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There's a link in the Vikings offense to Tennessee -- where Tajae Sharpe played for four seasons -- that runs through, of all places, Green Bay.
Sharpe caught 25 passes for four touchdowns last season for Tennessee. He also caught seven passes against the Vikings in his pro debut. Zettel has played for four teams in three seasons.
Less than two days after their season ended with a playoff loss to San Francisco, coach Mike Zimmer gave a telling assessment of how the team's offseason would go. It's coming true in NFL free agency.
Hill has been a fill-in on the offensive line for the past three seasons; Sendejo will rejoin familiar faces in Cleveland.
Michael Pierce, who started 14 games for Baltimore last season, is expected to replace departing Linval Joseph. Other moves included releasing offensive guard Josh Kline, the team's top free agent acquisition of 2019.
Once the Vikings went run-heavy with their offensive schemes, Stefon Diggs wanted out. He got his wish this week.
The moves underscore the Vikings' commitment to a run-heavy offense that puts Kirk Cousins under center to throw downfield off play action.
After an afternoon on social media indicating that something may be in the works, wide receiver Stefon Diggs will be headed to Buffalo in exchange for four draft picks, including the Bills' first-rounder.
Ham, who made the Pro Bowl after last season, gets a four-year deal worth $12.25 million.
The safety tied for the NFL lead in interceptions last season.
Stephen Weatherly said he expected the deal to pass by more than the 60-vote margin it did because so many players on the lower end of the league's pay scale would benefit
GM Rick Spielman said in a statement the Vikings would "remain in communication" with both players as they head into free agency but made the moves in an effort to give them more time to explore options.
The NFL canceled the annual league meeting later this month as the CBA vote continues.
Anthony Harris is hitting free agency with a chance for a big contract, and the salary cap-strapped Vikings might not be able to afford him.
Stefon Diggs caused a stir on social media recently when he removed all pictures of himself in a Vikings uniform from his Instagram account, following a season where he incurred more than $200,000 in fines.
Everson Griffen, according to a league source, has exercised the option to void the final three years of his deal, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.
Gary Kubiak succeeds Kevin Stefanski as Vikings offensive coordinator, bringing continuity to an offense that's had little of it.
Dom Capers is a familiar face in the NFC North — he was the Packers defensive coordinator from 2009-17, including their Super Bowl XLV title
The move gives Mike Zimmer's son a promotion after six years working with the Vikings' linebackers, while rewarding Patterson for his work in shaping the defensive line.
While Gary Kubiak's new role gives the Vikings' scheme some continuity, his latest turn as an NFL play-caller will come with some big decisions about how the team should proceed.
Here is a position-by-position, player-by-player breakdown of the 2019 roster, with beat writer Ben Goessling's early predictions for how the roster will look in 2020.
Mike Hughes was first listed on the Vikings' injury report with a neck injury after the team's Week 17 game against the Bears; he played 28 of the team's 75 snaps in the game
For the first time in his six seasons as Vikings head coach, Mike Zimmer and his staff will be facing personnel decisions that could be some of the most difficult they've had to make.
Changes to the coaching staff began Sunday with Kevin Stefanski being named Cleveland's head coach, and there are big questions ahead on and off the field.
As the season ended, what stood out most was perhaps the size of the gap between the Vikings and the 49ers team that will host the NFC Championship Game next Sunday.
There's something to be said for a team that's starting to believe in itself.
It appears Vikings fans should be cautiously optimistic about Adam Thielen playing in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the 49ers.
You'll find the handprints of veteran coach Mike Shanahan all over the NFC playoffs. His son coaches the 49ers and there are strong connections to the Vikings and Packers, too.
The running back had 31 touches against the Saints, including 28 carries, but says he's fine now.
With the 49ers up next on Saturday, their wild-card win is already ancient history.
Season took positive turn with big game against New Orleans.
Kirk Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph with a 4-yard touchdown pass in overtime for the win. Next up is a Saturday game at San Francisco, the NFC's top seed.
Kirk Cousins and a growing group of NFL quarterbacks have bonded through an online devotional group and started working with Christian ministry Pro Athletes Outreach.
The team is confident as they prepare to face the Saints; the oddsmakers, not so much.
Chicago rallied for a 21-19 win on an Eddy Piniero field goal with 48 seconds left. Minnesota will play on the road as the No. 6 seed Sunday at the Saints
… only one of these teams is preparing for the postseason.
The team's middle linebacker suffered a quadriceps injury in Monday's loss to the Packers, while the running back continues to heal from chest and shoulder injuries.
With the Vikings' playoff position secured, Mike Zimmer and his assistants have options on who to play against the Bears in their last regular-season game.
Green Bay's defense was a major reason the Packers controlled the NFC North this season. On Monday night, that defense was a major reason the Packers clinched the division title.
The Vikings won't have Dalvin Cook, but should find room to run against a suspect Packers defense.
The decade began with the Packers winning their fourth Super Bowl. It ends with the teams tussling for a division title that's been in Minnesota more often than Green Bay over the past five years.
Special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf made a point to praise his rookie long snapper Friday.
The Vikings will send Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter and Dalvin Cook — but not Eric Kendricks or Kirk Cousins — to the Pro Bowl next month.
The Vikings forced seven turnovers in a game for the first time in almost a quarter-century and could have a playoff berth locked up even before playing the Packers next Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Home-field advantage isn't what it used to in some places thanks to a bigger traveling contingent, as fans get comfy in opposing stadiums.
An abundance of purple-clad fans might not be enough to push the Vikings on top.
Led by first-round pick Garrett Bradbury — who has a chance to become the first Vikings rookie since 2012 to play every snap of the season — the Vikings' 2019 rookies have stepped into significant roles.
After being badly beaten on a long touchdown pass, Xavier Rhodes argued with Mike Zimmer, threw his helmet and shoved a teammate. "I know my role," Rhodes said. "I need to play it better."
Seattle scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, using a strong running game and a long touchdown pass that led to a shouting match between Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
If the Vikings are going to deliver their most important road victory in four years, they'll have to surmount Seahawks quarterback and MVP candidate Russell Wilson.
For a coach who's long said he loves proving people wrong, Mike Zimmer can put a big prize in his cross hairs on Monday night when the Vikings play at Seattle.
Adam Thielen had targeted Monday's game in Seattle as an opportunity to return, but sources said his hamstring injury flared up again during a practice.
A hamstring injury has sidelined Adam Thielen for most of the past five games. It appears Thielen will be back for Monday's game in Seattle.
Kirk Cousins' name has crept into MVP conversations, as the result of a seven-game run in which he's completed 73.3% of his passes for 2,020 yards and 18 touchdowns against one interception.
The Vikings have been able to put Dalvin Cook in the zone scheme he ran at Florida State, and he's averaged 4.8 yards per carry this season as the Vikings head into their bye week.
The late bye week gives the Vikings a chance to get healthy before their big December slate.
Kirk Cousins' three second-half touchdown passes and the Vikings' defensive resolve lead to the team's biggest comeback since 1992.
THE CALL As formidable as the Vikings have been at home so far this season, it's tough to see them losing this one against an unproven quarterback like Brandon Allen.
If the fullback is something of an endangered species in the NFL, the Vikings' scheme can be considered a refuge. And if that's the case, Gary Kubiak is one of its caretakers.
Mike Zimmer said the Vikings' addition of Gary Kubiak is "probably the best thing that's happened to me since I've been here."
Cook is ahead of Peterson's pace for total yards and touchdowns after 10 Vikings games.
The Vikings had fashioned a 6-3 record going into Sunday night knowing they hadn't won the kinds of games that are unavoidable in any kind of a meaningful playoff run. That changed against Dallas.
It isn't known how long Linval Joseph will be out of action, but it's worth noting the team didn't make a move to put him on injured reserve after the operation.
Story lines to follow for Sunday night's game, plus a final score prediction.
The number, however you'd like to cut them, aren't good for the Vikings. But only six teams in the NFL have won more than two of five games on the road against better-than-.500 opponents.
Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo played eight seasons in Minnesota before leaving as a free agent.
Coach Mike Zimmer was more unhappy with his offensive line than with Kirk Cousins, except for the fact that his quarterback "gave up way too much information" in discussing his performance.
As October's wins over teams with middling records gave way to a daunting second-half road schedule, Kansas City defeated the Vikings in part because they slipped their moorings in the 26-23 loss.
The Vikings officially listed wide receiver Adam Thielen as questionable for Sunday's game against Kansas City.
The Vikings have tried to preserve the health of their players with an emphasis on rest and recovery that head coach Mike Zimmer admits is "against my nature a little bit."
Though Vikings defensive back Jayron Kearse apologized on Monday for his arrest over the weekend, coach Mike Zimmer didn't sugarcoat his feelings on the issue.
Second-year cornerback Holton Hill wants to earn his team's trust back after two four-game suspensions for violating league drug policies.
Dan Bailey booted four field goals, then let the offense run the ball and eat the clock while the defense throttled the Redskins offense.
A strong defensive performance, and opportunities for Dalvin Cook to run, should help the Vikings build a comfortable lead.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen said he's doing everything he can to try and be on the field at U.S. Bank Stadium for Thursday night's game.