Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rick Spielman

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Alex Boone, COME ON DOWN!

NFL free agency is upon us and Rick Spielman is doing his Rick thing, eschewing the mega deals and finding valuable comparables at a fraction of the price. Rick is indeed the TJ Maxx of the NFL and I love that. We didn’t get Kelechi Osemele or George Iloka. Who cares? We didn’t get Mike Iupati or Michael Johnson last year and didn’t go 0-16. Good teams don’t care about winning in March.

Making It Rain (Responsibly) Talking Points Include:
• Retaining Our Own Free Agents is Smart
• Hello, Alex Boone
• Matt Kalil Remains a Viking (Good?)
• What the Vikings Offensive Line May Look Like
• Good Teams Don’t Overspend in Open Free Agency
• This Doesn’t Change Anything in the Draft
• Twitter/Facebook Questions

All that and other “In Rick We Trust” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Helmet Draft
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With the Scouting Combine long past and free agency underway, it’s time for Version 2 of our mock draft roundup. Last month, we did a pre-combine breakdown of who the online world expected the Vikings to draft in the first round. Now that (most of) the players have gone under the microscope, lots of opinions have changed, and draft stocks are rising and falling across the board. Also, the rush of early movement in the free agency tampering period has already had an effect on team needs; we’ve already seen the Vikings make a handful of moves, including the release of Mike Wallace. So here’s an updated look at who mock drafts have the Vikes taking at number 23:

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Mock Drafts. So hot right now. That’s why I teamed up with the smartest draft mind in the South Metro, Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman), and did one up. Parameters are simple: We alternated picks for the first round of the draft and come on the show to talk about our thought process behind our selections. Luke’s reasoning is in-depth and studied, while mine has as much logic behind it as the secretary in your office always winning the March Madness Pool by picking winners based on their mascot. Yeah… All of the picks are listed below.

All that and other “With the First Pick….” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Check out Luke’s 7-Round Vikings Mock Draft too.

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The NFL Draft is less than two months away! And with the Underwear Olympics done and only Pro Days left, it’s starting to get down to crunch time in the draft process. Fortunately we have our #Elite tour guide Luke Inman (@Luke_Spinman) of eDraft and Cold Omaha back up in the house to discuss all things draft and combine.

Also hit up Luke’s first 7-Round Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft up NOW on coldomaha.com!

All that and other “Doctson All Up In That Business” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Mike Wallace's future with the Vikings
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

The promise of production never materialized for Mike Wallace. Last spring, the Minnesota Vikings brought the speedster to Winter Park with the hope that he’d give Norv Turner’s offense a legitimate deep threat. But Wallace didn’t just struggle down the field; he hardly produced. Despite being targeted 72 times in 2015, Wallace caught just 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns. His yards per catch totals fell to 12.1, the lowest mark of his career, and he averaged just 29.6 yards per game.

Wallace’s struggles go deeper than the receiver’s on-field abilities, though. Poor offensive line play, Teddy Bridgewater‘s nonexistent deep ball, and the emergence of Stefon Diggs limited his opportunities, especially as the deep threat he was meant to be. Now, general manager Rick Spielman faces a difficult decision on Wallace’s contract, one that’ll inform the team’s draft strategy in April.

Reports earlier this week indicate Spielman’s desire to work with Wallace on a pay cut. If Wallace stays in Minnesota at his current price, the Vikings will owe him $11.5 million at the start of the 2016 league year. And if a deal can’t be reached, Spielman can cut Wallace with no dead money; a favorable deal that makes drafting a wide receiver more realistic next month. Clearly, Spielman wants Wallace in purple and gold next season. But what about the VT team? What do they want?

If you’re in Rick Spielman’s shoes, do you bring Wallace back in 2016 or cut him in the offseason?

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