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New offensive line coach Tony Sparano is being entrusted to redefine, redevelop and rejuvenate the Vikings' weakest unit as training camp opens on Friday in Mankato.
On Tuesday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer joked that his players know when "Daddy's mad." Thursday, Daddy was bursting with pride. Months of hard work…
According to Mike Zimmer, Xavier Rhodes is different this offseason. Unlike last year, the 25-year-old corner hasn't had to relearn how to play the position - and is likely due a big payday.
One season after Joe Berger earned high marks while starting all 17 games for injured center John Sullivan, the longtime backup lineman's versatility was displayed again Tuesday.
A.J. Tarpley pursued his NFL dream with a single-minded purpose. But an unshakable sense of risk to his long-term health compelled him to abandon his football career after just one season.
The Vikings are the defensive tackle's seventh NFL stint and sixth team since leaving Purdue as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He's been with Arizona twice. He spent four days in New England. He's been to Miami and most recently with Green Bay and Chicago last season.
Vikings kicker Blair Walsh said he's past being upset about the playoff miss and instead draws confidence from last year's full body of work.
No 40-yard dashes, broad jumps or vertical leaps. The stop watches have been put aside in favor of football-related activities for the eight draft choices and a group of undrafted free agents.
Standing only 6 feet, 245 pounds and running a 4.82 40-yard dash, Kentrell Brothers lasted until the fifth round despite leading the nation in tackles per game (12.7) in the SEC at Missouri.
A look at winners, losers and, of course, the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Vikings first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell and former receiver Cris Carter, who share the same agent, spent two weeks this spring working out together daily for nearly two hours.
Everson Griffen used his draft free fall six years ago as motivation to make his freakish size, speed and athleticism assets to become a valuable member of the Vikings.
Folks in Los Angeles get to enjoy the fun this year. The Rams have the first pick of the NFL draft that kicks off Thursday night in Chicago. Star Tribune NFL writer Mark Craig weighs in with his full first round predictions. And the first pick is ...
Packers hope for an ILB, Lions want line help and the Bears need … a lot.
New strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar is "one of the best in the game that I've seen so far" says Everson Griffen, who noted the new coach works on "glute activation."
A wideout might make sense, but GM is keeping options open.
The legs are nimble and the arm is strong. But it's the head sitting atop North Dakota State's Carson Wentz that has NFL hearts aflutter as the 2016 draft gets set to kick off Thursday.
The Brainerd product who grew with his QB is expected to be a high pick.
Coaching staff's teaching skills give him confidence.
Jared Allen put enough "blood, sweat and tears" into his six-year stint as a Viking to know he wanted to officially retire with the team. So he signed a one-day contract.
"Happy to be back," Greenway said in a text to the Star Tribune. "Career goal, and love the organization. Vikes were great through the whole process."
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman is pulling no punches while setting the stage for a Mankato Summer Slam Battle Royale designed to forcibly upgrade an offensive line that has disappointed too many people for far too long.
Drinking almost cost Alex Boone his NFL career; now he's found himself and a no-nonsense style.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, whose spot on the roster was in doubt because of age, injury and a high salary cap figure, agreed to a pay cut remain with the Vikings on Monday, according to a source.
Just because your favorite team's wallet runneth over doesn't mean they are going to pay chicken-salad salaries for … well, you know.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman knows where to turn if he needs outside help identifying his team's biggest need.
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.
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