Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: September 22, 2011 9:15 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2011 9:16 pm

Kluwe's whiteboard speaks out on fake injuries

Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is unimpressed with your pretend ailments. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

There's so much more to Chris Kluwe than professional football punter. In addition to his day job with the Vikings, he's also in a band, and avid gamer (we're going out on a limb: based on his Twitter handle he's really into World of Warcraft … and check), brutally honest, a great writer and, in general, hilarious.

Last October, after the league started cracking down on illegal hits and fining just about anything that moved (they even sent around a handy "Here's how you tackle properly!" video that was universally mocked), Seahawks punter Jon Ryan got absolutely obliterated by Bears wideout Earl Bennett. To which the league said: "Bravo! That's what we're talking about. Perfectly legal!"

This prompted Kluwe to consult the Vikings' locker room whiteboard (click the image to enlarge):

Well, ten months later Kluwe and the whiteboard are back, this time warning of the dangers of fake injuries. Here's a tweet from Thursday:

Deon Grant has no idea what you're talking about, Kluwe.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 1:57 pm

Vikings have 'no intention' of benching McNabb

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb didn't exactly have the best numbers on Sunday -- 39 yards passing against the Chargers in an embarrassing effort as the Vikings fell to 0-1.

Considering that Minnesota drafted Christian Ponder out of Florida State, it wouldn't be shocking to hear any chatter about whether or not McNabb should remain the starter for the duration of the season. He might not hold that role all year, but CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported Sunday that, at least for right now, the Vikings have "no intention of benching" McNabb.

"I want continuity this year," Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told Casserly.

Frazier cited McNabb's last season with the Redskins -- proving that we (the public, the media) are not alone in thinking that what went down in Washington was just ridiculous.

And that's precisely why Frazier wants to provide some continuity for the veteran; yanking him out of the lineup and rolling with Ponder might work OK, but it also has the potential for immediate failure. If that's the case, Frazier would have to throw McNabb back out there as a starter.

It's an awkward and touchy situation, but it's a smart move by Frazier to at least stick with one plan going forward. That plan is McNabb, for better or for worse.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 4:44 pm

Report: Sidney Rice has torn labrum

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (4:44 p.m. ET): This is what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had to say about the report of Sidney Rice's torn labrum:

"I don't know what you are talking about as far as this report."

So, there's that.


Sidney Rice certainly isn’t going to change people’s minds who think that he’s brittle, perhaps giving vindication to the Vikings who didn’t feel like giving him a long-term deal was the best idea.

Unfortunately for Seattle, the Seahawks did sign Rice -- who missed most of last season with a hip injury -- to a five-year deal worth $41 million. And all they’ve gotten so far is a receiver who’s been inactive for the first two games of the season.

Now comes the news from Jay Glazer, reporting on Fox NFL Sunday, that Rice has a torn labrum in his shoulder and that he could have to undergo surgery. But Glazer said that Rice will try to work through and rehab the injury without having the surgery.

Either way, it’s bad news for Rice and the Seahawks, and we probably shouldn’t count on seeing him on the field anytime soon.

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Posted on: September 11, 2011 1:22 pm

Bryant McKinnie got $75K weight bonus from Ravens

Posted by Will Brinson

Bryant McKinnie was cut by the Vikings for a number of reasons. And perhaps even about 400 of them -- McKinnie's weight was absolutely out of control and the Vikings were reportedly concerned about his conditioning.

And according to CBS Sports' Charley Casserly, the Ravens -- who signed McKinnie as a free agent -- were wise enough to build a "weight-loss clause" into McKinnie's contract and the tackle earned $75,000 for getting his weight down to the "prescribed weight of 372" pounds.

Is it kind of nuts that McKinnie's getting paid more for getting just under 400 pounds than most Americans make in a year? Yeah, it's pretty bananas.

But the Ravens were clearly worried too his weight too -- their desperation for offensive line help outweighed the concern. They did the smart thing, though, by giving McKinnie some motivation to get in decent shape.

Even if it costs them a wad of cash, it was immediately worth it on Sunday, as on the Ravens first play from scrimmage, McKinnie made a crucial block at the next level to spring Ray Rice for a big 36-yard gain.

He's got the talent to be a difference maker in Baltimore and now it looks like he might have the motivation too.

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Posted on: September 10, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2011 6:55 pm

Adrian Peterson agrees to $100 million deal


Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember how last week the Titans blew your mind by signing running back Chris Johnson to a four-year deal worth $53.5 million ($30 million guaranteed)? Not surprisingly, the Vikings have gone a step further. Make, that about three steps further.

According to Pro Football Talk, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will sign a seven-year deal potentially worth as much as $100 million ($36 million guaranteed).

Which is insane money, especially for a running back. But it also means, just like what's happened in Pittsburgh with Troy Polamalu, Peterson now will likely stay in Minnesota for the rest of his career.

Said owner Zygi Wilf: "Adrian’s performances on the field have given fans so much excitement since he first joined us as a rookie. His talent and determination are remarkable and we are proud to have him be a part of the family for years to come. We are excited that in the past week we have been able to lock up Chad Greenway and Adrian for the long term. Both players have come up in our system and are the foundation to the future of the Vikings."

And coach Leslie Frazier: "Adrian is, to me, the best running back in pro football and we’re happy to have him as a part of the organization for the long term. He’s a fan favorite and a great teammate. Adrian’s a guy we lean on when he’s on the field with the ball in his hand and as a leader in the locker room.”

Added Ben Dogra, Peterson's agent, to the AP: "Adrian loves playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Deep inside he wanted to finish his career with the Minnesota Vikings ... He said, 'Look, I'm under contract. I'm just going to play. He never contemplated holding out. He understands the business side of things. He's very smart like that."

Usually, $100 million contracts were reserved for quarterbacks (unless your name is Albert Haynesworth) and definitely not running back. Not anymore apparently, and CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman makes a good point. Writes Freeman: "Is it a risk? Hell, yeah, it is. But it's also a sign. NFL teams, with higher salary cap numbers, awash in cash, and fully aware there will be labor peace for a decade, are willing to take more risks with guaranteed money."

Even for running backs who, almost unanimously, are less effective (or out of football completely) after the age of 30. Peterson, by the way, is 26, so presumably, he has almost another half-decade of productivity left.

And with his new deal, hopefully Peterson is now clear that he's not actually being paid slave wages.

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 4:18 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2011 4:37 pm

Vikings give Chad Greenway 5-year, $20M extension

Posted by Will Brinson

Last year, Chad Greenway did a lot of work, piling up 144 total tackles, one sack and a forced fumble. So it's fitting that the Vikings used Labor Day to reward the linebacker with a five-year, $41 million contract extension that features $20 million in guaranteed money.

Those terms come via Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, as the Vikings who are also believed to be discussing an extension with running back Adrian Peterson, did not disclose terms of the extension.

Greenway originally signed his franchise-tag tender back in March before the lockout began and was scheduled to make more than $10 million this season. But now he's locked in for more than just the 2010 season and, while he's going to cost a lot over the next five years, the Vikings also have a little security at linebacker for the near future.

"I'm very, very thankful knowing he's going to be here for a while," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday after practice.

He's not the only one who's happy -- Greenway is pretty thrilled at the prospect of his new contract as well. (And you can't really blame him: locking yourself into more than $10 million a year for the next five years is a pretty, pretty good setup.)

"Both sides wanted to get a deal done, so it makes it a little easier to work through that," Greenway said. "Just really happy."

Greenway's deal, as Fowler correctly points out, was tougher to pull off because he's not a sack machine like outside linebackers in 3-4 defenses.

In fact, he has just 6.5 sacks in his career (5.5 coming in 2008), but the tackles don't lie -- he's piled up 463 tackles in just four full years after missing his rookie season with a torn ACL, and hasn't missed a start since returning from that injury.

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Posted on: September 1, 2011 5:51 pm

Peterson will benefit from Johnson's new contract

PetersonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You know who’s really happy about Chris Johnson’s new mega-extension (the four-year, $53.5 million deal with $30 million of guaranteed money that we told you about earlier? Yes, Chris Johnson, of course.

But the second-happiest person might be Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. Last week, the Vikings press corps asked Peterson about Johnson’s holdout in Tennessee. “Pay the man,” Peterson said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Now that the Titans have, Peterson is set to cash in as well. Probably at an even higher rate.

Peterson, who was the highest-paid back in the NFL before Johnson inked his new deal, will make $10.72 million in this, his contract year. But Peterson obviously wasn’t in a hurry to sign a new deal without seeing what Johnson agreed to first. Now that Johnson has set a new standard among running backs and with Peterson set to be a free agent after the 2011 season, Peterson likely will look at Johnson’s guarantee and go even higher.

As the newspaper writes, “Peterson is in perpetual competition with Johnson. He hates it when people say or even suggest Johnson is the league's best running back. The Vikings could let Peterson play out the final year of his contract at $10.72 million this season and then stick the franchise tag on him for about $12 million next season. That would save money, but that also comes a likely giant mess.”

Mostly because it would upset Peterson.

And with a new franchise quarterback in Christian Ponder set to take over the team, and considering Peterson is still only 26 and probably has a few more productive years left in his body, the Vikings don’t have much of a choice. They’re going to have to pay him, and they’re going to have to pay him well.

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Posted on: August 29, 2011 10:07 am
Edited on: August 30, 2011 5:20 pm

NFL cuts: Teams down to 80 by Tuesday afternoon

Posted by Will Brinson

Throughout Monday and Tuesday, teams will be scrambling to get their rosters down to 80 players before the league-imposed deadline of 4 p.m. EST on Tuesday. (Teams must be down to a 53-man roster before Saturday.)

There will be lots of names you've never heard of and/or don't know, but that's OK. We'll track those various cuts here anyway, so feel free to bookmark this page and come back early and often to keep up-to-date on who your team's getting rid of.

-- Tuesday --
  • The Redskins announced that one of their cuts to get to 80 was waiving injured receiver Malcolm Kelly. The team also released offensive lineman Corey O'Daniel, defensive back Dante Barnes, defensive back Tyrone Grant and tight end Joe Torchia.
  • The Chargers announced they have released long snapper David Binn -- the longest-tenured player in team history. Said general manager A.J. Smith in a statement: "This was a hard decision; one of our most difficult. David has been the ultimate professional. He’s a team-first guy and a perfectionist at his craft. His hard work and dedication made him one of the best long snappers ever to play the game." Binn played 17 years for San Diego.
  • The Chiefs announced that they put offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan on injured reserve and cut kicker Todd Carter.
  • The Seahawks announced that they cut defensive tackle Jay Alford and safety Rickey Thenarse to get to the 80-man roster limit.
  • The Bills announced Tuesday that they cut linebacker Brad Jefferson, putting them at 80 players on the roster.
  • The Packers announced that they released wide reciever Antonio Robinson and that they'll have two more roster cuts coming some time Tuesday in order to get to 80.
  • The Steelers announced they've gotten down to 80 players on Tuesday morning, by cutting linebacker Chris Ellis, wide receiver Terrence McCrae, cornerback Niles Brinkley and defensive tackle Anthony Gray.
  • The Lions informed fullback Jerome Felton that they were cutting him on Tuesday. [NFL Network]
-- Monday --
  • The Seahawks have released receiver Chris Carter, cornerback Jesse Hoffman, linebacker Neal Howey, guard Zach Hurd, receiver Brandon Smith, fullback Ryan Travis, defensive tackle Teryl White and receiver Patrick Williams.
  • The Titans waived defensive tackle Jovan Haye, safety Nick Schommer, quarterback Brett Ratliff, fullback Patrick Hills, receiver Owen Spencer, linebackers Jonathan Cornell and Kevin Malast, punter Chad Cunningham and long snapper John Stokes.
  • The Jaguars cut quarterback Todd Bouman, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson and wideout Greg Ellingson.
  • The Patriots surprised lots of folks when they cut safety James Sanders on Monday. Additionally, they have reportedly cut wide receivers Tyree Barnes and Darnell Jenkins, running back Eric Kettani, and defensive end Clay Nurse. [Boston Herald]
  • The Cowboys cut center Andre Gurode, which should save them about $5.5 million in salary. [DallasCowboys.com]
  • The Bears officially have cut defensive linemen Vernon Gholston and Tank Tyler, quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, center J.C. Brignone and linebacker Tanner Antle. Those cuts got them to the 80-man roster, so they don't have to cut Chester Taylor today, though it's believed it'll happen Monday afternoon.
  • The Bears have reportedly already informed running back Chester Taylor that he's been cut. The lesson as always? Don't complain about playing time. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Chiefs waived seven players on Monday, they announced. Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, running back Tervaris Johnson, defensive backs Javes Lewis and Mario Russell, and wide receivers Chandler Williams, Josue Paul and Chris Manno were all cut.
  • The Broncos announced seven cuts on Monday afternoon: running back C.J. Gable, cornerback Nate Jones, linebackers Braxton Kelley and Deron Mayo, offensive linemen Curt Porter and Shawn Murphy and defensive lineman David Veikune.
  • The Lions announced that they cut eight players on Monday morning: wide receiver Demario Ballard, running back Mike Bell, tight end Richard Dickson, linebacker DeJuan Fulgham, wide receiver Marcus Harris, defensive back Michael Johnson, kicker Dave Rayner and defensive tackle Montavious Stanley.
  • The Vikings cut 10 players on Monday morning, including quarterback Rhett Bomar, on Monday morning. [CBSSports.com]
  • The Steelers announced that they're down to 84 on Monday, having cut tight end Vaughn Charlton, cornerback Kevin Dockery, wide receiver Eric Greenwood, wide receiver Kenneth Moore and tight end Miguel Chavis.

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