Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Rick Spielman

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Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson

The inevitable has finally come to pass (but not pass block). The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have declined to pick up the $18 million option for Adrian Peterson in 2017. General manager Rick Spielman was adamant that the Vikings still would like to re-sign the soon to be 32-year old running back in free agency and Adrian has said the door for a return is not closed, but the die is cast and money talks. I’ll elaborate where I think he plays in 2017, deconstruct the Spielman press conference at the NFL Combine from Wednesday, and zoom through some other Purple news and notes.

All that and more “Willie Beavers and TJ Clemmings are going to be in Training Camp” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Welcome to the next installment in the Vikings Free Agency Primer Series: Interior Defensive Line. Check out our other primers on QuarterbacksWide Receivers, Tight Ends, Defensive Ends, Cornerbacks and Safeties!

It is officially March, which means you have survived another month without Minnesota Vikings football; give yourself a pat on the back. More importantly, however, the turn of the month signifies that NFL free agency is right around the corner.

One week from today Adam Schefter will be blowing up your Twitter feed, ESPN will be pumping instant-reaction articles and countless football fans across the United States will be complaining about a decision their favorite team made. And that, my friends, is what makes professional football king of the world.

Rick Spielman and the Vikings are set to begin a critically important free agency period on March 9th (Bookmark this Link!). Minnesota has few holes across its depth chart, but the weaknesses Mike Zimmer’s club will aim to address are quite sizable, to put it kindly.Finding an offensive lineman or five is atop the Vikings’ to-do list, Adrian Peterson’s departure lends reason to running back representing a position of need

Finding an offensive lineman or five is atop the Vikings’ to-do list, Adrian Peterson’s departure lends reason to running back representing a position of need, the unresolved futures of Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn has created a bit of a stir and questions marks at linebacker have garnered headlines, but what about the interior defensive line positions?

The answer to this question largely keys on the health of one man: 2013 No. 23 overall pick Sharrif Floyd.

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Improving the OL a top priority

T.J. Clemmings is the only Minnesota Vikings tackle under contract heading into free agency. Matt Kalil, Andre Smith, Jake Long, and Jeremiah Sirles—the rotation of subpar 2016 starters—are all set to hit the open market next week. Some will become restricted free agents, others exclusive rights, and a few unrestricted, but one thing remains true: the Vikings are lacking any sustainability at a position critical to long-term success.

That’s a problem.

Even if general manager Rick Spielman were to retain their talents, he’d still enter 2017 with arguably the league’s worst rotation of tackles. Fortunately, the Vikings are flush with cash, thanks in large part to the decision to forego Adrian Peterson’s future contract option.

The NFLPA also did the Vikings—and the rest of the NFL—a favor by raising the salary cap to $167 million. An increase of seven percent over the 2016 figure gives Spielman nearly $38 million to spend on premier tackles, running backs, and other positions of need — if he so chooses.

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Minnesota Vikings Free Agency

Free Agency is rapidly approaching and fans of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are clamoring for who could be on the Purple’s shopping list. I know the Draft is the bee’s knees, but this episode is focused solely on free agency (until the end). We walk through the level of priority the Vikings should have on their in-house free agents, I reveal my Top-10 Free Agent Wish List, and wrap up with a clip from my new project BULL with Andy Carlson — Jordan Reid (@JReidDraftScout) of The Viking Age walks us through a 7-round (but really 6-round) Vikings mock draft.

All that and more “Free agency is like the Scholastic Book Fair” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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"I hate failure with a passion."

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The Minnesota Vikings tumbled to an 8-8 season in 2016 after an impressive 5-0 start. When meeting with local beat reporters on Thursday, general manager Rick Spielman was fired up about not letting that kind of collapse happen again.

“To be honest with you,” Spielman said, “I wake up every morning ticked off that we’re 8-8 because I know that is not acceptable by the standards that we place on ourselves. We have to do everything we can heading into this offseason to address the needs and areas we [can improve].”

“I hate failure with a passion,” Spielman later added.

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