• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on how the team got Everson Griffen to rework his contract: “We were able to come to an agreement with his agent. That process started back when I met with his agent at the combine. We were able to come to terms that we felt could keep Everson here but also help us, as well, to keep an Anthony Barr, and those kinds of things we’ll do down the road here.” Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer were at Ohio State this past week looking at offensive linemen.
• The Vikings signed guard Josh Kline, who was released by Tennessee on March 15. Titans GM Jon Robinson told reporters even though Kline had started all 16 games last year, the team “felt like we needed to kind of turn the page on that one.”
• The Green Bay Packers have spent big money to improve their defense and their offensive line this offseason. They have spent $182 million on linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and guard Billy Turner.
• Former Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson had played four NFL seasons on one-year contracts before the Browns gave him a four-year deal. He told Cleveland.com, “I wanted to find a home and make myself a dominant force in one organization and not just get passed around.”
• The Eagles and Jets, respectively, signed ex-Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo and quarterback Trevor Siemian to be backups.
• Kate Mortensen, president of the Minneapolis Final Four Local Organizing Committee, said she expects 90,000 visitors from out of state for all the events.
• Gophers men’s hockey got a commitment from Jonny Sorenson, who has been playing for Fairbanks (Alaska) in the North American Hockey League. The former St. Louis Park High athlete is the grandson of Paul Wiggin, the Vikings player personnel consultant.