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Denver has 17 free agents heading into this offseason.
Monday morning, Elway was the general manager going back to work on a Denver Broncos team that woke up with the Super Bowl 50 Lombardi Trophy, 17 free agents and a legendary quarterback who isn't expected to return.
Brett Favre will go into Canton as a Packers legend, but we will always remember 2009, too.
HALL OF FAME FINALISTSMorten Andersen, K, 1982-2007Steve Atwater, S, 1989-1999Don Coryell, coach, 1973-86Terrell Davis, RB, 1995-2001Edward DeBartolo Jr., owner, 1977-2000
I've seen it all, from a wardrobe malfunction to (ugh) shellfish
Now at the Super Bowl with Carolina, Mike Remmers is on his fifth team in four years, including a brief stint with the Vikings. His task Sunday: Blocking Denver's Von Miller.
Joe Webb is Carolina's third-string QB, the emergency running back, the fifth receiver and a member of every special teams unit.
Ever since a low point in 2014, Panthers defensive backs have become masters of the takeaway.
All told, Wade Phillips has had 10 stints with nine NFL teams and has lasted 22 seasons longer than his father, Bum, did.
As Denver's outside linebackers coach, Fred Pagac is passing muster and then some, according to outside linebacker Von Miller.
Ex-Vikings DE Jared Allen seeks to cap his career with an elusive title playing on the biggest stage near his hometown.
Super Bowl 50 has some of the more resilient coaches the NFL has ever seen.
Cam Newton is not the first super man to defy comparisons heading into the Super Bowl.
Mark Craig's list to watch for next Sunday in Super Bowl 50.
A need-to-know for next Sunday's big game in Santa Clara.
The best of the best from the first 49 Super Bowls
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's 46-member selection committee was asked by the NFL to choose an all-star Super Bowl lineup featuring the greatest of the greats from the first 49 Super Bowls.
Take a look now at Kurt Coleman, the Vikings castoff from 2014 who became an NFC title-game star.
Drafting the right offensive linemen in the first round always helps. But a look at Sunday's AFC and NFC title games shows it's not necessary to get this far.
Four thoughts about the four teams still chasing Super Bowl 50, including why Carolina is a pretty good bet to beat Arizona and the secret to Denver's success.
A lot of this week's NFL buzz revolves around some highly decorated quarterbacks
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke to Blair Walsh in a team meeting to express his support for the kicker who missed the 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds of Sunday's wild-card loss to Seattle.
Adrian Peterson left Winter Park on Monday vowing to return not only as a better player, but a better fit for Norv Turner's offense. "I think Adrian has shown that he thrives on doubt," fullback Zach Line said.
Adrian Peterson gained only 45 yards on 23 carries against Seattle's elite defense and his fumble in the fourth quarter set up the field goal that gave the Seahawks their 10-9 lead.
Five takeaways from Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle.
Preparing for his return to the postseason, Adrian Peterson doesn't want to go down as another star player without a playoff pedigree.
The star running back wants to make sure his young teammate is playoff-ready.
Of the six NFC playoff teams, the Vikings have the second-youngest 53-man roster.
The three-time MVP is on list of modern-era finalists.
When the teams played last months, the Vikings were barely able to move the ball, Adrian Peterson gained only 18 yards and the Vikings fell behind by 35 points.
A look at the Vikings' 53-man roster shows 23 players with playoff experience.
With veteran John Sullivan out for the entire season, the veteran back-up took over the center position and, according to the data, played it as well as anyone in the NFL.
Everson Griffen led the charge, but he had plenty of help in turning the tide the Vikings' way.
Five takeaways from Sunday night's Vikings-Packers tilt to decide the NFC North.
Nearly thirty-two years ago, Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was Packers teenage ball boy Mike Priefer. “The summer of 1984, my dad [Chuck] has…
With banged-up offensive line, Packers anxious about keeping Rodgers upright
Against the rest of the NFL, Eddie Lacy is averaging a relatively tame 64.2 yards rushing per game. Against the Vikings, his average is 106.8 per game.
Showdown for the NFC North title pits the Vikings' old-school defense vs. Green Bay's QB-centric offense.
Carolina is at the top. Which teams follow?
Limited recently by injury, the safety's pick-six turned the tide against the Giants. It was Smith's fourth interception return for a touchdown with the Vikings.
The Giants' struggles defensively are reminiscent of what the Vikings went through in 2011 and 2013 before coach Mike Zimmer was hired to help rebuild the franchise.
Peterson, who fought his own NFL suspension from late last season into the offseason, said Giants receiver and NFL pariah du jour Odell Beckham Jr. shouldn't have been suspended
The only decision easier than Monday's one-game suspension of Odell Beckham Jr. would have been Sunday's prompt ejection of Odell Beckham Jr.
Unbeaten Carolina sits atop the NFL:
The second-year back scored his first NFL TD.
Five takeaways from Sunday's Vikings game vs. the Bears.
If the Chiefs (8-5) win as a 7 ½-point favorite at Baltimore on Sunday, they will become the first team in NFL history to win eight straight games immediately after losing at least five straight.
The strangest injury of Harrison Smith's athletic career will sideline the Vikings' best safety for the third time in the past four games.
Sunday's performance as favorites at home against a 5-8 Bears team will be a strong indicator as to whether Zimmer has the consistency of a playoff-caliber team or an up-and-down team.
In today's NFL, fans expect kickers to be automatic.
It's the Panthers at the top.
Teddy Bridgewater has promise but there are going to be times like Thursday night, when he's going along very well but makes a mistake and ends up on the ground in a twisted heap.
Mike Iupati's key grab - an alert pass deflection turned into a 10-yard reception - helped set up Arizona's game-winning field goal
Five takeaways from Thursday night's game from NFL writer Mark Craig.
There is heightened pressure on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Adrian Peterson and a Vikings offense that was embarrassed, questioned from within and mocked by Seattle.
The veteran receiver from Minneapolis isn't slowing down at 32.
"I'm not glad it's a short week," Sharrif Floyd said. "I'd rather play these boys on Sunday. But what can you do? So we're going to get ready."
The Panthers just keep winning; the Browns, not so much.
So many things went wrong for the Vikings on Sunday.
Seattle took turns pounding on and dancing away from Vikings defenders for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries.
The flying flags reached the absurd in the third quarter when three different Vikings committed three 10-yard penalties on three consecutive first-down snaps.
11-30-14 Last regular-season loss — 31-13 to the Vikings — dropping their season record to 3-8-1. 15-0 Regular-season record since then; Carolina also went…
Out of a possible 121 combined starts, Vikings defenders have missed only eight because of injuries this season.
Sharrif Floyd said Thursday that he is starting at nose tackle on Sunday against Seattle as Linval Joseph recovers from a foot injury that forced him to miss practice
Chad Greenway's family runs the "Lead The Way Foundation" which has raised more than $1.5 million for children's causes since 2009.
Boxing gloves, blinders and pig rasslin' have helped the Vikings overcome some of their flaws. Would mixed-martial arts and ballet help, too?
The Panthers, as the NFL's last remaining unbeaten team, stay on top. At No. 32 are the brutal Browns.
The Falcons gave up a season-high 191 yards Sunday, 158 (and two TDs) to Adrian Peterson.
Takeaways from Sunday's 20-10 Vikings' victory over the Falcons from NFL writer Mark Craig.
Xavier Rhodes played big Sunday against Julio Jones, the league's top wideout.
"It seems like every time we play these big-time games, we don't show up," cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. "So we got to fix that. We got to fix that right now."
Through four games, the Vikings had eight takeaways, at least one in each game. In six games since then, they've had three takeaways, four games with none. But the slumping Falcons have been turnover-prone.
How the teams stack up in the NFL this week, from the Patriots on down.
As Vikings' veteran Terence Newman can attest, coach Mike Zimmer stresses the mental side of the game.
Among other things, a team built around defense, Adrian Peterson and favorable field position needed a better performance from punter Jeff Locke.
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