Friday, June 23, 2017

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Classic Minnesota Vikings Football
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Vikings Free Agency: A few reasons not to panic.

In trying to gauge Minnesota’s fan base reaction to free agency thus far, it seems that there is about an even split between three broad categories: “Yay!” “Boo!” and “Yawn.”

Like everyone else, I get caught up in the anticipation and excitement leading up to free agency; like a kid on Christmas that hopes to see Santa left him his very own 70-inch 4K smart TV under the tree this year. I know there’s a super slim chance of that happening, but I also can’t help but get my hopes up.

Free agency has yet to yield any gifts quite so extravagant, and I can understand the disappointment expressed by many Vikings fans so far. Like any kid on the “Nice List,” however, I am grateful for what was left in the stockings this year anyway.

While I am admittedly going a little out of my way to keep things positive with this article, there are a few things I genuinely appreciate about Rick Spielman’s approach to free agency after the first big wave has come and gone.

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And other Free Agency thoughts

Eddie Lacy to the Vikings Makes Sense
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Say what you will about Eddie Lacy’s eating habits or his love of Chinese food, but the former Packers running back is a perfect fit for the Minnesota Vikings. In his five-year career, he’s gained more than 3,400 yards and scored 23 times, averaging 4.4 yards per carry in Green Bay’s pass-happy offense.

Nevermind his weight; Minnesota knows all too well how effective Lacy can be on the ground. In seven games against the division rival Vikings, Lacy amassed 618 yards and scored five touchdowns to contribute to Green Bay’s four series victories. At 5’11” and 231 pounds, he’s a load to bring down and the potential “thunder” to complement the “lightning” that is Jerick McKinnon in Minnesota’s backfield.

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Mike Remmers to Visit Vikings on Friday
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The Minnesota Vikings landed Riley Reiff yesterday without knowing where he’d play tackle. Reiff has the unique qualification of starting on both the right and left side, giving the Vikings flexibility in future free agency pursuits.

If today’s reports are accurate, the Vikings see Reiff as the left tackle for the foreseeable future. According to Pro Football Talk, former Carolina Panthers tackle Mike Remmers is set to visit the Vikings this afternoon. Remmers will visit Minnesota today and Houston tomorrow (if necessary) but is expected to play right tackle wherever he signs.

Last season, Remmers started 16 games for the Panthers, with most coming at left tackle in relief of the injured Michael Oher. He allowed nine sacks and 49 quarterback pressures, per Pro Football Focus. The numbers aren’t encouraging, but Remmers’ departure from Carolina signals a fresh start at right tackle for the five-year pro. Matt Kalil‘s arrival in Carolina also precludes Oher’s move to right tackle, thus squeezing Remmers out of the team’s plans.

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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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Riley Reiff Plans to Sign with Vikings
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According to Adam Schefter, former Detroit Lions tackle Riley Reiff plans to sign with the Minnesota Vikings. The team’s first free agent acquisition of the day is a versatile addition who played multiple positions for the Lions.

Selected 23rd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, Reiff started 69 of a possible 77 games for the Lions, playing tight end, left tackle, and most recently right tackle during his five-year tenure. At 6’6″ and 313 pounds, he’s capable enough to line up on either side of the offensive line.

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