’s release includes a few notable names.

Veteran center John Sullivan, who was reportedly being shopped by the team, has been released. General manager Rick Spielman shared a statement on the 31-year-old center, who spent eight seasons in Minnesota following his sixth-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

“Our entire organization appreciates everything that John Sullivan has done for this franchise. Sullivan led our team, not only with how he played the game, but also with how he handled himself in our community. We wish John Sullivan and his family nothing but the best as they move forward.”

Before two back injuries derailed his 2015 season, Sullivan had started 93 games for the Vikings and was a cog in the middle of the offensive line. He battled with Joe Berger for starting duties this preseason, but fell short in his comeback efforts. Berger started Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers, solidifying his place as the team’s starter for the foreseeable future.

Outside of his contributions on the field, Sullivan was named Vikings Community Man of the Year in 2013 and remained active in multiple charities.

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According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the Vikings are currently attempting to trade John Sullivan, their veteran center that is now thought to be fully healthy.

Minnesota is in the process of cutting their roster down to 75 players, and we’ll have updates up on that shortly, but the Sullivan move is certainly interesting from a number of angles.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially opened US Bank Stadium with an impressive showing over the San Diego Super Chargers. Teddy Bridgewater put a lot of people’s minds at ease as he performed well in what looks to be his final preseason action before the 2016 regular season. We talk about him and some of the other headlines to come out of US Bank Stadium officially (kinda) being open for business.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• All the Teddy Haters Can Kick Rocks
• US Bank Stadium, I Love You
• Who Starts At Center?
• TJ Clemmings at Left Tackle
• Kyle. Rudolph.
• Stefon Diggs is Ready to Go
• The Treadwell 2-Point Conversion is What We Got Him For
• The Run Defense Legit Scares Me
• Jusitin Trattou Appreciation
• When Do We Start Worrying About Eric Kendricks?
• Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes
• Ballhawking Secondary One Time?
• Safety Picture Still Unclear
• My 14 Cuts to Get to 75

All that and other “$8.25 for half a slice of pizza?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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OPEN THE GATES (For Football That Doesn't Count) [PODCAST]

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings officially (kinda) open up US Bank Stadium Sunday at noon as they welcome in the Los Angeles Chargers of Anaheim San Diego Super Chargers for an afternoon of full speed football that doesn’t count. Teddy Bridgewater says he’s playing. Adrian Peterson says he’s not. Still a few positons and roster spots up for grabs before the team has to whittle the roster down to 75 by 4pm ET on Thursday. We discuss some of those items as well as what we want to figure out about this new behemoth of a stadium.

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Today’s Brand New Toy Talking Points Include:
• How’s Teddy Gonna Look?
• Adrian’s Not Playing in the Preseason
• Who’s Going to Start at Center?
• What’s The Wide Receiver Order Going to Be?
• Can the Running Game Get Going?
• Can the Offensive Line Protect?
• Will Moritz Boehringer be a 75-Man Cut?
• The Health of Kendricks, Floyd, Xavier, Barr
• Can the Defense Still be Elite with Missing Pieces?
• Who’s Going to Be on the Roster at Safety?
• Will the “Gates” Be Open?
• How is the Sun Going to Play?
• Will Some Players Get a Stay of Execution?
• How Loud Can US Bank Stadium Get?

All that and other “On My Mark…. Open the Doors.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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