Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rick Spielman

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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Sam Bradford Trade Details
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The Sam Bradford trade details are pretty straight forward. The Vikings acquire the quarterback. The Eagles acquire Minnesota’s first round pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018. That 2018 pick is upgraded to a third rounder if the Vikings appear in the NFC Championship Game this season, and a second rounder if they make it to the Super Bowl, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.

In the aftermath of Teddy Bridgewater’s heartbreaking injury, the reactions to the Bradford trade have been varied, but it does seem to be a majority opinion that general manager Rick Spielman mortgaged part of the team’s future less than a week after he told everybody that he wouldn’t.

Here’s the thing: Spielman hasn’t taken out a mortgage, he has placed one gigantic bet.

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The Vikings have traded for for quarterback Sam Bradford, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today.

 

We do not know the extent of the 2018 compensation yet, but the 2017 first rounder given away to obtain the services of Bradford is certainly a steep price to pay. Some might even call it “mortgaging the future,” which general manager Rick Spielman indicated he would not do earlier this week.

(UPDATE: The 2018 compensation is reportedly a fourth rounder.)

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings mercifully put an end to the preseason Thursday night against the St. Louis Los Angeles Rams of Anaheim. A few story lines emerged as many 4th preseason game participants did their best to scrape together a roster spot (OMG TOBY JOHNSON!), but the main story still hovering over the Purple is the quarterback void left by Teddy Bridgewater and his freak practice injury.

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Today’s Talkers Include:
• The Teddy Bridgewater Injury
• Possible Teddy Replacements (Besides Shaun Hill)
• Some Joel Stave…. Love???
• Toby Johnson is a Legit Talent
• Jhurrell Pressley Dazzles
• CJ Ham is a Legit NFL Running Back
• The 4 Safeties for the Vikings Are…
• Mackenzie Alexander Did Not Have a Great Night
• Backup O-Line is Trash
• Why Was Jarius Wright Playing?
• The Moritz Boehring Experiment is Over
• Treadwell Could Be Odd Beneficiary
• Loose Thoughts

All that and other “It’s Over. It’s Really Really Over.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Beat Rams 27-25
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A tumultuous week comes to a satisfying close, as the Minnesota Vikings finished the preseason 4-0 after beating the St. Louis Rams 27 to 25. Their final win of the offseason comes just days after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the year to a dislocated knee and torn ACL.

Buoyed by a strong defensive effort and highlight plays from two running backs — likely the formula for regular season success — the Vikings overcame a sloppy start and underwhelming finish to win their second-straight game at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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