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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings

Andrew Krammer covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune, entering his sixth NFL season. From the Metrodome to U.S. Bank Stadium, he's reported on everything from Case Keenum's Minneapolis Miracle, the offensive line's kangaroo court to Adrian Peterson's suspension.

Krammer, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Journalism program, got his start covering local news through internships for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in St. Paul. Krammer was born on the east coast, raised on the west coast and ended up in the middle. He transitioned to his first love, sports, by taking over the Vikings beat at 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis prior to joining the Star Tribune's coverage in July 2016. You can find him at a local barbecue joint, Anytime Fitness or national park (during the Vikings' offseason).
Recent content from Andrew Krammer
Anthony Barr (55) is entering his eighth season with the Vikings.

Now one of the 'older dudes,' Barr looking for a fresh start with Vikings

The star linebacker agreed to a pay cut to ensure his last Vikings play wasn't a tackle resulting in a season-ending injury last September.
Vikings defensive ends D.J. Wonnum (98) and Stephen Weatherly (91) at practice this spring.

Mailbag: What's up with Vikings pass rush? Who's the next free-agent signing?

There could be a connection between the new veteran cornerbacks and Danielle Hunter's future. Andrew Krammer explains that and more in response to your questions.
New Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson, left, covers receiver Adam Thielen during Wednesday’s practice.

Vikings' overhauled cornerback group is leaning on experience

A year after starting two rookies for the majority of games, the team is looking to veterans to turn around its fortunes.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond, left, scrambles during practice Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via

Podcast: Cousins' security, defense under construction and a mailbag

The Access Vikings crew discusses Cousins' first comments since the Vikings drafted Kellen Mond, a work-in-progress defense, and your questions about free agents, Aaron Rodgers, and more.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland signed with the Vikings last week.

Coming off surgery, new Vikings corner 'anxious' to jump into mix

Bashaud Breeland, the former Chiefs starter who signed a one-year deal last week, remains limited with a recovering shoulder but could vie for a starting job at outside corner.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins during Wednesday’s practice.

Vikings OTA observations: Cousins connections boost two-minute drill

Under a scorching sun, quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings passing game were equally hot Wednesday against a secondary that's a work in progress.
Amari Henderson (32) at Vikings rookie minicamp last month.

Source: Vikings add another cornerback in recent tryout Henderson

Amari Henderson, who went undrafted in 2020 out of Wake Forest, was among five tryout players at the Vikings rookie minicamp last month.
Q&A:  Making the switch, Vikings rookie Von Rosenberg on leaving baseball

Q&A: Making the switch, Vikings rookie Von Rosenberg on leaving baseball

Undrafted rookie Zach Von Rosenberg played minor league baseball as a pitcher and won a college football national championship. Now he's trying to make it in the NFL at age 30.
In his seven-year career, Breeland has 14 interceptions, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

Vikings sign Bashaud Breeland as cornerback overhaul continues

The 2014 fourth-round pick has started 88 games over the past seven seasons with Kansas City, Green Bay and Washington.
Vikings sign former Titans cornerback Tye Smith

Vikings sign former Titans cornerback Tye Smith

Smith, who has seven career starts and one interception, has primarily been a reserve but started three games last season for Tennessee.

Sloppy day for Vikings offense leads to four interceptions at practice

Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions as the passing game struggled to connect in the non-padded OTA session.
Vikings offensive tackle Brian O’Neill.

O'Neill rises to leadership role on Vikings' offensive line

When the Vikings couldn't come to an agreement on a new contract with Riley Reiff, 25-year-old Brian O'Neill suddenly became an elder statesman of a young offensive line.
Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. ran with the ball during Wednesday’s offseason workout.

Smith practices for expanded role as Vikings tight end

Third-year pro Irv Smith Jr. has stood out with the starting offense during OTAs.

Vikings will host Broncos in joint practices, with plans for fans at training camp

Some familiar sights — like fans in attendance and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the field — are expected at Vikings training camp this summer.
The Vikings cut tight end Kyle Rudolph in March, but the salary cap savings are going to hit this week.

Vikings' salary cap space is about to increase to $14 million

Tight end Kyle Rudolph was the first in a wave of Vikings cost-cutting moves in March, but the team designated him a "post-June 1" release. Here's what that means.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the first half of an N

Podcast: OTA observations, Hunter's absence and ex-Vikings lineman Sirles visits

Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap the first full Vikings practice open to reporters and discuss Danielle Hunter's absence. Krammer is also joined by ex-Vikings lineman Jeremiah Sirles.
Dalvin Cook, right, at Wednesday’s workout. “I like to bring that kid out of everybody,” he said.

Cleveland switching sides among 8 things to know about Vikings' OTAs

During Wednesday's practice — the Vikings' third organized team activity this week — only two of five offensive line spots were the exact same as at the end of the 2020 season.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer chats with defensive ends D.J. Wonnum and Stephan Weatherly during Wednesday’s OTAs in Eagan.

Hunter still missing as Vikings gather for first off-season practices

Star defensive end Danielle Hunter missed all three sessions, according to a league source, with no indication of when he'll report to the team.
Michael Conroy/AP

Vikings claim center Cohl Cabral off waivers from Texans

Cabral, a second-year pro, spent his rookie season on the Rams and Texans practice squads after going undrafted out of Arizona State.
Shane Zylstra, who last played in 2019 for Minnesota State Mankato, turned his U of M pro day workout into a free-agent contract with the Vikings.

Pro day propelled three Minnesota hopefuls into shots at NFL rosters

Former D-II and D-II stars found scouts' eyes; two landed jobs.
Quarterback Kellen Mond, right, at the Vikings’ rookie minicamp last week.

Vikings mailbag: Cousins' future? Mond's fit? Second-year breakouts?

This week, readers asked about the future of Vikings' quarterback situation, the player primed for a Year 2 breakout and the possible starting secondary.
Podcast: Evaluating the Vikings roster as offseason workouts begin

Podcast: Evaluating the Vikings roster as offseason workouts begin

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand take a broad look at the Vikings' 90-man roster, discuss the start of offseason workouts and take your questions.
Vikings rookies Evin Ksiezarczyk and Wyatt Davis practiced during rookie minicamp Friday.

Sources: Vikings expected to sign two players after tryouts

Tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk and cornerback Amari Henderson were among five tryout players at this weekend's rookie minicamp.
Vikings rookies quarterback Kellen Mond talked to receiver Blake Proehl during Friday’s rookie minicamp in Eagan.

Vikings rookie QB Kellen Mond dives in headfirst for NFL education

The Texas A&M product has studied Kirk Cousins extensively and hopes to learn from the starter firsthand.
Vikings’ first-round draft pick Christian Darrisaw from Virginia Tech.

Vikings have deals with at least five draft picks

The list includes first-round pick Christian Darrisaw, who agreed to his rookie deal on Friday.
Podcast: Breaking down Vikings' 2021 schedule; chatting with ex-St. John's QB Jackson Erdmann

Podcast: Breaking down Vikings' 2021 schedule; chatting with ex-St. John's QB Jackson Erdmann

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand have opinions about the Vikings' 2021 slate. Plus, former St. John's QB Jackson Erdmann joins to discuss his well-traveled year chasing pro football dreams in a pandemic.
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson’s offseason film sessions have revolved around studying nuances of top NFL receivers such as Davante Adams.

After record-setting rookie year, Jefferson up for learning, improving

Justin Jefferson has been studying film of other top receivers, including the Packers' Davante Adams, to incorporate new moves into his game.
Vikings offensive guard Dru Samia, right, faces an uphill battle to keep his roster spot in 2021.

Five likely Vikings roster battles to watch during summer, training camp

Where could the Vikings' offseason additions create the most competition for spots on the 53-man roster? Here's a look at five likely battles to watch this summer.
(Carlos Gonzalez/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Vikings mailbag: Draft regrets, roster strengths, where's the cap money?

Evaluating the Vikings roster after the draft, the team's incoming salary cap space, the offensive line and more.
Minnesota Mankato tight end Shane Zylstra makes a catch during Minnesota’s pro day in April.

Vikings signing former Mankato receiver Zylstra

Shane Zylstra, from Spicer, Minn., led Division II with 1,676 receiving yards for the Mavericks during his senior season in 2019.
Zach Von Rosenberg

Vikings signing 30-year-old rookie punter who was drafted (to play baseball)

The Vikings added competition at punter with the addition of 30-year-old NFL rookie Zach Von Rosenberg, a former LSU punter and minor league pitcher.
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) with no helmet. and teammates ran through a series of warmup drills.] Jerry Holt •Jerry.Holt@startrib

Vikings mailbag: Linebacker change ahead? Will rookie linemen start?

Does the third-round pick at linebacker signal Anthony Barr's future? Two new Week 1 starters on the O-line? How'd the Vikings do compared to the rest of the division?
Memphis kicker Riley Patterson at the Senior Bowl in January.

Kicker, three receivers among Vikings' signings after draft

The Vikings added 10 undrafted players, including the former Memphis kicker Riley Patterson, who will compete for the starting job.
Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (11) makes a pass to Quartney Davis for a touchdown during the first half of a NCAA football game between Tex

Podcast: Vikings double down on O-line, make splash with QB Mond

The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer recap a busy weekend at the NFL draft on the latest Access Vikings podcast.
One of the biggest problems for the Vikings last season was special teams. They made improvement a priority on the third day of the draft including Io

Special teams draw a close look in later rounds of Vikings draft

The Vikings added two proven kick returners in fourth-round running back Kene Nwangwu (Iowa State) and fifth-round receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Iowa).
Clockwise from upper left: Central Missouri’s Zach Davidson; Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond; Iowa State’s Kene Nwangwu; Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis; Vir

3 days, 11 picks: Meet the players drafted by the Vikings

Offensive line, defensive line and special teams were points of emphasis as the Vikings filled roster needs with its stockpile of picks this weekend.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette (6) scored a touchdown against the Gophers in 2019.

Vikings draft 'gadget player' and tight end who can punt in 5th round

Iowa's Ihmir Smith-Marsette showed versatility when he scored via rushing, receiving and kickoff return in a bowl game. Zach Davidson of Central Missouri brings a different kind of versatility.
John Randle helped announce the Vikings’ third-round picks on Friday>

Vikings enter NFL draft's final day with six picks and positions to restock

The Vikings have six selections Saturday – including three in the fourth round – and have needs at secondary, receiver and kicker.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond

Texas A&M quarterback Mond kicks off busy third round for Vikings

GM Rick Spielman deviated from his typical course by not moving into the second round, and instead picked Texas A&M passer Kellen Mond early in the third round.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the draft in Cleveland.

More trades coming? Vikings have draft picks to make moves tonight

Right now, there are 33 picks until the Vikings are on the clock again, but with a stockpile of third-round picks GM Rick Spielman may be dealing today.
Christian Darrisaw is shown on stage at the NFL draft in Cleveland.

Get to know tackle Christian Darrisaw, the Vikings' first-round pick

Considered a 'pure left tackle,' the three-year starter at Virginia Tech didn't allow a sack last season.
Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste with Gophers coach P.J. Fleck at Minnesota’s Pro Day on April 1.

Draft should have Minnesota ties up and down the board

Trey Lance and Rashod Bateman are likely to hear their names called in the first round. Other players with Minnesota connections could be mid-round gems.
Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater was among the top draft prospects to opt out of last season.

Q&A: Ex-NFL scout breaks down 2021 draft's unusual challenges

This year's draft class has fewer players than normal available, and there were fewer opportunities to evaluate them.
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Podcast: Scouting, projecting 2021 NFL Draft has unique challenges

This draft is unlike any other after only some college football was played, and only some offseason events were held. How did teams adjust? What changes could be here to stay?
Workers continue preparing the NFL Draft Theatre in Cleveland.

Will the Vikings draft a backup QB? 'There's no position that's off limits'

Whether Rick Spielman will break tradition and invest a draft pick in a developmental or backup quarterback — something the Vikings haven't done outside the seventh round since 2008 — remains to be seen.
Rashod Bateman

Podcast: Minnesota to be well-represented in 2021 NFL Draft

Minnesota's ties to the NFL Draft are stronger than normal. Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer discuss prominent local prospects who should hear their names called this weekend.
Will Roger Goodell announce another offensive lineman as the Vikings’ top pick on Thursday night?

Podcast: Does Vikings' first pick in NFL draft have to be offensive line?

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss that and more Vikings story lines ahead of this week's NFL draft.
Rick Spielman and the Vikings have made it a habit to target offensive linemen early in the draft, including selecting center Garrett Bradbury No. 18

Once again, Spielman, Vikings focus on drafting right offensive lineman

The team has selected an offensive lineman in the first three rounds of the past four NFL drafts. Expect that to continue this week.
Tennessee receiver Josh Palmer in 2019.

2021 NFL draft preview: Vikings could use depth at wide receiver

Another receiver option could bolster a currently thin depth chart behind star wideouts Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
North Dakota State’s Dillon Radunz played in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30.

Under-the-radar NFL draft prospects working hard for attention

North Dakota State tackle Dillon Radunz's back story captivates in lieu of game video.
Jose Borregales of Miami is a leading kicking prospect in the draft.

Draft preview: Ongoing kicking drama. Will Vikings add to it?

The Vikings are in the kicker market, which means another addition wouldn't be a surprise after Dan Bailey's December collapse contributed to a pivotal loss.
NDSU quarterback Trey Lance runs for a touchdown against Central Arkansas in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020

Draft preview: NDSU's Lance adds to heralded quarterback class

Trey Lance, the Marshall, Minn. native, is a physical marvel who adds to a high-caliber 2021 QB group.
 Mike Zimmer spoke with Teddy Bridgewater in 2017. Could a reunion be forthcoming?

Vikings mailbag: Bridgewater reunion? Which line can wait in the draft?

A question about a high-profile backup for Kirk Cousins and queries about the draft and the kicking game highlight a new Vikings mailbag.
Tennessee’s Rennia Davis

Lynx take Tennessee forward Davis with only pick in WNBA draft

Rennia Davis, a 6-2 forward, Davis was considered one of the more versatile draft prospects because of her combination of athleticism and size.
Louisville guard Dana Evans, driving above against Oregon, is a player the Lynx may consider if they want to add depth to their backcourt after tradin

Another Rookie of the Year? Can Lynx strike gold again in tonight's draft?

With three free-agent acquisitions and the last two WNBA Rookies of the Year, the Lynx are figuring out what to do with their one pick tonight.
Vikings offensive line and quarterback Kirk Cousins during a September game against the Titans.

Mailbag: What about the offensive line? Vikings' next biggest need?

Andrew Krammer answers reader questions about the team's offensive line needs, the ideal third receiver and the state of the NFC North
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said Thursday that his team has been galvanized by everything it faced in 2020.

Fleck touts Gophers' depth as spring football begins

Turning around last year's 3-4 Gophers football team began, in earnest, on Monday for coach P.J. Fleck with the start of full spring practices.
Vikings running back Ameer Abdullah (31) celebrated with teammates after scoring on a touchdown against the Lions in November.

Re-signing running back Abdullah gives Vikings special teams muscle

Ameer Abdullah, the 27-year-old former Lions draft pick, provides depth to the backfield with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.
Vikings' 2021 departures

Vikings' 2021 departures

A look at former Vikings players, now playing elsewhere after the start of free agency.
Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris (41) gets the team ready before a game.

On the move: Ex-Vikings safety Anthony Harris to sign with Eagles

The former Vikings safety reportedly agreed to a deal with the Eagles on Friday evening that reflects how tough last year was for the veteran.
Vikings offensive tackles Riley Reiff, left, and Brian O’Neill in 2019.

Former Vikings tackle Riley Reiff agrees to sign with the Bengals

Reiff will protect quarterback Joe Burrow next season after he was released by Minnesota earlier this month.
Kyle Rudolph

Tight end Rudolph agrees to two-year deal with the Giants

Kyle Rudolph, released by the Vikings this month, is seeking more opportunities in the passing game by going to New York.
Dalvin Tomlinson

Bully of a run stopper: Watch new Vikings defensive tackle Tomlinson

A look through Dalvin Tomlinson's 2020 season in New York shows he'll stop the Vikings defense from getting pushed around. But can he help the four-man pass rush?
Vikings receiver Chad Beebe (12) scored the winning touchdown against the Panthers in Week 12.

Vikings receiver Chad Beebe returning on one-year deal

The Vikings retained a second free agent on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Beebe on a one-year deal.
Safety Keanu Neal (22)

Free agency tracker: Vikings' needs and who could fill them

The negotiating period has begun. The team could make moves to address the offensive and defensive lines, the secondary and receiver.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and offensive tackle Rashod Hill.

Agent: Tackle Hill signing one-year deal to stay with Vikings

Hill, the 29-year-old swing tackle, enters his sixth season with the Vikings on a one-year deal worth nearly $2.4 million guaranteed. It only counts $1.127 million against the cap under an NFL veteran salary benefit.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey, left, and punter Britton Colquitt.

Vikings mailbag: What are the best options in free agency?

The Vikings are under the $182.5 million salary cap after a flurry of moves. What should fans expect when free agency opens next week?
Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey reacted after missing a field goal against the Titans in September.

Vikings release kicker Dan Bailey after three seasons

The team and Bailey's representatives attempted a renegotiated contract, but were unable to agree on terms, according to agent Jordan Woy.
Klint Kubiak, in 2019

There's more to it than the Kubiak name for Vikings' new OC

Vikings' new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak lacks an ego, and has paid his dues.
Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during a national semifinal game in January.

Vikings draft: Top need for the team? It's upgrading the defensive line

No matter where it comes from — tackle or end — the Vikings need more pass rush in 2021. An early draft pick is an intriguing possibility. Here are five prospects to know.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) threw under pressure from Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly (91) on Dec. 23, 2019.

Defensive end Weatherly returning to Vikings on one-year deal

The Vikings defensive line will return a familiar face in 2021 as Stephen Weatherly is expected to sign a one-year deal after getting cut in Carolina last month.
 Ohio State offensive lineman Wyatt Davis (52) is during the Fiesta Bowl vs. Clemson in 2019.

Vikings draft: Strong group could provide boost for offensive line

The Vikings' annual endeavor to shore up the offensive line continues this spring with a strong offensive line class projected for the draft. Here are five names to know.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL scouting combine last year.

Spielman: 'Tough' decisions ahead for Vikings to get under salary cap

Before the new league year starts March 17, Vikings GM Rick Spielman anticipates more "tough business decisions" in addition to Kyle Rudolph's release.
Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

Vikings draft: Five safeties who could be on the Vikings' wish list

With Anthony Harris expected to be a free agent this month, the Vikings will likely be looking for safety help. Here are some top rookie prospects at that position.
Kyle Rudolph caught the winning touchdown pass in overtime to end the Vikings 26-20 victory over New Orleans in the 2019 playoffs.

Vikings release Kyle Rudolph in move to provide salary cap relief

The 31-year-old tight end played 10 seasons with the Vikings and was their longest-renured player. He's hoping to play a significant role on another team through free agency.