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New Vikings RB Latavius Murray has ankle surgery (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:06:36 PDT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- New Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday.



NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:49:04 PDT

Star quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff next Thursday, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp, the team announced. Newton, the 2015 league MVP, will begin an early throwing program 12 weeks following the surgery. Should he progress well from there, Newton will resume throwing with the team at 16 weeks.



Vikings finalize contract extension with WR Adam Thielen (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:27:30 PDT

The Minnesota Vikings have finalized their contract extension with wide receiver Adam Thielen, the former undrafted practice squad player who led the team with 967 yards receiving last season. The three-year deal that keeps Thielen under team control through 2020 is worth as much as $27 million with $11 million guaranteed. Thielen signed it on Tuesday after agreeing to terms last week.



Behind the scenes: How NFL teams fit roster under salary cap (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:27:21 PDT

When the Packers gave Brett Favre the NFL's first $100 million contract in 2001 - well, first ''$100 million contract,'' because, like so many deals in the league, it wasn't ultimately worth the advertised amount - the team structured it to create extra space under the salary cap for other signings. When he's off in the woods, hunting or fishing, it's hard to find him,'' recalled Andrew Brandt, who managed Green Bay's cap then as a team VP. Such behind-the-scenes machinations take place all the time in the NFL, where the salary cap, which grew to $167 million per club for the coming season, factors into every roster-shaping decision.



NFL draft profile: No. 41 — Connecticut DB Obi Melifonwu, freakishly big and athletic (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:11:19 PDT

Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. Key stat: Melifonwu measured in the 95th percentile, per mockdraftable.com, in the following categories at the NFL scouting combine — measured against defensive back results dating back to 1999: height, weight, 40-yard dash (4.40 seconds), vertical jump (44 inches) and broad jump (141 inches). Connecticut DB Obi Melifonwu turned in an eye-opening NFL combine performance.



For ageless Terence Newman, Minnesota return was easy call (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:36:43 PDT

Terence Newman wasn't ready to be done with the NFL, mentally or physically, but the desire to continue his career was only as good as a team's interest in him. The Minnesota Vikings were more than willing to re-sign the sage cornerback for a 15th season in the league. All this required, really, was an honest conversation between Newman and coach Mike Zimmer.



Thursday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:21:49 PDT

The NCAA Tournament's first full day tipped off, and for 20 minutes, Villanova looked ordinary, vulnerable, maybe even a little scared. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the NCAA Tournament's top seed shook off a shocking start and stumbled forward in the East region Thursday night with a 76-56 victory over No. 16 seed Mount St. Mary's. Villanova is trying to be the first back-to-back titlist since Florida in 2007, and the Wildcats will have to play better to make history.



Peterson won't be back with Vikings next NFL season (AFP)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:04:03 PDT

Running back Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings are officially parting ways as the NFL team confirmed that he won't return to the club next season. General manager Rick Spielman announced that the Vikings will not resign Peterson to a contract for the 2017 season. Minnesota did not say whether they offered the 31-year-old Peterson any type of deal.



Raiders sign tight end Jared Cook (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:54:56 PDT

When tight end Jared Cook arrived in Oakland for a free-agent visit, the Raiders had plenty of selling points to lure him onto the team with a dynamic offense on an up-and-coming franchise. A film session with quarterback Derek Carr proved to be the final straw to get Cook to sign a two-year deal with the Raiders on Thursday. Cook helps upgrade a position group that already includes Clive Walford and Lee Smith as the Raiders look to build on last season's 12-4 record that ended a 13-year playoff drought.



Vikings nab ex-Raiders RB Murray, bid Peterson farewell (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:12:49 PDT

Adrian Peterson has taken his final handoff for Minnesota, a 10-year run featuring a league MVP award, plenty of off-the-field drama and a franchise-leading 11,747 yards rushing over 123 regular-season games. After the Vikings declined their $18 million option on his contract for 2017 two weeks ago to make Peterson a free agent, they signed former Oakland running back Latavius Murray early Thursday. General manager Rick Spielman then clarified the obvious that the four-time All-Pro will play elsewhere in 2017.



Vikings close door on Adrian Peterson, and backs his age rarely switch teams and thrive (Shutdown Corner)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:25:14 PDT

Another domino fell in running back free agency Wednesday night, with Latavius Murray landing with the Minnesota Vikings, who closed the door on Thursday to Adrian Peterson era there. The options are drying up, writes Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, and it’s fair to wonder now where Peterson might land — there’s no obvious choice — and how much money he might play for. Peterson isn’t commanding a front-line salary, as his wintry market shows, and the team he eventually joins might have to expect commensurate results.



Jets' Seferian-Jenkins suspended 2 games by NFL (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:28:03 PDT

The NFL suspended New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Wednesday without pay for the first two games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Florida last September while he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The tight end was cut by the Buccaneers a few days later and claimed off waivers by the Jets.



NFL draft profile: No. 43 — Ohio State WR-RB Curtis Samuel, a multi-tool weapon (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:00:02 PDT

Shutdown Corner is counting down the top 50 prospects in the 2017 NFL draft with a scouting report, quotes from NFL evaluators and a projection where they might be drafted. Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel could project as a returner, runner or receiver in the NFL.



Minnesota Vikings concerned about gun legislation (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:56:19 PDT

The Minnesota Vikings have expressed concern over legislation backed by police unions that would allow off-duty officers to carry guns in places where other people can't in Minnesota. The bill would allow off-duty police to take firearms into stadiums and other specified venues as long as they go through regular security screening and present valid law identification, Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2nsoJOh ) reported. The changes would override a National Football League restriction that limits gun possession to on-duty officers and hired security.



Vikings agree to contract with cornerback Terence Newman, 38 (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:49:17 PDT

The Minnesota Vikings and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a new contract, bringing him back for a 15th season in the NFL. The Vikings announced the deal Wednesday with Newman, who has been a starter for the team the last two years. Newman, who will turn 39 on Sept. 4, will start his ninth season playing under Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.



Vikings apparently still counting on cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 39 this season (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:36:06 PDT

The Minnesota Vikings have brought back cornerback Terence Newman, who turns 39 in September, on a one-year deal. It’s not often you see a 39-year-old defensive back in the NFL. In fact, only two that age or older have intercepted a pass in the league — Charles Woodson and Darrell Green — since 1978, per Pro Football Reference.



Post-free agency NFL mock draft: Deshaun Watson lands in very interesting situation (Shutdown Corner)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:13:11 PDT

Free agency has slowed to a virtual crawl, with Dont’a Hightower returning to the New England Patriots taking one of the last big names off the market. The NFL draft picture very much is coming into focus because of this. What’s most interesting is that the quarterbacks in this class, such as Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, still have some potentially solid landing spots but might have to be patient for their chance to shine.



Vikings sign ex-Packers 1st-round pick DE Datone Jones (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:06:18 PDT

The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive end Datone Jones, the former first-round pick of the rival Green Bay Packers. The Vikings finalized the one-year deal on Tuesday with Jones, who was selected 26th overall out of UCLA in the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Jones played in 59 of a possible 64 regular-season games, mostly as a backup.



Seahawks reach agreement with RB Eddie Lacy on 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:18:22 PDT

The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Eddie Lacy can be motivated by a one-year contract to rediscover the form that made him the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Seahawks and Lacy agreed to terms on a one-year deal Tuesday, providing Seattle a big body for a run game that was once the best in football but lagged last season following the retirement of Marshawn Lynch. ''I like that we're bringing in a big, tough guy that's going to send a message the way he plays the game,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said in an interview with KIRO-AM, the Seahawks flagship station, on Tuesday.



Patterson hops to show Raiders he's more than a returner (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:08:58 PDT

Cordarrelle Patterson's skills as a kick returner are unquestioned after four seasons in the NFL with two first-team All-Pro selections, the second highest-return average since World War II, and five momentum-changing touchdowns. When the Oakland Raiders told him they wanted to get more out of him as a big-play wide receiver, he jumped at the chance to sign a two-year deal as a free agent. Despite being clocked at a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL combine with speed that has shown up on kick returns, Patterson has never developed into a downfield threat as a receiver in Minnesota.



Raiders sign All-Pro kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:55:44 PDT

The Oakland Raiders signed All-Pro kickoff returner and speedy receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to a free-agent contract Monday. Patterson has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return in his career, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941. The Raiders last returned a kick for a touchdown in 2011, when Jacoby Ford did it against Cleveland.



Colts counting on new linebackers to add playoff punch (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:32 PDT

John Simon hopes to make the Indianapolis Colts' defense tougher. Barkevious Mingo just wants a shot to jump-start his career. Both are coming to town for the same reason - to lead the Colts back to the playoffs.



Report: Osweiler, O'Brien's confrontation in Week 17 led to split (Shutdown Corner)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:18:29 PDT

The shotgun marriage between the Houston Texans and Brock Osweiler began, as such things often do, with raised eyebrows last year at the thought of giving eight figures to an unproven backup. Putting aside a terrible season-long on-field performance — Osweiler ranked dead last among all starting quarterbacks in Pro Football Focus’s QB breakdown — reports continue to surface that Osweiler and Texans head coach Bill O’Brien just plain didn’t get along. Brock Osweiler and Bill O’Brien were quite the odd couple in 2016.



AP Source: Adrian Peterson takes free agent visit to Seattle (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:24:02 PDT

Adrian Peterson visited the Seattle Seahawks, while his original team in Minnesota hosted fellow free agent running back Eddie Lacy. There's still a path for Peterson to return to the Vikings, but the signs of his potential departure haven't stopped popping up. Peterson was at Seahawks headquarters on Sunday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details weren't being made public.



Lions reach 3-year deal with T.J. Lang (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:19:51 PDT

T.J. Lang is switching sides in an NFC North rivalry - and returning to his roots. The Detroit Lions agreed to a three-year deal with Lang, another significant move to bolster their offensive line in a busy offseason so far. Mike McCartney, Lang's agent, tweeted news of the contract Sunday.



Jaguars sign unrestricted free agents Charles, Cole, Watford (The Associated Press)

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:03:48 PST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed three unrestricted free agents: defensive tackle Stefan Charles, linebacker Audie Cole and offensive lineman Earl Watford.



Glennon gets Bears job, RG3 gets walking papers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:40:35 PST

It looks like Mike Glennon has a starting job in the NFL. Robert Griffin III no longer has any job. The Bears finalized their deal with Glennon, the former Tampa Bay quarterback, on Friday, one day after cutting Jay Cutler.