Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Purple FTW! - It's Time to Pay Xavier Rhodes (ep. 367) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

Xavier Rhodes is the next Minnesota Viking to be paid. He’s also going to be among the highest paid cornerbacks in the league (if not the highest) and rightfully so. Today on the show, Andy explores what XR and his camp should do to maximize their leverage with the Vikings and if general manager Rick Spielman should capitulate or balk.

Other Talkers Today Include:
• Todd McShay’s Mock Draft
• Vikings Preseason Schedule Is Out
• Adrian Peterson Visited Saints, No Deal
• Prospect Profile: Caleb Brantley

All that and more “WILL THE DRAFT PLEASE JUST GET HERE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A CDM Joint

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Xavier Rhodes Set to Host
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Before he locked down receivers like Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins, Xavier Rhodes was just another kid with a dream — he wanted to play in the NFL.

Today, Rhodes is one of the league’s top cornerbacks; a cog in Mike Zimmer’s fearsome Minnesota Vikings defense. Before the 2017 regular season begins, he’ll likely sign a lucrative contract extension, one that keeps his immeasurable talents in Minnesota for the long haul.

But something more important, more meaningful comes first — The Xavier Rhodes Football Camp. In its second year, the overnight camp is Xavier’s chance to give back to the youth of Minnesota and help them realize their dreams of playing high school, collegiate, and even professional football.

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Purple FTW! - Zimmer Loves Teddy and Vikings Draft Simulation (ep. 365)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast (with no omelet bar, but I digress). Zim had some interesting things to say about Teddy Bridgewater, who recently released a video of him throwing, and Sam Bradford, who is also a person. We decode some of his statements as well as dip our toe into the Mock Draft bidness later in the show.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Decoding Mike Zimmer’s Comments
• Impossible to Keep Both Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford in 2018
• Scott Crichton Was a Bust Spielman Can’t Afford
• Get Ready for a Tough Negotiation with Xavier Rhodes
• 7-Round Vikings Draft Simulation via Fanspeak [Results Here]

All that and more “*Sniffle* That’s My Quarterback” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An AMG Production

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39 Years Young: Vikings, Newman Agree to Terms

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Father Time’s undefeated record has been well-documented since, well, the beginning of time itself.

Every year another household name in sports is claimed either via planned retirement or playing through a painful final year. No individual has ever been able to stand the test of time, and betting on this changing at any point is more-or-less equivalent to tossing a wad of bills into an active volcano.

If there is one player that possesses both the physical tools and competitive drive necessary to challenge Father Time’s winning streak, however, it is two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman.

Following yet another outstanding individual season in 2016, the seemingly ageless defensive back decided he will return to the gridiron for at least one more season with the Minnesota Vikings.

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

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