The quarterback-needy Vikings have taken a decisive lead in the open-market chase for Kirk Cousins. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Cousins -- the prize of free agency -- is likely to sign a three-year deal from the Vikings that includes approximately $86 million guaranteed. As expected, that tops the $27.5 million per year Jimmy Garoppolo earned from the 49ers. Cousins is slated to attend dinner with coaches and other essential Vikings personnel on Wednesday before visiting the club's brand new facility on Thursday.
The Vikings have already begun the process of preparing for their conference championship affair against the Eagles next Sunday. We, as fans, don't need to move on so quickly. Stefon Diggs' 61-yard touchdown as time expired is still hard to believe. When Vikings radio man Paul Allen called it the "Minnesota Miracle" in real time, what his description lacked in innovation it made up for in dead-on accuracy. That play was a miracle -- truly a divine intervention in human affairs. And since when did the heavens smile down upon the Vikings? Truly wild stuff.
Adam Thielen was drained mentally, physically and emotionally. Being on the field for one of the greatest plays in Minnesota Vikings history and seeing the replay hundreds of times of Case Keenum's 61-yard pass to Stefon Diggs for the first walk-off touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL postseason game, the receiver needed more than just a moment to process what he had witnessed.
While winning at Lambeau Field means a lot to the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC North champions have bigger goals in mind. A first-round playoff bye is well within reach, and could be secured as soon as Sunday. The Vikings took care of business on their end with a 16-0 victory Saturday night over the injury-depleted Green Bay Packers, the team’s first shutout in 24 years. Having already clinched the division title, Minnesota (12-3) can wrap up a first-round bye if the Carolina Panthers lose or tie on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Mike Zimmer was about ready to be done with his quest to become an NFL head coach, discouraged after so many fruitless interviews. Though he didn’t want to lose his esteemed defensive coordinator, Marvin Lewis encouraged Zimmer to stick with it. Finally, Zimmer was hired in Minnesota in 2014. Lewis remains in charge in Cincinnati, with the second-longest tenure in the league at 15 seasons.
Vikings receiver Jarius Wright saw one improbable comeback from an injury five years ago. Now he’s seen another. Wright was a rookie in 2012 when running back Adrian Peterson returned from a torn ACL suffered in December 2011 and rushed for 2,097 yards while being named NFL MVP. On Wednesday, Wright was there to see quarterback Teddy Bridgewater back on the active roster 15 months after suffering a torn left ACL and dislocated knee.
Adrian Peterson is another step closer to returning. The Vikings running back has been designated to return from injured reserve and will practice Wednesday, the team announced.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was puzzled by a non-call on a potential game-tying play against the Cowboys -- but teammate Brian Robison was more livid and laid into the game's referees.
Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has resigned, the team announced Wednesday. The Vikings have lost two straight games since starting 5-0.
The Vikings have made some of the game's best offenses look mediocre so far this season. Expect that to continue. This defense has the goods to make a deep playoff run, writes Matt Bowen.
After surgery to repair his injured knee earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings have officially placed running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve.
Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery on his injured knee. The Vikings' star running back is planning on having surgery to repair his torn meniscus on Thursday and will miss several months.
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Sam Bradford’s Vikings debut illustrated how everything and nothing is like we expected in this year’s NFL.
Stefon Diggs opened U.S. Bank Stadium with a career night as Trae Waynes picked off Aaron Rodgers late in the fourth quarter to secure the Vikings' 17-14 victory over the Packers.
A poor night for Adrian Peterson just got worse. The Vikings running back went down with a knee injury during Sunday's game and will undergo an MRI exam Monday morning.
Sam Bradford was worth a first-round pick to keep the hope alive in Minnesota. That hope just won't be in the starting lineup until Week 2.
Rick Spielman’s gamble illustrates how even smart people can succumb to wild desperation.
Just when you thought it was safe to head to the beach or watch some tennis during the summer's last long weekend, the NFL reminded you on Saturday morning that its phones never turn off. The Eagles and Vikings consummated a fun, fascinating trade just days before the season begins, with Philly sending starting quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota for a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. It's a remarkable turn of events for a pair of teams with two of the more intelligent and aggressive general managers in all of football. In both their cases, though, we can see just how the rules for quarterbacks and the rules for decision-making at all other positions are entirely different.
Dennis Green, who coached the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals over 13 NFL seasons, died Thursday night at the age of 67. "Dennis passed away last night from complications of cardiac arrest," Green's family said in a statement. "His family was by his side and he fought hard."