Purple Rumor Mill: Colin Kaepernick, Salary Cap Hell, Asamoah as a Starter

Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Colin Kaepernick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports.

VikingsTerritory‘s Purple Rumor Mill is a two-day chronicle each week. All the week’s rumors are lassoed and plopped in two spots — articles on Saturday and Sunday — for review. Today is the May 29th edition.

Remember — rumors are rumors. What you read on weekends in these pieces is what the world is talking about pertaining to the Vikings, not necessarily items that will come to fruition.


Rumor: The Vikings could sign Colin Kaepernick if he doesn’t get a job with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Colin Kaepernick. © JASON BEAN/RGJ via Imagn Content Services, LLC.

This one came from Pro Football Talk and was derived from an interview with Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.

Indeed, Kapernick actually worked out for a single football team, the Raiders, different than his “group” NFL workout in 2019, widely considered a sham.

Kaepernick and Adofo-Mensah were coworkers for a few years in San Francisco. In theory, he could sign on with the Vikings in 2022, but the team already has Kellen Mond, who they’re suddenly complimenting.

There are 32 teams in the NFL, so the odds of Kaepernick — who will be 35 years old this season — signing with Minnesota are slim.

Rumor: Minnesota remains in salary cap hell.

Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

This sentiment of the Vikings always in a nasty salary-cap space is persistent — and usually accurate. Well, they’re typically maxed out at this time of year — is a wiser way to phrase it.

Currently, the Vikings have the 14th-most cap dollars available. And then, for future standing, Minnesota ranks right in the middle of the league.

Insinuations of the Vikings money troubles are severely overblown.

Rumor: Rookie Brian Asamoah could start over veteran Jordan Hicks.

Oklahoma’s Brian Asamoah (24) warms up before a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Oklahoma won 52-31. Ou Vs Tcu

This was suggested by The Viking Age on Saturday.

Hicks has started every single football game since the start of the 2019 season. Plus, he’s a consistent tackling machine. His PFF grade in 2021 was 64.7, a respectable score for a starter.

Hicks isn’t too expensive, so it’s not “guaranteed” that he’s the starter. But Asamoah would have to be rather prolific to oust a bonafide veteran like Hicks.

Asamoah grabbing a starting LB job right away is a longshot.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).