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Wide receivers around the NFL are getting paid big money. Will Stefon Diggs be next? How he fits in with new QB Kirk Cousins will be the factor.
In Ade Aruna's attributes — 34 ½-inch arms, 4.6-second 40-yard dash time, 38 ½-inch vertical jump — the Vikings see the kind of prospect with whom defensive line coach Andre Patterson has struck gold before.
The NFL's oldest defender wants to pursue a title, then has plans to retire.
After picking up the option for Trae Waynes, one of the teams' younger defensive backs, the Vikings tapped Terence Newman for another season as well.
Last week, Star Tribune football writer Ben Goessling offered his version of whom the Vikings would take in the 2018 NFL Draft. Take a look at his picks vs. the ones made by the team.
A team that went 13-3 last season has Super Bowl aspirations again this year. But the Vikings still face questions about how they'll reach that goal.
Since 1969, Penny Bryce has tended to uniforms of Vikings players but after she sewed the nameplate for first-round pick Mike Hughes the time has come to retire..
The Vikings on Thursday night waited patiently before picking up Mike Hughes, using a first-round pick on a defensive back for the fourth time in six years and continuing to invest in the league's top-ranked defense.
There's no doubt Kirk Cousins will be the alpha dog of a Vikings team that harbors Super Bowl expectations as it heads into 2018. But he knows better than to force himself into that role.
Adding Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson in free agency were big steps for the Vikings. The next is filling needs in the draft. Our ultimate Vikings Mock Draft features predictions for all seven rounds.
The team's 2018 schedule is highlighted by an opening five-week stretch that includes road games with the Packers, Rams and Eagles.
Linebacker Eric Kendricks is the first of four significant players signed by the Vikings who are scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season.
The former Bears receiver is on a one-year deal that he hopes will turn into something more long-term.
Wright, who played for the Bears in 2017, figures to join the team as a slot receiver who can pair with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs in a three-receiver set.
With the departure of Jarius Wright to Carolina, the Vikings got a visit from the former Bears receiver.
The former undrafted free agent, who's become the Vikings' career leader in punt return yards and touchdowns, signed a one-year contract.
With an engineering degree and peace in his heart, the 13-year NFL lineman has an eye on his future after football.
The bold move to sign Kirk Cousins came after the Vikings have shown two things: They can win without quarterback stability and with an ongoing inability to solve their most enduring problem.
The courtship continues: Free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on Wednesday dined in Minneapolis with seven members of the Vikings organization, including GM Rick Spielman, co-owner Mark Wilf and coach Mike Zimmer.
The Vikings could match any offers for lineman.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer cautioned at the combine that a quarterback move shouldn't come at the expense of the rest of the roster, and deals affecting the defense make up an outsized portion of the Vikings' potential contract extensions in the next year.
Certain traits, they believe, can help predict player success.
The Vikings' recent drafts have transformed the team's defense through the addition of athletic players who have shone at the NFL combine. So who's next?
As the Vikings search for a quarterback to lead for the future, don't rule out a move in the draft or backup Kyle Sloter as an option.
The Vikings' upcoming quarterback decision might be the one with the most potential to pierce the team's present cocoon of stability.
Mike Zimmer wants to be sure not to wear Dalvin Cook out upon his return as he pushes through a long season.
Rick Spielman declares no decision has been about whether to place the franchise tag on Case Keenum.
If Teddy Bridgewater's career with the Vikings is to continue, the team will have to sign him to a new deal for the 2018 season.
While the Vikings still have more than two weeks to work out a deal with quarterback Case Keenum before he becomes a free agent, they apparently don't plan to use their simplest method to retain Keenum's services for the 2018 season.
Sharrif Floyd missed all of last season and played just one game in 2016 after undergoing knee surgery. He's hoping to recoup his entire $6.757 million salary for the 2017 season
The Vikings are hiring former Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, according to a league source.
Here the Vikings go again? A successful 2018 - especially on offense - could land new OC John DeFilippo a head coaching job for 2019.
When coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman sat down with new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, hours after the Eagles celebrated their Super Bowl championship with a parade, they knew they had his attention.
John DeFilippo, 39, beat out Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, who was thought to be the team's other leading candidate to replace Pat Shurmur.
According to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan, the Vikings will interview Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Thursday. The eventual hire will help sort out the team's quarterback situation.
The Vikings have big decisions ahead at key positions as they prepare for a 2018 season that looks to feature a tougher schedule and, despite their success, high-level uncertainty.
Adrian Peterson, in town for the Super Bowl, said he wants to play for possibly another four years, sticking to his oft-stated timeline of playing until he's 37
Tom Brady on Sunday can lock up the most championships by an NFL quarterback while coach Bill Belichick can surpass Vince Lombardi. But standing in their way in a stout Eagles team.
When a torn ACL ended quarterback Carson Wentz's MVP-caliber season on a December afternoon in Los Angeles, the Eagles' fortunes were hoisted onto Nick Foles' shoulders.
The Vikings have a strong nucleus heading into 2018, led by the league's top defense. But there will be changes before next season — possibly at the most important position on the roster.
The team will talk to QBs coach Kevin Stefanski and former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
While things appear to be set up for the Vikings to have another strong season in 2018, two important positions on offense will have to be filled.
Vikings center Pat Elflein, who left the locker room on crutches and with his left foot in a walking boot after the NFC Championship Game, is among several players who will need off-season surgery.
A group of players that spent the past week talking about the need to take care of their current opportunity was left with no assurances another one would come along.
ESPN reported the Giants gave Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur a five-year contract, making him a head coach for the second time in his career.
There were no miracles in Philadelphia as the Vikings lost a sixth NFC championship and ended their season in humiliating fashion with the 38-7 defeat.
One more game. One more win. One last chance for the Vikings to earn a Super Bowl berth.
Case Keenum and Nick Foles — both signed as insurance plans for their teams before the season — will compete for a Super Bowl berth in Philadelphia in a most unlikely quarterback duel.
The long drought after Mike Zimmer won a Super Bowl on Dallas' staff in 1995 helped him make the point to his players that they shouldn't assume chances come along often.
On Monday morning, with perhaps the most dramatic moment in franchise history behind them and their biggest game in eight years ahead the Vikings got back to work the same way they always do.
According to a league source, Vikings' offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the Giants' top choice to become their next head coach.
Sam Bradford is back on the Vikings' 53-man roster, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be Case Keenum's backup.
Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur spent three days last week interviewing for four head coaching jobs, talking to the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and New York Giants about potential openings.
Once he arrived at Minnesota State, the Detroit lakes High School graduate began the process of elbowing his way through every obstacle that could hinder his future in football.
Only three players on the Vikings' active roster were even in the NFL at the time of the game. So while fans might be viewing this game as a chance for closure after a painful playoff loss, the current Vikings aren't.
Regardless of what happens Sunday, next week will be a rematch: The Vikings beat New Orleans in Week 1; Carolina was the last team to beat the Vikings on Dec. 10.
Sam Bradford said surgery was the last resort, but he's encouraged by the progress he has made in returning to the Vikings' practice field.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said he would have been a "terrible" player if he had to be ready this week.
Some veterans have waited eight years to play another NFC divisional playoff game at home.
The Vikings head into the playoffs as the second team in franchise history to win at least 13 games, after a 23-10 win over the Bears on Sunday. The Vikings will open the playoffs in two weeks as the NFC's No. 2 seed
Jarius Wright agreed to restructure his contract, but has made up the difference with per-game roster bonuses.
Beating the Bears counts twice as much since it would also guarantee a first-round bye for the Vikings.
In the Vikings locker room, the defensive end's rich family history and array of interests and talents leave teammates in awe.
The Packers walked into U.S. Bank Stadium in October with a 4-1 record and in prime position for another run deep into the NFL postseason. Then, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured.
They establish the run while applying enough pressure to Brett Hundley to keep him from making plays outside the pocket.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy made an effort to differentiate between the Anthony Barr hit on Aaron Rodgers and Sunday's by Thomas Davis.
The Vikings face a Bengals team missing all three of its starting linebackers and both of its regular starting cornerbacks. The Vikings should be able…
As the Vikings got back to work Monday, following their first loss since Oct. 1, they were beset by familiar questions about a topic they'd rather not have to revisit.
The Vikings, who had already ruled out right tackle Mike Remmers, deactivated center Pat Elflein for the game. Then, left tackle Riley Reiff limped off in the third quarter.
The Vikings have been nearly perfect at collecting TDs once inside the 20-yard line since returning from the bye week.
The Vikings want to keep pace with the Eagles in tiebreakers.
Without the benefit of a sack to derail a possession or a turnover to end one, the Vikings kept Atlanta out of the end zone for the first time in almost two years and took over the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
Few teams have done better scrambling at punching in new faces at quarterback than the Vikings.
Case Keenum becomes fifth quarterback in Vikings history to win NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors
The Vikings will start Case Keenum for the 10th time this season on Sunday in Atlanta, in the quarterback's first game after winning NFC…
The Vikings seem in no hurry to tout their Super Bowl credentials at this point - not with two critical road games coming up.
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