The Vikings did not receive any compensatory draft picks this year.
The NFL on Friday afternoon revealed which teams have been awarded the 32 compensatory picks for April's draft. Unsurprisingly, the Vikings were not one of the 16 teams that received at least one bonus selection, which can now be traded for the first time in NFL history.
Which teams receive these comp picks is determined by a secret formula developed by the NFL Management Council that the NFL says is "based on salary, playing time and postseason honors." To simplify it, if you lose more quality free agents than you sign, you'll probably get at least one.
Last offseason, the Vikings signed guard Alex Boone to a four-year, $26.8 million deal and their most notable free-agent losses were defensive backs Josh Robinson and Robert Blanton, who signed modest deals to be backups elsewhere. So they weren't expecting a comp pick this year.
Chiefs sign Spiller
The Chiefs signed veteran running back C.J. Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move.
The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.
Palmer leads by one
Ryan Palmer shot a 5-under 65 on Friday and shared the lead with PGA Tour rookie Wesley Bryan going into the weekend at the Honda Classic.
Palmer made seven birdies on another day of ideal scoring and reached 9-under 131.
Bryan, who had his best PGA Tour performance last week at Riviera, shot a 67 and saved his round with a bogey on the 13th hole when he had to play one shot from the trees with his putter.
They were a shot ahead of Rickie Fowler (66), with Anirban Lahiri (68) another shot behind.
Palmer took four months off at the end of last year when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. He said the recovery is going well.
Sled dog racing
Zirkle battling anxiety
One of dog mushing's leading figures has suffered panic attacks and undergone therapy in the year since she was stalked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska.
"I had a really hard time this first half of the season, a really hard time," musher Aliy Zirkle said Friday.
Zirkle, who has five straight top-five finishes in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plans to run in this year's race, which starts next week.
"I feel like I should tell people, 'Yeah, I'm going back out there,' but I wish I could say I was fine. But there will be some struggles out there," she said.
Arnold Demoski was given a six-month sentence for driving a snowmobile at four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King and Zirkle in separate attacks on March 12 near the village checkpoint in Nulato, Alaska. One of King's dogs, Nash, was killed, and other dogs were injured.
Vonn, Shiffrin sit out
Lindsey Vonn wasn't about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race Friday in Crans Montana, Switzerland, because of dangerous conditions on the course. The first three racers all crashed, and one was taken away on a stretcher because of a knee injury.
"For me I've had so many injuries, I don't need to risk anything today," Vonn said. "A lot of the other athletes and coaches were asking me to put pressure on everyone to try to cancel the race because it's too dangerous, and I did my best but I just pray that no one else gets hurt today. It was a smart decision for our team to pull out of the race."
staff and wire reports