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Jarius Wright, despite leading the Vikings in catches and receiving yards in 2014 and 2015 combined, was active for only eight games in 2016.
GM Rick Spielman said Everson Griffen's $58 million deal gives the Vikings more financial flexibility with a handful of other key starters set to become free agents over the next two seasons.
Murray and Jonathan Diaz had been best friends since kindergarten, when a scuffle between the two resulted in them being pulled into the principal's office.
In certain positions, the Vikings still are hoping a starter asserts himself in training camp
From Harambe to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, artist makes splash with designer kicks.
Michael Floyd said the failed tests were the result of him drinking kombucha tea, a fermented beverage that the Vikings recommend for its probiotic benefits.
On Thursday, after the Vikings wrapped up their offseason workout program, coach Mike Zimmer gushed about the offenseive linemen.
Brian Robison might not be a starter in 2017, but he still intends to make an impact. "The bottom line is that I'm here to win football games," he said.
Mackensie Alexander admitted that at times during his rookie year, he tuned out words of wisdom and instructions from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
Mike Zimmer is determined to coach -- whether he loses sight in his eye or not.
General Manager Rick Spielman could only laugh when asked whether it was Zimmer's decision or the team's for the coach to take time away.
Back home in Minnesota and legally cleared to practice with the Vikings, wide receiver Michael Floyd spent the past two days of organized team activities playing catch-up.
It is believed Tuesday was the first time Teddy Bridgewater was on the field with Vikings teammates since suffering a major knee injury last August.
In Arizona, former Cretin-Derham Hall standout Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme drunken driving on Feb. 17. He had a blood alcohol level of .217, almost three times the legal limit, and is serving a sentence that runs into June.
On a Sunday morning a few years back, Rodney Adams walked out of his dormitory room to find his position coach sitting there waiting for him with tragic news.
Among the little-known players on the Winter Park practice fields for the Vikings' rookie camp will be a former Division III standout who arrived with the twin hopes of making the team and honoring his deceased parents.
We already have written about how the 11 players the Vikings drafted will fit into the mix and the important lineup questions that must be…
Here are five of the most-pressing roster questions coach Mike Zimmer and his staff must answer in the next four months during spring workouts, training camp and the preseason.
The Vikings used five of their first seven draft picks on offensive players, including the top two. It's the first time the Vikings have done the latter since hiring defensive-minded Mike Zimmer in 2014.
ESPN report cites team's potential issue with $12.2 million injury guarantee.
With Teddy Bridgewater's future uncertain and Sam Bradford signed only through 2017, it's possible the Vikings could attempt to uncover a hidden gem in this week's NFL draft.
Sam Bradford said Tuesday that "I don't believe" the Vikings had reached out to his agent to start talks about a contract extension. He is not signed beyond this season.
Slightly-educated-but-mostly-wild guesses on how the draft might go for the Vikings this weekend.
Leading up to the NFL draft starting Thursday, we'll take an exclusive look at the Vikings' needs at each position and how they'll address them. Today at look at the defensive line. Check for a new story each day.
Leading up to the 2017 NFL draft starting Thursday, we'll take an exclusive look at the Vikings' needs at each position and how they'll address them. Depth at receiver could be bolstered from within.
The Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota came to a quiet close in the early morning hours Thursday. GM Rick Spielman texted the former MVP informing him the Vikings had signed Latavius Murray.
Latavius Murray, 27, agreed to a contract with the Vikings early Thursday morning. He joins a backfield that includes Jerick McKinnon, Bishop Sankey and C.J. Ham but probably not Adrian Peterson.
Before he was an All Star, Torii Hunter's first love was football, and Money Hunter hopes to make it in the NFL out of Arkansas State.
Reiff figures to solidify one of their two tackle spots, which was the Vikings' most glaring need and its top priority heading into free agency. The team lost three players and fell short in a bid for a high-profile receiver.
As one of the last passers picked to attend the scouting combine Mitch Leidner was asked by event organizers to be a "throwing quarterback," which means he is doing double duty.
Combine shuns top prospects with off-field issues, irking some teams.
The scouting combine's three-cone drill can make or break an NFL prospect. Eventual Vikings picks Harrison Smith, Matt Kalil, Anthony Barr and Jerick McKinnon all excelled at the drill.
The Vikings are expected to talk with Adrian Peterson's agent at the NFL combine while they also evaluate possible replacements. It's likely he's played his final down with the team.
The Vikings have a blueprint for the offseason, and GM Rick Spielman even brought it along - but didn't reveal it - to a meeting with reporters.
Ryan Dungey turned an unspectacular amateur career in Minnesota into one of the most prolific professional runs in the history of dirtbike riding.
The Vikings had been interviewing candidates since George Stewart agreed late last month to become the special teams coordinator for the Chargers.
The Vikings have a lot of work to do. But making next year's Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium a home game is within the realm of possibilities.
But Adrian Peterson wants to stay with the Vikings … and get his $18 million. "I've earned my way up to that, by the way," he said in an interview.
The Vikings head into an especially uncertain offseason. The core of the squad that had Super Bowl hopes in September will remain intact, but the Vikings could say goodbye to a couple of franchise cornerstones.
Coach affirmed QB's status going forward in a Vikings offense full of questions.
Flashes of the Vikings' 5-0 start came together Sunday as Minnesota forced five Chicago turnovers and ended the year on a high note.
The Vikings might finish the season 8-8 ... or they might not.
Some issues the Vikings will have to ponder after the 2016 season ends Sunday.
With a bunch of free agents and a few overpriced veterans on the books, there will be a lot of locker stalls vacated at Winter…
Sam Bradford's four highest passing yardage totals this season have come since Pat Shurmur took over as offensive coordinator in November.
Coach said deviation from plan lasted only one series.
The 38-25 loss at Lambeau Field dropped the Vikings below .500 for the first time this season and eliminated them from playoff contention.
Last year in Green Bay, the Vikings were in celebration mode. Now they go to Lambeau needing a win just to stay alive.
The last time the Vikings went to Lambeau Field, they held off a Packers rally to win the NFC North. On this trip, they are fighting just to have something to play for in Week 17.
Everson Griffen and Harrison Smith both earned their second straight Pro Bowl selections, which are based on voting from coaches, players and fans.
Mike Zimmer is staring down one of the toughest challenges of his tenure — picking up the pieces of Sunday's embarrassing loss to the Colts
After an ugly win over the Jaguars last weekend, the Vikings must keep it going Sunday against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Durable Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph swears by his weekly routine to recover and get ready for the next game. We take a detailed look.
Adrian Peterson was feeling good Thursday after his first two practices since his September knee surgery "went pretty smoothly."
When the air horn sounded Wednesday afternoon, signaling the start of the first Vikings practice of the week, Peterson reclaimed his old spot at the front of the team stretch
The 2017 matchup will be a Cleveland home game.
Right guard Brandon Fusco on Sunday suffered his second concussion of the season.
A look inside the Vikings' matchup with the Jaguars.
Adrian Peterson, out since a Week 2 knee injury, wants to return later this month with the hope of leading the Vikings into the postseason. But he won't play 'for obvious reasons' if the team has been eliminated.
Stefon Diggs, with 806 receiving yards and four games left, is on pace for 1,128. And with 75 catches in 10 games, he is within striking distance of 100.
With the Vikings' once-promising season on the brink and another staredown over his contract looming in the offseason, does it make sense for Adrian Peterson to return to action?
The Vikings defensive front rose to the occasion against the NFL's best offensive line.
The Vikings missed their head coach, and much in the way of offensive production until a touchdown on the final drive. But the conversion try to tie the game fell incomplete.
General manager Rick Spielman would not say whether there is potential for head coach Mike Zimmer to miss multiple games. The team will reassess the situation Friday.
Even with a crucial game against Dallas, "the most important thing is the concern for Coach Zimmer and his health," General Manager Rick Spielman said. Special teams coach Mike Priefer is filling in.
Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have reinvigorated a franchise back to the status as the NFC's best team. The Cowboys can make it 11 wins in a row with a win over the Vikings.
Laquon Treadwell made his first career start, in place of the injured Stefon Diggs, in Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions and played a career-high 34 snaps on offense.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, safety Harrison Smith, cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels, middle linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd stretched with the team inside the practice facility, then ducked out toward the locker room when drills began. Center Joe Berger, who has a concussion, was not spotted at all.
Vikings are down, but not out — no, seriously — after their latest wrenching loss to Lions
It was the latest comeback win for the Lions, who rallied from three points down with five minutes left to stun the Vikings again and knock the Vikings back into second place in the NFC North.
Adoption became a reality for Vikings center Joe Berger and his wife when they least expected it.
Ronnie Hillman, who signed with the Vikings in September, played six offensive snaps against the Cardinals and rushed for 9 yards on two carries.
Kai Forbath feels for Blair Walsh. But he realizes this is another opportunity to find a home in the NFL. And having experienced what Walsh is going through, he isn't going to take it for granted.
The reeling Vikings gave struggling kicker Blair Walsh the boot instead of another opportunity to cost them a game with a missed kick. Kai Forbath will replace him.
The Vikings are on pace to have the lowest yards-per-carry average in an NFL season since before Mike Zimmer was born.