Saturday, March 25, 2017

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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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Any “penciled in” free agency deals have yet to be reported regarding the Minnesota Vikings, but reports of their intent and unconfirmed rumors persist just enough that we feel safe in predicting that Rick Spielman won’t frustrate everybody by simply sitting this one out like our foes to the east are known to do on an annual basis.

In the last couple of days the Vikings have taken steps to retain a select few of their own. Exclusive rights free agents Zac Kerin and Jeremiah Sirles have both been tendered. Also, the Vikings tendered restricted wide out Adam Thielen at the second round level, as expected.

What has yet to transpire, however, is anything of certainty suggesting the Vikings have sealed the deal with any outside talent. Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that the Vikings have expressed interest in free agent nose tackle Domata Peko and also that the team may end up reaching out to quarterback Nick Foles.

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