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Tuesday web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

George: Don’t buy renewed Adrian Peterson rumors, here’s how ►
FILE – This July 31, 2014, file photo shows Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. A person with …

Foreman awaits call from Hall ►
him on the Internet and watched highlights of the running back starring for the Minnesota Vikings during the 1970s. They often state their approval when class …

What we’ve learned about the rookies: OL Tyrus Thompson ►
The Minnesota Vikings begin Organized Team Activities on Tuesday to kickstart the home stretch of the NFL offseason. Easing into the organization, 10 drafted …

Randy Moss hands diploma to longtime young friend ►
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Former Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss has kept his promise to a Minnesota teenager. Moss went to Pelican Rapids to hand …

VIkings Need To Trade Adrian Peterson As Soon As Possible ►
While I may give the Minnesota Vikings points for effort, I have to take them away for thei

Adrian Peterson to hold out like Darrelle Revis?

Adrian Peterson apparently means business when it comes to his status with the Minnesota Vikings. On Sunday it was reported that Peterson would not be attending the team’s OTAs this week and would likely forfeit a $250,000 workout bonus as a result. Another report said Peterson is skipping the OTAs because he wants a trade….Read More

Is Adrian Peterson leveraging himself out of the league?

Reports surfaced on Sunday evening that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson wouldn’t be on hand for the team’s OTAs this week.
That’s a sign of the 30-year-old running back playing hardball with the team. This all stems from Peterson feeling disrespected by the way the Vikings didn’t support him during his entire child abuse case. In addition to this, Peterson is looking for more money from the team.
On the wrong side of 30 and coming off a lost year, Peterson doesn’t have much leverage here. That hasn’t stopped him from playing whatever card he thinks he holds. This much was confirmed by Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole on Monday:

Ominous text from agent Ben Dogra about #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. “He is very very strong … he’s like Revis.” Sounds like a holdout.
— Jason Cole (@JasonPhilCole) May 25, 2015

 
It seems like Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, is doing his client a disservice here. The veteran is set to make $12.8 million in base salary this year. That’s over $5

NFL players who will breakout in 2015

This portion of the NFL offseason might as well be deemed “optimism season.” I will be hypocritical, however, and display some of that said enthusiasm over a few players chances to succeed in this upcoming season.  In this five part series, I will look at twenty players total who are poised to have breakout seasons in 2015. And without further ado,
No. 20, Alex Smith
The Kansas City quarterback is widely seen as a game-manager, and nothing else. I see Smith as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, and maybe the most underrated player at the position.
The reason I say Smith will breakout is because I believe he will gain the recognition he deserves by finally achieving statistical success. Smith has not enjoyed a talented receiving corps in San Francisco or Kansas City, until this year. Jeremy Maclin emerged as a true number one threat last year in Philadelphia playing with much worse quarterbacks than Smith. Albert Wilson, another breakout candidate for 2015, will see more snaps after playing wel

Report: Adrian Peterson won’t attend OTAs, still wants trade

 

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings will open their optional team practices this week without Adrian Peterson.
 
The star running back has told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the three days of team work that begin Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday night. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue.
Peterson did attend the optional workouts last summer while Zimmer was orienting himself in his first months on the job, but has skipped them in the past. This time, however, could cost him a $250,000 workout bonus and comes in the context of his expressed unhappiness with the organization.
Peterson has made it clear through his representatives this offseason that he would like to play elsewhere next season because he does not believe the Vikings showed him enough support while he was dealing with child abuse charges last season. Peterson missed all but one game last year while addres

Adrian Peterson tells Vikings coach he’s skipping OTAs

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Adrian Peterson will not be present when the Minnesota Vikings open their optional team practices this week.
According to the Associated Press, the star running back told coach Mike Zimmer that he will not attend the three days of team work that begin Tuesday.
Peterson did attend the optional workouts last summer while Zimmer was in his first months as the head coach, but has skipped them in the past. This time, however, skipping the workout could cost Peterson a $250,000 bonus.
 
Peterson has made it clear through his representatives this offseason that he would like to play elsewhere next season because he does not believe the Vikings showed enough support of him while he was dealing with child abuse charges last season.
Peterson, who is still under contract for three more seasons and is set to make $12.75 million next season, missed all but one game last year while addressing the charges.
The Vikings have steadfastly maintained that they would not trade Peterson. H

What the latest in the Peterson situation means for the Bucs

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains less than thrilled to participate in his team’s OTA workouts this week and speculation has resurfaced of the veteran’s desire of seeking a trade. 
If there was any potential trade to have gone down in the Peterson saga — whether to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or any other interested team — it most likely would have occurred during the draft. That obviously did not happen so now it’s anyone’s guess if a trade will happen at all.
But according to Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson, Peterson still wants out of Minnesota.

A longtime Adrian Peterson confidant tells Yahoo Sports the #Vikings RB is sending a message by not reporting to OTA’s: He wants a trade.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) May 25, 2015

TheBayCave.com learned some time ago of the Bucs’ interest in Peterson given all the questions they currently carry in their backfield. While the team has always been high on 2014 rookie Charles Sims, there are questions whether Sims can truly

Peterson’s request to have contract restructured re-opens door to trade talk

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has openly demonstrated his desire to be traded and he will reportedly skip the team’s OTAs, while requesting his contract be redone, opening the door to trade possibilities.
In another attempt to free himself from the Vikings, who are reluctant to trade or release him, Peterson stands to lose up to $250,000 in bonuses if he doesn’t show to camp.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Peterson’s intentions are to skip the team’s offseason workouts and force the Vikings to redo his contract, possibly setting up a trade scenario sending the veteran rusher elsewhere.
Robinson writes:
‘That’s what a source within the star running back’s inner circle told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. Despite months of overtures by the Vikings, Peterson has not wavered privately about his wish to continue his career with another franchise. Indeed, the source said Peterson believes he already made ownership and the Vikings’ front office aware that he wanted a trade in face-

Disgruntled Adrian Peterson to skip OTAs on Tuesday

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, disgruntled over the team’s lack of support during his legal case stemming from child abuse charges, will will remain at his home in Texas when OTAs begin on Tuesday, per a source, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

While Peterson has missed all of the team’s spring workouts, skipping OTAs has its consequences – a $250,000 workout bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps is on the table.

The 30-year-old has three years, $44.25 million left on his contract with Minnesota.

The team also has OTAs June 2-4 and June 8-11 and a mandatory minicamp June 16-18.

Tomasson: ‘ The Vikings can fine Peterson up to $72,920 for missing next month’s mandatory minicamp. Throw in a possible loss of the $250,000 workout bonus, that means the most Peterson could lose during the spring is $322,920…. However, a source said the Vikings do not have to fine Peterson for missing the mandatory minicamp. It would be their option.’

Adrian Peterson skipping Vikings’ OTAs because he wants trade

Adrian Peterson is skipping OTAs for the Minnesota Vikings, and that largely because he still wants to be traded, according to a report. The St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson reported Sunday that Peterson will skip the team’s three organized team activities workouts this week. Skipping the OTAs this week will result in Peterson forfeiting…Read More

Report: Adrian Peterson will skip Vikings first OTAs

It appears Adrian Peterson is going to play hardball with the Minnesota Vikings this summer.
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press broke some big news about the All-Pro running back on Sunday.
He reports Peterson isn’t planning on showing up to team OTAs this upcoming week, per a source. Tomasson also notes the Vikings star back could lose $250,000 in workout bonus money because it is tied up in a provision that says he must attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp.
Peterson has been absent from all team activities this offseason. He has stated he isn’t happy with the organization about the way it handled aspects of his child-abuse case and that he would be interested in playing for another team.
It is not an option for Minnesota, however, as general manager Chris Spielman has said the team will not trade Peterson.
This is a story we will all be keeping track of throughout the summer. Peterson really has no leverage in the situation, but there is no doubt the Vikings don’t want this situatio

Zimmer optimistic with progress of WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been optimistic that wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is improving in his route-running and overall grasp of the playbook.

After surging late in his rookie season in 2013, Patterson regressed in 2014 catching 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown.

Patterson’s is trying to translate his athletic ability into consistent on-field production and Zimmer feels he’s making strides in the right direction.

“He’s done real well,” Zimmer said, via Fox Sports North.

“He’s running routes good. He’s working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I’ve been impressed.”

 

2015 Could Be the Last Season in Purple for Some Vikings Fan Favorites

Of the 52 players on the Minnesota Vikings roster during former head coach Leslie Frazier’s last game with the Vikings in 2013, only 26 are left on the most current Minnesota roster. Entering his second season as the head coach in Minnesota, Mike Zimmer has a vision for the Vikings and he is making sure he gets the players that fit that vision.Some of the players that have left Minnesota since Zimmer was hired spent a majority of their career with the Vikings. Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and Jerome Felton were all players that Minnesota fans loved to watch during their time with the Vikings.Zimmer does not care if a player has been with Minnesota for one season or ten seasons, he wants to build a roster full of players that best fit his vision for the future of the franchise. A few players, who are currently on the Vikings roster, may be next in line to be shown the door once the 2015 season comes to a close.Chad Greenway, linebacker (8 seasons with Vikings)After missing games for the first time in his caree

Photo: Minnesota Vikings fans should buy this shirt

Minnesota Vikings fans may not have much to celebrate in their team’s history, but there are certain moments that were…fun?
Remember that moment when Randy Moss made that beautiful touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers, made a rather inappropriate celebration, and Joe Buck freaked out over it?
Well, if you do, then you should go ahead and buy this epic shirt:

My shirt today was ballin pic.twitter.com/giToU5j4rE
— Vikings Memes (@SkolMemes) May 22, 2015

Balling, indeed.
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Minnesota Vikings: Early look at 2015 schedule

Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings look to improve on their 7-9 record from 2014.
Going into the 2014 season the Minnesota Vikings had the 12th easiest schedule in the NFL and the easiest in the NFC North.  in the upcoming 2015 season it is the exact opposite. The Vikings have the 12th hardest schedule and the hardest schedule if the NFC North. In fact, the entire NFC North has a relatively challenging 2015 season coming up, with the entire division’s opponent’s 2014 winning percentage above .500.
The NFC North draws both the AFC and NFC West divisions this year which makes for a challenging schedule with six of eight team .500 or above (Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks, Cardinals, and 49ers). The Vikings do not play a team with a losing record in 2014 until their seventh game in week eight visiting the Chicago Bears.
The Vikings bye will come in week five this year, a little bit earlier than players and coaches like with such a demanding 16 week season. Having the bye so early eliminates the opportun