Purple Rumor Mill: Odell Beckham, ‘Kirk In Chains’ Next Celebration, Ed Ingram

Purple Rumor Mill: Odell Beckham, 'Kirk In Chains' Next Celebration, Ed Ingram
Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

Purple Rumor Mill

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 November 13th 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 remain a landing spot for Odell Beckham’s free agency.

The Vikings Odds to Land Odell Beckham Jr.
May 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; NFL player Odell Beckham Jr. and girlfriend Lauren Wood. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

Along with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and Dallas Cowboys, the Vikings indeed remain a theorized landing spot for Beckham, who should sign with a team by the end of the month. ESPN tabbed those teams this week.

Beckham tore his ACL last February during the Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl triumph.

Evidently, Beckham remains committed to joining a Super Bow contender, which might just be his modus operandi for the rest of his career — a playmaking mercenary who bounces from powerhouse to powerhouse.

ESPN Bill Barnwell wrote about Beckham, “Now, having recovered, Beckham is in a position to flip a playoff race or help push a team toward the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. If he can stay healthy, he’s still young and effective enough to earn a meaningful deal as a free agent.”

And with his LSU ties to Justin Jefferson, Danielle Hunter, Patrick Peterson, and Ed Ingram, plus Minnesota’s budding Super Bowl contendership, the Vikings cannot be ruled out of the OBJ sweepstakes.

Although, Vegas sportsbooks don’t list the Vikings as frontrunners nor anywhere close to it.

Rumor: Kirk Cousins’ chain-oriented celebrations will continue after road wins.

Kirk Cousins Foregoes Chains, Buys Grass Instead. The Golf Kind.
Kirk Cousins

Yes, it seems this act will roll on.

After each road win since the London victory over the New Orleans Saints, Cousins’ teammates have added some form of expensive chain onto the QB1, videotaping the spectacle for social media.

The Pioneer Press‘ Chris Tomasson tweeted Friday, “Something else is planned for Cousins if Vikings win Sunday at Buffalo.”

So, yes — this is a thing, one that will presumably continue until Minnesota stops winning road games. Cousins’ teammates love it, and the 34-year-old ultimate “dad” allows it.

Rumor: Ed Ingram, a rookie, is struggling and should be benched for Chris Reed.

2 Vikings Alternating Snaps for Starting RG Job
Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State offensive lineman Ed Ingram. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports.

Indeed, Ingram has struggled in recent weeks, perhaps causing the Vikings coaching staff to ponder Chris Reed in the starting lineup. Reed is a journeyman who performed well last year with the Indianapolis Colts.

But Ingram is a 2nd-Rounder chosen by new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. They’ll probably stay loyal to his cause, as benching the youngster would be a scourge on his career trajectory.

Regardless, there’s a solid case for suggesting Reed would play better — an important contingency plan with the postseason two months away.


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).