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Vikings
July 29
Three more Vikings, including end Odenigbo, placed on COVID list

Three more Vikings, including end Odenigbo, placed on COVID list

Ifeadi Odenigbo, tackle Oli Udoh and linebacker Cameron Smith join four Vikings rookies in quarantine, where players on the COVID list are either recovering from positive tests or part of contact tracing.
Vikings
July 28
Vikings' top two undrafted free agents start camp on injured list

Vikings' top two undrafted free agents start camp on injured list

The Vikings' top two undrafted free agents (by guaranteed money), in cornerback Nevelle Clarke and receiver Quartney Davis, were placed on the active/non-football injury list…
Vikings
July 28
Sources: Dalvin Cook reports to Vikings training camp

Sources: Dalvin Cook reports to Vikings training camp

Cook, who amassed 1,654 yards from scrimmage last season, had held out of a few virtual meetings in June while dissatisfied with the team’s contract offers .
Vikings
July 25
Dalvin Cook expected to report for Vikings training camp after all

Dalvin Cook expected to report for Vikings training camp after all

Dalvin Cook is expected to report to Vikings training camp on Tuesday, as head coach Mike Zimmer said earlier Saturday, despite Cook’s agent denying Zimmer’s claim hours later.
Vikings
July 24
Vikings finalize three-year contract extension for Zimmer

Vikings finalize three-year contract extension for Zimmer

Mike Zimmer, 64, is now under contract through the 2023 season after tacking three years onto the remaining year of his old deal.
Vikings
July 24
Vikings mailbag: Most irreplaceable, Dalvin Cook's contract and prove-it years

Vikings mailbag: Most irreplaceable, Dalvin Cook's contract and prove-it years

Among the questions: With COVID-19 potentially knocking out players for multiple weeks during the season, where would the Vikings be in the most danger if a starter had to miss time?
Vikings
July 23
Three more Vikings rookies agree to contacts, including third-rounder

Three more Vikings rookies agree to contacts, including third-rounder

More than half of the Vikings draft class has agreed to rookie contracts after Cameron Dantzler, Harrison Hand and Josh Metellus announced their impending signings.
Vikings
July 22
Justin Jefferson

Vikings agree to terms with No. 1 pick Jefferson, 4th-round draft choice

The Vikings began what is expected to be a flurry of rookie agreements and signings this week with their first draft pick, wide receiver Justin Jefferson of LSU.
Vikings
July 22
Limited capacity expected, Vikings season-ticket holders can decline seats

Limited capacity expected, Vikings season-ticket holders can decline seats

Ahead of what is expected to be "significantly reduced capacity" for scheduled Vikings games at U.S. Bank Stadium, the team is allowing fans to opt out of season-ticket plans in 2020.
Vikings
July 13
Vikings sign former Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley

Vikings sign former Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley

Stanley, who is from Menomie, Wis., started 39 games for the Hawkeyes and is second in the Iowa record books in career touchdown passes, completions, attempts and yards behind Chuck Long.
Vikings
June 19
Vikings mailbag: What's the plan at guard? Expectations for Jefferson and Gladney

Vikings mailbag: What's the plan at guard? Expectations for Jefferson and Gladney

The team ended its virtual offseason program this week, sending players away from the digital classroom with tentative plans for training camp in late July.
Vikings
June 18
Vikings among NFL teams closing offices Friday to recognize Juneteenth

Vikings among NFL teams closing offices Friday to recognize Juneteenth

The Vikings recently sent educational resources about Juneteenth to employees and will consider keeping June 19 a company holiday moving forward.
Vikings
June 16
Q&A: Vikings DE Odenigbo discusses racial inequality, protesting and more

Q&A: Vikings DE Odenigbo discusses racial inequality, protesting and more

Speaking up is what Ifeadi Odenigbo, the first member of his Nigerian family born in the United States, encourages most in the fight against police brutality and social injustice.
Vikings
June 5
Vikings guarantee most money ever under Zimmer to undrafted free agents

Vikings guarantee most money ever under Zimmer to undrafted free agents

Two of the players are getting six-figure guarantees when bonuses and salary guarantees are combined, and this year's total is substantially higher than in 2019.
Vikings
June 4
'My voice will be heard.' Vikings players talk about George Floyd

'My voice will be heard.' Vikings players talk about George Floyd

More Vikings players have been using social media and video to talk about the impact of George Floyd's death. Here's some of what's being said.
Vikings
June 3
Which Vikings rookies have best chance to contribute in 2020?

Which Vikings rookies have best chance to contribute in 2020?

The team's roster turnover means there will be chances for rookies from first-round receiver Justin Jefferson to the undrafted free agents. A look at the ones most likely to stand out.
Vikings
May 7
Vikings to play New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day

Vikings to play New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day

The Vikings will travel to New Orleans for a Dec. 25 game against the Saints, playing on a Friday for just the fourth time in franchise history.
Vikings
April 25
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley runs from Iowa State defensive end Eyioma Uwazurike, right, during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Sat

Vikings take Iowa quarterback Stanley as one of four 7th-round picks

The Vikings started the final round by taking defensive end Kenny Willekes from Michigan State and Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley.
Vikings
April 25
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (9) dives in for a touchdown as Michigan's Josh Metellus (14) defends during the second half of an NCAA college

Sixth round brings Vikings offensive tackle, safety and a 2021 draft pick

After a draft choice swap with Baltimore, the Vikings took Oregon State offensive tackle Blake Brandel at No. 203 and Michigan safety Josh Metellus at No. 205.
Vikings
April 25
After trading pick, Vikings draft Temple cornerback, Miami receiver in fifth

After trading pick, Vikings draft Temple cornerback, Miami receiver in fifth

The Vikings selected Harrison Hand with the 169th overall pick, their third cornerback of the draft, and added a Miami wide receiver who could also fill a need as a return specialist.
Vikings
April 25
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Vikings go all defense in fourth round, draft two ends and a linebacker

D.J. Wonnum of South Carolina, James Lynch of Baylor and Troy Dye of Oregon are the first addition to the defensive line since Everson Griffen announced his departure this month.
Vikings
April 25
Williams traded to 49ers after agent denies he nixed Vikings deal

Williams traded to 49ers after agent denies he nixed Vikings deal

Washington’s Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, who'd been discussed in Vikings trade talks, was traded to San Francisco just before today’s final round of the draft started.
Vikings
April 24
Draft Day 2: Ten players who could end up with the Vikings

Draft Day 2: Ten players who could end up with the Vikings

Rick Spielman has three picks tonight — No. 58 (second round), No. 89 (third round), No. 105 (third round) — to further the Vikings’ roster repair. It’s unlikely they stay put, however.
Vikings
April 24
Will shocking Packers draft make Rodgers a Viking down the road?

Will shocking Packers draft make Rodgers a Viking down the road?

If history keeps repeating itself the way it did on Thursday night, Aaron Rodgers will be looking to stick it to the Packers after they traded up to draft a quarterback.
Vikings
April 23
Minnesota Gophers defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (11)

Vikings draft mailbag: Talking trades, Gophers ... quarterbacks

Pretty soon, predicting will be replaced by actual picking. In the meantime, fans have last-minute questions about the draft, including one about Antoine Winfield Jr. and the Vikings.

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