Monday, August 31, 2015

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I’ve been away from Vikings Territory for a week, and man, does it feel good to be back behind the keyboard. To those who stuck with me through the work tweets and barrage of conference photos — thank you. I’ll return your investment by providing what I know best; Minnesota Vikings news and analysis!

Earlier today, the team announced the name of their new stadium, awarding rights to U.S. Bank for the next 20 years. Once the 2016 season begins, the Vikings will play all home games in U.S. Bank Stadium, which is more than halfway complete. The Vikings also announced their “Places to Play” program, a multi-year, $1,000,000, statewide investment into locations for Minnesota youth to play.

The partnership with U.S. Bank signals a commitment to improving the quality of life in Minnesota and providing the community with one of the nation’s most impressive multi-use stadiums. After the press release, Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf commented on the deal:

“On behalf of the entire Minnesota Vikings organization, we would like to thank Richard and the 67,000 U.S. Bank employees for their belief in, and support of, the Vikings and this new stadium and for the commitment they make in the economic and social well-being of Minnesota and its citizens every day.”

Things are looking up for the Vikings, huh? Let’s see how things are going elsewhere in the NFC North:

[NOTE:  Click the links to see our free agency rankings for quarterbacks, running backs, and fullbacks.  We’ll continue our way through all of the positions this week.]

The Vikings are in an interesting position at tight end.  Any drama hinges on their willingness to keep John Carlson who underachieved in his first year with the Vikings, but would cost just as much cap space to cut as he would to keep.

With Kyle Rudolph in command of the tight end depth chart and Rhett Ellison showing signs of being a great role player, the Vikings seem unlikely to make any big moves at the position, but it is always worth looking to see who is out there.

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Even after 16 years in the NFL Tony Gonzalez is producing in Atlanta’s offense, and if he decides to keep playing, then it seems very likely that Atlanta is where he will stay.  Martellus Bennett seems equally as likely to stay put with his Giants team that boosted his career in a big way.

If I had a man crush on one tight end free agent it would have to be San Francisco’s Delanie Walker.  The seven year veteran seems to give everything he can every time he steps on the field.  He isn’t going be a focal point of an offense, the Niners already pay Vernon Davis to be that, but he is an excellent option for team’s that like to use multiple tight end sets like the Vikings do.

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