Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Matt Cassel said that in 2013 the unstable nature of the position was unsettling, not knowing who would be the starter from week to week made getting ready for games difficult. However, he decided to return to the team to work with new offensive coordinator and QB guru Norv Turner in the fold, and a $10 million and a new two-year contract. Cassel doesn’t expect a repeat of 2013, he expects to be the starter from day one.
In a move which appears to signal the end of Maurice Jones-Drew’s days with them, the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms on a three-year contract Tuesday night with running back Toby Gerhart.
The deal is worth $10.5 million, with $4.5 million guaranteed.
Gerhart didn’t get an abundance of playing time with the Minnesota Vikings after spending most of his four years stuck behind All-Pro Adrian Peterson. But that means the former Stanford standout, who finished a close second in the 2009 Heisman Trophy balloting to Mark Ingram, has had considerably less wear and tear on his legs than Jones-Drew.
Gerhart, who turns 27 in two weeks, has 276 carries for his career.
Jones-Drew, who turns 29 next week, has 1,804 carries since being a second-round draft pick by the Jaguars in 2006.
Gerhart’€™s gratitude toward the Vikings and enthusiasm about coming to the Jaguars was evident in a post he made on Twitter:
Jones-Drew’€™s future remained up in the air after the first day of the NFL’s free-agen
Career Stats: 4 Years in league | 104 tackles | 9 sacks | 2 forced fumbles
Linval Jospeh was one of the top big men on the free agent market and the Vikings wasted no time in locking him up shortly after free agency began. The big man has been a full-time starter for the Giants for the past 3 years. Linval was originally drafted in 2010 in the 2nd round and has been one of the Giants best lineman for the past few years.
This signing makes all kinds of sense, Jospeh is only 25 years old and is just coming off his rookie deal and fills a huge hole in the middle. Jospeh will be a perfect fit next to 2nd year man Sharrif Floyd and could help bring back some of that magic Viking fans used to get with the Williams wall. At 6’4, 323 lbs he will be an instant clogger in the middle and has proven on occasion he can get his hands not he quarterback. The former East Carolina tackle will be a huge upgrade over the recently released Guion. The starting defensive line is pretty much set now with …
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s re-signing of quarterback Matt Cassel lessened the need at the position, but the team still wants to add another signal caller from the 2014 NFL Draft. However, with the veteran Cassel now projected to be the starting QB going into the offseason, Spielman says the club may opt to hold off drafting a quarterback in the first round, and that there will be some value in the second or third rounds.
With the Vikings falling apart, Jared Allen has decided his new chapter in life will NOT be with them. Allen has expressed he has interest in a few teams, but the Vikings were no longer on that list.
Allen is focused on teams closer to contending as he enters free agency for the first time in his career and negotiates what likely will be his final contract.
The team has asked for the opportunity to match any offer and are expressing strong interest in bringing him back. Jared Allen has made it clear that this is not in his plans right now and he is excited about exploring other options.
After watching the Vikings sign Griffen and Brian Robison, they pretty much showed Allen they were ready to move on. Allen’s run with the Vikings comes to an end after six seasons, 85.5 sacks and plenty of recognition as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.
Free agency officially begins Tuesday at 4 PM EST. Let the games begin.
Much of the steam was taken out of the Minnesota Vikings’ free agency hunt last week — at least offensively — when the team agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with quarterback Matt Cassel.
Quarterback, the most important position, was also one of the biggest questions facing Minnesota. When Cassel voided the second-year option, it left Christian Ponder as the only quarterback and the Vikings facing a draft with the No. 8 overall pick and some question whether there are immediate answers, or even franchise quarterbacks, in the draft.
Or there was the prospect of dipping into a free-agent market at quarterback that was less than exciting. Cassel, smartly, gambled on himself in free agency with a crop of available quarterbacks that included underwhelming options like Josh McCown, Michael Vick, Kellen Clemens, Shaun Hill, Matt Flynn, Chad Henne — who re-signed with Jacksonville — Tarvaris Jackson and even Minnesota’s Josh Freeman.
Perhaps sensing the emergency, the Vikings re-signed Cassel, an
Rumors are flying as free agency is in it’s beginning stages. Will the Vikings sign Michael Johnson? It made a lot more sense before extending Everson Griffen. Does Alterraun Verner have a huge contract, and a purple jersey in his future? Let’s hope so! One area of need that isn’t really being discussed though is the offensive line. Adrian Peterson is a year removed from nearly breaking the single season rushing record, so what’s the big deal? Let’s take a closer look at the guys in the trenches, and examine how the unit can improve in 2014.
We’re going to begin by talking about the anchors of this line. Left tackle is locked down by Matt Kalil. He was the fourth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, and has been all we could hope for. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and has already become a stalwart on the blind side. Most will agree he’s one of the best young LT’s in the league. Center John Sullivan is considered to be one of the top five at his position in the NFL. The two t
The Minnesota Vikings are truly keeping their own.
With the deadline approaching on Tuesday to extend contracts to all of its restricted free agents or exclusive rights free agents, Minnesota re-signed linebacker Larry Dean on Monday morning. Dean, a special teams standout, was the last of the Vikings’ restricted free agents after the team agreed to a deal with cornerback Marcus Sherels on Friday.
Minnesota also extended an offer to exclusive rights free agent Matt Asiata last week to retain his rights.
Dean, 25, is a former undrafted free agent who has worked himself into a key special teams and backup linebacker role with the Vikings. Dean has played in 48 straight games since debuting in 2011. Last season, Dean had a career-high 18 special teams tackles, second on the team.
He added 13 tackles on defense and brings depth to a linebacker corps that could have two new starters alongside Chad Greenway. Minnesota reportedly agreed to terms with middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley on Sunday to return to the t
Career Stats: 6 Years in league | 174 tackles | 4 Forced Fumbles
Brinkley is a familiar face and has played his entire career for the Vikings except for last year when he took his talents to Arizona. With the Cardinals experiment ending with is release the Vikings didn’t waste much time in bringing him back on a 1 year deal. The former South Carolina linebacker is still only 28 years old and brings some good knowledge back to a Viking team that brought in a few rookies last year to compete at linebacker.
While I don’t think the Vikings brought Brinkley back to be a starter he does add nice depth and experience. I fully expect Minnesota to still address the linebacker position at some point in the draft, possibly earlier than people think.
Fans will moan about bringing back the former starter that never really looked like more than a reserve, I see it as a depth move and he will be fighting for a spot on the roster just like every other player on the roster.
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While it was somewhat expected the Vikings officially re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42 million contract, with 13 million fully guaranteed. Griffen has been a role player during his 4 years in Minnesota, but with the departure of Jared Allen he will finally get to show Viking fans what he has to offer. One thing is pretty clear, when he was on the field he was able to make plays putting up 8 sacks in 2012. The USC alum was also tossed all over the place on defense during his time under Frazier, lining up at linebacker AND defensive end, with this amount of money look for him to be a full time defensive end.
While it is a bit risky signing a player who has never been a full-time starter at this amount, I think he has proven he can be a force and has the ability to put up a good number of sacks as a full-time starter. This will squash a need at defensive end heading into the draft and free agency and give the Vikes the ability to focus on other positions.
Everson Griffen didn’t want to be anywhere besides Minnesota and he wanted the chance to be coached by Mike Zimmer.
Griffen got his wish on Sunday.
Griffen and the Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms on a new five-year, $42.5 million contract on Sunday, keeping Griffen with the team that made him a fourth-round draft pick in 2010.
“I’m happy,” Griffen said. “It’s a blessing. I think that’s what I deserve and at the end of the day, I’m taking care of my family and everybody else. So, I’m very excited.”
Griffen, 26, has 17.5 sacks in his four NFL seasons, spent mostly as a situational pass rusher. He had a career-high eight sacks in 2012, but followed up with a five-sack 2013 with a career-high 27 tackles.
But Griffen will have a chance for more playing time and be able to assume a starting position next season at defensive end with Jared Allen becoming an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return. Griffen’s athleticism has been a tantalizing offering that has
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In this article we delve deep into the Vikings offseason needs and determine whether they would be better off addressed in free agency or through the draft. While free agency allows you to get a seasoned vet that has spent time in the NFL and you are aware of what you are getting, addressing in the Draft can be a cheaper and more rewarding option.
Defensive End – Free Agency
The Vikings have plenty of cap room and can afford at least one big free agent signing. It would be wise for them to replace the hole being left by Jared Allen with a pass rushing veteran. Michael Johnson is the name that has been thrown about in the media lately, with his ties to Mike Zimmer from their time together in Cincinnati. Add that in with the fact that outside of Clowney, this draft class is relatively weak at the position, and free agency becomes the clear way for the Vikings to go in addressing this need.
Defensive Tackle – Free Agency
The Vikings used their first 2013 Draft pick …
According to a KFAN report Jasper Brinkley formerly of the Arizona Cardinals stated he met with the Vikings earlier in the week. Brinkley has a history with Minnesota having played his first few seasons in the league with the Vikings. In fact his best season came in 2012 with Minnesota when he started 15 games and […]The post Jasper Brinkley met with the Minnesota Vikings earlier in the week appeared first on NFL Draft Diamonds.
The 2013 season for the Minnesota Vikings was terrible to say the very least. Expectations were higher than they should have been after overachieving in 2012, and Christian Ponder didn’t take a third year leap forward as hoped. Sadly, the biggest problem last year, and moving forward, is the porous secondary. The Vikings gave up a pitiful 287.2 YPG through the air, and managed to give up five go-ahead or game-winning passing TD’s in the final minute of the game. Despite our inconsistent QB play, we had the lead and the chance to win important games. This terrible play during the crunch time of games needs to be closely examined to have any success in the 2014 season.
Fortunately for fans of the purple the franchise brought in Mike Zimmer as the new head coach. He is a gritty, defensive-minded guy, and specializes in coaching up defensive backs. This hiring alone will greatly help shape our secondary into a unit the team and fans can be proud of. Let’s start talking personnel.
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