Vikings
June 3
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.
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June 2
CARLOS GONZALEZ

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.
Randball
June 1
Dalvin Cook and Aaron Rodgers.

List shows gap between Packers and Vikings — unless Rodgers is traded

It's hard to argue with the breakdown of the 100 top players in the NFL from CBS Sports' Pete Prisco, and it shows just what Green Bay would be missing if it trades its franchise QB.
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June 1
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.
Vikings
May 29
Vikings inside linebacker Cameron Smith, shown here in 2019, is coming back after having open heart surgery to correct a birth defect. COVID-19 testin

Miracle or not, Smith is back with Vikings after open heart surgery

"I always knew I'd be back," Cameron Smith said. Last week he lined up for 11-on-11 drills nine months to the day after open heart surgery.
Gophers
May 28
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked with future first round draft pick Rashod Bateman during Minnesota’s Pro Day in April.

When it comes to the NFL, Gophers are improving, still have work to do

Minnesota has had solid back-to-back NFL drafts under P.J. Fleck, but last season they still ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten when it came to pro players.
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May 27
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.
Randball
May 27
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the NFC championship game.

Aaron Rodgers sounds like a man whose time is done in Green Bay

There were enough subtle clues during Aaron Rodgers' interview on ESPN to gain some insights into where things are between the quarterback and the Packers.
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May 27
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
May 27
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.
Vikings
May 27
Danielle Hunter

Where's Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter? A timeline

Danielle Hunter hurt his neck in practice last August. Since then, stories have periodically surfaced with glimpses into his health and wealth.
Vikings
May 26
Anthony Barr, left, and Dakota Dozier wear soft-shell helmets designed to reduce the impact of collisions during workouts.

Vikings turn out for workouts, talking of 'building chemistry'

Most of the roster reported for the start of voluntary workouts despite the players association's recommendation that players skip them.
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May 24
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.
Vikings
May 24
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Access Vikings podcasts: Catch up with back episodes

Our Access Vikings podcast series — featuring Andrew Krammer, Ben Goessling and Mark Craig — is here.
Randball
May 24
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst in 2020.

In 2020 NFL draft 're-grade,' Vikings rise to A+ and Packers fall to D-

The wide gap in how the draft was perceived for both franchises by Pro Football Focus only grew after a year to let the picks play out.
Colleges
May 21
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.
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May 21
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.
Local
May 20
A lift ferried workers to the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium as they made repairs to the building’s exterior in December 2020.

U.S. Bank Stadium renegotiates terms with facilty management firm due to COVID shutdown

Vikings' stadium operator pays less over a longer period but will get locked in for a longer term.
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May 19
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
May 18
Vikings rookie defensive end Janarius Robinson, left, has similar physical traits to Danielle Hunter.

Vikings' young pass rushers have big job ahead reviving defensive line

Rookies Patrick Jones, Janarius Robinson and Jaylen Twyman will be asked to help fix one of the team's problems during 2020.