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Vikings won't get any compensatory draft picks in 2017

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.

The Vikings have not been awarded a compensatory pick since 2012 and have received only 16 since this system was introduced in 1994. And as my colleague Mark Craig wrote a couple years ago, they have not done much with the compensatory picks they have scored over the years.

Of course, if you need a reminder of the good that can potentially come from these bonus picks, pull up the highlights from Super Bowl LI. The Patriots drafted Tom Brady with one of them back in 2000.

Spielman: Coaches, staff looking to retool Vikings after last year's failure

Rick Spielman met with local beat reporters this morning and assured us all that the Vikings have a plan in place for the looming offseason. Unfortunately, Spielman did not share many specifics of that plan with us. But the GM did give some insight on how the Vikings might proceed.

The front office and coaching staff spent the past six weeks taking a long look at their roster and then compared their players to the ones who are expected to be available next month in free agency and in April’s draft.

While he noted that “everyone gets riled up” if the Vikings don’t make a splash on the first day of free agency, Spielman did seem open to being active after a disappointing season that saw them go from 5-0 to .500.

“I hate failure with a passion,” said Spielman, still dwelling on last season.

The Vikings put a price on every free agent and are leery of committing to long-term contracts that could cost them dearly down the road. But they did also sign nose tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and guard Alex Boone early in free agency during the past three years.

Spielman acknowledged the offensive line is an area the Vikings have to address. He conducted a study looking into the correlation between when a lineman is drafted and how successful those players were at the NFL level. Unsurprisingly, he concluded that a “much lower percentage” of the linemen picked after the first three rounds became quality starters.

Spielman also acknowledged that the Vikings have selected only two linemen in the early rounds, Matt Kalil and Phil Loadholt, since 2006.

So, yes, the Vikings will be eying the top offensive linemen early in April’s draft. But as Spielman said, “there are other holes on this roster, too.”

Now that the Vikings have pretty much set their draft board, Spielman believes this a good draft for tight ends, corners and safeties. As for the tailbacks? He said it is the strongest class he has ever seen — noteworthy because they have a decision to make on a certain $18 million man.

Spielman acknowledged that Adrian Peterson has a “significant” salary on the books for 2017, but he would not say what the Vikings plan to do about it. (We’ve reported the obvious, that there is no way Peterson plays at that salary.) Spielman said the decision on Peterson has not yet been made, but no matter what happens, Adrian will “always be a Viking.”

Spielman was also noncommittal when asked twice about whether the Vikings will look to give quarterback Sam Bradford a contract extension, though he later mentioned Bradford when listing a handful of key players who will be due for new contracts in the next couple of offseasons.

And the Bradford question prompted him to veer to Teddy Bridgewater, who still has no recovery timeline and has not been cleared to throw or do other football activities. Asked if he was 100 percent certain that the 24-year-old would play again, Spielman couldn’t say with certainty.

During the hour-long chat with reporters, Spielman also said he expects an announcement from linebacker Chad Greenway about his future in the next couple of weeks, that the Vikings have not closed the door on left tackle Matt Kalil, and that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, still rehabbing his knee injury from last season, is still under contract with the Vikings.

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