Sunday, January 22, 2017

Rick Spielman

Both have connections to head coach Mike Zimmer

Minnesota Vikings signed two free agents
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The Minnesota Vikings signed two free agents to the active roster on Monday morning, bringing the team’s total to 90 players. Tre Roberson, a standout quarterback at Indiana and Illinois State, will play cornerback for the Vikings. Troy Stoudermire, the NCAA’s all-time leading kick returner and a former Golden Gopher, signed as a wide receiver.

Both Roberson and Stoudermire have connections back to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. In April 2013, Stoudermire signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent, but was released before the start of the regular season. He spent a few months in Cincinnati with Zimmer, who was the Bengals’ then-defensive coordinator.

Though Roberson didn’t play for Zimmer, both attended Illinois State, where Zimmer spent time as both a quarterback and linebacker. His collegiate career was cut short after suffering a neck injury that required surgery by doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Zimmer would eventually work his way up the coaching ranks before landing the head job with the Vikings in 2014.

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The newest class of Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings rookies are in the building this weekend for rookie mini-camp. Draft picks, undrafted free agents, and tryout players alike will try to climb the mountain of making the Vikings 53-man roster (remember, John Randle was a tryout/UDFA), in what could be the most competitive offseason in team history. There is talent everywhere.

Today we run through a few of the rookies and forecast what their present and future roles could be in Purple. Beyond the headliners in wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Mackensie Alexander, there are a number of interesting names who can bring something to the Vikings’ table.

All that and other “Chewbacca was a Rookie” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

Vikings Sign Seventh-Round Pick Jayron Kearse
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Minnesota Vikings rookie safety Jayron Kearse is the second draft pick to sign with the team after agreeing to a four-year, $2.4 million deal with the Vikings. According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, Kearse will sign his contract, which includes a $64,224 signing bonus, on Thursday.

Sign German WR Moritz Boehringer
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Moritz Boehringer is learning that life moves quickly in America. The Minnesota Vikings’ newest wide receiver was drafted in the sixth round on Saturday, fielded questions from reporters on Sunday, and found himself at Winter Park on Monday. There, he became the first 2016 NFL Draft pick to sign a contract.

According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the German receiver signed a four-year, $2.49 million deal, which includes a $150,420 signing bonus. He isn’t just the first rookie to sign a contract; he’s also the first ever rookie to be drafted directly from Europe.

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