Monday, January 22, 2018

Vikings Free Agency Live Blog 2016

The Live Blog is now closed.

Thank you everyone for joining, we had a really great time! Below is an archive of the live blog for the first four days of the 2016 Vikings free agency period.

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(5:22 pm CST): Wrapping up for the day. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has followed along the past four days. It’s been an eventful ride, and running this live blog has been quite the experience. The readers at VT make writing here so much fun, and none of it would be possible without the awesome Adam, Brett, and team. Hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did, and I look forward to bringing you some more fun articles this offseason! Stick around in the chat if you want and keep the conversation going. Any further updates will be covered through normal articles on the main page!

(5:10 pm CST): Derrick Johnson, one of the top free agent linebackers, will remain with the Kansas City Chiefs

(5:08 pm CST): More updates on Travis Lewis signing his contract with the Vikings

(5:06 pm CST): I’m a bit surprised, at this point.

(5:03 pm CST): Adam W. really likes Josh Robinson, and for good reason. He’s fast and he’s an athletic cornerback who played well before his injury. Change could be good for Robinson moving forward.

(4:58 pm CST): Former Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson, who is most likely on his way out of Minnesota, will be visiting the Miami Dolphins this week

(4:54 pm CST): A story from Lindsey Young on new Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur

(4:50 pm CST): Toby Gerhart, everyone’s favorite former Vikings running back, has been officially released by the Jacksonville Jaguars

(4:44 pm CST): A cool story about Minnesota-native Larry Fitzgerald (shared by an account we love!)

(4:41 pm CST): Have the Packers reached out to anyone? I jest, but still…

(4:35 pm CST): No official announcement on the signing of Travis Lewis, but Chris Tomasson says it will happen soon, maybe even this week. The linebacker joins the Vikings after four season with the Detroit Lions

(4:28 pm CST): Check out this sweet offer from resident Vikings Territory artist Matt Engstrom!

(4:26 pm CST): The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton  to a four-year, $18 million deal

(4:20 pm CST): The Alex Boone interview is LIVE on the Vikings’ official website!

(4:17 pm CST): Hard to believe Osweiler here. Who wouldn’t be upset getting benched?

(4:15 pm CST): The Bengals paid a steep price for Adam Jones at this point in his career, and I don’t think the Vikings were ever going to hit that range

(4:07 pm CST): Benjamin Albright reports that the Denver Broncos WILL NOT match CJ Anderson’s offer sheet from the Dolphins. Looks like he’s headed to Miami, and the Broncos exodus continues

(4:03 pm CST): Ben Goessling reports that other teams have expressed interest in Chad Greenway, but that he expects the veteran linebacker to return to the Vikings

(3:53 pm CST): We have more clarity on the confusing Andre Smith workout news. As Ben Goessling shared most recently on Twitter, the workout isn’t scheduled for today, but rather, sometime next week

(3:51 pm CST): Mike Harris contract details, per Tom Pelissero

(3:48 pm CST): The guys in the live chat may like this one — the Dolphins signed Broncos restricted free agent running back CJ Anderson to a four-year offer sheet. Denver can match that offer wishing five days

(3:47 pm CST): Boone has a great sense of humor

(3:33 pm CST): Tahir Whitehead, a linebacker the Vikings expressed interest in earlier this week, is returning to the Detroit Lions

(3:29 pm CST): One free agent who hasn’t gotten a lot of attention? Former New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara; he’s reportedly garnering interest from the Arizona Cardinals

(3:25 pm CST): The Chicago Bears apparently need more weapons on offense; Adam Scheffer reports they’re bringing in former Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham for a visit

(3:21 pm CST): Presented without comment

(3:15 pm CST): I may have missed this below, but Lamur talked about his potential to play strong safety in certain packages. Lauded his ability to play “in space.”

(3:13 pm CST): Emmanuel Lamur met the Vikings media today, and you can listen to the WHOLE thing here. The reason he came here? ZIMMER

(3:06 pm CST): I know it’s not their MO, but what’s going on with the Packers? Why haven’t they made a single move in free agency? In the most non-biased way possible, I’m comfortable saying the NFC North is shifting toward the Vikings. They won the division last year, and they’re setting themselves up to be even better in 2016

(3:03 pm CST): As the Vikings have shown, you can never have enough talent at one position. The trend this year seems to be linebacker, and the Falcons are following suit. They’ve bringing in Sean Weatherspoon for a visit today, per Ian Rapoport

(2:58 pm CST): The Alex Boone, Wobby interview that we all want to see will be up on the team’s official website within an hour

(2:55 pm CST): Tomasson speculates who may replace Marcus Sherels as the punt returner if in fact he lands with the New York Jets. My guess? Stefon Diggs.

(2:54 pm CST): The Patriots are hosting a lot of visits, but don’t seem to landing many guys. Today, they’ve got Packers running back James Starks and free agent tight end Clay Harbor in New England

(2:53 pm CST): I’m back, and yes, I do have the flu. But seriously, props to Brett. He’s been killing the live blog with polls and links to some of our awesome work here

(2:50 pm CST): I’m handing things back over to Austin. Thanks for reading!

(2:43 pm CST): Per Chris Tomasson, Alex Boone says what he likes about Teddy is that he’s “not a prima donna.” Shots fired? By the way, still haven’t heard anything definite about the “prima donna’s” status but it seems like Denver is the likely spot.

(2:41 pm CST): From ESPN’s Andrew Kramer – Boone on choosing the Vikings: “Found out they were interested, told agent I didn’t care who was involved I was going to Minnesota over everybody.”

(2:35 pm CST): I know, you’re bored… There’s not much happening right now and you’re still looking for ways to further procrastinate at work. I have a solution! Here are some articles from the past couple days for your viewing pleasure. I’d also specifically like to point your attention to the Offseason Plan Part 3 Austin and I put together where we did a full 7-round mock draft after establishing team needs in Part 1 and making our own free agent acquisitions in Part 2.

Free Agency: Vikings Active On Day One
Lingering Questions and Thoughts From Day One of Free Agency
No Vikings Free Agents Signed With Other Teams During Free Agency Opening
Mock Draft Roundup
Undrafted and Undeterred: A Free Agent’s Journey (Must read!)
The VT Offseason Plan Part 3: The NFL Draft

(2:31 pm CST): Given the recent contracts of guys like Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, I wonder what kind of market Mike Wallace is seeing right now. I’d put him in the same range as those guys… Marvin Jones got 5-years, $40M and Sanu got 5-years $32.5.

(2:27 pm CST): Okay, now I’m just pumped. Let’s go!

(2:25 pm CST): Eric Smith, staff writer for the Vikings, believes fans will LOVE Alex Boone for his passion and energy. The Vikings offensive line could use some intensity!

 

(2:21 pm CST): New Vikings guard Alex Boone is in Winter Park today. Here’s a picture of him with Vikings.com’s Mike Wobschall below. Note, Boone’s nickname is “The Rhino.”

Welcome to Minnesota @therhino75! #skol

A post shared by Andy Kenutis (@vikingsphotog) on

 

(2:08 pm CST): With close to 150 votes in the below poll, I think we have a big enough sample size to say that most Vikings fans feel the team deserves a “B” for the free agency moves they’ve made so far. I’m okay with that grade. While I think they’ve overspent on some guys, I really like the Alex Boone and Emmanuel Lamur signings.

(2:03 pm CST): One more thing really quick… have you guys seen our scouting reports page? Thanks to our friends at Draft Season (and the hard work of our own writers), we have over 30 scouting reports for your viewing pleasure. The list is growing weekly and we expect to have quite the collection of them come Draft Day.

Check out our scouting reports here!

(1:57 pm CST): While I “have the mic,” so to speak, I want to take a second a publicly applaud Austin Belisle for the amazing work he’s done here on the live blog the past 4 days. The dude is dealing with flu-like symptoms and is pushing through to keep everyone up-to-the-minute on free agency news. Austin, you’re the real MVP.

Real MVP

 

(1:53 pm CST): I feel bad for Browns fans… How do you have that much cap space and let your best players slip away? While making no moves to compensate for it? I’m not someone that thinks a team should be built through free agency. However, you can’t let your homegrown talent escape like that. Adam Schefter thinks it’s because Cleveland players don’t want to remain in Cleveland unless the money is significantly greater. Said players treat it like a “4-year college experience.” Ouch.

(1:48 pm CST): Let’s see how many are still paying attention out there… POP QUIZ! Well, not really a quiz – I guess we could call it a “Pop Poll.” How would you grade the Vikings free agency moves so far? Sure, it’s not over. But I’m curious to see some opinions on what we’ve done so far.

 

(1:42 pm CST): re: Reggie Ragland – A fan suggested to Charles Robinson that the Vikings are putting up a smoke screen with their Ragland “interest” in hopes of someone like WR Laquon Treadwell falling to them. Robinson responded that how Treadwell runs at his pro day will matter to some teams and “shape some perceptions.” Treadwell, who is considered by some to be the best receiver in this year’s class, choose not to participate in the 40-yard drill at the combine. Some believe Treadwell doesn’t possess the speed to be the first WR taken off the board this year.

(1:40 pm CST): Brett here – The feeling I get from prior years, as well as listening to Rick Spielman this morning on Paul Allen’s show, is that the next few moves will probably be re-signing current Vikings’ free agents. I expect the Vikings to lay low with outside free agents for the next couple days until things die down, and then make a few more value pick ups.

(1:37 pm CST): Per Ian Rapoport, the Falcons have agreed to terms with ex-Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. With Marvin Jones and Sanu gone, expect A.J. Green’s targets to increase even more. The contract is a 5-year deal worth $32.5M, $14M guaranteed.

(1:32 pm CST): When asked if there were any updates for the Detroit Lions, Charles Robinson responded that if the Bills or Vikings were interested in LB Reggie Ragland, they’d need to get in front of the Lions. (Insinuating the Lions are very interested in the Alabama backer.) The Lions have the 16th pick in the 2016 draft.

(1:20 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed linebacker Frank Zombo

(1:19 pm CST): The Tennessee Titans are in talks with nose tackle Al Woods on a free agent deal

(1:06 pm CST): Michael Silver on NFL Network: “I regard the Denver Broncos as the favorite to land quarterback Colin Kaepernick right now”

(12:58 pm CST): The New York Giants, who’ve spent a ton of money on defense, may lose defensive end Robert Ayers. He’s set to visit the Jaguars later today

(12:52 pm CST): While we wait for more Vikings free agency news to break, here’s the new Captain America: Civil War trailer (in case you’re a nerd like me)

(12:43 pm CST): Michael Griffin’s signing wasn’t popular with everyone, but it creates some much-need competition at a position that needs to get better in 2016

(12:40 pm CST): At least Emmanuel Sanders is having some fun with Denver’s quarterback situation

(12:34 pm CST): Analysts seem to agree that the Alex Boone signing is an excellent pickup for the Vikings

(12:27 pm CST): The Vikings officially announced the signings of Emmanuel Lamur and Alex Boone (Boone even got a gif on Twitter!)

(12:24 pm CST): According to the Chris Tomasson, Michael Griffin will officially sign with the Vikings on Monday!

(12:16 pm CST): *Turns TV off*

(12:13 pm CST): For ALL THINGS Vikings free agency, check out our hub of articles HERE

(12:08 pm CST): The Houston Texans are actively trying to trade quarterback Brian Hoyer

(11:52 am CST): Rhett Ellison’s father says they “love the Vikings,” but doesn’t know if his son will be back with the team in 2016

(11:46 am CST): The New York Jets are adding a SECOND running back this offseason; former New Orleans Saints backup Khiry Robinson

(11:44 am CST): More background on the odd Riki Ellison Facebook post yesterday. Seems the team is trying to re-sign Rhett this offseason

(11:33 am CST): Aren’t you glad the Vikings already have a Pro-Bowl quarterback? None of this trading, scraping, and speculating on the future of the position in Minnesota

 (11:30 am CST): Some good news for a top-5 talent in this year’s draft — Myles Jack has been fully cleared after surgery for a torn meniscus. He’ll ramp up his training

(11:29 am CST): If the Jets can’t land Kaepernick, Ian Rapoport expects they will target Brian Hoyers

(11:25 am CST): The New York Jets are re-signing running back Bilal Powell, per Adam Schefter

(11:23 am CST): Slow day, guys. Scouring the Twitter feed for any and all news.

(11:11 am CST): Uh-oh! Johnny Manziel is reportedly drawing interest from three teams

(11:09 am CST): Spielman was obviously referencing Michael Griffin, and now, talking about Travis Lewis. Says he’s a player who adds depth and competition at the position, can play all three linebacker spots

(11:07 am CST): Spielman: “Our coaching staff likes to take guys who were disregarded…to rejuvenate them and get the most out of them”

(11:02 am CST): The man behind Minnesota’s crafty contracts!

(11:00 am CST): Listening to Spielman talk is worth your time. He’s explaining the team’s free agency process, sharing some insights into the market, etc. Obviously, he’s not going to reveal everything, but it’s interesting nonetheless

(10:58 am CST): RICK SPIELMAN IS LIVE ON KFAN. LISTEN HERE

(10:54 am CST): For one scout, the Colin Kaepernick trade talk symbolizes the decline of quarterback play in the NFL. Is the end of the QB Era near?

(10:50 am CST): Joe Thomas, long considered one of the league’s premier left tackles, may hit the trade block. At least, that’s what Jason La Canfora thinks!

(10:48 am CST): One of my college classmates shares a thought on RGIII; where’s the news?!

(10:44 am CST): Mike Silver said on NFL Network that the Browns are “more serious” than the Jets on trading for Colin Kaepernick. As it stands, the Jets are low-balling soon-to-be free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick

(10:38 am CST): Joe Goodberry is a must-follow for Bengals news, which almost seems necessary with Zimmer at the helm. Here’s HIS TAKE on Emmanuel Lamur, Minnesota’s newest linebacker

(10:35 am CST): A cool throwback shot from Vikings team photographer Andy Kenutis

(10:34 am CST): Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll is visiting the Dallas Cowboys today

(10:32 am CST): Crazy stat of the day, per Matt Miller — Josh Doctson is 2.5 years OLDER than Amari Cooper!

(10:29 am CST): Former San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis is set to visit the Washington Redskins today, per Adam Schefter

(10:28 am CST): As expected, the two other teams in the Kaepernick sweepstakes are QB-needy. Who are they? The Jets and the Browns!

(10:26 am CST): Some food for thought; doesn’t this situation with the Broncos remind you of the Baltimore Ravens following their Super Bowl win?

(10:22 am CST): The Cleveland Browns remain the laughing stock of the NFL

(10:19 am CST): Props to the live chat user who shared this gem with us:

(10:18 am CST): Talks are heating up to trade Colin Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos. Two other teams are reportedly involved in the process

(10:16 am CST): Conflicting reports on Andre Smith’s visit to Minnesota. Wolfson reports there is NO VISIT scheduled for today

(10:11 am CST): Mike Garafolo reports that former Denver Broncos guard Louis Vasquez is visiting the Tennessee Titans tomorrow

(10:09 am CST): The Vikings expressed interested in Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey, but he’ll be returning to Cincinnati next season. Ian Rapoport reports that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old linebacker

(10:08 am CST): Brent Grimes may be able to out-jump Calvin Johnson, but teams don’t want to sign him. Why? His wife (seriously, Google “Miko Grimes” and you’ll understand)

(10:04 am CST): According to Paul Allen (reportedly on his radio show), the Vikings are expected to re-sign Chad Greenway. Again, this is just SPECULATION, though many expected Greenway to return to Minnesota for his final season

(10:01 am CST): The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly signed cornerback Jeremy Lane to a four-year, $23 million ($11 million guaranteed) deal

(10:00 am CST): Ian Rapoport confirms that Andre Smith is visiting the Vikings today

(9:59 am CST): It’s a slow day on the free agency front. I’m expecting to hear some news on Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels (possibly), and Chad Greenway.

(9:54 am CST): It didn’t make sense for the Vikings to spend big on free agent safeties this offseason, especially with a pressing need along the offensive line. Look at the deal Tashaun Gipson signed with the Jaguars; think the Vikings would’ve spent that much knowing they need to extend Harrison Smith’s contract?

(9:48 am CST): The Tennessee Titans continue to add to their offense, first by adding DeMarco Murray and now by signing former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews

(9:46 am CST):  If Brett and I were running the front office, we would’ve traded Peterson this offseason. Obviously, that’s not going to happen in Minnesota, but it’s fun to think about!

(9:45 am CST): $11.75 million of Adrian Peterson’s $12 million salary in 2016 will become guaranteed at 3 pm CST on Friday.

(9:41 am CST): CJ Anderson, who garnered interest from multiple teams yesterday, is reportedly scheduled to visit the Miami Dolphins

(9:38 am CST): This tweet from Matt Miller would indicated that the Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed defensive tackle Jaye Howard. He wrecked the Vikings’ offensive line last season

(9:36 am CST): If you need a refresher on all of the Vikings’ free agent activity yesterday, you can find it all HERE

(9:34 am CST): The New England Patriots are always in need of wide receivers, and so, they’re bringing in Buffalo Bills pass-catcher Chris Hogan for a visit

(9:30 am CST): Odd; there seems to be some speculation from Matt Vensel that Andre Smith may not make the visit to Minnesota, after all.

(9:29 am CST): How can the Cleveland Browns, who lost Mitchell Schwartz and retained Johnny Manziel, be considered Day-One free agency winners?

(9:26 am CST): ICYMI, the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with cornerback Sean Smith, continuing their run of high-profile free agent signings.

(9:24 am CST): Although the Vikings are monitoring the status of Jermon Bushrod, Ben Goessling reports that the team has not scheduled the right tackle for a visit

(9:23 am CST): The New York Jets are giving Matt Forte A TON of guaranteed money — $8 million of his $12 million contract is fully guaranteed

(9:21 am CST): The Vikings have really taken an aggressive approach to fixing their weakest positional group. Bringing in veterans like Alex Boone, re-signing Harris and Loadholt, and retaining Kalil will only create competition and ensure the team starts its best five players

(9:19 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — According to Tom Pelissero, John Sullivan’s recovery from back surgery is going great. He’s running, lifting, doing positional drills, and there haven’t been any setbacks since the second surgery

(9:17 am CST): NFL Network is reporting that Colin Kaepernick remains the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 free agent quarterback target

(9:15 am CST): What kind of day are we expecting, Vikings fans? It feels like the team is putting an emphasis on creating competition and depth at multiple positions on the roster. Anyone you’d like them to sign or re-sign today?

(9:11 am CST): Phil Loadholt’s deal contains no guaranteed money, but the team incentivized his contract with an injury split. If he gets hurt, he’ll only make $750,000

(9:09 am CST): Welcome back! We’ve already got some big news this morning — the Vikings are set to bring in former Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith for a visit.

(6:18 pm CST): Scratch that – I see the numbers now. (Sorry, missed them when dealing with our technical issues.) Pretty team friendly contract for the Vikings. Short, 1-year deal for 3 million. I don’t have as big an issue with the signing now.

(6:14 pm CST): It’ll be interesting to see the numbers on Michael Griffin. From what I’ve read, his play has really declined the past couple years. He sounds like a good teammate – a great leader, however, can’t say I’m super happy with the signing (certainly with Nelson still looming out on the market). Of course, there are a lot of factors that play into this sort of thing and I need to do my own homework on Griffin, but my gut reaction is, much like most fans, one of disappointment.

(6:08 pm CST): Looks like Pacman Jones is headed back to the Bengals on a 3-year deal. The Vikings were rumored as being one of the interested parties in Jones’ services. Personally, I’m happy that didn’t pan out. Thank you, but no thank you…

(5:51 pm CST): Looks like the Saints are signing Coby Fleener to a 5-year deal. Fantasy owners are dancing in the streets having delusions of Jimmy Graham 2.0.

(5:50 pm CST): Hey all, taking over for Austin. Sorry for the technical difficulties. We’re experiencing a really high volume of traffic right now and things are slowing down as a result. We’re looking for ways to fix it. In the meantime, I’m going to keep updates here.

(5:05 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ian Rapoport reports that the Vikings are signing safety Michael Griffin, formerly of the Tennessee Titans

(5:01 pm CST): What do Emmanuel Lamur’s contract numbers mean for Chad Greenway?

(4:56 pm CST): Tracy Porter, who allowed Charles Johnson’s biggest catch of 2015, is returning to Chicago on a three-year deal

(4:50 pm CST): Wow, who else is surprised? Johnny Manziel REMAINS with the Cleveland Browns on the first day of free agency

(4:47 pm CST): Brian Quick, another big-bodied receiver the Vikings could’ve targeted in free agency, will remain with the Rams through 2016

(4:44 pm CST): Free agent guard J.R. Sweezy is in fact signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4:41 pm CST): Hanna is a player Brett and I signed as pseudo-general managers in Part 2 of the VT Offseason Plan. We loved his versatility

(4:33 pm): VIKINGS UPDATE — Tomasson reports that the Vikings could replace Ellison with Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna, a sound blocker and excellent athlete

(4:31 pm CST): Brent feels my pain

(4:25 pm CST): Read our full analysis off the Emmanuel Lamur signing HERE

(4:22 pm CST): Goessling reports that the Vikings “have been looking” for a blocking tight end

(4:18 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs are finalizing a five-year deal with former Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz

(4:17 pm CST): HOLD ON! The Facebook post from Ellison’s father, Riki, has been deleted

(4:14 pm CST): It was hard to see Ellison returning to the team next especially, especially because of the timing of his torn meniscus (Week 17). The Vikings have depth at the position with MyCole Pruitt, though, and may add a player through free agency or in the draft

(4:12 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Rhett Ellison will not return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2016

(4:10 pm CST): The Chicago Bears get stronger along the offensive line, signing right tackle Bobbie Massie to a deal

(4:04 pm CST): The Patriots, 49ers, Bears, and Dolphins are reportedly interested in running back C.J. Anderson

(3:57 pm CST): The Giants continue to make a splash in free agency, signing former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon

(3:55 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — It looks as though Lamur’s contract with the Vikings is for two years, per Chris Tomasson

(3:50 pm CST): Tomasson tweets exactly what many Vikings fans are thinking

(3:46 pm CST): The Indianapolis Colts have officially released wide receiver Andre Johnson

(3:42 pm CST): The Miami Dolphins signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus to a three-year deal worth $12.75 million. He’s a former member of the Detroit Lions

(3:41 pm CST): Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is signing with the Tennesseee Titans

(3:37 pm CST): Although the Vikings are likely to keep Greenway in 2016, the Lamur move feels like a signing for the future. He has the potential to take over the starting weak side linebacker spot at some point next season

(3:33 pm CST): Lamur played under Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati and has 90 tackles, 11 passes defensed and 2 interceptions over the course of his career

(3:30 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings are signing former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur

(3:28 pm CST): Read our full analysis of the Mike Harris re-signing HERE

(3:24 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling “wouldn’t be shocked” if Chad Greenway, Terence Newman, and Marcus Sherels return to the Vikings next season

(3:20 pm CST): Jason La Canfora believes Brain Hoyer could end up with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a solid backup quarterback

(3:18 pm CST): The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed NFLPA president/teckle Eric Winston to a one-year deal

(3:13 pm CST): Confirmed — the Chicago Bears are signing linebacker Danny Trevathan

(3:10 pm CST): According to Tom Pelissero, the Vikings NEVER considered cutting Matt Kalil. The team believes new offensive line coach Tony Sparano will make a difference in 2016

(3:09 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi

(3:03 pm CST): Boone’s contract is extremely team-friendly and back-loaded. Lessens the blow of Kalil’s contract this season and opens the possibility that the Vikings aren’t done in free agency just yet

(3:01 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Alex Boone contract details

(3:00 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Matt Kalil’s $11.096 million contract is now fully guaranteed for 2016

(2:59 pm CST): The New Orleans Saints are reportedly interested in free agent tight end Coby Fleener

(2:56 pm CST): A Reddit user believes the Vikings could trade Adrian Peterson when free agency opens (in three minutes)

(2:52 pm CST): The contract details for Travis Benjamin, a player connected in passing to the Vikings, reveal the San Diego Chargers got good value for the wide receiver

(2:47 pm CST): Rumor has it that the San Francisco 49ers ARE NOT interested in trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick

(2:45 pm CST): Really like this headline from Ben Goessling on Alex Boone

(2:41 pm CST): The moves are flying, and we’re doing our best to keep up. It looks as though the Rams are going to keep veteran defensive end William Hayes in Los Angeles

(2:37 pm CST): The Houston Texans are expected to sign guard Jeff Allen, a player Brett and I really liked in Part 2 of our offseason plan

(2:33 pm CST): The St. Louis Rams have reached an agreement with safety-linebacker hybrid Mark Barron. He’s off the free agent market

(2:32 pm CST): WOW! Talk about crazy contracts; the Texans signed Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract.

(2:24 pm CST): In addition to Osweiler, the Houston Texans have also signed free agent running back Lamar Miller to a four-year, $26 million deal

(2:21 pm CST): Welcome back, Mike!

(2:18 pm CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Darren Wolfson reports that Harris will compete at both right guard and right tackle next season. The Vikings like to create a competitive environment along the offensive line.

(2:14 pm CST): The Vikings offered Harris more money to return, and he did. Vikings working hard to improve the depth of the offensive line

(2:11 pm CST): It looks like Harris is coming back to Minnesota on a prove-it deal. He’ll likely compete with Brandon Fusco for the starting right guard position

(2:07 pm CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are close to a one-year deal with Mike Harris

(2:06 pm CST): TWO pieces of breaking news — The New York Jets have signed Matt Forte, and Brock Osweiler has agreed in principle to a contract with the Houston Texans

(2:04 pm CST): Our friends at DraftSeason take a look at the impact of the Alex Boone signing on Minnesota’s first-round draft strategy

(2:00 pm CST): Jimmy Graham, last offseason’s splashy free agent signing, is expected to be healthy and ready to go come Week 1 of the 2016 regular season

(1:57 pm CST): The Detroit Lions spent A TON of money to replace Calvin Johnson with…Marvin Jones?

(1:52 pm CST): The New York Giants have signed former New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison, the NFL’s best run defender last year, to a long-term contract

(1:50 pm CST): Matt Kalil is reportedly “excited” to remain with the Vikings for a fifth year

(1:42 pm CST): Unpopular opinion — I don’t find Uncle Chaps to be particularly funny

(1:39 pm CST): Something we can ALL agree on

(1:36 pm CST): Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is getting paid! “Muscle Hamster” signed a five-year, $35.75 million deal ($15 million guaranteed) to stay with the team

(1:34 pm CST): SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY, BUT WE’RE BACK!

(12:31 pm CST): In addition to the Packers, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are also interested in free agent running back Matt Forte

(12:27 pm CST): Former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack is officially headed to the Atlanta Falcons on a five-year deal

(12:21 pm CST): Holmes has good size (6’4″, 210 pounds), and though he’s shown flashes with the Raiders, never put it together as a consistent target

(12:18 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are taking a look at Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes

(12:14 pm CST): Lewis was a four-year starter at Oklahoma and a seventh-round draft pick by the Lions in 2012. Look for him to stick with the Vikings in a Heath Farwell (throwback!) role on special teams

(12:11 pm CST): Who is Lewis? He;s a fourth-year player out of Oklahoma who started four games for the Lions in 2015. He’s a depth signing and projects to be a key contributor on special teams.

(12:09 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — The Vikings have signed former Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis, per Peter Schrager

(12:04 pm CST): The Vikings officially announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, though the news was made public a few days ago

(12:02 pm CST): The rumors of Matt Forte to Green Bay may in fact hold some water. The speculation indicates that the Packers are making a real push to bring in the free agent running back

(11:57 am CST): Friendly neighborhood advice on free agency; spend your time building through the draft!

(11:51 am CST): In yet another puzzling free agency move, the Cleveland Browns have yanked their offer to free agent right tackle Mitchell Schwartz

(11:46 am CST): Former LA Rams safety Rodney McLeod has signed a five-year, $37 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’ll have $17 MILLION IN GUARANTEES! Amazing to see how much more he’s making than Iloka

(11:42 am CST): More Reggie Nelson speculation; Tomasson shares that Nelson’s HS coach would love to see the safety end up in Minnesota with Mike Zimmer, who “changed his career.”

(11:38 am CST): Former San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per Adam Scheffer

(11:34 am CST): To read our full analysis of the Alex Boone signing, follow THIS link!

(11:28 am CST): The Denver Broncos are reportedly ramping up their efforts to retain Brock Osweiler and keep the quarterback off the open market

(11:24 am CST): If you want to see what Alex Boone looks like at left guard, look no further than the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Vikings last season. He dominated Zimmer’s front-7.

(11:17 am CST): Legends never die; Antonio Gates is returning to the San Deigo Chargers on a  reported two-year deal

(11:14 am CST): The statuses of John Sullivan and Mike Harris warrant close monitoring. Their potential returns/departures could change the face of the offensive line. No matter what happens, though, the Vikings have added a top guard to the roster and improved the overall talent of their offensive line

(11:12 am CST): Imagine a starting line of Kalil-Boone-Sullivan/Berger-Harris-Loadholt. Nice, right?

(11:09 am CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Tomasson reports that not only will Boone likely play left guard, but that Mike Harris could return on a one-year deal to battle Brandon Fusco for the starting right guard spot

(11:05 am CST): Reports indicate that the Buccaneers plan to kick the tires on free agent guard J.R. Sweezy as a possible replacement for Logan Mankins

(11:01 am CST): Judd Zulgad agrees

(10:58 am CST): Heck, Boone can even play tackle or make the switch to left guard. The move gives the Vikings flexibility and is yet another sign that they’re investing in the long-term success/health of Teddy Bridgewater.

(10:54 am CST): Boone can play either left or right guard, but if Harris doesn’t re-sign, expect him to replace the departed right guard. He was Pro Football Focus’s 34th-ranked guard last season

(10:51 am CST): The reason Minnesota low-balled Mike Harris? They wanted an “impact” guard. His status will be one to watch moving forward

(10:50 am CST): Rapoport reports that Boone was Minnesota’s guard of choice after missing out on Kelechi Osemele

(10:47 am CST): Vikings fans should be thrilled with the Boone signing. At only 28 years old and with experience in Tony Sparano’s system, he’s an excellent fit in Minnesota. Where does he play, though?

(10:45 am CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Adam Schefter reports that the Vikings are signing free agent guard Alex Boone

(10:39 am CST): Like Matt says, let’s all just take a breath. The league year doesn’t begin until 3 pm CST

(10:36 am CST): The running back market isn’t particularly hot. According to Geoff Mosher, the deal that sent DeMarco Murray to Tennessee involved the teams swapping fourth round picks.

(10:26 am CST): Free agents really, really want to play for the Oakland Raiders

(10:23 am CST): The Vikings may never have been contenders for Iloka, no matter how interested they were. According to ESPN, he wanted to return to the Bengals after the team’s playoff loss in January because of their potential for long-term success.

(10:16 am CST): The Carolina Panthers have reportedly re-signed fullback Mike Tolbert to a two-year deal

(10:13 am CST): ICYMI, Matt Hasselbeck joined the long list of NFL players to retire this month

(10:10 am CST): UPDATE — THE LIVE CHAT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

(10:08 am CST): The Raiders continue their free agency push after signing Kelechi Osemele and Bruce Irvin. Their next target? Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith

(10:05 am CST): WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE LIVE CHAT AND HOPE TO HAVE A RESOLUTION FROM THE PROVIDER SOON

(10:02 am CST): ICYMI, former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones has signed with the Detroit Lions. Not a full replacement for Calvin Johnson, but it’s a start

(9:58 am CST): Bengals beat writers believe this is the end of the road for Reggie Nelson in Cincinnati

(9:54 am CST): Yet another free agent safety to keep an eye on? Former Cleveland Brown Tashaun Gipson, who is only 25 years old and has 14 career interceptions in just four seasons

(9:51 am CST): ICYMI, former LA Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is set to sign a monster contract with the New York Giants

(9:50 am CST): An updated look at George Iloka’s contract numbers with the Bengals

(9:46 am CST): Woah, if the Denver Broncos lose Brock Osweiler, Ian Rapoport says their backup plan is to pursue Colin Kaepernick

(9:44 am CST): Mike Silver reports that the Atlanta Falcons are the leading free agent contender for former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack

(9:40 am CST): Scratch the news on the nullified Maxwell trade. His agent took to Twitter to proclaim the deal is being finalized

(9:38 am CST): Spending big money in free agency doesn’t always equate to on-field success for teams, i.e. the Miami Dolphins

(9:36 am CST): Former Los Angeles Rams defensive end Chris Long is reportedly working out for the Dallas Cowboys

(9:32 am CST): Another name to seep an eye on? Free agent safety Rashad Johnson. The 30-year-old safety started 14 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season and hauled in five interceptions.

(9:30 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson believes the Vikings have been “looking harder” at Reggie Nelson than they ever were with George Iloka

(9:28 am CST): Tomasson reports that the Vikings are still in the market for a safety, as they see Sendejo as more of the third option/a special teams ace.

(9:24 am CST): The Vikings are a unique team in that many of their core players are younger draft picks who will demand more money in the coming years. They can avoid spending big in free agency, because save for a few positions, the roster is built to last. The strategy they’ve employed — adding draft picks each year — means they have to plan their salary cap spending for the future.

(9:21 am CST): The big Byron Maxwell trade from Monday? It’s apparently “dead in the water.” A sign that reported deals aren’t always final

(9:17 am CST): We’re heavy on the Iloka news today, and for good reason — he was many people’s top free agent target

(9:16 am CST): With the Bengals keeping Iloka in Cincinnati, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings go after Reggie Nelson.

(9:14 am CST): Mike Wallace is reportedly getting interest from the Baltimore Ravens. They have the quarterback to get him the ball deep!

(9:12 am CST): And remember this — Harrison Smith is due a contract extension. He could very well be paid like one of the top safeties in the league.

(9:09 am CST): Iloka will reportedly make $6 million per year with the Cincinnati Bengals. Sure, it was a price the Vikings could’ve paid, but Iloka may have taken a hometown discount. We won’t know until details are released. Maybe the Vikings offered more?

(9:07 am CST): Remember this, from ESPN Vikings writer Andrew Krammer; Minnesota is one of the most active NFL Draft teams in the league

(9:04 am CST): The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed Rolando McClain to a one-year deal worth $5 million. He was rumored to be a Vikings target in free agency last offseason.

(9:02 am CST): If the Bengals do indeed keep Iloka, there are other options out there. Take a deep breath, Vikings fans. The Vikings were a top-10 defense without Iloka, and they’ll likely get better in year-three under Zimmer

(9:00 am CST): It’s okay, the Vikings “tried” to get Iloka. But at the end of the day, the Bengals wanted him more, and for more money

(8:58 am CST): Goo…er, bad morning. It looks like the Cincinnati Bengals are “nearing a deal” to retain free agent safety George Iloka

(5:00 pm CST): We’ve hit a stand-still on the news. I’m going to call it a night, but I’m looking forward to another fun day tomorrow! Thanks for tuning in.

(4:47 pm CST): Breer ran out of Twitter characters; the Lions are also in pursuit

(4:45 pm CST): Add Miami as the other team with interest in Cincinnati Bengals free agent safety George Iloka. The Vikings are still in the race, have no fear!

(4:37 pm CST): Another cautious tale about overspending in free agency

(4:28 pm CST): Heads-up, Vikings fans. The content team at Vikings.com will begin rolling out their top-50 prospect reports starting tomorrow!

(4:26 pm CST): No comment

(4:18 pm CST): Jason La Canfora believes the Dolphins will have to cut one of their defensive linemen. Possibly, star defensive end Cameron Wake if Olivier Vernon stays in Miami

(4:13 pm CST): In other news…WHEN THE HECK ARE THE VIKINGS GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER MOVE?

(4:10 pm CST): The Mario Williams, Miami Dolphins deal is officially done.

(4:08 pm CST): Another free agent running back is hitting the open market. This time, it’s Houston Texans backup Jonathan Grimes

(4:05 pm CST): The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly making a run at free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon. Boy, how nice it must be to have all that salary cap money!

(3:55 pm CST):  Charles Johnson reacts to the Vikings releasing Mike Wallace

(3:53 pm CST): No recent free agency news? Here’s a picture of US Bank Stadium!

(3:42 pm CST): As we wait for more free agency news to drop, check out this story — the guys at Pro Football Focus think Ezekiel Elliot may be the best running back prospect since…Adrian Peterson

(3:38 pm CST): Random photo of the day — Teddy and Matt Kalil hunting together

(3:36 pm CST): Mario Williams lands in Miami at a lower rate than originally anticipated, as the Dolphins sign him to a contract worth $8 million per year.

(3:34 pm CST): Oakland Raiders safety Taylor Mays, a player the Vikings kicked tires on last offseason, is reportedly garnering interest from AFC and NFC teams

(3:23 pm CST): Tomasson believes the Vikings will draft a wide receiver in the first round, but that Charles Johnson should have a chance to bounce back in 2016

(3:20 pm CST): Fun fact alert! Minnesota Vikings wide receivers had six total touchdowns last season, fewest in the NFL. Stefon Diggs accounted for four of those.

(3:16 pm CST): Free agent running back Chris Ivory is asking for at least a three-year deal that would pay him $6.5 million per season. The asking price may be too high for most teams

(3:11 pm CST): As an update, Iloka is not reportedly “close to any deal right now.” However, the Vikings are still in the mix for the free agent safety

(3:08 pm CST): The writing’s been on the wall for Wallace, though, and even he knew a cut may be coming. Read our full analysis of the Wallace release HERE

(3:06 pm CST): Part of the reason Wallace was released? He was Pro Football Focus’s 96th-ranked wide receiver in 2015

(3:03 pm CST): Cool story from Chris Tomasson on recently-released tackle Austin Wentworth

(2:40 pm CST): Lots of questions about the Vikings current cap situation. Here’s my take:

Current cap space after releasing Wallace: $23 million plus $11.5 million = $34.5 million
Speculative cost of a new Harrison Smith contract: $5 million ($10 million total but already making $5 million in 2016)
Approximate cost of signing 2016 draft picks: $7 million
Approximate cost of resigning Vikings free agents: $8 million (includes guys like Greenway, Newman and Harris)

Approximate cap space to make moves:  $14.5 million

(2:34 pm CST): More thoughts on the Wallace release… Some will write the Vikings depth chart slotting in Stefon Diggs as the new #1 receiver on this team. However, it’s my personal opinion that Diggs is not that guy and releasing Mike Wallace makes it much more likely they draft a guy – probably on day one. However, with a spot opened up on the roster, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Vikings pursue a couple of free agent WR options. A couple of names to keep your eye on: Jermaine Kearse, who was previously rumored by DraftGuru on VikeFans.com to be a target of the Vikings, Andre Holmes and Anquan Boldin.

(2:29 pm CST): The Eagles have officially announced a 2-year deal with ex-Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

(2:26 pm CST): It’s worth noting that just because Wallace has been released doesn’t mean he won’t find his way back on to the Vikings. After realizing what his real value is on the open market, he could decide to try and come back to the Vikings if the offer were still standing. The two sides could not come to an agreement on what appeared to be a $2-3 million difference in salary.

(2:23 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: We also just learned in a press release that OL Austin Wentworth has been waived.

(2:19 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: Wow, I guess me taking over was the catalyst for news pouring in? Anyway, Tom Pelissero is now reporting that the Vikings will release Mike Wallace. It looks like the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on restructuring his current contract. Cutting Mike Wallace results in no dead money and saves the Vikings $11 million in cap space in 2016.

(2:13 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: According to Chris Tomasson, coveted FA safety George Iloka isn’t close to a deal with any teams right now and the Vikings are still in the mix.

(2:05 pm CST): Former Vikings quarterback Joe Webb is sticking with the Carolina Panthers. Congratulations, Joe!

(1:59 pm CST): It looks as though the New Orleans Saints have lost their No. 1 tight end, Ben Watson, to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens drafted former Gophers tight end Maxx Williams last year

(1:57 pm CST): Woah, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly interested in Chicago Bears tight end Marcellus Bennett. Move would require a trade between the two teams

(1:55 pm CST): US Bank Stadium is a beauty, huh? Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!

(1:51 pm CST): Need a laugh? Check out Sharrif Floyd’s Twitter feed. He’s throwing shade at FSU and cracking jokes

(1:48 pm CST): Brett’s reaction to the Malik Jackson contract numbers

(1:44 pm CST): Look how the mightys have fallen — the Indianapolis Colts released defensive end Bjorn Werner on Tuesday. He was a first-round selection in 2013 and finished his three-year career in Indianapolis with 6.5 sacks

(1:39 pm CST): If the Vikings and Matt Asiata can’t reach an agreement, look for the team to add a running back through the draft. One name to keep an eye on? Indiana’s Jordan Howard

(1:35 pm CST): Aren’t you glad the Vikings haven’t overpaid for anyone, yet?

(1:33 pm CST): Speaking of the Bears, they’ve signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan to a new contract

(1:29 pm CST): Keep an eye on the Chicago Bears in free agency. They’ve apparently got their sights set on DE Akiem Hicks, OG Louis Vasquez, and S Rodney McLeod. The landscape is shifting in the NFC North…

(1:22 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT – Have no fear, Andrew Krammer is here (to dispel the notion that Mike Harris is gone). According to Krammer, the gap between the Vikings and Mike Harris’s camp isn’t insurmountable, and the free agent guard can still return to Minnesota. However, Osemele’s monster deal makes the free agent market an attractive alternative

(1:20 pm CST): In an under-the-radar free agent move, the Ravens re-signed running back Terrance West

(1:18 pm CST): The Denver Broncos will retain DE DeMarcus Ware and LT Ryan Clady in 2016 after the two restructured their contracts this offseason

(1:16 pm CST): Not free agency news, but interesting nonetheless: Tony Romo is undergoing surgery on his left collarbone this offseason

(1:13 pm CST): More Andrew Sendejo contract details, as a friendly reminder

(1:01 pm CST): Chris Tomasson says the Harris situation reminds him of Joe Berger last offseason. The Vikings wouldn’t offer him starter money, he settled, and had one of his best seasons as a pro. Patience is a virtue during free agency, though guards and offensive linemen are flying around the market today

(12:59 pm CST): There it is; the Houston Texans are reportedly doing all that can to secure free agent running back Lamar Miller before the league year begins. He’s a perfect replacement for Arian Foster there

(12:57 pm CST): Another point to remember, from Darren at KickAss Vikes Blog; free agents don’t have to be splash players

(12:55 pm CST): Or, do the Vikings have their eye on another free agent guard, like Alex Boone, Louis Vasquez, or Jeff Allen?

(12:51 pm CST): If the Vikings can’t re-sign Harris, does drafting a guard become a priority in the first round?

(12:50 pm CST): Reports indicate that Richie Incognito has signed a three-year deal to remain with the Buffalo Bills

(12:47 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Bad news on the Mike Harris front. Tomasson reports that the Vikings and Harris are NOT close on a deal. Harris’s camp is looking for a two-year, $5 million deal, which is $1.5 million over Minnesota’s original market. He’ll test the free agent market

(12:46 pm CST): An update/speculation on how the Bengals should prioritize their free agents

(12:41 pm CST): With three major cuts, the Broncos appear to be making room for a big free agent. Who could it be?

(12:34 pm CST): It looks as though Jason Pierre-Paul is staying in New York. The Giants and the defensive end have agreed to a one-year contract

(12:31 pm CST): The Denver Broncos continue to make cuts, this time releasing tight end Owen Daniels. Feels like he only stuck around because of Peyton, no?

(12:30 pm CST): Say it ain’t so, but the Green Bay Packers are reportedly expressing interest in free agent running back Matt Forte

(12:25 pm CST): Speculation from a Twitter account says that Iloka to the Redskins is a real possibility (!)

(12:24 pm CST): Jason La Canfora reports that the Jaguars “aren’t close to done” in free agency, but is that a good thing? Would you rather the Vikings go crazy now, or take the cautious approach as they have in recent years?

(12:21 pm CST): For those wondering, Louis Vasquez was Pro Football Focus’s 50th-ranked guard in 2015. With that said, he’s only 28 and did play for Norv Turner in San Diego…

(12:17 pm CST): Some important advice to remember as we analyze the Vikings’ free agency moves

(12:15 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker/defensive end Tamba Hali have agreed upon a thee-year deal that will allow the veteran to finish his career in Kansas City, per Adam Schefter

(12:13 pm CST): The Miami Dolphins are reportedly interested in two offensive linemen — J.R. Sweezy and Alex Boone — who would be good fits in Minnesota

(12:10 pm CST): The Jaguars are set to sign former Broncos defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a long-term contract. It’s the teams with loads of cap space who are spending the money often and early.

(12:05 pm CST): The Denver Broncos have release guard Louis Vasquez, who should sign a decent deal elsewhere soon, per Mike Garafolo. Are the Vikings a landing spot?

(12:03 pm CST): Bree reports that the Vikings are “in” on Iloka, and that the presence of former Bengals coaches (Zimmer being No. 1) is strong motivation to make the move to Minnesota

(12:00 pm CST): A telling tweet from Albert Breer on the status of the Cincinnati Bengals; they’re bound to lose some players this offseason

(11:58 am CST): Ian Rapoport reports that free agent cornerback Leodis McKelvin is set to visit the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys over the next two days

(11:43 am CST): Great minds think alike? I kid, I kid.

(11:39 am CST): While we wait for more breaking news, check out Michael Rand’s Top-10 Vikings free agent signings

(11:37 am CST): What do I think of the contract? It’s an extremely team-friendly deal that gives the Vikings flexibility at the position. They obviously value what Sendejo can bring to the table, but his contract doesn’t rule out the possibility of bringing in a player like George Iloka. Stay tuned, Vikings fans

(11:35 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling shares Andrew Sender’s contract details. What do you think?

(11:33 am CST): Remember those who wanted the Vikings to draft Johnny Manziel instead of Teddy Bridgewater? The embattled quarterback is on his way out of Cleveland

(11:28 am CST): The Oakland Raiders are making a push to re-sign impending free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes. The 6’4″ receiver will likely draw interest from other teams around the league. He’d make a decent fit for the Vikings as the big-bodied receiver the offside has been missing. #UnderTheRadar

(11:24 am CST): For reference, Tahir Whitehead was Pro Football Focus’s 14th-ranked linebacker last season, with an 85.3 run defense grade and a 73.6 coverage grade

(11:21 am CST): Wolfson also reports that the Vikings are STILL in talks with Mike Harris’s agent on a new contract. 

(11:18 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Darren Wolfson reports that the Vikings have checked in on free agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Talks with the former Detroit Lion aren’t necessarily serious, but he’s an experienced player who fits a need for the Vikings

(11:11 am CST): The New Orleans Saints are making a push to bring back free agent running back Tim Hightower, and for good reason. He plays a critical role in protecting Drew Bress

(11:06 am CST): The defensive end free agent market is still active, as the Falcons are reportedly working on a deal to sign free agent O’Brien Schofield

(11:03 am CST): Osemele reportedly wanted $20 million in Year 1 of his contract. Further confirmation that he was far too expensive for Rick Spielman and the Vikings

(10:59 am CST): Brett likes Jeff Allen more than Alex Boone, and it’s hard to argue with him. Allen was a Top-5 guard in 2015, according to Pro Football Focus

(10:55 am CST): Spotrac currently values Alex Boone at $2.6 million per year, which is more than affordable for the Vikings. Everything depends on whether or not the team retains Mike Harris

(10:44 am CST): The Chicago Bears are rumored to have interest in tight end Jimmy Graham, who was NOT a fit with the Seattle Seahawks last season

(10:38 am CST): The Alex Boone, Minnesota ties are real. Sparano was on the San Francisco 49ers’ staff last year and knows Boone’s abilities as a player. Signing the 28 year-old guard is a move that makes sense for the Vikings

(10:37 am CST): Chad Greenway congratulates Megatron on a Hall-of-Fame career

(10:32 am CST): Read our analysis of the Audie Cole re-signing HERE

(10:29 am CST): Paul Allen on Mike Wallace’s future in Minnesota

(10:21 am CST): Without Arian Foster, many expected the Texans to pursue a running back in free agency or through the draft. Right now, they’re the leader-of-the-pack for free agent running back Lamar Miller

(10:18 am CST): Zach Line, a former undrafted free agent, is set to make $1.67 million with the Vikings next year. Congratulations, Zach

(10:14 am CST): The Raiders have money to spend, and they’re reportedly going to continue making splashes in free agency. Rand Getlin reports that they’re in the hunt for free agent running back Doug Martin

(10:11 am CST): Rumor has it that the 49ers are one of the potential landing spots for RGIII

(10:09 am CST): Cue up the “Treadwell to the Lions” rumors!

(10:04 pm CST): Fully recovered from a fractured ankle, Audie Cole is “excited to be back with the Vikings.”

(10:01 am CST): Congratulations on an unforgettable career, Megatron

(9:59 am CST): The Miami Dolphins are reportedly front-runners for free agent defensive end Mario Williams

(9:55 am CST): Osemele’s deal is reportedly worth a WHOPPING $11 million per year. Raiders had the ammunition to pull the trigger

(9:52 am CST): Add the Dallas Cowboys as another team interested in the services of free agent running back Lamar Miller.

(9:50 am CST): Adam Jones was on Sportscenter this morning, and reportedly came off as smart, thoughtful, and humble. Trying to shake his reputation as a wild card to boost his market value?

(9:48 am CST): Case in point —

(9:45 am CST): Time for an unpopular opinion! I don’t believe the Vikings viewed Osemele as a left tackle, hence why they weren’t willing to spend more than $10 million per year on him. Yes, Osemele has experience at the position (5 games started in 2015), but he’s a plug-and-play guard for almost every team in the NFL

(9:43 am CST): Sherels boosted his stock with yet another solid season as the Vikings’ punt returner in 2015. He averaged 9.1 yards per return and scored one touchdown. His market value is rather thin, as he’s not exactly a fit for many teams at cornerback. My gut says he stays in Minnesota

(9:42 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson reports that the Vikings want Marcus Sherels back (at the right price), and that Sherels wants to return to Minnesota. Other teams are interested, but Sherels is a perfect fit for the Vikings

(9:40 am CST): News that may shake up the NFC North? The Detroit Lions expect a retirement decision from Calvin Johnson by noon today

(9:38 am CST): The Houston Texans, who recently released Arian Foster, are reportedly interested in free agent running back Lamar Miller

(9:36 am CST): Some NFL Draft ramifications from today’s free agency news — the Ravens may seriously consider trading up for the first-overall pick come April

(9:34 am CST): Keeping my eyes peeled for two major Vikings announcements today: Is Mike Wallace on the way out? Will Mike Harris accept the team’s low-ball offer?

(9:31 am CST): As Whitney would sing, “Didn’t we almost have it all?”

(9:30 am CST): Mario Williams may be pricing himself out of New York. He’s off the Giants’ radar after demanding more than $10 million per year, according to reports

(9:27 am CST): Tomasson is right; the Vikings were never going to pay Osemele $10 million-plus per year, especially with Matt Kalil earning $11 million in 2016. The idea of Osemele at left guard was fun, if only for one fleeting night

(9:24 am CST): Ben Goessling reports that Audie Cole’s new contract is a one-year deal. Vikings are saving money on their returning free agents

(9:22 am CST): Rapoport confirms that Osemele got “too expensive” for the Vikings and Jets. Makes sense, as the Raiders had more than $80 million in cap space. Expect Osemele’s contract to shock many

(9:20 am CST): The Schwartz news isn’t surprising, especially with Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt returning next season. Feels more and more like Spielman is going to pursue one of Cincinnati’s available safeties

(9:18 am CST): Lots of news to catch up on, mostly from Tomasson

(9:08 am CST): For those who think Matt Kalil is gone, think again. Tomasson reports that the team thinks it’s “too risky” to let the left tackle go. Looks like they’ll swallow his $11.096 million salary this season.

(9:05 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tom Pelissero reports that the Vikings are re-signing linebacker and special teams ace Audie Cole. Contract details are not available at this time

(5:35 pm CST): I’m logging off for the night; thanks for hanging out today, it’s been fun! Looking forward to some more live blogging and speculation tomorrow.

(5:28 pm CST): Read our analysis of the Carter Bykowski and Adam Thielen signings HERE

(5:25 pm CST): Apparently, the free agent marker for linebacker Shea McClellin is “active,” per Rand Getlin. The former Chicago Bears defender has the versatility to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme

(5:23 pm CST): If Doug Martin doesn’t return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team is planning to make Chris Ivory a free agent priority

(5:16 pm CST): Josina Anderson reports that the Giants, Eagles, Bears, and Dolphins have shown interest in free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson. The Vikings don’t appear to be in the market for a cornerback, though

(5:14 pm CST): In addition to the Vikings, the Falcons have also expressed interest in free agent safety Reggie Nelson

(5:10 pm CST): Another free agent with NFC North ties, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, is garnering interest from the New York Jets

(5:06 pm CST): Chris Conte, a former Chicago Bears safety, is reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams, per Rand Getlin

(5:01 pm CST): The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in free agent cornerback Adam Jones (please, take him)

(5:00 pm CST): Cole fractured his ankle last November, raising future questions about his status this offseason. Cole is necessary depth at a rather thin position, especially at middle linebacker. He’s played the role of backup his entire four-year career, but that’s all we expect from Cole at this point.

(4:58 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that Audie Cole’s camp has been talking with the Vikings, and he wants to re-sign. “I’d like to be back there,” he said. “I love the organization.”

(4:55 pm CST): In non-free agency news, a jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil lawsuit

(4:42 pm CST): The Arizona Cardinals are going all-in on acquiring Bruce Irvin and see the move as a way to hurt the division-rival Seattle Seahawks

(4:40 pm CST): Calvin Johnson hasn’t made a final decision on his retirement, but the Detroit Lions want him to choose before free agency opens on Wednesday

(4:36 pm CST): While we wait for more speculation and news, here’s a Stefon Diggs highlight reel to keep you occupied

(4:21 pm CST): Interesting point from Brent on Zimmer’s interest in his former Bengals players. Zimmer may like Rey, Nelson, and Iloka, but by expressing interest, he’s creating a market and possibly pushing their prices higher

(4:20 pm CST): Read our full analysis on the Zach Line news HERE

(4:18 pm CST): The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly interested in free agent guards Evan Mathis and Alex Boone, per John Gambadoro

(4:14 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports (a common theme from today) that the Vikings HAVE NOT reached out to free agent safeties Eric Weddle and Rashad Johnson. They’re big fans of both Iloka and Nelson and are focusing their efforts on those two players

(4:11 pm CST): The Bengals were expected to make a hard push to keep Rey, but Zimmer loves his former players and the move makes sense for a Vikings team in need of another quality linebacker

(4:09 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tommason reports that the Vikings have reached out to a representative of Cincinnati Bengals free agent linebacker Vincent Rey

(3:56 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings and Matt Asiata are far apart on a possible contact, and that several other teams have expressed interest in the running back

(3:39 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the New York Giants have expressed interest in Vikings free agent right guard Mike Harris. Minnesota recently offered Harris a two-year, $3.5 million contract to remain with the Vikings

(3:38 pm CST): The Eagles are reportedly interested in free agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, per Drew Boylhart

(3:34 pm CST): The Benglas are still in the race for Iloka, according to Joe Goodberry

(3:29 pm CST): Reggie Nelson’s cousin (?) believe the safety will end up with the Vikings

https://twitter.com/KeshawnLakes23/status/706952859196137472

(3:27 pm CST): The Raiders would reportedly be interested in Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (at the right price, i.e. a low draft pick)

(3:23 pm CST): Deciding between Nelson and Iloka is difficult. One, Iloka, is younger with more upside at strong safety. But he’ll demand more money than Nelson, who’s older and plays the majority of his snaps at free safety. Either player would be a solid fit in the secondary, though

(3:18 pm CST): Curious tweet on the status of Iloka-to-Minnesota

(3:15 pm CST): The Vikings have now officially expressed interest in both Bengals starting safeties. The move was expected, and either player would immediately improve the strong safety position.

(3:12 pm CST): Nelson is an obvious fit in Mike Zimmer’s defense, but he’s 33 years old and not a long-term solution at a position of need. The “interest” feels cursory given the fact that Iloka may get too expensive for Minnesota’s tastes

(3:11 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings have reached out to a representative of Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson

(3:08 pm CST): Ted Glover with one of the funnier Twitter puns today

(2:57 pm CST): Schwartz is one of the top offensive line free agents, but his fit in Minnesota is hard to predict. If he were to join the Vikings, he’d create a logjam at tackle, especially with Phil Loadholt returning to the team next season

(2:54 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — the Vikings are one of four teams to have interest in free agent right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. He is our 12th-ranked free agent and is expected to demand $8.5 million per year

(2:52 pm CST): Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar believes the Vikings must re-sign Newman, Greenway, Asiata, and Sendejo this offseason. So far, he’s one-for-four

(2:48 pm CST): Throwing it back to earlier this morning, here’s a snippet of Andrew Sendejo’s appearance on KFAN with Paul Allen:

“I think overall our defense did well. We have a good front seven, man. Those guys really make our defense work – they help us out a lot. There are going to be times when the back end helps out the front end a lot, and I’m just looking forward to continuing to improve and get better and just help out however my role is with this team, what they have me schemed up to do at safety, and just continue to be a consistent player like I have been since I’ve been here.”

(2:43 pm CST): It looks like Chris Ivory, a 1,000-yard rusher for the Jets last season, will not be returning to New York in 2016

(2:41 pm CST): In light of Peyton Manning’s retirement, the Vikings were one of five NFL teams to NEVER beat the Hall of Fame quarterback

(2:37 pm CST): Adrian Clayborn, a player the Vikings expressed interest in last year, is drawing attention from the Giants, Jaguars, Cowboys, and Dolphins. Count the Vikings out; they’re not in need of another pass-rusher at the moment

(2:33 pm CST): Jason La Canfora reports that Janoris Jenkins, a free agent cornerback, may garner $14 million per year on a long-term deal from cap-needy teams like the Raiders or Jaguars

(2:28 pm CST): In addition to the Vikings, the Falcons, Giants, and Lions are the teams pursuing free agent safety George Iloka. Expect the Vikings to make a heavy push.

(2:22 pm CST): The Eagles once again make a splash in free agency, finalizing a trade that will send Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxell to the Miami Dolphins. The Chip Kelly Era in Philadelphia is nearly over (save for Sam Bradford).

(2:18 pm CT): Things may get very, very interesting in the free agent quarterback market. Doug Moore reports that Osweiler-to-Houston is a very real possibility, opening the door to an RGIII, Broncos marriage in Denver.

(2:14 pm CST): Ryan Boser perfectly encapsulates how we’re all feeling as we wait for more free agency news to drop

(2:09 pm CST): CJ Anderson with one of the many cryptic player/free agency tweets we’ll see this week

(2:02 pm CST): Possible trade alert from Adam Schefter — the Eagles and Dolphins are trying to finalize a trade that will send linebacker Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami for draft-pick compensation

(1:58 pm CST): There’s A LOT of money flying around this offseason. Curious that some of the least competitive teams have the most cap room year-in and year-out, i.e. the Jaguars and Raiders

(1:55 pm CST): As disappointing as it may be, the Vikings have options at guard, especially if Mike Harris accepts the team’s previous offer. Still, HERE is a look at what Osemele would’ve brought to Minnesota.

(1:53 pm CST): In a piece of news many expected, Chris Tomasson is reporting that free agent guard Kelechi Osemele may be “too expensive” for the Vikings to pursue

(1:47 pm CST): Big news coming out of Philadelphia — the Eagles have made BOTH DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews available for trades (at the right price). Clearly, the new leadership in the Eagles front office is making a hard push to separate itself from Chip Kelly, per Ian Rapoport

(1:39 pm CST): Former Los Angeles Rams (it’s still weird to type that) tight end Jared Cook is garnering interest from multiple teams, per Rand Getlin.

(1:37 pm CST): Back to the subject of “mystery teams;” it’s most likely not the Vikings, who have very little cap space relative to other big-name teams.

(1:30 pm CST): Who are these mystery teams?

(1:23 pm CST): An under-the-radar offensive line free agent? Houston Texans guard Chris Clark. According to Rand Getlin, multiple teams are pursuing him, but the Texans would like to keep him in Houston. He’d be a solid fit in Minnesota if they were to add a low-tier free agent at the position.

(1:20 pm CST): Iloka is a hot free agent commodity, and obviously, the Vikings aren’t the only team in pursuit of his talents. The Lions reportedly expressed “serious interest” in Iloka at the start of the tampering period

(1:17 pm CST): As a former Mike Zimmer cornerback, Adam Jones has been connected to the Vikings as a potential free agent target. However, Pro Football Talk speculates that the Dolphins may be making a run for PacMan. It’s a smart move to avoid him, in my opinion.

(1:15 pm CST): From our friend Daniel House at Vikings Corner, a piece of news that feels relevant with Jeff Locke’s struggles punting the football

(1:12 pm CST): Free agent and former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has clear interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, per Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks ties to both teams are obvious, but the Arizona Cardinals are also in pursuit

(1:10 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Loadholt’s new deal is a one-year deal, not a two-year deal. Tomasson reports that Loadholt is “betting on himself” to return even stronger after recovery from a torn achilles tendon

(1:08 pm CST): Someone we’re missing at the start of Free Agency? ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. He’s battling cancer, but just said on Sportscenter that his tumor is shrinking. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

(1:06 pm CST): Looking for free agency resources? Check out our free agency depth chart and our up-to-date list of Vikings transactions

(1:03 pm CST): Interesting note from Adam on the Matt Kalil contract: “If they cut him today they get 2016 cap space. If they let him walk next year, the inflated salary actually helps the team’s likelihood of getting a higher comp pick in 2018… Maybe even a third rounder.” I’m not a salary cap expert like Adam, but this is something to chew on, and may explain the team’s reasoning for keeping Kalil through 2016

(12:57 pm CST): In non-free agency news, Vikings players are congratulating recently-retired Peyton Manning on a Hall of Fame career

(12:55 pm CST): The free agent safety market becomes even more saturated, as the Redskins have released Dashon Goldson

(12:52 pm CST): Kearse had a career year in 2015, with 49 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns. He’s a decent, if not great wide receiver. Is he a No. 1 wide receiver? Probably not.

(12:50 pm CST): DraftGuru strikes again, this time speculating that the Vikings have expressed interest in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse

(12:49 pm CST): Backtracking a bit, this almost guarantees that Line will be with the Vikings in 2016

(12:45 pm CST): You can read my full thoughts on the Kalil situation HERE

(12:41 pm CST): The Kalil news was somewhat expected, and it appears the team is no longer torn on what to do with their embattled left tackle. He made strides in 2015, and the arrival of veteran coach Tony Sparano should help Kalil progress even more next season. Look at 2016 as a “prove-it” year for Kalil

(12:38 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson has been our most consistent source of news yet. This time, he’s reporting that the Vikings are likely to keep Matt Kalil through 2016

(12:32 pm CST): Tomasson confirms the contract numbers for recently signed free agents Thielen and Bykowski

(12:30 pm CST): Brent Grimes, who famously out-jumped Calvin Johnson a year ago, is being released from the Miami Dolphins today, per the Sun Sentinel

(12:27 pm CST): Remember the anonymous DraftGuru source? He’s one-for-one with the Loadholt announcement. Remember, this is ALL SPECULATION at this point

(12:24 pm CST): With that, here’s my take on Iloka’s free agent fit with the Vikings.

(12:19 pm CST): Chris Tomasson confirms that the Vikings have expressed interest in free agent safety George Iloka

(12:17 pm CST): Like the Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs have no interest in signing RGIII (per Matt Miller)

(12:15 pm CST): To read our very own analysis of the Loadholt deal, follow THIS LINK!

(12:09 pm CST): CONFIRMED: The Vikings announced on their website that they’ve signed the players as mentioned below! Bykowski adds depth at tackle, and Thielen has been a key special teams contributor and wide receiver on the team

(12:07 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: Unconfirmed sources say the Vikings have re-sgned Adam Thielen and Carter Bykowski. They’ve also tendered restricted free agent fullback Zach Line

(12:05 pm CST): As expected, the Vikings have expressed serious interest in free agent safety George Iloka, though the Cincinnati Bengals do want him back and have left the door open for a return

(12:02 pm CST): Loadholt’s new deal frees up about $4-5 million in cap space for the Vikings. His return gives the team options, especially with second-year right tackle T.J. Clemmings. Clemmings struggled to replace Loadholt last season, and he may make the move to guard depending on what happens with pending free agent Mike Harris

(11:58 am CST): The first big free agent has been signed, and other decisions loom, including the Mike Wallace and Matt Kalil contract situations. It’s clear the Vikings wanted Loadholt in Minnesota for another year, and fans should be thrilled he was willing come back at a drastically reduced price.

(11:55 am CST): Loadholt’s new contract frees up plenty of cap space for the Vikings. His previous salary cap hit was $7.75 million, and now, Rick Spielman has the ammunition to make a deal or two for players like George Iloka

(11:52 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Darren Wolfson reports that Phil Loadholt will return to the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year, $2 million contract in 2016, and can earn up to #3.5 million with incentives

(11:51 am CST): Rapoport says there is “drama” in the guard market after reporting that free agent Jahri Evans is visiting the Buffalo Bills

(11:47 am CST): Free agent defensive tackle Mario Williams has told teams he would “immediately sign” an offer for $10 million per year. #PaycheckPlayer

(11:42 am CST): The Vikings are NOT one of the teams who have expressed interest in Sweezy (at this time).

(11:39 am CST): The Cleveland Browns are reportedly pursuing free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones, a player our very own Carl Knowles would like to see in purple and gold.

(11:34 am CST): Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sneezy is reportedly garnering interest from at least 10 teams. The Vikings are in need of guard talent; could they be one of the 10 teams?

(11:29 am CST): Over the Cap took a detailed look at the Minnesota Viking’s salary cap situation. Worth a read!

(11:27 am CST): Rick? Rick?

(11:16 am CST): Charles Robinson, an important source for last year’s Adrian Peterson news, does not believe the Dallas Cowboys are potential suitors for RGIII

(11:11 am CST): Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has hit the free agent market, and Ian Rapoport reports that “at least six” teams are interested in signing him.

(11:10 am CST): Osemele wants to be the hight-paid guard in free agency, and Rand Getlin believes he’ll be one of the hottest free agents available.

(11:09 am CST): Waiting…

(11:00 am CST): LET THE TAMPERING BEGIN!

(10:59 am CST): The San Francisco 49ers are interested in Kansas City Chiefs running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas. The Oregon-to-NFL train rolls on…

(10:56 am CST): Former Miami Dolphins pass rusher Oliver Vernon is expected to garner heavy free agent interest from multiple teams, including the Raiders, Jaguars, Giants, Browns, and Titans

(10:45 am CST) Has defensive tackle Terrance Knighton been cut from the Washington Redskins?

(10:43 am CST): It appears Byron Maxwell could be on the way out of Philadelphia — the Eagles are in talks with the Miami Dolphins for a Maxwell trade, per Ian Rapoport.

(10:32 am CST): While we wait for more breaking news, check out Part 3 of our Offseason Plan!

(10:20 am CST): In just 40 minutes, all 32 NFL teams can begin officially “expressing interest”

(10:19 am CST): HOT TAKE ALERT

(10:17 am CST): Lamar Miller, a three-down back who was criminally underutilized in Miami, could be the steal of the free agency period

(10:13 am CST): Trey Wingo reports that free agent defensive end Chris Long’s first visit will be with the Washington Redskins, tomorrow.

(10:12 am CST): The Denver Broncos are expected to issue low tender, right of first refusal on CJ Anderson. He’s reportedly expressed interest in testing the free agent market.

(10:09 am CST): More confirmation on Kelechi Osemele’s status in Baltimore — Pro Football Talk reports that the Ravens are unlikely to keep him

(10:02 am CST): Former San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle apparently wants to play for the New England Patriots. His name has been tied to the Vikings, but at 31 years old, Minnesota would be better off targeting a safety like George Iloka

(9:58 am CST): The Redskins are busy today. According to former Star Tribune reporter Master Tesfatsion, they’ve released defensive end Jason Hatcher

(9:56 am CST): Yes, kickers are important. Vikings fans know all too well the value of a consistent kicking game

(9:54 am CST): *Crickets, crickets*

(9:49 am CST): Some more fodder for the Kalil doubters:

(9:45 am CST): The New York Giants are planning to release Victor Cruz, unless, he agrees to a pay cut. Sounds much like Mike Wallace’s predicament with the Vikings? Stay tuned…

(9:42 am CST): Punter news! Shane Lechler is returning to the Houston Texans on a  one-year deal, per Rand Getlin. Will the Vikings make a splash and release Jeff Locke this offseason?

(9:39 am CST): I personally don’t think the Vikings cut Kalil. Give him one more year to “prove it.”

(9:37 am CST): Matt Kalil could become the second player — after RGIII — that had his 5th-year option picked up, but was cut before the salary became fully guaranteed.

(9:28 am CST): The RGIII era in Washington is all but over. Reports indicate that the Redskins are releasing the embattled quarterback today

(9:26 am CST): Vikings brass is in full force at the University of Minnesota’s Pro Day. Follow Vikings Corner for all of the latest updates!

(9:20 am CST): Pure speculation and fodder for the live chat, but what are the odds the Vikings cut/release Shaun Hill? He’s an expensive backup, and the team may be comfortable with Taylor Heinicke as Teddy Bridgewater’s backup

(9:15 am CST): The Indianapolis Colts have released former Buccaneers and Vikings (sigh) quarterback Josh Freeman. We’ll always have his Monday Night Football performance to remember.

(9:10 am CST): Matt Forte may not have to travel far this offseason; Julius Peppers is reportedly trying to recruit the former Chicago Bears running back to Green Bay

(9:07 am CST): Sendejo’s numbers aren’t final, and it looks as though the Vikings may have given him less money than originally reported. Paul Allen thinks the team is paying Sendejo like a backup, with heavy incentives built into the contract

(9:04 am CST): The Houston Texans are reportedly set to make a run for Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler. It feels as though the team is always in the hunt for a new quarterback.

(9:02 am CST): Ian Rapoport reports (ha) that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and longtime New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins is retiring.

(9:01 am CST): The unknown source, DraftGuru, strikes again. It looks as though the Vikings and Mike Wallace are $2 million apart on a contract restructure. Don’t be surprised if Wallace hits the open market later today

(8:55 am CST): Having fun, yet?

(8:51 am CST): According to Ian Rapoport, former New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to hit the free agent market. Sides are far apart on a potential deal, and it looks as though Geno Smith is the guy in New York, now

(8:44 am CST): Arif crunched the numbers, and it looks like the Vikings should have $23.05 million of salary cap space this season; plenty of money to make one or two big moves in free agency

(8:43 am CST): The NFLPA has released individual club salary cap numbers:

(8:40 am CST): Turner cites a source named DraftGuru, claiming that George Iloka is the team’ No. 1 priority in free agency. However, they won’t get into a bidding war over the safety. You can read our analysis of Iloka HERE.

(8:37 am CST): According to Stephen A. Turner, a Twitter follower, the team wants Phil Loadholt back on a one-year, heavy incentive-laden deal. Apparently, Loadholt could be cut as soon as today if he doesn’t agree to the new contract.

(8:34 am CST): The Steelers have re-signed S Robert Golden to a three-year, $5 million contract, per Drew Boylhart. He was never tied to Minnesota, but his contract is closer to what many thought the team would pay Andrew Sendejo.

(8:32 am CST): With that said, teams have been warned about signing players to contracts before Wednesday, March 9th. Look for the Vikings to continue addressing their own free agents in that time, though.

(8:29 am CST): What does that mean? All 32 NFL teams can contact and enter contract negotiations today with certified agents of players designated to become unrestricted free agents

(8:27 am CST): Good morning, Vikings fans! Let’s do this thing! First piece of important news? The negotiating period begins at 12 pm ET today and ends at 3:59:59 pm ET on Wednesday, March 9th

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(5:22 pm CST): Wrapping up for the day. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has followed along the past four days. It’s been an eventful ride, and running this live blog has been quite the experience. The readers at VT make writing here so much fun, and none of it would be possible without the awesome Adam, Brett, and team. Hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did, and I look forward to bringing you some more fun articles this offseason! Stick around in the chat if you want and keep the conversation going. Any further updates will be covered through normal articles on the main page!

(5:10 pm CST): Derrick Johnson, one of the top free agent linebackers, will remain with the Kansas City Chiefs

(5:08 pm CST): More updates on Travis Lewis signing his contract with the Vikings

(5:06 pm CST): I’m a bit surprised, at this point.

(5:03 pm CST): Adam W. really likes Josh Robinson, and for good reason. He’s fast and he’s an athletic cornerback who played well before his injury. Change could be good for Robinson moving forward.

(4:58 pm CST): Former Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson, who is most likely on his way out of Minnesota, will be visiting the Miami Dolphins this week

(4:54 pm CST): A story from Lindsey Young on new Vikings linebacker Emmanuel Lamur

(4:50 pm CST): Toby Gerhart, everyone’s favorite former Vikings running back, has been officially released by the Jacksonville Jaguars

(4:44 pm CST): A cool story about Minnesota-native Larry Fitzgerald (shared by an account we love!)

(4:41 pm CST): Have the Packers reached out to anyone? I jest, but still…

(4:35 pm CST): No official announcement on the signing of Travis Lewis, but Chris Tomasson says it will happen soon, maybe even this week. The linebacker joins the Vikings after four season with the Detroit Lions

(4:28 pm CST): Check out this sweet offer from resident Vikings Territory artist Matt Engstrom!

(4:26 pm CST): The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton  to a four-year, $18 million deal

(4:20 pm CST): The Alex Boone interview is LIVE on the Vikings’ official website!

(4:17 pm CST): Hard to believe Osweiler here. Who wouldn’t be upset getting benched?

(4:15 pm CST): The Bengals paid a steep price for Adam Jones at this point in his career, and I don’t think the Vikings were ever going to hit that range

(4:07 pm CST): Benjamin Albright reports that the Denver Broncos WILL NOT match CJ Anderson’s offer sheet from the Dolphins. Looks like he’s headed to Miami, and the Broncos exodus continues

(4:03 pm CST): Ben Goessling reports that other teams have expressed interest in Chad Greenway, but that he expects the veteran linebacker to return to the Vikings

(3:53 pm CST): We have more clarity on the confusing Andre Smith workout news. As Ben Goessling shared most recently on Twitter, the workout isn’t scheduled for today, but rather, sometime next week

(3:51 pm CST): Mike Harris contract details, per Tom Pelissero

(3:48 pm CST): The guys in the live chat may like this one — the Dolphins signed Broncos restricted free agent running back CJ Anderson to a four-year offer sheet. Denver can match that offer wishing five days

(3:47 pm CST): Boone has a great sense of humor

(3:33 pm CST): Tahir Whitehead, a linebacker the Vikings expressed interest in earlier this week, is returning to the Detroit Lions

(3:29 pm CST): One free agent who hasn’t gotten a lot of attention? Former New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara; he’s reportedly garnering interest from the Arizona Cardinals

(3:25 pm CST): The Chicago Bears apparently need more weapons on offense; Adam Scheffer reports they’re bringing in former Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham for a visit

(3:21 pm CST): Presented without comment

(3:15 pm CST): I may have missed this below, but Lamur talked about his potential to play strong safety in certain packages. Lauded his ability to play “in space.”

(3:13 pm CST): Emmanuel Lamur met the Vikings media today, and you can listen to the WHOLE thing here. The reason he came here? ZIMMER

(3:06 pm CST): I know it’s not their MO, but what’s going on with the Packers? Why haven’t they made a single move in free agency? In the most non-biased way possible, I’m comfortable saying the NFC North is shifting toward the Vikings. They won the division last year, and they’re setting themselves up to be even better in 2016

(3:03 pm CST): As the Vikings have shown, you can never have enough talent at one position. The trend this year seems to be linebacker, and the Falcons are following suit. They’ve bringing in Sean Weatherspoon for a visit today, per Ian Rapoport

(2:58 pm CST): The Alex Boone, Wobby interview that we all want to see will be up on the team’s official website within an hour

(2:55 pm CST): Tomasson speculates who may replace Marcus Sherels as the punt returner if in fact he lands with the New York Jets. My guess? Stefon Diggs.

(2:54 pm CST): The Patriots are hosting a lot of visits, but don’t seem to landing many guys. Today, they’ve got Packers running back James Starks and free agent tight end Clay Harbor in New England

(2:53 pm CST): I’m back, and yes, I do have the flu. But seriously, props to Brett. He’s been killing the live blog with polls and links to some of our awesome work here

(2:50 pm CST): I’m handing things back over to Austin. Thanks for reading!

(2:43 pm CST): Per Chris Tomasson, Alex Boone says what he likes about Teddy is that he’s “not a prima donna.” Shots fired? By the way, still haven’t heard anything definite about the “prima donna’s” status but it seems like Denver is the likely spot.

(2:41 pm CST): From ESPN’s Andrew Kramer – Boone on choosing the Vikings: “Found out they were interested, told agent I didn’t care who was involved I was going to Minnesota over everybody.”

(2:35 pm CST): I know, you’re bored… There’s not much happening right now and you’re still looking for ways to further procrastinate at work. I have a solution! Here are some articles from the past couple days for your viewing pleasure. I’d also specifically like to point your attention to the Offseason Plan Part 3 Austin and I put together where we did a full 7-round mock draft after establishing team needs in Part 1 and making our own free agent acquisitions in Part 2.

Free Agency: Vikings Active On Day One
Lingering Questions and Thoughts From Day One of Free Agency
No Vikings Free Agents Signed With Other Teams During Free Agency Opening
Mock Draft Roundup
Undrafted and Undeterred: A Free Agent’s Journey (Must read!)
The VT Offseason Plan Part 3: The NFL Draft

(2:31 pm CST): Given the recent contracts of guys like Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, I wonder what kind of market Mike Wallace is seeing right now. I’d put him in the same range as those guys… Marvin Jones got 5-years, $40M and Sanu got 5-years $32.5.

(2:27 pm CST): Okay, now I’m just pumped. Let’s go!

(2:25 pm CST): Eric Smith, staff writer for the Vikings, believes fans will LOVE Alex Boone for his passion and energy. The Vikings offensive line could use some intensity!

 

(2:21 pm CST): New Vikings guard Alex Boone is in Winter Park today. Here’s a picture of him with Vikings.com’s Mike Wobschall below. Note, Boone’s nickname is “The Rhino.”

Welcome to Minnesota @therhino75! #skol

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(2:08 pm CST): With close to 150 votes in the below poll, I think we have a big enough sample size to say that most Vikings fans feel the team deserves a “B” for the free agency moves they’ve made so far. I’m okay with that grade. While I think they’ve overspent on some guys, I really like the Alex Boone and Emmanuel Lamur signings.

(2:03 pm CST): One more thing really quick… have you guys seen our scouting reports page? Thanks to our friends at Draft Season (and the hard work of our own writers), we have over 30 scouting reports for your viewing pleasure. The list is growing weekly and we expect to have quite the collection of them come Draft Day.

Check out our scouting reports here!

(1:57 pm CST): While I “have the mic,” so to speak, I want to take a second a publicly applaud Austin Belisle for the amazing work he’s done here on the live blog the past 4 days. The dude is dealing with flu-like symptoms and is pushing through to keep everyone up-to-the-minute on free agency news. Austin, you’re the real MVP.

Real MVP

 

(1:53 pm CST): I feel bad for Browns fans… How do you have that much cap space and let your best players slip away? While making no moves to compensate for it? I’m not someone that thinks a team should be built through free agency. However, you can’t let your homegrown talent escape like that. Adam Schefter thinks it’s because Cleveland players don’t want to remain in Cleveland unless the money is significantly greater. Said players treat it like a “4-year college experience.” Ouch.

(1:48 pm CST): Let’s see how many are still paying attention out there… POP QUIZ! Well, not really a quiz – I guess we could call it a “Pop Poll.” How would you grade the Vikings free agency moves so far? Sure, it’s not over. But I’m curious to see some opinions on what we’ve done so far.

 

(1:42 pm CST): re: Reggie Ragland – A fan suggested to Charles Robinson that the Vikings are putting up a smoke screen with their Ragland “interest” in hopes of someone like WR Laquon Treadwell falling to them. Robinson responded that how Treadwell runs at his pro day will matter to some teams and “shape some perceptions.” Treadwell, who is considered by some to be the best receiver in this year’s class, choose not to participate in the 40-yard drill at the combine. Some believe Treadwell doesn’t possess the speed to be the first WR taken off the board this year.

(1:40 pm CST): Brett here – The feeling I get from prior years, as well as listening to Rick Spielman this morning on Paul Allen’s show, is that the next few moves will probably be re-signing current Vikings’ free agents. I expect the Vikings to lay low with outside free agents for the next couple days until things die down, and then make a few more value pick ups.

(1:37 pm CST): Per Ian Rapoport, the Falcons have agreed to terms with ex-Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. With Marvin Jones and Sanu gone, expect A.J. Green’s targets to increase even more. The contract is a 5-year deal worth $32.5M, $14M guaranteed.

(1:32 pm CST): When asked if there were any updates for the Detroit Lions, Charles Robinson responded that if the Bills or Vikings were interested in LB Reggie Ragland, they’d need to get in front of the Lions. (Insinuating the Lions are very interested in the Alabama backer.) The Lions have the 16th pick in the 2016 draft.

(1:20 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed linebacker Frank Zombo

(1:19 pm CST): The Tennessee Titans are in talks with nose tackle Al Woods on a free agent deal

(1:06 pm CST): Michael Silver on NFL Network: “I regard the Denver Broncos as the favorite to land quarterback Colin Kaepernick right now”

(12:58 pm CST): The New York Giants, who’ve spent a ton of money on defense, may lose defensive end Robert Ayers. He’s set to visit the Jaguars later today

(12:52 pm CST): While we wait for more Vikings free agency news to break, here’s the new Captain America: Civil War trailer (in case you’re a nerd like me)

(12:43 pm CST): Michael Griffin’s signing wasn’t popular with everyone, but it creates some much-need competition at a position that needs to get better in 2016

(12:40 pm CST): At least Emmanuel Sanders is having some fun with Denver’s quarterback situation

(12:34 pm CST): Analysts seem to agree that the Alex Boone signing is an excellent pickup for the Vikings

(12:27 pm CST): The Vikings officially announced the signings of Emmanuel Lamur and Alex Boone (Boone even got a gif on Twitter!)

(12:24 pm CST): According to the Chris Tomasson, Michael Griffin will officially sign with the Vikings on Monday!

(12:16 pm CST): *Turns TV off*

(12:13 pm CST): For ALL THINGS Vikings free agency, check out our hub of articles HERE

(12:08 pm CST): The Houston Texans are actively trying to trade quarterback Brian Hoyer

(11:52 am CST): Rhett Ellison’s father says they “love the Vikings,” but doesn’t know if his son will be back with the team in 2016

(11:46 am CST): The New York Jets are adding a SECOND running back this offseason; former New Orleans Saints backup Khiry Robinson

(11:44 am CST): More background on the odd Riki Ellison Facebook post yesterday. Seems the team is trying to re-sign Rhett this offseason

(11:33 am CST): Aren’t you glad the Vikings already have a Pro-Bowl quarterback? None of this trading, scraping, and speculating on the future of the position in Minnesota

 (11:30 am CST): Some good news for a top-5 talent in this year’s draft — Myles Jack has been fully cleared after surgery for a torn meniscus. He’ll ramp up his training

(11:29 am CST): If the Jets can’t land Kaepernick, Ian Rapoport expects they will target Brian Hoyers

(11:25 am CST): The New York Jets are re-signing running back Bilal Powell, per Adam Schefter

(11:23 am CST): Slow day, guys. Scouring the Twitter feed for any and all news.

(11:11 am CST): Uh-oh! Johnny Manziel is reportedly drawing interest from three teams

(11:09 am CST): Spielman was obviously referencing Michael Griffin, and now, talking about Travis Lewis. Says he’s a player who adds depth and competition at the position, can play all three linebacker spots

(11:07 am CST): Spielman: “Our coaching staff likes to take guys who were disregarded…to rejuvenate them and get the most out of them”

(11:02 am CST): The man behind Minnesota’s crafty contracts!

(11:00 am CST): Listening to Spielman talk is worth your time. He’s explaining the team’s free agency process, sharing some insights into the market, etc. Obviously, he’s not going to reveal everything, but it’s interesting nonetheless

(10:58 am CST): RICK SPIELMAN IS LIVE ON KFAN. LISTEN HERE

(10:54 am CST): For one scout, the Colin Kaepernick trade talk symbolizes the decline of quarterback play in the NFL. Is the end of the QB Era near?

(10:50 am CST): Joe Thomas, long considered one of the league’s premier left tackles, may hit the trade block. At least, that’s what Jason La Canfora thinks!

(10:48 am CST): One of my college classmates shares a thought on RGIII; where’s the news?!

(10:44 am CST): Mike Silver said on NFL Network that the Browns are “more serious” than the Jets on trading for Colin Kaepernick. As it stands, the Jets are low-balling soon-to-be free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick

(10:38 am CST): Joe Goodberry is a must-follow for Bengals news, which almost seems necessary with Zimmer at the helm. Here’s HIS TAKE on Emmanuel Lamur, Minnesota’s newest linebacker

(10:35 am CST): A cool throwback shot from Vikings team photographer Andy Kenutis

(10:34 am CST): Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll is visiting the Dallas Cowboys today

(10:32 am CST): Crazy stat of the day, per Matt Miller — Josh Doctson is 2.5 years OLDER than Amari Cooper!

(10:29 am CST): Former San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos tight end Vernon Davis is set to visit the Washington Redskins today, per Adam Schefter

(10:28 am CST): As expected, the two other teams in the Kaepernick sweepstakes are QB-needy. Who are they? The Jets and the Browns!

(10:26 am CST): Some food for thought; doesn’t this situation with the Broncos remind you of the Baltimore Ravens following their Super Bowl win?

(10:22 am CST): The Cleveland Browns remain the laughing stock of the NFL

(10:19 am CST): Props to the live chat user who shared this gem with us:

(10:18 am CST): Talks are heating up to trade Colin Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos. Two other teams are reportedly involved in the process

(10:16 am CST): Conflicting reports on Andre Smith’s visit to Minnesota. Wolfson reports there is NO VISIT scheduled for today

(10:11 am CST): Mike Garafolo reports that former Denver Broncos guard Louis Vasquez is visiting the Tennessee Titans tomorrow

(10:09 am CST): The Vikings expressed interested in Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey, but he’ll be returning to Cincinnati next season. Ian Rapoport reports that the team has re-signed the 28-year-old linebacker

(10:08 am CST): Brent Grimes may be able to out-jump Calvin Johnson, but teams don’t want to sign him. Why? His wife (seriously, Google “Miko Grimes” and you’ll understand)

(10:04 am CST): According to Paul Allen (reportedly on his radio show), the Vikings are expected to re-sign Chad Greenway. Again, this is just SPECULATION, though many expected Greenway to return to Minnesota for his final season

(10:01 am CST): The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly signed cornerback Jeremy Lane to a four-year, $23 million ($11 million guaranteed) deal

(10:00 am CST): Ian Rapoport confirms that Andre Smith is visiting the Vikings today

(9:59 am CST): It’s a slow day on the free agency front. I’m expecting to hear some news on Terence Newman, Marcus Sherels (possibly), and Chad Greenway.

(9:54 am CST): It didn’t make sense for the Vikings to spend big on free agent safeties this offseason, especially with a pressing need along the offensive line. Look at the deal Tashaun Gipson signed with the Jaguars; think the Vikings would’ve spent that much knowing they need to extend Harrison Smith’s contract?

(9:48 am CST): The Tennessee Titans continue to add to their offense, first by adding DeMarco Murray and now by signing former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews

(9:46 am CST):  If Brett and I were running the front office, we would’ve traded Peterson this offseason. Obviously, that’s not going to happen in Minnesota, but it’s fun to think about!

(9:45 am CST): $11.75 million of Adrian Peterson’s $12 million salary in 2016 will become guaranteed at 3 pm CST on Friday.

(9:41 am CST): CJ Anderson, who garnered interest from multiple teams yesterday, is reportedly scheduled to visit the Miami Dolphins

(9:38 am CST): This tweet from Matt Miller would indicated that the Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed defensive tackle Jaye Howard. He wrecked the Vikings’ offensive line last season

(9:36 am CST): If you need a refresher on all of the Vikings’ free agent activity yesterday, you can find it all HERE

(9:34 am CST): The New England Patriots are always in need of wide receivers, and so, they’re bringing in Buffalo Bills pass-catcher Chris Hogan for a visit

(9:30 am CST): Odd; there seems to be some speculation from Matt Vensel that Andre Smith may not make the visit to Minnesota, after all.

(9:29 am CST): How can the Cleveland Browns, who lost Mitchell Schwartz and retained Johnny Manziel, be considered Day-One free agency winners?

(9:26 am CST): ICYMI, the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms with cornerback Sean Smith, continuing their run of high-profile free agent signings.

(9:24 am CST): Although the Vikings are monitoring the status of Jermon Bushrod, Ben Goessling reports that the team has not scheduled the right tackle for a visit

(9:23 am CST): The New York Jets are giving Matt Forte A TON of guaranteed money — $8 million of his $12 million contract is fully guaranteed

(9:21 am CST): The Vikings have really taken an aggressive approach to fixing their weakest positional group. Bringing in veterans like Alex Boone, re-signing Harris and Loadholt, and retaining Kalil will only create competition and ensure the team starts its best five players

(9:19 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — According to Tom Pelissero, John Sullivan’s recovery from back surgery is going great. He’s running, lifting, doing positional drills, and there haven’t been any setbacks since the second surgery

(9:17 am CST): NFL Network is reporting that Colin Kaepernick remains the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 free agent quarterback target

(9:15 am CST): What kind of day are we expecting, Vikings fans? It feels like the team is putting an emphasis on creating competition and depth at multiple positions on the roster. Anyone you’d like them to sign or re-sign today?

(9:11 am CST): Phil Loadholt’s deal contains no guaranteed money, but the team incentivized his contract with an injury split. If he gets hurt, he’ll only make $750,000

(9:09 am CST): Welcome back! We’ve already got some big news this morning — the Vikings are set to bring in former Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith for a visit.

+ 3/9/16

(6:18 pm CST): Scratch that – I see the numbers now. (Sorry, missed them when dealing with our technical issues.) Pretty team friendly contract for the Vikings. Short, 1-year deal for 3 million. I don’t have as big an issue with the signing now.

(6:14 pm CST): It’ll be interesting to see the numbers on Michael Griffin. From what I’ve read, his play has really declined the past couple years. He sounds like a good teammate – a great leader, however, can’t say I’m super happy with the signing (certainly with Nelson still looming out on the market). Of course, there are a lot of factors that play into this sort of thing and I need to do my own homework on Griffin, but my gut reaction is, much like most fans, one of disappointment.

(6:08 pm CST): Looks like Pacman Jones is headed back to the Bengals on a 3-year deal. The Vikings were rumored as being one of the interested parties in Jones’ services. Personally, I’m happy that didn’t pan out. Thank you, but no thank you…

(5:51 pm CST): Looks like the Saints are signing Coby Fleener to a 5-year deal. Fantasy owners are dancing in the streets having delusions of Jimmy Graham 2.0.

(5:50 pm CST): Hey all, taking over for Austin. Sorry for the technical difficulties. We’re experiencing a really high volume of traffic right now and things are slowing down as a result. We’re looking for ways to fix it. In the meantime, I’m going to keep updates here.

(5:05 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ian Rapoport reports that the Vikings are signing safety Michael Griffin, formerly of the Tennessee Titans

(5:01 pm CST): What do Emmanuel Lamur’s contract numbers mean for Chad Greenway?

(4:56 pm CST): Tracy Porter, who allowed Charles Johnson’s biggest catch of 2015, is returning to Chicago on a three-year deal

(4:50 pm CST): Wow, who else is surprised? Johnny Manziel REMAINS with the Cleveland Browns on the first day of free agency

(4:47 pm CST): Brian Quick, another big-bodied receiver the Vikings could’ve targeted in free agency, will remain with the Rams through 2016

(4:44 pm CST): Free agent guard J.R. Sweezy is in fact signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4:41 pm CST): Hanna is a player Brett and I signed as pseudo-general managers in Part 2 of the VT Offseason Plan. We loved his versatility

(4:33 pm): VIKINGS UPDATE — Tomasson reports that the Vikings could replace Ellison with Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna, a sound blocker and excellent athlete

(4:31 pm CST): Brent feels my pain

(4:25 pm CST): Read our full analysis off the Emmanuel Lamur signing HERE

(4:22 pm CST): Goessling reports that the Vikings “have been looking” for a blocking tight end

(4:18 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs are finalizing a five-year deal with former Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz

(4:17 pm CST): HOLD ON! The Facebook post from Ellison’s father, Riki, has been deleted

(4:14 pm CST): It was hard to see Ellison returning to the team next especially, especially because of the timing of his torn meniscus (Week 17). The Vikings have depth at the position with MyCole Pruitt, though, and may add a player through free agency or in the draft

(4:12 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Rhett Ellison will not return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2016

(4:10 pm CST): The Chicago Bears get stronger along the offensive line, signing right tackle Bobbie Massie to a deal

(4:04 pm CST): The Patriots, 49ers, Bears, and Dolphins are reportedly interested in running back C.J. Anderson

(3:57 pm CST): The Giants continue to make a splash in free agency, signing former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon

(3:55 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — It looks as though Lamur’s contract with the Vikings is for two years, per Chris Tomasson

(3:50 pm CST): Tomasson tweets exactly what many Vikings fans are thinking

(3:46 pm CST): The Indianapolis Colts have officially released wide receiver Andre Johnson

(3:42 pm CST): The Miami Dolphins signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus to a three-year deal worth $12.75 million. He’s a former member of the Detroit Lions

(3:41 pm CST): Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel is signing with the Tennesseee Titans

(3:37 pm CST): Although the Vikings are likely to keep Greenway in 2016, the Lamur move feels like a signing for the future. He has the potential to take over the starting weak side linebacker spot at some point next season

(3:33 pm CST): Lamur played under Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati and has 90 tackles, 11 passes defensed and 2 interceptions over the course of his career

(3:30 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings are signing former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Emmanuel Lamur

(3:28 pm CST): Read our full analysis of the Mike Harris re-signing HERE

(3:24 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling “wouldn’t be shocked” if Chad Greenway, Terence Newman, and Marcus Sherels return to the Vikings next season

(3:20 pm CST): Jason La Canfora believes Brain Hoyer could end up with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a solid backup quarterback

(3:18 pm CST): The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed NFLPA president/teckle Eric Winston to a one-year deal

(3:13 pm CST): Confirmed — the Chicago Bears are signing linebacker Danny Trevathan

(3:10 pm CST): According to Tom Pelissero, the Vikings NEVER considered cutting Matt Kalil. The team believes new offensive line coach Tony Sparano will make a difference in 2016

(3:09 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi

(3:03 pm CST): Boone’s contract is extremely team-friendly and back-loaded. Lessens the blow of Kalil’s contract this season and opens the possibility that the Vikings aren’t done in free agency just yet

(3:01 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Alex Boone contract details

(3:00 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Matt Kalil’s $11.096 million contract is now fully guaranteed for 2016

(2:59 pm CST): The New Orleans Saints are reportedly interested in free agent tight end Coby Fleener

(2:56 pm CST): A Reddit user believes the Vikings could trade Adrian Peterson when free agency opens (in three minutes)

(2:52 pm CST): The contract details for Travis Benjamin, a player connected in passing to the Vikings, reveal the San Diego Chargers got good value for the wide receiver

(2:47 pm CST): Rumor has it that the San Francisco 49ers ARE NOT interested in trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick

(2:45 pm CST): Really like this headline from Ben Goessling on Alex Boone

(2:41 pm CST): The moves are flying, and we’re doing our best to keep up. It looks as though the Rams are going to keep veteran defensive end William Hayes in Los Angeles

(2:37 pm CST): The Houston Texans are expected to sign guard Jeff Allen, a player Brett and I really liked in Part 2 of our offseason plan

(2:33 pm CST): The St. Louis Rams have reached an agreement with safety-linebacker hybrid Mark Barron. He’s off the free agent market

(2:32 pm CST): WOW! Talk about crazy contracts; the Texans signed Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract.

(2:24 pm CST): In addition to Osweiler, the Houston Texans have also signed free agent running back Lamar Miller to a four-year, $26 million deal

(2:21 pm CST): Welcome back, Mike!

(2:18 pm CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Darren Wolfson reports that Harris will compete at both right guard and right tackle next season. The Vikings like to create a competitive environment along the offensive line.

(2:14 pm CST): The Vikings offered Harris more money to return, and he did. Vikings working hard to improve the depth of the offensive line

(2:11 pm CST): It looks like Harris is coming back to Minnesota on a prove-it deal. He’ll likely compete with Brandon Fusco for the starting right guard position

(2:07 pm CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are close to a one-year deal with Mike Harris

(2:06 pm CST): TWO pieces of breaking news — The New York Jets have signed Matt Forte, and Brock Osweiler has agreed in principle to a contract with the Houston Texans

(2:04 pm CST): Our friends at DraftSeason take a look at the impact of the Alex Boone signing on Minnesota’s first-round draft strategy

(2:00 pm CST): Jimmy Graham, last offseason’s splashy free agent signing, is expected to be healthy and ready to go come Week 1 of the 2016 regular season

(1:57 pm CST): The Detroit Lions spent A TON of money to replace Calvin Johnson with…Marvin Jones?

(1:52 pm CST): The New York Giants have signed former New York Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison, the NFL’s best run defender last year, to a long-term contract

(1:50 pm CST): Matt Kalil is reportedly “excited” to remain with the Vikings for a fifth year

(1:42 pm CST): Unpopular opinion — I don’t find Uncle Chaps to be particularly funny

(1:39 pm CST): Something we can ALL agree on

(1:36 pm CST): Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is getting paid! “Muscle Hamster” signed a five-year, $35.75 million deal ($15 million guaranteed) to stay with the team

(1:34 pm CST): SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY, BUT WE’RE BACK!

(12:31 pm CST): In addition to the Packers, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are also interested in free agent running back Matt Forte

(12:27 pm CST): Former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack is officially headed to the Atlanta Falcons on a five-year deal

(12:21 pm CST): Holmes has good size (6’4″, 210 pounds), and though he’s shown flashes with the Raiders, never put it together as a consistent target

(12:18 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling reports that the Vikings are taking a look at Former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes

(12:14 pm CST): Lewis was a four-year starter at Oklahoma and a seventh-round draft pick by the Lions in 2012. Look for him to stick with the Vikings in a Heath Farwell (throwback!) role on special teams

(12:11 pm CST): Who is Lewis? He;s a fourth-year player out of Oklahoma who started four games for the Lions in 2015. He’s a depth signing and projects to be a key contributor on special teams.

(12:09 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — The Vikings have signed former Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis, per Peter Schrager

(12:04 pm CST): The Vikings officially announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, though the news was made public a few days ago

(12:02 pm CST): The rumors of Matt Forte to Green Bay may in fact hold some water. The speculation indicates that the Packers are making a real push to bring in the free agent running back

(11:57 am CST): Friendly neighborhood advice on free agency; spend your time building through the draft!

(11:51 am CST): In yet another puzzling free agency move, the Cleveland Browns have yanked their offer to free agent right tackle Mitchell Schwartz

(11:46 am CST): Former LA Rams safety Rodney McLeod has signed a five-year, $37 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He’ll have $17 MILLION IN GUARANTEES! Amazing to see how much more he’s making than Iloka

(11:42 am CST): More Reggie Nelson speculation; Tomasson shares that Nelson’s HS coach would love to see the safety end up in Minnesota with Mike Zimmer, who “changed his career.”

(11:38 am CST): Former San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per Adam Scheffer

(11:34 am CST): To read our full analysis of the Alex Boone signing, follow THIS link!

(11:28 am CST): The Denver Broncos are reportedly ramping up their efforts to retain Brock Osweiler and keep the quarterback off the open market

(11:24 am CST): If you want to see what Alex Boone looks like at left guard, look no further than the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Vikings last season. He dominated Zimmer’s front-7.

(11:17 am CST): Legends never die; Antonio Gates is returning to the San Deigo Chargers on a  reported two-year deal

(11:14 am CST): The statuses of John Sullivan and Mike Harris warrant close monitoring. Their potential returns/departures could change the face of the offensive line. No matter what happens, though, the Vikings have added a top guard to the roster and improved the overall talent of their offensive line

(11:12 am CST): Imagine a starting line of Kalil-Boone-Sullivan/Berger-Harris-Loadholt. Nice, right?

(11:09 am CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Tomasson reports that not only will Boone likely play left guard, but that Mike Harris could return on a one-year deal to battle Brandon Fusco for the starting right guard spot

(11:05 am CST): Reports indicate that the Buccaneers plan to kick the tires on free agent guard J.R. Sweezy as a possible replacement for Logan Mankins

(11:01 am CST): Judd Zulgad agrees

(10:58 am CST): Heck, Boone can even play tackle or make the switch to left guard. The move gives the Vikings flexibility and is yet another sign that they’re investing in the long-term success/health of Teddy Bridgewater.

(10:54 am CST): Boone can play either left or right guard, but if Harris doesn’t re-sign, expect him to replace the departed right guard. He was Pro Football Focus’s 34th-ranked guard last season

(10:51 am CST): The reason Minnesota low-balled Mike Harris? They wanted an “impact” guard. His status will be one to watch moving forward

(10:50 am CST): Rapoport reports that Boone was Minnesota’s guard of choice after missing out on Kelechi Osemele

(10:47 am CST): Vikings fans should be thrilled with the Boone signing. At only 28 years old and with experience in Tony Sparano’s system, he’s an excellent fit in Minnesota. Where does he play, though?

(10:45 am CST): VIKINGS UPDATE — Adam Schefter reports that the Vikings are signing free agent guard Alex Boone

(10:39 am CST): Like Matt says, let’s all just take a breath. The league year doesn’t begin until 3 pm CST

(10:36 am CST): The running back market isn’t particularly hot. According to Geoff Mosher, the deal that sent DeMarco Murray to Tennessee involved the teams swapping fourth round picks.

(10:26 am CST): Free agents really, really want to play for the Oakland Raiders

(10:23 am CST): The Vikings may never have been contenders for Iloka, no matter how interested they were. According to ESPN, he wanted to return to the Bengals after the team’s playoff loss in January because of their potential for long-term success.

(10:16 am CST): The Carolina Panthers have reportedly re-signed fullback Mike Tolbert to a two-year deal

(10:13 am CST): ICYMI, Matt Hasselbeck joined the long list of NFL players to retire this month

(10:10 am CST): UPDATE — THE LIVE CHAT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

(10:08 am CST): The Raiders continue their free agency push after signing Kelechi Osemele and Bruce Irvin. Their next target? Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith

(10:05 am CST): WE ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE LIVE CHAT AND HOPE TO HAVE A RESOLUTION FROM THE PROVIDER SOON

(10:02 am CST): ICYMI, former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones has signed with the Detroit Lions. Not a full replacement for Calvin Johnson, but it’s a start

(9:58 am CST): Bengals beat writers believe this is the end of the road for Reggie Nelson in Cincinnati

(9:54 am CST): Yet another free agent safety to keep an eye on? Former Cleveland Brown Tashaun Gipson, who is only 25 years old and has 14 career interceptions in just four seasons

(9:51 am CST): ICYMI, former LA Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is set to sign a monster contract with the New York Giants

(9:50 am CST): An updated look at George Iloka’s contract numbers with the Bengals

(9:46 am CST): Woah, if the Denver Broncos lose Brock Osweiler, Ian Rapoport says their backup plan is to pursue Colin Kaepernick

(9:44 am CST): Mike Silver reports that the Atlanta Falcons are the leading free agent contender for former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack

(9:40 am CST): Scratch the news on the nullified Maxwell trade. His agent took to Twitter to proclaim the deal is being finalized

(9:38 am CST): Spending big money in free agency doesn’t always equate to on-field success for teams, i.e. the Miami Dolphins

(9:36 am CST): Former Los Angeles Rams defensive end Chris Long is reportedly working out for the Dallas Cowboys

(9:32 am CST): Another name to seep an eye on? Free agent safety Rashad Johnson. The 30-year-old safety started 14 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season and hauled in five interceptions.

(9:30 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson believes the Vikings have been “looking harder” at Reggie Nelson than they ever were with George Iloka

(9:28 am CST): Tomasson reports that the Vikings are still in the market for a safety, as they see Sendejo as more of the third option/a special teams ace.

(9:24 am CST): The Vikings are a unique team in that many of their core players are younger draft picks who will demand more money in the coming years. They can avoid spending big in free agency, because save for a few positions, the roster is built to last. The strategy they’ve employed — adding draft picks each year — means they have to plan their salary cap spending for the future.

(9:21 am CST): The big Byron Maxwell trade from Monday? It’s apparently “dead in the water.” A sign that reported deals aren’t always final

(9:17 am CST): We’re heavy on the Iloka news today, and for good reason — he was many people’s top free agent target

(9:16 am CST): With the Bengals keeping Iloka in Cincinnati, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings go after Reggie Nelson.

(9:14 am CST): Mike Wallace is reportedly getting interest from the Baltimore Ravens. They have the quarterback to get him the ball deep!

(9:12 am CST): And remember this — Harrison Smith is due a contract extension. He could very well be paid like one of the top safeties in the league.

(9:09 am CST): Iloka will reportedly make $6 million per year with the Cincinnati Bengals. Sure, it was a price the Vikings could’ve paid, but Iloka may have taken a hometown discount. We won’t know until details are released. Maybe the Vikings offered more?

(9:07 am CST): Remember this, from ESPN Vikings writer Andrew Krammer; Minnesota is one of the most active NFL Draft teams in the league

(9:04 am CST): The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed Rolando McClain to a one-year deal worth $5 million. He was rumored to be a Vikings target in free agency last offseason.

(9:02 am CST): If the Bengals do indeed keep Iloka, there are other options out there. Take a deep breath, Vikings fans. The Vikings were a top-10 defense without Iloka, and they’ll likely get better in year-three under Zimmer

(9:00 am CST): It’s okay, the Vikings “tried” to get Iloka. But at the end of the day, the Bengals wanted him more, and for more money

(8:58 am CST): Goo…er, bad morning. It looks like the Cincinnati Bengals are “nearing a deal” to retain free agent safety George Iloka

+ 3/8/16

(5:00 pm CST): We’ve hit a stand-still on the news. I’m going to call it a night, but I’m looking forward to another fun day tomorrow! Thanks for tuning in.

(4:47 pm CST): Breer ran out of Twitter characters; the Lions are also in pursuit

(4:45 pm CST): Add Miami as the other team with interest in Cincinnati Bengals free agent safety George Iloka. The Vikings are still in the race, have no fear!

(4:37 pm CST): Another cautious tale about overspending in free agency

(4:28 pm CST): Heads-up, Vikings fans. The content team at Vikings.com will begin rolling out their top-50 prospect reports starting tomorrow!

(4:26 pm CST): No comment

(4:18 pm CST): Jason La Canfora believes the Dolphins will have to cut one of their defensive linemen. Possibly, star defensive end Cameron Wake if Olivier Vernon stays in Miami

(4:13 pm CST): In other news…WHEN THE HECK ARE THE VIKINGS GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER MOVE?

(4:10 pm CST): The Mario Williams, Miami Dolphins deal is officially done.

(4:08 pm CST): Another free agent running back is hitting the open market. This time, it’s Houston Texans backup Jonathan Grimes

(4:05 pm CST): The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly making a run at free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon. Boy, how nice it must be to have all that salary cap money!

(3:55 pm CST):  Charles Johnson reacts to the Vikings releasing Mike Wallace

(3:53 pm CST): No recent free agency news? Here’s a picture of US Bank Stadium!

(3:42 pm CST): As we wait for more free agency news to drop, check out this story — the guys at Pro Football Focus think Ezekiel Elliot may be the best running back prospect since…Adrian Peterson

(3:38 pm CST): Random photo of the day — Teddy and Matt Kalil hunting together

(3:36 pm CST): Mario Williams lands in Miami at a lower rate than originally anticipated, as the Dolphins sign him to a contract worth $8 million per year.

(3:34 pm CST): Oakland Raiders safety Taylor Mays, a player the Vikings kicked tires on last offseason, is reportedly garnering interest from AFC and NFC teams

(3:23 pm CST): Tomasson believes the Vikings will draft a wide receiver in the first round, but that Charles Johnson should have a chance to bounce back in 2016

(3:20 pm CST): Fun fact alert! Minnesota Vikings wide receivers had six total touchdowns last season, fewest in the NFL. Stefon Diggs accounted for four of those.

(3:16 pm CST): Free agent running back Chris Ivory is asking for at least a three-year deal that would pay him $6.5 million per season. The asking price may be too high for most teams

(3:11 pm CST): As an update, Iloka is not reportedly “close to any deal right now.” However, the Vikings are still in the mix for the free agent safety

(3:08 pm CST): The writing’s been on the wall for Wallace, though, and even he knew a cut may be coming. Read our full analysis of the Wallace release HERE

(3:06 pm CST): Part of the reason Wallace was released? He was Pro Football Focus’s 96th-ranked wide receiver in 2015

(3:03 pm CST): Cool story from Chris Tomasson on recently-released tackle Austin Wentworth

(2:40 pm CST): Lots of questions about the Vikings current cap situation. Here’s my take:

Current cap space after releasing Wallace: $23 million plus $11.5 million = $34.5 million
Speculative cost of a new Harrison Smith contract: $5 million ($10 million total but already making $5 million in 2016)
Approximate cost of signing 2016 draft picks: $7 million
Approximate cost of resigning Vikings free agents: $8 million (includes guys like Greenway, Newman and Harris)

Approximate cap space to make moves:  $14.5 million

(2:34 pm CST): More thoughts on the Wallace release… Some will write the Vikings depth chart slotting in Stefon Diggs as the new #1 receiver on this team. However, it’s my personal opinion that Diggs is not that guy and releasing Mike Wallace makes it much more likely they draft a guy – probably on day one. However, with a spot opened up on the roster, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Vikings pursue a couple of free agent WR options. A couple of names to keep your eye on: Jermaine Kearse, who was previously rumored by DraftGuru on VikeFans.com to be a target of the Vikings, Andre Holmes and Anquan Boldin.

(2:29 pm CST): The Eagles have officially announced a 2-year deal with ex-Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin.

(2:26 pm CST): It’s worth noting that just because Wallace has been released doesn’t mean he won’t find his way back on to the Vikings. After realizing what his real value is on the open market, he could decide to try and come back to the Vikings if the offer were still standing. The two sides could not come to an agreement on what appeared to be a $2-3 million difference in salary.

(2:23 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: We also just learned in a press release that OL Austin Wentworth has been waived.

(2:19 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: Wow, I guess me taking over was the catalyst for news pouring in? Anyway, Tom Pelissero is now reporting that the Vikings will release Mike Wallace. It looks like the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on restructuring his current contract. Cutting Mike Wallace results in no dead money and saves the Vikings $11 million in cap space in 2016.

(2:13 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: According to Chris Tomasson, coveted FA safety George Iloka isn’t close to a deal with any teams right now and the Vikings are still in the mix.

(2:05 pm CST): Former Vikings quarterback Joe Webb is sticking with the Carolina Panthers. Congratulations, Joe!

(1:59 pm CST): It looks as though the New Orleans Saints have lost their No. 1 tight end, Ben Watson, to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens drafted former Gophers tight end Maxx Williams last year

(1:57 pm CST): Woah, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly interested in Chicago Bears tight end Marcellus Bennett. Move would require a trade between the two teams

(1:55 pm CST): US Bank Stadium is a beauty, huh? Thanks for sharing, Lindsey!

(1:51 pm CST): Need a laugh? Check out Sharrif Floyd’s Twitter feed. He’s throwing shade at FSU and cracking jokes

(1:48 pm CST): Brett’s reaction to the Malik Jackson contract numbers

(1:44 pm CST): Look how the mightys have fallen — the Indianapolis Colts released defensive end Bjorn Werner on Tuesday. He was a first-round selection in 2013 and finished his three-year career in Indianapolis with 6.5 sacks

(1:39 pm CST): If the Vikings and Matt Asiata can’t reach an agreement, look for the team to add a running back through the draft. One name to keep an eye on? Indiana’s Jordan Howard

(1:35 pm CST): Aren’t you glad the Vikings haven’t overpaid for anyone, yet?

(1:33 pm CST): Speaking of the Bears, they’ve signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan to a new contract

(1:29 pm CST): Keep an eye on the Chicago Bears in free agency. They’ve apparently got their sights set on DE Akiem Hicks, OG Louis Vasquez, and S Rodney McLeod. The landscape is shifting in the NFC North…

(1:22 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT – Have no fear, Andrew Krammer is here (to dispel the notion that Mike Harris is gone). According to Krammer, the gap between the Vikings and Mike Harris’s camp isn’t insurmountable, and the free agent guard can still return to Minnesota. However, Osemele’s monster deal makes the free agent market an attractive alternative

(1:20 pm CST): In an under-the-radar free agent move, the Ravens re-signed running back Terrance West

(1:18 pm CST): The Denver Broncos will retain DE DeMarcus Ware and LT Ryan Clady in 2016 after the two restructured their contracts this offseason

(1:16 pm CST): Not free agency news, but interesting nonetheless: Tony Romo is undergoing surgery on his left collarbone this offseason

(1:13 pm CST): More Andrew Sendejo contract details, as a friendly reminder

(1:01 pm CST): Chris Tomasson says the Harris situation reminds him of Joe Berger last offseason. The Vikings wouldn’t offer him starter money, he settled, and had one of his best seasons as a pro. Patience is a virtue during free agency, though guards and offensive linemen are flying around the market today

(12:59 pm CST): There it is; the Houston Texans are reportedly doing all that can to secure free agent running back Lamar Miller before the league year begins. He’s a perfect replacement for Arian Foster there

(12:57 pm CST): Another point to remember, from Darren at KickAss Vikes Blog; free agents don’t have to be splash players

(12:55 pm CST): Or, do the Vikings have their eye on another free agent guard, like Alex Boone, Louis Vasquez, or Jeff Allen?

(12:51 pm CST): If the Vikings can’t re-sign Harris, does drafting a guard become a priority in the first round?

(12:50 pm CST): Reports indicate that Richie Incognito has signed a three-year deal to remain with the Buffalo Bills

(12:47 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Bad news on the Mike Harris front. Tomasson reports that the Vikings and Harris are NOT close on a deal. Harris’s camp is looking for a two-year, $5 million deal, which is $1.5 million over Minnesota’s original market. He’ll test the free agent market

(12:46 pm CST): An update/speculation on how the Bengals should prioritize their free agents

(12:41 pm CST): With three major cuts, the Broncos appear to be making room for a big free agent. Who could it be?

(12:34 pm CST): It looks as though Jason Pierre-Paul is staying in New York. The Giants and the defensive end have agreed to a one-year contract

(12:31 pm CST): The Denver Broncos continue to make cuts, this time releasing tight end Owen Daniels. Feels like he only stuck around because of Peyton, no?

(12:30 pm CST): Say it ain’t so, but the Green Bay Packers are reportedly expressing interest in free agent running back Matt Forte

(12:25 pm CST): Speculation from a Twitter account says that Iloka to the Redskins is a real possibility (!)

(12:24 pm CST): Jason La Canfora reports that the Jaguars “aren’t close to done” in free agency, but is that a good thing? Would you rather the Vikings go crazy now, or take the cautious approach as they have in recent years?

(12:21 pm CST): For those wondering, Louis Vasquez was Pro Football Focus’s 50th-ranked guard in 2015. With that said, he’s only 28 and did play for Norv Turner in San Diego…

(12:17 pm CST): Some important advice to remember as we analyze the Vikings’ free agency moves

(12:15 pm CST): The Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker/defensive end Tamba Hali have agreed upon a thee-year deal that will allow the veteran to finish his career in Kansas City, per Adam Schefter

(12:13 pm CST): The Miami Dolphins are reportedly interested in two offensive linemen — J.R. Sweezy and Alex Boone — who would be good fits in Minnesota

(12:10 pm CST): The Jaguars are set to sign former Broncos defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a long-term contract. It’s the teams with loads of cap space who are spending the money often and early.

(12:05 pm CST): The Denver Broncos have release guard Louis Vasquez, who should sign a decent deal elsewhere soon, per Mike Garafolo. Are the Vikings a landing spot?

(12:03 pm CST): Bree reports that the Vikings are “in” on Iloka, and that the presence of former Bengals coaches (Zimmer being No. 1) is strong motivation to make the move to Minnesota

(12:00 pm CST): A telling tweet from Albert Breer on the status of the Cincinnati Bengals; they’re bound to lose some players this offseason

(11:58 am CST): Ian Rapoport reports that free agent cornerback Leodis McKelvin is set to visit the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys over the next two days

(11:43 am CST): Great minds think alike? I kid, I kid.

(11:39 am CST): While we wait for more breaking news, check out Michael Rand’s Top-10 Vikings free agent signings

(11:37 am CST): What do I think of the contract? It’s an extremely team-friendly deal that gives the Vikings flexibility at the position. They obviously value what Sendejo can bring to the table, but his contract doesn’t rule out the possibility of bringing in a player like George Iloka. Stay tuned, Vikings fans

(11:35 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Ben Goessling shares Andrew Sender’s contract details. What do you think?

(11:33 am CST): Remember those who wanted the Vikings to draft Johnny Manziel instead of Teddy Bridgewater? The embattled quarterback is on his way out of Cleveland

(11:28 am CST): The Oakland Raiders are making a push to re-sign impending free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes. The 6’4″ receiver will likely draw interest from other teams around the league. He’d make a decent fit for the Vikings as the big-bodied receiver the offside has been missing. #UnderTheRadar

(11:24 am CST): For reference, Tahir Whitehead was Pro Football Focus’s 14th-ranked linebacker last season, with an 85.3 run defense grade and a 73.6 coverage grade

(11:21 am CST): Wolfson also reports that the Vikings are STILL in talks with Mike Harris’s agent on a new contract. 

(11:18 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Darren Wolfson reports that the Vikings have checked in on free agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Talks with the former Detroit Lion aren’t necessarily serious, but he’s an experienced player who fits a need for the Vikings

(11:11 am CST): The New Orleans Saints are making a push to bring back free agent running back Tim Hightower, and for good reason. He plays a critical role in protecting Drew Bress

(11:06 am CST): The defensive end free agent market is still active, as the Falcons are reportedly working on a deal to sign free agent O’Brien Schofield

(11:03 am CST): Osemele reportedly wanted $20 million in Year 1 of his contract. Further confirmation that he was far too expensive for Rick Spielman and the Vikings

(10:59 am CST): Brett likes Jeff Allen more than Alex Boone, and it’s hard to argue with him. Allen was a Top-5 guard in 2015, according to Pro Football Focus

(10:55 am CST): Spotrac currently values Alex Boone at $2.6 million per year, which is more than affordable for the Vikings. Everything depends on whether or not the team retains Mike Harris

(10:44 am CST): The Chicago Bears are rumored to have interest in tight end Jimmy Graham, who was NOT a fit with the Seattle Seahawks last season

(10:38 am CST): The Alex Boone, Minnesota ties are real. Sparano was on the San Francisco 49ers’ staff last year and knows Boone’s abilities as a player. Signing the 28 year-old guard is a move that makes sense for the Vikings

(10:37 am CST): Chad Greenway congratulates Megatron on a Hall-of-Fame career

(10:32 am CST): Read our analysis of the Audie Cole re-signing HERE

(10:29 am CST): Paul Allen on Mike Wallace’s future in Minnesota

(10:21 am CST): Without Arian Foster, many expected the Texans to pursue a running back in free agency or through the draft. Right now, they’re the leader-of-the-pack for free agent running back Lamar Miller

(10:18 am CST): Zach Line, a former undrafted free agent, is set to make $1.67 million with the Vikings next year. Congratulations, Zach

(10:14 am CST): The Raiders have money to spend, and they’re reportedly going to continue making splashes in free agency. Rand Getlin reports that they’re in the hunt for free agent running back Doug Martin

(10:11 am CST): Rumor has it that the 49ers are one of the potential landing spots for RGIII

(10:09 am CST): Cue up the “Treadwell to the Lions” rumors!

(10:04 pm CST): Fully recovered from a fractured ankle, Audie Cole is “excited to be back with the Vikings.”

(10:01 am CST): Congratulations on an unforgettable career, Megatron

(9:59 am CST): The Miami Dolphins are reportedly front-runners for free agent defensive end Mario Williams

(9:55 am CST): Osemele’s deal is reportedly worth a WHOPPING $11 million per year. Raiders had the ammunition to pull the trigger

(9:52 am CST): Add the Dallas Cowboys as another team interested in the services of free agent running back Lamar Miller.

(9:50 am CST): Adam Jones was on Sportscenter this morning, and reportedly came off as smart, thoughtful, and humble. Trying to shake his reputation as a wild card to boost his market value?

(9:48 am CST): Case in point —

(9:45 am CST): Time for an unpopular opinion! I don’t believe the Vikings viewed Osemele as a left tackle, hence why they weren’t willing to spend more than $10 million per year on him. Yes, Osemele has experience at the position (5 games started in 2015), but he’s a plug-and-play guard for almost every team in the NFL

(9:43 am CST): Sherels boosted his stock with yet another solid season as the Vikings’ punt returner in 2015. He averaged 9.1 yards per return and scored one touchdown. His market value is rather thin, as he’s not exactly a fit for many teams at cornerback. My gut says he stays in Minnesota

(9:42 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson reports that the Vikings want Marcus Sherels back (at the right price), and that Sherels wants to return to Minnesota. Other teams are interested, but Sherels is a perfect fit for the Vikings

(9:40 am CST): News that may shake up the NFC North? The Detroit Lions expect a retirement decision from Calvin Johnson by noon today

(9:38 am CST): The Houston Texans, who recently released Arian Foster, are reportedly interested in free agent running back Lamar Miller

(9:36 am CST): Some NFL Draft ramifications from today’s free agency news — the Ravens may seriously consider trading up for the first-overall pick come April

(9:34 am CST): Keeping my eyes peeled for two major Vikings announcements today: Is Mike Wallace on the way out? Will Mike Harris accept the team’s low-ball offer?

(9:31 am CST): As Whitney would sing, “Didn’t we almost have it all?”

(9:30 am CST): Mario Williams may be pricing himself out of New York. He’s off the Giants’ radar after demanding more than $10 million per year, according to reports

(9:27 am CST): Tomasson is right; the Vikings were never going to pay Osemele $10 million-plus per year, especially with Matt Kalil earning $11 million in 2016. The idea of Osemele at left guard was fun, if only for one fleeting night

(9:24 am CST): Ben Goessling reports that Audie Cole’s new contract is a one-year deal. Vikings are saving money on their returning free agents

(9:22 am CST): Rapoport confirms that Osemele got “too expensive” for the Vikings and Jets. Makes sense, as the Raiders had more than $80 million in cap space. Expect Osemele’s contract to shock many

(9:20 am CST): The Schwartz news isn’t surprising, especially with Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt returning next season. Feels more and more like Spielman is going to pursue one of Cincinnati’s available safeties

(9:18 am CST): Lots of news to catch up on, mostly from Tomasson

(9:08 am CST): For those who think Matt Kalil is gone, think again. Tomasson reports that the team thinks it’s “too risky” to let the left tackle go. Looks like they’ll swallow his $11.096 million salary this season.

(9:05 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tom Pelissero reports that the Vikings are re-signing linebacker and special teams ace Audie Cole. Contract details are not available at this time

+ 3/7/16

(5:35 pm CST): I’m logging off for the night; thanks for hanging out today, it’s been fun! Looking forward to some more live blogging and speculation tomorrow.

(5:28 pm CST): Read our analysis of the Carter Bykowski and Adam Thielen signings HERE

(5:25 pm CST): Apparently, the free agent marker for linebacker Shea McClellin is “active,” per Rand Getlin. The former Chicago Bears defender has the versatility to play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme

(5:23 pm CST): If Doug Martin doesn’t return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team is planning to make Chris Ivory a free agent priority

(5:16 pm CST): Josina Anderson reports that the Giants, Eagles, Bears, and Dolphins have shown interest in free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson. The Vikings don’t appear to be in the market for a cornerback, though

(5:14 pm CST): In addition to the Vikings, the Falcons have also expressed interest in free agent safety Reggie Nelson

(5:10 pm CST): Another free agent with NFC North ties, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, is garnering interest from the New York Jets

(5:06 pm CST): Chris Conte, a former Chicago Bears safety, is reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams, per Rand Getlin

(5:01 pm CST): The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in free agent cornerback Adam Jones (please, take him)

(5:00 pm CST): Cole fractured his ankle last November, raising future questions about his status this offseason. Cole is necessary depth at a rather thin position, especially at middle linebacker. He’s played the role of backup his entire four-year career, but that’s all we expect from Cole at this point.

(4:58 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that Audie Cole’s camp has been talking with the Vikings, and he wants to re-sign. “I’d like to be back there,” he said. “I love the organization.”

(4:55 pm CST): In non-free agency news, a jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil lawsuit

(4:42 pm CST): The Arizona Cardinals are going all-in on acquiring Bruce Irvin and see the move as a way to hurt the division-rival Seattle Seahawks

(4:40 pm CST): Calvin Johnson hasn’t made a final decision on his retirement, but the Detroit Lions want him to choose before free agency opens on Wednesday

(4:36 pm CST): While we wait for more speculation and news, here’s a Stefon Diggs highlight reel to keep you occupied

(4:21 pm CST): Interesting point from Brent on Zimmer’s interest in his former Bengals players. Zimmer may like Rey, Nelson, and Iloka, but by expressing interest, he’s creating a market and possibly pushing their prices higher

(4:20 pm CST): Read our full analysis on the Zach Line news HERE

(4:18 pm CST): The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly interested in free agent guards Evan Mathis and Alex Boone, per John Gambadoro

(4:14 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports (a common theme from today) that the Vikings HAVE NOT reached out to free agent safeties Eric Weddle and Rashad Johnson. They’re big fans of both Iloka and Nelson and are focusing their efforts on those two players

(4:11 pm CST): The Bengals were expected to make a hard push to keep Rey, but Zimmer loves his former players and the move makes sense for a Vikings team in need of another quality linebacker

(4:09 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tommason reports that the Vikings have reached out to a representative of Cincinnati Bengals free agent linebacker Vincent Rey

(3:56 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings and Matt Asiata are far apart on a possible contact, and that several other teams have expressed interest in the running back

(3:39 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the New York Giants have expressed interest in Vikings free agent right guard Mike Harris. Minnesota recently offered Harris a two-year, $3.5 million contract to remain with the Vikings

(3:38 pm CST): The Eagles are reportedly interested in free agent linebacker Tahir Whitehead, per Drew Boylhart

(3:34 pm CST): The Benglas are still in the race for Iloka, according to Joe Goodberry

(3:29 pm CST): Reggie Nelson’s cousin (?) believe the safety will end up with the Vikings

https://twitter.com/KeshawnLakes23/status/706952859196137472

(3:27 pm CST): The Raiders would reportedly be interested in Eagles running back DeMarco Murray (at the right price, i.e. a low draft pick)

(3:23 pm CST): Deciding between Nelson and Iloka is difficult. One, Iloka, is younger with more upside at strong safety. But he’ll demand more money than Nelson, who’s older and plays the majority of his snaps at free safety. Either player would be a solid fit in the secondary, though

(3:18 pm CST): Curious tweet on the status of Iloka-to-Minnesota

(3:15 pm CST): The Vikings have now officially expressed interest in both Bengals starting safeties. The move was expected, and either player would immediately improve the strong safety position.

(3:12 pm CST): Nelson is an obvious fit in Mike Zimmer’s defense, but he’s 33 years old and not a long-term solution at a position of need. The “interest” feels cursory given the fact that Iloka may get too expensive for Minnesota’s tastes

(3:11 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Chris Tomasson reports that the Vikings have reached out to a representative of Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson

(3:08 pm CST): Ted Glover with one of the funnier Twitter puns today

(2:57 pm CST): Schwartz is one of the top offensive line free agents, but his fit in Minnesota is hard to predict. If he were to join the Vikings, he’d create a logjam at tackle, especially with Phil Loadholt returning to the team next season

(2:54 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — the Vikings are one of four teams to have interest in free agent right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. He is our 12th-ranked free agent and is expected to demand $8.5 million per year

(2:52 pm CST): Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar believes the Vikings must re-sign Newman, Greenway, Asiata, and Sendejo this offseason. So far, he’s one-for-four

(2:48 pm CST): Throwing it back to earlier this morning, here’s a snippet of Andrew Sendejo’s appearance on KFAN with Paul Allen:

“I think overall our defense did well. We have a good front seven, man. Those guys really make our defense work – they help us out a lot. There are going to be times when the back end helps out the front end a lot, and I’m just looking forward to continuing to improve and get better and just help out however my role is with this team, what they have me schemed up to do at safety, and just continue to be a consistent player like I have been since I’ve been here.”

(2:43 pm CST): It looks like Chris Ivory, a 1,000-yard rusher for the Jets last season, will not be returning to New York in 2016

(2:41 pm CST): In light of Peyton Manning’s retirement, the Vikings were one of five NFL teams to NEVER beat the Hall of Fame quarterback

(2:37 pm CST): Adrian Clayborn, a player the Vikings expressed interest in last year, is drawing attention from the Giants, Jaguars, Cowboys, and Dolphins. Count the Vikings out; they’re not in need of another pass-rusher at the moment

(2:33 pm CST): Jason La Canfora reports that Janoris Jenkins, a free agent cornerback, may garner $14 million per year on a long-term deal from cap-needy teams like the Raiders or Jaguars

(2:28 pm CST): In addition to the Vikings, the Falcons, Giants, and Lions are the teams pursuing free agent safety George Iloka. Expect the Vikings to make a heavy push.

(2:22 pm CST): The Eagles once again make a splash in free agency, finalizing a trade that will send Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxell to the Miami Dolphins. The Chip Kelly Era in Philadelphia is nearly over (save for Sam Bradford).

(2:18 pm CT): Things may get very, very interesting in the free agent quarterback market. Doug Moore reports that Osweiler-to-Houston is a very real possibility, opening the door to an RGIII, Broncos marriage in Denver.

(2:14 pm CST): Ryan Boser perfectly encapsulates how we’re all feeling as we wait for more free agency news to drop

(2:09 pm CST): CJ Anderson with one of the many cryptic player/free agency tweets we’ll see this week

(2:02 pm CST): Possible trade alert from Adam Schefter — the Eagles and Dolphins are trying to finalize a trade that will send linebacker Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami for draft-pick compensation

(1:58 pm CST): There’s A LOT of money flying around this offseason. Curious that some of the least competitive teams have the most cap room year-in and year-out, i.e. the Jaguars and Raiders

(1:55 pm CST): As disappointing as it may be, the Vikings have options at guard, especially if Mike Harris accepts the team’s previous offer. Still, HERE is a look at what Osemele would’ve brought to Minnesota.

(1:53 pm CST): In a piece of news many expected, Chris Tomasson is reporting that free agent guard Kelechi Osemele may be “too expensive” for the Vikings to pursue

(1:47 pm CST): Big news coming out of Philadelphia — the Eagles have made BOTH DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews available for trades (at the right price). Clearly, the new leadership in the Eagles front office is making a hard push to separate itself from Chip Kelly, per Ian Rapoport

(1:39 pm CST): Former Los Angeles Rams (it’s still weird to type that) tight end Jared Cook is garnering interest from multiple teams, per Rand Getlin.

(1:37 pm CST): Back to the subject of “mystery teams;” it’s most likely not the Vikings, who have very little cap space relative to other big-name teams.

(1:30 pm CST): Who are these mystery teams?

(1:23 pm CST): An under-the-radar offensive line free agent? Houston Texans guard Chris Clark. According to Rand Getlin, multiple teams are pursuing him, but the Texans would like to keep him in Houston. He’d be a solid fit in Minnesota if they were to add a low-tier free agent at the position.

(1:20 pm CST): Iloka is a hot free agent commodity, and obviously, the Vikings aren’t the only team in pursuit of his talents. The Lions reportedly expressed “serious interest” in Iloka at the start of the tampering period

(1:17 pm CST): As a former Mike Zimmer cornerback, Adam Jones has been connected to the Vikings as a potential free agent target. However, Pro Football Talk speculates that the Dolphins may be making a run for PacMan. It’s a smart move to avoid him, in my opinion.

(1:15 pm CST): From our friend Daniel House at Vikings Corner, a piece of news that feels relevant with Jeff Locke’s struggles punting the football

(1:12 pm CST): Free agent and former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has clear interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons, per Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks ties to both teams are obvious, but the Arizona Cardinals are also in pursuit

(1:10 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Loadholt’s new deal is a one-year deal, not a two-year deal. Tomasson reports that Loadholt is “betting on himself” to return even stronger after recovery from a torn achilles tendon

(1:08 pm CST): Someone we’re missing at the start of Free Agency? ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. He’s battling cancer, but just said on Sportscenter that his tumor is shrinking. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

(1:06 pm CST): Looking for free agency resources? Check out our free agency depth chart and our up-to-date list of Vikings transactions

(1:03 pm CST): Interesting note from Adam on the Matt Kalil contract: “If they cut him today they get 2016 cap space. If they let him walk next year, the inflated salary actually helps the team’s likelihood of getting a higher comp pick in 2018… Maybe even a third rounder.” I’m not a salary cap expert like Adam, but this is something to chew on, and may explain the team’s reasoning for keeping Kalil through 2016

(12:57 pm CST): In non-free agency news, Vikings players are congratulating recently-retired Peyton Manning on a Hall of Fame career

(12:55 pm CST): The free agent safety market becomes even more saturated, as the Redskins have released Dashon Goldson

(12:52 pm CST): Kearse had a career year in 2015, with 49 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns. He’s a decent, if not great wide receiver. Is he a No. 1 wide receiver? Probably not.

(12:50 pm CST): DraftGuru strikes again, this time speculating that the Vikings have expressed interest in former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse

(12:49 pm CST): Backtracking a bit, this almost guarantees that Line will be with the Vikings in 2016

(12:45 pm CST): You can read my full thoughts on the Kalil situation HERE

(12:41 pm CST): The Kalil news was somewhat expected, and it appears the team is no longer torn on what to do with their embattled left tackle. He made strides in 2015, and the arrival of veteran coach Tony Sparano should help Kalil progress even more next season. Look at 2016 as a “prove-it” year for Kalil

(12:38 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Tomasson has been our most consistent source of news yet. This time, he’s reporting that the Vikings are likely to keep Matt Kalil through 2016

(12:32 pm CST): Tomasson confirms the contract numbers for recently signed free agents Thielen and Bykowski

(12:30 pm CST): Brent Grimes, who famously out-jumped Calvin Johnson a year ago, is being released from the Miami Dolphins today, per the Sun Sentinel

(12:27 pm CST): Remember the anonymous DraftGuru source? He’s one-for-one with the Loadholt announcement. Remember, this is ALL SPECULATION at this point

(12:24 pm CST): With that, here’s my take on Iloka’s free agent fit with the Vikings.

(12:19 pm CST): Chris Tomasson confirms that the Vikings have expressed interest in free agent safety George Iloka

(12:17 pm CST): Like the Cowboys, the Kansas City Chiefs have no interest in signing RGIII (per Matt Miller)

(12:15 pm CST): To read our very own analysis of the Loadholt deal, follow THIS LINK!

(12:09 pm CST): CONFIRMED: The Vikings announced on their website that they’ve signed the players as mentioned below! Bykowski adds depth at tackle, and Thielen has been a key special teams contributor and wide receiver on the team

(12:07 pm CST): VIKINGS ALERT: Unconfirmed sources say the Vikings have re-sgned Adam Thielen and Carter Bykowski. They’ve also tendered restricted free agent fullback Zach Line

(12:05 pm CST): As expected, the Vikings have expressed serious interest in free agent safety George Iloka, though the Cincinnati Bengals do want him back and have left the door open for a return

(12:02 pm CST): Loadholt’s new deal frees up about $4-5 million in cap space for the Vikings. His return gives the team options, especially with second-year right tackle T.J. Clemmings. Clemmings struggled to replace Loadholt last season, and he may make the move to guard depending on what happens with pending free agent Mike Harris

(11:58 am CST): The first big free agent has been signed, and other decisions loom, including the Mike Wallace and Matt Kalil contract situations. It’s clear the Vikings wanted Loadholt in Minnesota for another year, and fans should be thrilled he was willing come back at a drastically reduced price.

(11:55 am CST): Loadholt’s new contract frees up plenty of cap space for the Vikings. His previous salary cap hit was $7.75 million, and now, Rick Spielman has the ammunition to make a deal or two for players like George Iloka

(11:52 am CST): VIKINGS ALERT — Darren Wolfson reports that Phil Loadholt will return to the Minnesota Vikings on a two-year, $2 million contract in 2016, and can earn up to #3.5 million with incentives

(11:51 am CST): Rapoport says there is “drama” in the guard market after reporting that free agent Jahri Evans is visiting the Buffalo Bills

(11:47 am CST): Free agent defensive tackle Mario Williams has told teams he would “immediately sign” an offer for $10 million per year. #PaycheckPlayer

(11:42 am CST): The Vikings are NOT one of the teams who have expressed interest in Sweezy (at this time).

(11:39 am CST): The Cleveland Browns are reportedly pursuing free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones, a player our very own Carl Knowles would like to see in purple and gold.

(11:34 am CST): Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sneezy is reportedly garnering interest from at least 10 teams. The Vikings are in need of guard talent; could they be one of the 10 teams?

(11:29 am CST): Over the Cap took a detailed look at the Minnesota Viking’s salary cap situation. Worth a read!

(11:27 am CST): Rick? Rick?

(11:16 am CST): Charles Robinson, an important source for last year’s Adrian Peterson news, does not believe the Dallas Cowboys are potential suitors for RGIII

(11:11 am CST): Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has hit the free agent market, and Ian Rapoport reports that “at least six” teams are interested in signing him.

(11:10 am CST): Osemele wants to be the hight-paid guard in free agency, and Rand Getlin believes he’ll be one of the hottest free agents available.

(11:09 am CST): Waiting…

(11:00 am CST): LET THE TAMPERING BEGIN!

(10:59 am CST): The San Francisco 49ers are interested in Kansas City Chiefs running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas. The Oregon-to-NFL train rolls on…

(10:56 am CST): Former Miami Dolphins pass rusher Oliver Vernon is expected to garner heavy free agent interest from multiple teams, including the Raiders, Jaguars, Giants, Browns, and Titans

(10:45 am CST) Has defensive tackle Terrance Knighton been cut from the Washington Redskins?

(10:43 am CST): It appears Byron Maxwell could be on the way out of Philadelphia — the Eagles are in talks with the Miami Dolphins for a Maxwell trade, per Ian Rapoport.

(10:32 am CST): While we wait for more breaking news, check out Part 3 of our Offseason Plan!

(10:20 am CST): In just 40 minutes, all 32 NFL teams can begin officially “expressing interest”

(10:19 am CST): HOT TAKE ALERT

(10:17 am CST): Lamar Miller, a three-down back who was criminally underutilized in Miami, could be the steal of the free agency period

(10:13 am CST): Trey Wingo reports that free agent defensive end Chris Long’s first visit will be with the Washington Redskins, tomorrow.

(10:12 am CST): The Denver Broncos are expected to issue low tender, right of first refusal on CJ Anderson. He’s reportedly expressed interest in testing the free agent market.

(10:09 am CST): More confirmation on Kelechi Osemele’s status in Baltimore — Pro Football Talk reports that the Ravens are unlikely to keep him

(10:02 am CST): Former San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle apparently wants to play for the New England Patriots. His name has been tied to the Vikings, but at 31 years old, Minnesota would be better off targeting a safety like George Iloka

(9:58 am CST): The Redskins are busy today. According to former Star Tribune reporter Master Tesfatsion, they’ve released defensive end Jason Hatcher

(9:56 am CST): Yes, kickers are important. Vikings fans know all too well the value of a consistent kicking game

(9:54 am CST): *Crickets, crickets*

(9:49 am CST): Some more fodder for the Kalil doubters:

(9:45 am CST): The New York Giants are planning to release Victor Cruz, unless, he agrees to a pay cut. Sounds much like Mike Wallace’s predicament with the Vikings? Stay tuned…

(9:42 am CST): Punter news! Shane Lechler is returning to the Houston Texans on a  one-year deal, per Rand Getlin. Will the Vikings make a splash and release Jeff Locke this offseason?

(9:39 am CST): I personally don’t think the Vikings cut Kalil. Give him one more year to “prove it.”

(9:37 am CST): Matt Kalil could become the second player — after RGIII — that had his 5th-year option picked up, but was cut before the salary became fully guaranteed.

(9:28 am CST): The RGIII era in Washington is all but over. Reports indicate that the Redskins are releasing the embattled quarterback today

(9:26 am CST): Vikings brass is in full force at the University of Minnesota’s Pro Day. Follow Vikings Corner for all of the latest updates!

(9:20 am CST): Pure speculation and fodder for the live chat, but what are the odds the Vikings cut/release Shaun Hill? He’s an expensive backup, and the team may be comfortable with Taylor Heinicke as Teddy Bridgewater’s backup

(9:15 am CST): The Indianapolis Colts have released former Buccaneers and Vikings (sigh) quarterback Josh Freeman. We’ll always have his Monday Night Football performance to remember.

(9:10 am CST): Matt Forte may not have to travel far this offseason; Julius Peppers is reportedly trying to recruit the former Chicago Bears running back to Green Bay

(9:07 am CST): Sendejo’s numbers aren’t final, and it looks as though the Vikings may have given him less money than originally reported. Paul Allen thinks the team is paying Sendejo like a backup, with heavy incentives built into the contract

(9:04 am CST): The Houston Texans are reportedly set to make a run for Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler. It feels as though the team is always in the hunt for a new quarterback.

(9:02 am CST): Ian Rapoport reports (ha) that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and longtime New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins is retiring.

(9:01 am CST): The unknown source, DraftGuru, strikes again. It looks as though the Vikings and Mike Wallace are $2 million apart on a contract restructure. Don’t be surprised if Wallace hits the open market later today

(8:55 am CST): Having fun, yet?

(8:51 am CST): According to Ian Rapoport, former New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to hit the free agent market. Sides are far apart on a potential deal, and it looks as though Geno Smith is the guy in New York, now

(8:44 am CST): Arif crunched the numbers, and it looks like the Vikings should have $23.05 million of salary cap space this season; plenty of money to make one or two big moves in free agency

(8:43 am CST): The NFLPA has released individual club salary cap numbers:

(8:40 am CST): Turner cites a source named DraftGuru, claiming that George Iloka is the team’ No. 1 priority in free agency. However, they won’t get into a bidding war over the safety. You can read our analysis of Iloka HERE.

(8:37 am CST): According to Stephen A. Turner, a Twitter follower, the team wants Phil Loadholt back on a one-year, heavy incentive-laden deal. Apparently, Loadholt could be cut as soon as today if he doesn’t agree to the new contract.

(8:34 am CST): The Steelers have re-signed S Robert Golden to a three-year, $5 million contract, per Drew Boylhart. He was never tied to Minnesota, but his contract is closer to what many thought the team would pay Andrew Sendejo.

(8:32 am CST): With that said, teams have been warned about signing players to contracts before Wednesday, March 9th. Look for the Vikings to continue addressing their own free agents in that time, though.

(8:29 am CST): What does that mean? All 32 NFL teams can contact and enter contract negotiations today with certified agents of players designated to become unrestricted free agents

(8:27 am CST): Good morning, Vikings fans! Let’s do this thing! First piece of important news? The negotiating period begins at 12 pm ET today and ends at 3:59:59 pm ET on Wednesday, March 9th

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Top 40 Free Agents

  1. Damon Harrison
  2. Jerrell Freeman
  3. Richie Incognito
  4. Evan Mathis
  5. Robert Ayers
  6. Doug Martin
  7. Danny Trevathan
  8. Derrick O. Johnson
  9. Tamba Hali
  10. Ryan Schraeder
  11. Malik Jackson
  12. Mitchell Schwartz
  13. Manuel Ramirez
  14. William Hayes
  15. Ian Williams
  16. Jeff Allen
  17. Lamar Miller
  18. Kamar Aiken
  19. Donald Penn
  20. Reggie Nelson
  21. Rodney McLeod
  22. Sean Smith
  23. Adam Jones
  24. Derrick Shelby
  25. Brandon M. Marshall
  26. Casey Hayward
  27. George Iloka
  28. Antonio Gates
  29. Tim Hightower
  30. Ramon Foster
  31. Nick Fairley
  32. Greg Hardy
  33. Matt Forte
  34. Tony Jefferson
  35. Chris Ivory
  36. Jason Pierre-Paul
  37. Zach Miller
  38. Jaye Howard
  39. Janoris Jenkins
  40. Geoff Schwartz

Vikings Free Agent Tracker

Resigned Vikings

Audie Cole, LB – 1 year, $840,000
Adam Thielen, WR – 1 year, $600,000
Carter Bykowski, OT – 1 year, $600,000
Kenrick Ellis, NT – 1 year, terms unknown
Andrew Sendejo, S – 4 years, $16 million
Mike Harris, G/T – 1 year, $3 million


Free Agent Acquisitions

Alex Boone, OG – 4 years, $26.8 million
Travis Lewis, OLB – Undisclosed terms
Emmanuel Lamur, OLB – 2 years, $6 million
Michael Griffin, S – 1 year, $2.5 million


Free Agent Losses

None


Released Players

Mike Wallace, WR – ($11.5 million)
Austin Wentworth, G – ($600k)


Unsigned Vikings Free Agents

Matt Asiata, RB
Robert Blanton, S
Rhett Ellison, TE
Chad Greenway, OLB
Casey Matthews, OLB
Terence Newman, CB
Josh Robinson, CB
Marcus Sherels, CB
Justin Trattou, DE
Jason Trusnik, OLB


Tendered Vikings’ RFAs

Zach Line, FB