Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mike Zimmer

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Sharrif Floyd
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Like fans of Arrested Development that have been hopeful that the on-again, off-again rumors of a feature film will come to fruition, Vikings fans have been anxiously awaiting the career of Sharrif Floyd to really take off in a meaningful way.

After four seasons, Netflix the Vikings brought Floyd back for a fifth run and the eternal hope that offseasons breed has many of us looking for 2017 to be the year the stars align for the former first-round defensive tackle. The Vikings are surely hoping for those results, as well, as they are investing $6.757 million of cap space into the young man that appeared for part of Week One last year and then mysteriously sat on the bench prior to being placed on injured reserve about three months later.

Here is Floyd’s contract situation according to the fine folks at Over The Cap.

Mike Zimmer has publicly expressed frustration with Floyd’s persisting injury issues, which caused some to wonder if the Vikings would retain him this offseason, but now that Floyd’s salary has become guaranteed his social media account has the internet wondering just how productive he’ll be this coming season.

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Purple FTW! - Remix to Position by Position Evaluations (ep. 364)

PurpThe first few waves of free agency have washed ashore some new faces and taken some old out with the tide. Before the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Warship sets sail for the NFL Draft, let’s take stock of the the current roster and rule if General Manager Rick Spielman has improved each position groups or still has a need for the April Volunteering of NFL Tributes.

Today’s Upgraded Talkers Include:
• Position-by-Position Evaluations.
• Ranking Positional Needs Heading Into the Draft
• Why Y’all Should Calm Down About Latavius Murray’s Ankle Surgery.
• It’s Sink or Swim Time for Mackensie Alexander in 2017.
• Hall of Fame Odds Are Out. Where Does Randy Moss Stack Up?
• Sam Bradford Has Leverage.
• Why I Root for Teddy Bridgewater.

All that and more “No One Uses a Fullback Anymore” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An AMG Production

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Brian Robison Takes Pay Cut, Signs Extension
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Veteran Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison wanted to play “one or two more years,” and on Friday, the team made his wish come true. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Robison took a slight pay cut and signed a one-year extension to remain with the Vikings through 2018.

Robison’s new deal reduces his 2017 base salary from $5.3 million to $3.9 million, all of which is guaranteed. While he’s losing out on $1.4 million this season, Robison’s eligible for a $100,000 workout bonus and walks away with his entire year’s salary guaranteed; a luxury not included in his original contract from 2013.

Next season, he’ll earn a base salary of $3.2 million ($1.25 million guaranteed). His newly-added year also includes $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses and a $100,000 workout bonus. In total, the two-year deal is worth a base value of $7.5 million with $5.15 million guaranteed.

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Free Agent WR Rod Streater
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The Minnesota Vikings kept one of their own in Adam Thielen this offseason, and yet, wide receiver remains a position of need heading into 2017. Despite retaining the ever-underrated Thielen, the Vikings watched Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson skip town for greener pastures.

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the exodus and expressed his desire to add more talent at the position. “I do think we need some more receivers, yes,” Zimmer said, per Vikings.com. “I think it’d be important for us to get some guys that can stretch the field a little bit.”

One of those potential targets is Rod Streater, who Chris Tomasson reports is on Minnesota’s radar. Tomasson tweeted this afternoon the Vikings are “looking at Streater,” who spent the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and 49ers are also in the mix, per Tomasson.

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VT Roundtable
Image courtesy of Brett Anderson

In its second week, we welcomed a special guest to the Vikings Territory roundtable. If you’re on Twitter and follow any Vikings accounts, you’ve undoubtedly seen his name—or his apparel—mixed into the conversation. Yes, that’s right, Don from Ohio, or @JZHoodie, joined the fun for the second edition of the VT Roundtable.

To keep things fresh, we’ve changed the format of the roundtable; special guests will join the show each week and serve as honorary “judges.” Brett Anderson continues his role as do-it-all host, while the rest of the gang answers questions, argues, and discusses all things Vikings on camera.

Each episode will last approximately 30 minutes, with Brett splitting the time into five question-based segments. After each question and answer, he’ll ask the guest to eliminate either Adam, Drew, BJ, Sam, or myself, repeating the process until one lucky participant remains. The final question is a back-and-forth debate with the ultimate “winner” of that week’s episode.

We had some fun with the new format this week and hope you enjoy our talks. Follow the jump to watch Episode 2!

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