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Per Star Tribune beat reporter Matt Vensel, the Vikings have re-signed RFA swing tackle Mike Harris.

Minnesota tendered an offer to Harris on March 10, and the two sides reached a deal Tuesday morning. At the time of the initial offer, Harris said the following:

“It’s a place where I feel like I can grow as a player. [The Vikings have] a great coaching staff, especially (offensive coordinator) Norv Turner. Offensively, it’s just going to get better this year and I just want to be part of it. I’m just happy they have the confidence in me and they believe in me and want me on the team.’’

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Math is hard. That’s why we brought Brad Davis (@DeltaBCDad) on the show to breakdown his three-part statistical analysis at Vikings Territory on the likelihood of Adrian Peterson’s decline as a running back. 30-years old has been the standard age cliff for NFL running backs, but does the data suggest that Adrian will follow the trend or buck it? (No matter which team he’s on)

We get into the numbers with Brad as well as talk recent offseason moves as the Minnesota Vikings, not just the NFL, have become a year round sport. #VikingsTwitter may be upset with the lack of free agent action and Jennings being cut, but the Vikings are building for beyond 2015 — not loading up for a one year Super Bowl or bust push (ala 2009).

Teddy’s the face of the franchise and hopefully will have a decade+ of success here in Minnesota. It makes sense to build a young team with him rather than fill the cap with bloated veteran contracts in an attempt to “win” free agency. Ask the Buccaneers how that worked out last year…

All that and more on this episode of the Purple FTW! Podcast! Full episode after the jump.

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    In the midst of NFL Free Agency and looking ahead to the 2015 Draft, lots of buzz revolves around last season’s weaknesses and which position should be first addressed by the Minnesota Vikings during the offseason. Coming off the 2014-2015 season, a lot of attention is given to the offensive line. While it seems like the team has struggled to provide great quarterback protection for several seasons, that was not always the case.

    Former tackle Todd Steussie remembers when the Vikings not only had a strong O-Line, but they were known for it. That’s because he was part of it. Debuting for Minnesota in 1994, Steussie played through the 2000 season alongside some of the best in the business: Randall McDaniel, Jeff Christy, Korey Stringer and David Dixon. McDaniel established himself a few years before the rest, but the line solidified in the mid-late 90s.

    “We all kind of grew up together,” Steussie said. “We were basically raising the bar as a group; Randall was already up there, and that’s the target we reached for. Jeff’s playing better made me want to play better, and so on. The standard just kept rising.”

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    According to a report posted by our friends at the Daily Norseman, the Cardinals and Vikings are discussing a possible Adrian Peterson trade.  Huffington Post columnist Jordan Schultz tweeted the details of the offer on the table:

    At this point we’ve all heard that Peterson is apparently “still not happy” with options in Minnesota, and we’ve heard that Arizona wants AP. But what’s the cost, and will the Vikings negotiate? On Saturday, Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson posted the following:

    The Cardinals own the 23rd pick in the second round, so that’s what you’re looking at if this rumor holds water. A No. 55 overall pick for Peterson + a seventh-round pick. 

    Remember, the Vikings still hold the upper hand. AP is under contract, and the Cardinals are just about the only team left at this point that are making a run for the running back. The Cowboys, who were so hotly rumored as a destination for Peterson, recently signed Darren McFadden and put an end to that buzz. 

    The Vikings currently have the No. 11 and No. 15 pick in the seventh round, so this deal would still leave them with a final round pick. 

    It’s ultimately impossible to predict what will happen, as the entire AP-saga continues to drag out. Continue following VT for all the latest updates!

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    Whether you’re a fellow Vikings fan at autograph signings, games, the tailgate lot, or just the wonderful world of social media, you are probably familiar with Erin Darsow, aka “Panda.”

    Darsow is by far one of the most dedicated Vikings fans I have ever met. And she wears her fandom on her sleeve—literally. From decked-out team spirit outfits to tattoos of Vikings players’ autographs on her arm, she leaves no question marks about her allegiance to the purple and gold.

    She has an interesting story, too. Unlike most of our featured fans, who were born into Vikings fandom, Darsow didn’t have that same experience.

    “I had to learn about [the Vikings] on my own,” she said.”

    Darsow first became a fan in 1998; although she was only in middle school at the time, she started attending football games at the local high school and “begged the guys to explain the basics” to her. She soon realized she had to choose a team, and there was no question for this Minnesota girl: the Vikings it was.

    “I think that, the fact that my first football season was our traumatic 1998 year, and I still stuck with it, meant it was to be for life,” Darsow said, smiling. 

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