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Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:13:35 GMT2017-03-26T00:13:35Z


Adrian Peterson disputes report of $8 million contract demand

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:12:26 GMT2017-03-26T00:12:26Z

Adrian Peterson took to Twitter to dispute reports that he’s demanding at least an $8 million salary in the first year to play for a team this season. Peterson, who turned 32 this week, was slated to make $18 million for the Vikings before they replaced him with Latavius Murray. Since then, during the height of free agency, Peterson’s recruitment has been mostly silent. The reason, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, is that Peterson has an asking price of $8 million — a seemingly ridiculous expectation for an aging back coming off a year in which he was mostly sidelined by a knee injury. Peterson, who won the league rushing title in 2015, shot down that report in a lengthy social media reaction. — Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 25, 2017 Eddie Lacy signed with the Seahawks for $5.5 million. Murray’s three-year contract is for $15 million. The consensus all along has been that it would come down to money for Peterson. Of course he says it is more to it than that, but from a general manager’s perspective, that’s what it is all about. In January, two former GMs relayed that sentiment to our NFL Insider, Mark Craig: “It’s not a very good market for him,” said NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, the former Redskins general manager. “I think he’ll have to take a significant pay cut. That much is obvious. If he can pass a physical, somebody will offer him a job. But it will be for a heck of a lot less money than he’s used to.” Bill Polian, a Hall of Fame general manager and ESPN analyst, said if he still were a GM, his interest in Peterson would “depend entirely on the price Adrian’s agent was asking for.” “I would imagine there will be a number of teams that are attractive to him,” Polian said. “But I don’t know how many will be attracted to him. But it only takes one team to make a market.” For now, Peterson’s stated preference of putting winning over money will be tested, perhaps for weeks to come.

Mike Zimmer expecting a boost from Vikings' new faces

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:13:35 GMT2017-03-26T00:13:35Z

Super Bowl hosts share the wealth statewide

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:38:43 GMT2017-03-25T21:38:43Z

Worthington is the latest town to win a grant from the legacy fund

Brian Robison accepts a pay cut, gets another year on his contract

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:27:08 GMT2017-03-24T18:27:08Z

Defensive end Brian Robison has agreed to a pay cut, signing a one-year extension with the Vikings that technically keeps him under contract through 2018 but slashes his 2017 base salary by $1.4 million. Under his previous deal, Robison had a 2017 base salary of $5.3 million. His new base salary, which is now fully guaranteed, is $3.9 million. In 2018, Robison, who will turn 34 next month, is slated to have a base salary of $3.2 million, $1.25 million of which is guaranteed for injury only, per a league source. That covers Robison in the event he suffers a major injury in 2017. But if Robison is healthy after this season, the Vikings can cut him with no salary cap ramifications if they would like to do so. Officially, this is considered a two-year $7.5 million deal for Robison. Last season, at 33, Robison recorded 7.5 sacks while splitting time with emerging youngster Danielle Hunter at left defensive end and also playing snaps at defensive tackle in obvious passing situations. Despite another solid season from Robison, he has acknowledged that Hunter, who led the team with 12.5 sacks, has probably earned the right to start. He also recognized that he might be asked to take a pay cut. ESPN first reported that Robison signed a new deal with the Vikings. Robison, a fourth-round pick back in 2007, has recorded 269 tackles, 56 sacks and 13 forced fumbles in his 10 seasons in Minnesota.

Vikings free agency tracker for 2017

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:26:53 GMT2017-03-25T22:26:53Z

Which Vikings free agents are staying? Who is going? And who are the new guys? We will update this blog post throughout the offseason as the Vikings build their roster for the 2017 season. Want analysis on the big moves? Scroll over player names for links to related Star Tribune content. FA ADDITIONS Datone Jones, DL: from Green Bay, $3.75 million over one year Latavius Murray, RB: from Oakland, $15 million over three years Riley Reiff, OT: from Detroit, $58.75 million over five years Mike Remmers, OT: from Carolina, $30 million over five years FA LOSSES Audie Cole, LB: to Jacksonville for $2.6 million over two years Rhett Ellison, TE: to New York for $18 million over four years Charles Johnson, WR: to Carolina for $2.2 million over one year Matt Kalil, OT: to Carolina for $55.5 million over five years Jeff Locke, P: to Indianapolis for $3.5 million over two years Captain Munnerlyn, CB: to Carolina for $17 million over four years Cordarrelle Patterson, WR: to Oakland, for $8.5 million over two years Andre Smith, OT: to Cincinnati, for $3.25 million over one year RE-SIGNED Zac Kerin, G: one year, $615,000 Terence Newman, CB: one year, $3.25 million Jeremiah Sirles, G/T: one year, $690,000 Adam Thielen, WR: three years, $17 million RELEASED Scott Crichton, DL: $769,000 in cap savings Brandon Fusco, G: $3.2 million in cap savings Mike Harris, G/T: $2 million in cap savings  OPTION DECLINED Adrian Peterson, RB, $18 million in cap savings UNSIGNED FA Matt Asiata, RB, unrestricted Shaun Hill, QB, unrestricted Zach Line, FB, unrestricted Jake Long, OT, unrestricted Adrian Peterson, RB, unrestricted Justin Trattou, DE, unrestricted

Second-guessing on NFL sidelines could look a lot different next season

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:31:31 GMT2017-03-24T04:31:31Z

False patriotism of NFL scoundrels could keep Kaepernick unemployed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:55:11 GMT2017-03-24T23:55:11Z

Here's an idea for the quarterback: Line up a CFL job, become a star in Canada, and come back as a taller, faster Doug Flutie.

Packers add free agent defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:05:06 GMT2017-03-25T02:05:06Z

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