PRIMARY TALKING POINTS
- Adrian Peterson: New England Patriot?
- Sharrif Floyd, Datone Jones and a Need a 3-Techique
- Case Keenum, Taylor Heinicke and the most important QB debate in Minnesota
- Random Rants: What do you do well, Ted Thompson?!
Respect the Heinicke — About the Labor: Episode 53
Like fans of Arrested Development that have been hopeful that the on-again, off-again rumors of a feature film will come to fruition, Vikings fans have been anxiously awaiting the career of Sharrif Floyd to really take off in a meaningful way.
After four seasons,
Netflix the Vikings brought Floyd back for a fifth run and the eternal hope that offseasons breed has many of us looking for 2017 to be the year the stars align for the former first-round defensive tackle. The Vikings are surely hoping for those results, as well, as they are investing $6.757 million of cap space into the young man that appeared for part of Week One last year and then mysteriously sat on the bench prior to being placed on injured reserve about three months later.
Here is Floyd’s contract situation according to the fine folks at Over The Cap.
Mike Zimmer has publicly expressed frustration with Floyd’s persisting injury issues, which caused some to wonder if the Vikings would retain him this offseason, but now that Floyd’s salary has become guaranteed his social media account has the internet wondering just how productive he’ll be this coming season.
The Minnesota Vikings signed former Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones on Tuesday, marking just the team’s third free agent acquisition this offseason. Jones was the 26th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with Packers at multiple defensive positions.
Jones joins the Vikings on a one-year, $3.75 million deal for the 2017 season. According to Mike Garafolo, he can make up to $5 million this year and has the chance to serve a crucial rotational role for Mike Zimmer. With his versatility, Jones can line up at defensive end—his natural position coming out of UCLA—or as a down lineman in a three-technique.
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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The Road to 50 — About the Labor Episode 47
BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss everything from Sharrif Floyd’s ominous future with the Minnesota Vikings to the savagery of putting peas on a pizza. In between the guys celebrate the release of Adrian Peterson, review a handful of NFL combine weigh-ins and answer a pair of open-ended questions. Episode 47 also shines a light on Drew not knowing what a pear is and a bit of a twist to the end of the show. The boys are back, and they’re cookin’ with gas now, folks.