Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rick Spielman

The Road to 50 — About the Labor: Episode 49

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ free-agent signings of Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, the departures of Cordarrelle Patterson, Matt Kalil, Captain Munnerlyn and Rhett Ellison, key issues that remain up in the air and speculate on what still may be to come on Episode 49 of About the Labor.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • The New Guys: Reviewing free-agent signings of LT Riley Reiff and RT Mike Remmers
  • The Old Guy(s): Brief thoughts on decision to retain OT/OG Jeremiah Sirles
  • The Exodus: Discussing losses of CB Captain Munnerlyn, OT Matt Kalil and WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • The Future: Overview of RB Eddie Lacy and other free agents that have met with the Vikings
  • The Dream: Speculating on a few potential options that would look good in Purple for the right price
  • The Questions: Examining thoughts from @VikingKing888, @JReidDraftScout and @BrownJayson
  • The End: Final takes, some weird static noises and a Drew Mahowald sign-out

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VT Roundtable
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The writing you see at Vikings Territory often goes beyond the words on the website. We spend plenty of time arguing, debating, and discussing all things Vikings behind the scenes, but many of these conversations never escape our Slack channels.

Thanks to the collective ingenuity here at VT, we’ve found a way to bring those talks directly to you! Welcome to the first ever VT Roundtable, a video “podcast” of sorts with your favorite Vikings bloggers. Each week, we plan to come together and share our thoughts through a video hangout, whether after games, following the draft, or in the middle of a busy week.

Check out the first episode after the jump; we hope you enjoy!

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Vikings' Pursuit of Alshon Jeffery
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Can the unexpected disappoint? It’s a question I asked myself this afternoon as I watched tweet after tweet declare Alshon Jeffery a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not more than an hour earlier, I’d heard—in real-time, with my own ears—Ian Rapoport interrupt a live NFL Network broadcast to break some unforeseen news: the Minnesota Vikings were “all in” on acquiring the free agent receiver from rival Chicago.

Mind you, I’m pretty even-keel,but Rapoport’s mention of “Minnesota” and “Jeffery” in the same breath nearly elicited a coffee-spitting reaction. I’d seen the receiver torch the Vikings as a member of the Bears, but not once did I imagine he’d potentially end up in purple and gold.

And not only were the Vikings pursuing Jeffery; general manager Rick Spielman was making a “strong push” to snag the star receiver away from the Bears, the Eagles, and the Colts.

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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!

An AMG Production

Minnesota Vikings
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Welcome to the next installment of our Minnesota Vikings Free Agency Primer series: the running backs. Check out our other primers on tight ends, defensive ends, cornerbacks, safetiesquarterbacks, wideoutsdefensive tackles and running backs.

Does everybody have their hard hats and tool belts on? Good, because we’re about to embark on the rebuilding project of our lives.

LAST SEASON

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line can only improve after the utter destruction that unfolded in 2016.

Improvement appeared inevitable for the Vikings offensive line when general manager Rick Spielman acquired Alex Boone and Andre Smith during the 2016 free agency period. Matt Kalil was finally getting the chance to play with a competent left guard. Additionally, Joe Berger and Mike Harris were set to return to the starting lineup after rock solid 2015 campaigns.

Instead, a catastrophically lethal injury bug permeated the unit and knocked Kalil, Smith, and Harris out of commission before Week 5. Spielman then acquired Jake Long to provide depth. Long made it exactly four weeks and three games before tearing his Achilles.

Minnesota was forced to move forward the rest of the 2016 season with TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles starting at the bookends of the offensive line. Meanwhile, Joe Berger and Brandon Fusco sparingly missed action which called a laundry list of benchwarmers into action.

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