Minnesota Vikings

Captain Munnerlyn is ‘betting on myself’ to beat out Terence Newman for starting CB position

Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn first season with the team didn’t go as he would have liked, and with the addition of veteran Terence Newman, he knows he’s in for a battle to earn a starting job as one of the team’s outside corners.

A six-year veteran, Munnerlyn, who signed an $11.25 million contract in the 2014 offseason with $4.45 million guaranteed, said that he is confident he can beat out Newman.

“I’m ready for the competition,’’ Munnerlyn said, via the Pioneer Press.

“I’m an athlete, so I never feel like anyone can beat me out. I feel I can hold onto the job. I’m betting on myself.’’

“He’s a veteran. It’s great for competition. It will bring out the best in me. I’m excited about the competition. I just know that I’ve got to play a lot better than I did last year.’’

 

Who Will the Vikings Select in Round One?

Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team and explained each selection in this article.
As he pretended to be Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman, find out who John Miceli selected for the Minnesota Vikings. NFL MOCK DRAFT LINK http://topsportsreport.com/scoresnfl/nfl-mock-draft-pre-april-edition/

Minnesota Vikings: What do Newman and Aiyegbusi Bring to the Table?

The Minnesota Vikings are continuing to make subtle changes to their roster this off-season. In the same week that they acquired Taylor Mays and Casey Matthews, the Vikings have now added two new pieces in cornerback, Terence Newman and offensive lineman, Babatunde Aiyegbusi. Linebacker Chad Greenway has graciously accepted a pay cut to make room for these new signings as well as to ensure he remains with the Vikings in 2015. Newman and Aiyegbusi may not seem like household names; yet, if there’s one thing we know about the Minnesota Vikings, it’s that they excel at finding unknown and/or underrated talent.
Terence Newman (Cornerback)
Terence Newman
Coming over from the Cincinnati Bengals, Terence Newman brings a lot more than veteran leadership to the Minnesota Vikings’ defense. A former 5th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Newman, now 36, has been a very productive player since he entered the league. In fact, according to espn.go.com, Newman has 37 career interceptions, whic

Drafting a Receiver May Not Be in the Vikings Plans

With the 2015 NFL Draft a little more than a month away, speculation continues to increase about who the Minnesota Vikings will take with not only their first round selection (11), but the rest of their draft picks as well. A few months ago, it seemed pretty obvious that the Vikings would use a draft selection to add depth to their current group of wide receivers. However, that may no longer be the case.One may ask, why wide receiver would not be a position of need since Minnesota has not had a receiver gain over 1,000 yards since Sidney Rice did in 2009 (1,312)? Much of the lack of success for the Vikings receivers can be attributed to the talent within the group, but a lot the blame can be put on the quarterbacks under center as well.Since 2010, Minnesota has had eight different quarterbacks start a game in the regular season. It is extremely hard for quarterbacks and wide receivers to be on the same page and develop a familiarity with one another if there is no consistency with w…

Grading the Vikings Restructuring Chad Greenway

The inevitable has finally happened, longtime Viking linebacker Chad Greenway has finally restructured his contract that will reduce his cap hit from the $7 million to around $3.4 million giving Minnesota some extra wiggle room in the salary cap department.
This was really the only option Greenway had if he wanted to stay a Viking, and it is now clear that he does. I’m a huge fan of bringing him back even at a little higher price than I would like. WHile I don’t think he is at a point in his career where he can start and be relied upon as a 3 down linebacker he can still contribute. His best days are clearly behind him but I think it’s important for the state of the franchise to have a guy like Greenway on the team (even if it’s not a starting spot) and be a leader on and off the field. Rarely do we see a player play his entire career with 1 team and when all is said and done I wouldn’t be surprised if Greenway is on the sidelines coaching in some capacity.
Again, I think the move t…

Vikings Sign Potential Free Agent Gem With Crazy Journey

With the big wave of free agency clearly in the rear view mirror and the draft still over a month away, this is a relatively quite time in the NFL. But behind the scenes, it can be a hectic period for NFL scouts, who are scouring the country and beyond in hopes of uncovering the next diamond in the rough.
On Thursday, the Minnesota Vikings signed a very under-the-radar, colossal Polish-born offensive tackle by the name of Babatunde Aiyebusi.
Aiyebusi, 26, never played college football, but he has played football at a professional level. Last year, he helped the Dresden Monarchs of the German Football League advance to the semifinals of the playoffs. He also previously played in the Polish American Football League.
At 6-foot-9 and 351 pounds, Aiyebusi is now one of the biggest players in the NFL. He’s also just the fifth Polish-born player in league history, joining kicker Rick Szaro (1975-79), kicker Chester Marcol (1972-80), defensive tackle Jason Maniecki (1996-98) and kicker S…

Minnesota Vikings look overseas to find help for their offensive line

The Minnesota Vikings recently announced the signing of offensive tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi, an undrafted free-agent, who has never played college football but has spent time with the Polish American Football League and the German Football League in Europe…

The Vikings have signed T Babatunde Aiyegbusi & have released Justin Anderson & Jordan McCray http://t.co/E3kgrROgfv pic.twitter.com/mWdnv1kP7Z
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) March 26, 2015

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At 6-foot-9 and 351 pounds, he caught the eyes of Vikings scouts during a workout at the University of Texas-San Antonio. That led to a workout in Minnesota at the teams’ facilities.
Aiyegbusi, whose name is pronounced bah-BUH-tune-day ah-YEG-boo-see, said that he was grateful for the opportunity and that he has been dreaming about this since he started playing football in Poland.
He is listed third on th

Mike Zimmer says he’ll ‘get things fixed’ with Terence Newman

The Minnesota Vikings announced on Friday they signed cornerback Terence Newman, who played for coach Mike Zimmer in both Dallas and Cincinnati.
Despite having a down 2014 season, Zimmer believes he understands how Newman works and can ‘fix’ the things that caused the cornerback troubles.
“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said, via Vikings.com.
“He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

 

Vikings sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi, a ginormous Polish-born tackle (pics/vid)

The Minnesota Vikings on Thursday went well outside the typical free agent search radius by signing Babatunde Aiyegbusi, an absolutely massive Polish-born offensive tackle who most previously played for the German Football League’s Dresden Monarchs, according to a Vikings.com report. Standing at 6-foot-9 and weighing in at a whopping 351 pounds, even the behemoth that…Read More
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Vikings’ ‘legacy brick’ design site yields predictably snarky results (pics)

The Minnesota Vikings have started a program where fans can purchase a “Legacy Brick” to be placed outside the team’s new downtown Minneapolis stadium, which is slated to open in time for the 2016 season. It’s certainly not an uncommon practice, as a handful of teams in other sports have offered similar opportunities to fans…Read More
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What should the Vikings do about the Taylor Mays and Casey Matthews offer?

The Minnesota Vikings are beginning to fill in the missing pieces of their roster as we move further into the 2015 off-season. Casey Matthews (middle linebacker), and Taylor Mays (free safety) have recently signed with the Vikings, both hoping to add more depth and experience to the Vikings’ defense. Matthews and Mays, however, offer more than just depth in the Vikings’ situation, especially due to the team’s positional needs at middle linebacker and safety. Casey Matthews and Taylor Mays will be given every opportunity to prove themselves under Mike Zimmer’s new defensive system; both could potentially develop into starters for the Minnesota Vikings next season.
Casey Matthews (Middle Linebacker)

Casey Matthews

Having played his first four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2011-2014), Casey Matthews is set to join the Minnesota Vikings family in 2015. Following a season in which he saw limited action as a backup, Matthews, now 26, is entering the prime of his career with somethi

Adrian Peterson is Staying in Minnesota

The latest addition to the Adrian Peterson rumor mill has come for a source closer to the situation than most. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer responded to the Adrian Peterson trade rumors simply and as a matter of fact.
The Vikings’ head coach expects Adrian Peterson to play for the Vikings this season, and for the remainder of his three-year contract.  Connor Orr of Around the NFL quoted Zimmer’s desire and plans for Peterson in 2015 and beyond.

“I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want,” Zimmer said Wednesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s under contract for three more years with us and that’s why you sign these contracts, and why you get these big bonuses.”
“We’re planning on him being back,” he said. “We have no plans to trade Adrian.”

These statements display Zimmer’s desire to have Peterson back in Minnesota, a situation that is far from resolved. Peterson is technically still “suspended” until April 15th, the date Roger Goo

Charles Johnson could be the next star wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson has had one heck of a journey in the NFL…
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From being drafted in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Packers, to being put on the Packers practice squad and being signed off the practice squad by the Browns and later being signed to the Minnesota Vikings main roster. Johnson may have found a home in Minnesota.
Johnson was the Vikings third leading receiver in 2014 with 31 catches, 475 yards and two touchdowns in eleven games. Pretty good for a guy that was drafted in the seventh round.
The Vikings have already made a couple major moves at wide receiver this offseason, trading for the deep threat of Mike Wallace and releasing veteran pass catcher Greg Jennings, which means Johnson could be the next star wide receiver for the Vikings.

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Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer: ‘We have no plans to trade Adrian’

In an increasingly contentious and very public back-and-forth between the Minnesota Vikings and the Adrian Peterson camp, Mike Zimmer again toed the company line and reiterated that the team has no intent of trading the running back … or at least won’t publicly be declaring it. Zimmer, speaking on Wednesday from the NFL owners meeting…Read More
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Vikings’ Mike Zimmer: “We Have No Plans to Trade Adrian Peterson”

Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer made their plans for running back Adrian Peterson crystal clear when he was interviewed by NFL media personnel on Wednesday (via NFL.com).
I’m not going to speculate on what he wants or doesn’t want. He’s under contract for three more years with us and that’s why you sign these contracts, and why you get these big bonuses.
Zimmer also axed any rumors of trading Peterson.
We’re planning on him being back. We have no plans to trade Adrian.
Sticking to his guns that Peterson will suit up and definitely retire as a member of the Vikings, Zimmer further proceeded to comment.
It’s status quo as we go on. I appreciate everything Adrian has done in the state, in the community and in the Twin Cities. We know what kind of running back he is, what kind of benefit he’d be to our team and community. I think when he goes into the hall of fame he’s going to want to go in wearing the jersey everyone remembers him in.
Despite reports that Peterson has expressed anxi