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Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:39:17 GMT2018-02-21T17:39:17Z


Sharrif Floyd awaiting grievance settlement with Vikings over contract dispute

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:40:53 GMT2018-02-21T00:40:53Z

The injured defensive tackle and Vikings are in a salary dispute.

Panthers re-hire Marty Hurney as full-time general manager

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:39:17 GMT2018-02-21T17:39:17Z

Vikings' decision looms on Case Keenum as franchise tag window opens

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:33:18 GMT2018-02-20T18:33:18Z

The Vikings’ newly-assembled brain trust on offense hits the ground running. Coordinator John DeFilippo and senior assistant Todd Downing, hired 10 days apart this month, will help craft their new team’s approach to finding a starting quarterback. One device is at the Vikings’ disposal as of Tuesday: the franchise/transition tag. Starting Tuesday, NFL teams have a two-week window to prevent one of their pending free agents from hitting the open market with a one-year contract. The Vikings’ front office has recently been proactive in re-signing coveted players the summer before they reach this point. But they’re now in uncharted waters with perhaps the most unique quarterback situation in the NFL. All three experienced quarterbacks are set to become free agents with two caveats: 1) Teddy Bridgewater’s contract may ‘toll,’ or roll into 2018, depending on whether Bridgewater and the NFLPA can prove he was medically able to play before Week 6. 2) An extension can be reached at anytime, or the tag can be used to keep a quarterback like the healthy Case Keenum. The deadline to apply a franchise or transition tag is 3 p.m. on March 6. The Vikings have never used the tag, which began in 1993, on a quarterback. Only twice has the organization slapped a one-year tender on a player, and not since Chad Greenway in 2011. Tight end Jim Kleinsasser was tagged in 2003. Earlier this month, general manager Rick Spielman said “nothing has been decided” when asked if the tag was an option for any of his quarterbacks. Keenum is the most likely candidate between he, Sam Bradford and Bridgewater, but at a hefty cost. A breakout season surprised almost everybody as Keenum parlayed a one-year, $2 million journeyman deal with the Vikings into his eventual career-altering payday this spring. He won 13 games under center, including the franchise’s first playoff win since 2009 through the ‘Minneapolis Miracle’ against the Saints. Keenum had a career year in nearly every statistical measure under the direction of Pat Shurmur, now the New York Giants head coach. His sixth NFL season saw career highs in completion percentage (67.6%), yardage (3,547), touchdowns (22) and passer rating (98.3). He also had five of the 10 best individual passer ratings of his NFL career. Pinning him down right now would cost $21 or $23 million via a transition or franchise tag, according to former player agent Joel Corry who analyzes contracts for CBS Sports. If the Vikings go the quickest route to keep Keenum with a tag, he’d nearly quadruple his NFL career earnings overnight (when signed; teams can rescind tags until signed.) They would then have until July 16 to negotiate a long-term extension before the upcoming season. Teams can place two kinds of franchise tags – exclusive and non-exclusive – on a player. The non-exclusive (more common) gives an agent the ability to negotiate with other teams while the current team gets right of first refusal or two first-round picks if the player is signed away. The exclusive tag (uncommon, slightly more expensive) prevents negotiations with other teams. Transition tags are the cheapest of the three options and don’t provide any compensation if a player is signed away. That’s one option. The Vikings hold a few more. The two sides could work out a long-term deal at any point before Keenum hits the open market March 14. Keenum could command a deal roughly in the three-year, $54 million range with the first year and change guaranteed, according to’s Mike Sando. The Vikings and Keenum will also have to consider 31 other potential bidders, who can all legally begin negotiations with the quarterback on March 12. As much as a long-term quarterback solution is sought, the Vikings haven’t publicly bestowed that kind of confidence in Keenum. Head coach Mike Zimmer praised Keenum’s intestinal fortitude throughout the season. DeFilippo also stressed the need for an athletic quarterback this month during his introductory conference call wi[...]

Fake Super Bowl tickets and gear add up to $520,000, officials say

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:56:10 GMT2018-02-20T20:56:10Z

Officer says the counterfeit tickets were best she’s seen in 20 years.

Outsiders kind of knew the Super Bowl was in Minnesota and say they like us, maybe

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:33:53 GMT2018-02-20T18:33:53Z

The only proper way to dissect an American Public Media survey released Monday about the Super Bowl earlier this month in Minneapolis is by doing so in … hold on here … EXTREMELY MINNESOTAN FASHION. So I created three fictional and over-the-top stereotypical Minnesota characters to react to takeaways from the survey, which was conducted with 973 adult Americans who live outside of Minnesota. Fact 1: More than half of American adults (54 percent) could name where the game was played, including 47 percent who named Minneapolis when asked about the city, and another 7 percent who failed to name the city but accurately identified Minnesota as the state. The remaining 46 percent of Americans did not know where the Super Bowl was held. Hank, age 53, over breakfast at a greater Minnesota diner, to nobody in particular: “Hmmm, seems about right. I’ll tell you one thing, I’m sure glad I wasn’t in Minneapolis. That was a gol dang [redacted] nightmare. At least that’s what my sister tells me. She lives in the cities. Well, the suburbs. She didn’t go near it, either. But that’s what she said.” Fact 2: Young adults were considerably less likely to know the location than older adults. Only 37 percent of Americans age 18-34 were aware, compared to 53 percent of those age 35-44 and more than 60 percent of all Americans age 45 and above. Jared, age 22, at brunch: “My Insta feed the whole week was pictures of food and people doing Super Bowl stuff. I don’t know how anyone missed it even if they don’t live here, but OK.” Fact 3: Overall, 37 percent of adults indicated that they were “more likely” to think of Minneapolis as a good place to visit as a result of Super Bowl media coverage, compared to 29 percent who said “less likely.” Just under one-quarter of respondents said media coverage did not alter their impression of Minneapolis, and 11 percent said they did not know. … About 3 in 10 of those who were “less likely” named weather as their primary reason, Susan, age 47, during wine club: “I mean, it seems like people like us, kind of, which is nice. That 29 percent number, though … I don’t know, it’s interesting. It would be impolite to say more, but if they don’t like the weather here that’s fine. We don’t want them here. Did I just say that? The second glass of pinot must be kicking in! I’m not usually this catty.” You can read the summary and full report here. Or not.

Luck tells Indy fans he feels better, rules out more surgery

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:39:50 GMT2018-02-21T03:39:50Z

Jarvis Landry given non-exclusive franchise tag by Dolphins

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:14:25 GMT2018-02-21T04:14:25Z

Bears DB pleads guilty in northeast Iowa bar fracas

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:34:38 GMT2018-02-20T18:34:38Z

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If Jets will pay Kirk Cousins 'whatever it takes,' where would that leave Vikings?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:49:56 GMT2018-02-20T13:49:56Z

If you believe the Vikings should at least be considering a run at free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason — and you will find me in that camp — some recent rumblings out of New York might make you rethink that position. There’s no doubt Cousins, almost certainly set to hit the open market next month, was already slated to set off a bidding war and is certainly going to command more money than Case Keenum or any other in-house candidate the Vikings might consider. The question then becomes how much more is Cousins worth than Keenum or anyone else? ESPN’s Bill Barnwell laid out the argument nicely in his look at offseason moves teams should make recently, saying the Vikings should lock up Keenum unless they can get Cousins. Barnwell writes, “the Vikings could comfortably fit a five-year, $120 million deal for Cousins on their cap without having to shed talent in the short term.” That’s still more money than most of us will make in many lifetimes, but with the far less proven Jimmy Garoppolo getting five years and $137.5 million (at least on paper), it would be a discount. As we’ve found with countless athletes, at least those cashing in on a long-term contract for the first time (as opposed to those at the end of careers who have made their money and are now looking to win), the lure of big money is hard to turn down. Even when they have a lot, players often want more. That brings us to the Jets, one of the early identified suitors for Cousins. Reports have been trickling out of New York that the Jets aren’t just willing to give Cousins a lot of money. They’re willing to give him all the money he could want. Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, “The Jets want him badly, and sources say they’re willing to pay whatever it takes.” With that as a reference point, one has to imagine Cousins can get at least a five year deal worth $150 million — an annual value of $30 million per season — and probably more. The truly scary part, though, is this from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: With Cousins rocketing toward the open market … the question becomes whether the next contract he signs will be fully guaranteed, for the full duration of its four, five, or six years. One team already is being pegged in league circles as having the willingness to do it: The Jets. If the Jets will do it, other suitors for Cousins may have no choice but to follow suit. Now, in any other sport this would be moot because contracts are already guaranteed. But in the NFL, they typically are not. There is the reported value of the contract, and the asterisk with guaranteed money. If suddenly Cousins — hardly a sure thing as a franchise-altering QB in the first place — can command that kind of contract from a desperate team, the Vikings (if they are interested in the first place) might have no choice but to look in other directions. This could all be moot very soon. Teams can put the franchise or transition tag on players starting Tuesday, with a deadline of March 6 to do so. If the Vikings tag Keenum, they’ve made up their minds. But if this plays out beyond March 6 and we get to March 12 — when teams can start negotiating with outside unrestricted free agents — without a resolution, it could get very interesting in the back half of the month.