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 Latest Vikings Player Notes
Apr 16 2018 - Nick Easton
  G Nick Easton signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Monday. Easton will earn a little more than $2.9 million in 2018 after the Vikings used the second-round tender on him. Easton started 12 games for the Vikings last season, playing both guard positions as well as center during the season. He fractured his ankle in the Dec. 23 game against the Green Bay Packers, forcing him to miss the end of the 2017 regular season and the playoffs.


Apr 16 2018 - Eric Kendricks
  LB Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks signed a contract extension, the team announced on Monday. While the Vikings did not disclose terms of the deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the pact is worth $50 million over five years with $25 million guaranteed. Kendricks recorded a career-high 136 tackles last season -- with 13 coming in victory over the Cleveland Browns.


Apr 5 2018 - Tavarres King
  WR Tavarres King signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Thursday. King played in eight games, including three starts, for the New York Giants last season, when he had 18 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns. He had only four receptions in his two previous seasons combined.


Mar 31 2018 - Kendall Wright
  WR Kendall Wright signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Wright, who revealed on social media that he is the newest member of the team with the following tweet: "SKOL."


Mar 30 2018 - Kendall Wright
  WR Kendall Wright, a free agent who played for the Chicago Bears last season, will sign with the Minnesota Vikings, the NFL Network reported on Friday. Wright, who led the Bears with 59 receptions for 614 yards and one touchdown last season, will fill a void left in the Vikings' receiving corps when Jarius Wright signed with the Tennessee Titans.


Mar 24 2018 - Tom Johnson
  DT Tom Johnson agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.7 million with the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported. The 33-year-old Johnson has spent the last four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.


Mar 21 2018 - Nick Dooley
  LS Nick Dooley re-signed with the Vikings. Dooley will take part in his first NFL offseason after attending Vikings rookie mini-camp in 2017 following the NFL Draft. He has never played in an NFL game.


Mar 21 2018 - Josiah Price
  TE Josiah Price was re-signed by the Vikings. Price appeared in four preseason games with Minnesota in 2017, making one start. He was released during the final roster reduction on Sept. 2.


Mar 21 2018 - Shaan Washington
  LB Shaan Washington was waived by the Vikings.


Mar 21 2018 - Kai Forbath
  K Forbath was re-signed by the Vikings to a one-year deal, according to multiple media outlets. Forbath, who became a free agent last week, connected on a career-high 32 field-goal attempts last season -- including six from at least 50 yards. Forbath recorded a personal-best 38 field-goal attempts and finished with 130 points last season. Forbath struggled at times with extra points last season, however, as he missed an NFL-high five attempts.


Mar 20 2018 - Kai Forbath
  K Kai Forbath is expected to re-sign with the Minnesota Vikings on a one-year contract, multiple media outlets reported. Forbath, who became a free agent last week, connected on a career-high 32 field-goal attempts last season -- including six from at least 50 yards.


Mar 19 2018 - Trevor Siemian
  QB Trevor Siemian was traded by the Broncos to the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced Monday. The Broncos also sent a seventh-round pick (No. 225) in next month's draft to Minnesota and obtained a fifth-round selection in the 2019 draft from the Vikings. Siemian was Denver's seventh-round pick in 2015 from Northwestern and started 24 of 26 games. Siemian, 26, was named the Broncos' starting quarterback out of training camp each of the past two seasons. Last season, Siemian started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in and completed 206 of 349 passes for 2,285 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a quarterback rating of 73.3. The Broncos were 5-5 in the 10 games he started in 2017 and went 8-6 in his 14 starts in 2016.


Mar 16 2018 - Sheldon Richardson
  DE Sheldon Richardson signed as afree agent with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced on Friday. Richardson agreed to a one-year deal, according to multiple media outlets. A Pro Bowl selection in 2014 while with the New York Jets, Richardson started all 15 games for the Seattle Seahawks this last. He recorded one sack, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 44 total tackles in 2017. Richardson, 27, played his first five NFL seasons with the Jets after being their first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Mar 15 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins will be formally introduced to the media Thursday afternoon after he officially signed with the Vikings. Although the team did not disclose terms of the deal, multiple media outlets reported that Cousins' contract is for three years and $84 million -- all of it guaranteed. The average annual salary of $28 million per season will make Cousins the highest-paid quarterback in the league.


Mar 14 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, multiple outlets reported. Cousins, who will receive $28 million per season, would become the highest-paid quarterback in the league, topping the $27.5 million annually that Jimmy Garoppolo will pocket from the San Francisco 49ers. Cousins, who has played two seasons for the Redskins on a franchise tag, topped the 4,000-yard mark for the third straight year in 2017. He finished with 4,093 yards passing, with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.


Mar 12 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins does not know which new team he will join when free agency starts Wednesday, and Monday he said goodbye to the Washington Redskins by writing a blog post on his website. Cousins titled the post Farewell Washington.


Mar 8 2018 - Mack Brown
  RB Mack Brown will be tendered a one-year contract by the Vikings, the Pioneer Press reported Thursday. Brown, who is an exclusive rights free agents, is scheduled to make $630,000. He is expected to sign the tender, the newspaper reported.


Mar 8 2018 - Anthony Harris
  S Anthony Harris will be tendered a one-year contract by the Vikings, the Pioneer Press reported. Harris' deal will be worth $705,000 and he will sign it, the newspaper reported. Harris has appeared in 36 games with Minnesota, including 16 last season. He started three games and appeared in both playoff contests.


Mar 8 2018 - Jeff Overbaugh
  LS Jeff Overbaugh will become an unrestricted free agent after the Vikings did not tender him. Overbaugh replaced the injured Kevin McDermott in Week 17 and played both postseason games for the Vikings. However, those are the only NFL games Overbaugh has played in his career.


Mar 3 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins has four teams vying for his services: The Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Saturday, citing league sources. The teams in question are planning how to structure a contract for Cousins, with the clubs reportedly planning short-term deals -- potentially three years -- with a high guarantee in the contract, per Schefter.


Feb 22 2018 - Sheldon Richardson
  DL Sheldon Richardson is unlikely to have the franchise tag placed on him by the Seahawks, according to a published report. Richardson, acquired from the New York Jets just prior to the 2017 season, is coveted by the Seahawks, NFL.com reported, but not at the $14 million salary he would receive with the franchise tag.


Feb 18 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins will file a grievance against the Washington Redskins if the team officially places a franchise tag on him, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Beginning Tuesday, teams have through March 6 to designate the players they want to franchise or transition tag. The Redskins have tagged Cousins the past two seasons. Although the Redskins recently traded for quarterback Alex Smith, they could place a franchise tag on Cousins to prevent him from becoming a free agent and then trade him to get value in return.


Feb 16 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins soon could be a free agent, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports the Redskins still have some options. "As one source with knowledge of the manner in which Washington president Bruce Allen does business put it, Allen will try to conjure up something in an effort to salvage value for Cousins and, in turn, make it harder for him to hit the open market and finally get the long-term contract he deserves," Florio writes. Florio said the source also told him the Redskins "are in the pettiness game," and pointed out two ways they could make things difficult for Cousins. Washington could put the franchise tag on Cousins, locking his salary in place, and then trade him once the Smith trade becomes official. Washington could put a transition tag on Cousins, but then another team could sign him to an offer sheet and pry him away, leaving the Redskins with no compensation.


Feb 13 2018 - Josh Andrews
  OL Josh Andrews signed with the NFC runner-up Vikings after spending last season with the Super Bowl championship Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Andrews will be joining new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFillippo, who was hired earlier this month by the Eagles. Andrews spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. Most of the playing time during his career has come on special teams.


Feb 2 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins expects to test free agency after the team traded for QB Alex Smith. "You know, the trade is still agreed to in principle, so it's not set in stone until March 14," Cousins said on the NFL Network. "But I do expect to be a free agent, but we'll see."


Feb 2 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook, who sustained a severe knee injury early in the 2017 season, is on schedule to return to the field in 2018. Cook, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, rushed for 354 yards on 74 carries (a 4.8-yard average) and scored two touchdowns in three-plus games in his rookie season. However, he suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season.


Feb 1 2018 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman wants to continue his playing career next season. Newman told KFAN radio on Thursday that the Vikings' lopsided 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game is not the way he wants to end his NFL career. "I want to play (next season), because we made it to an NFC Championship," Newman said. "We fell short. We fell way short ... I want to be able to have an opportunity to win a ring. It's that simple."


Jan 30 2018 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr is entering the final season of his five-year rookie contract and is looking for the Vikings to sign him to a long-term extension before Week 1. "Yeah, I love it here," Barr told the Pioneer Press of St. Paul. "Absolutely. I really love my teammates. I really love this team. I love the city. I could see myself being here for the future." Barr, 25, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons and has not missed a game in the past two seasons. He will make $12.306 million next season but declined to say if he was seeking a certain dollar amount for an extension.


Jan 28 2018 - Harrison Smith
  S Harrison Smith returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown for the NFC in the Pro Bowl Sunday .


Jan 27 2018 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr $9,115 was fined by the NFL for an infraction during Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Barr was fined for unnecessary roughness following an extra point by Philadelphia in the fourth quarter. The fine was the third this season for Barr, who was docked $18,231 for a horse collar tackle in Week 3 and $9,115 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Week 6.


Jan 25 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen and QB Case Keenum didn't have too many complimentary things to say about their experience in the City of Brotherly Love -- and that's aside from the final score of Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Thielen reportedly saw the carnage close up, as he was on the team bus that was under siege from Eagles fans. "I think that's kind of ridiculous for fans to be acting that way," Thielen said, via Twincities.com. "I've heard some crazy things. You don't ever want to see that. Honestly, it's just a game. You love when fans are passionate about their team and stuff like that. When it starts crossing the line, I think that's ridiculous."


Jan 22 2018 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman, 39, might have played the last game of his 15-year career. His role was reduced this year. He went from starter to splitting nickel-back duties with Mackenzie Alexander. Alexander, a second-year pro, has made tremendous strides and could handle the job on his own. But Newman still has value as a player and is a strong leader. Of course, he will be 40 next September.


Jan 22 2018 - Pat Elflein
  C Pat Elflein suffered what's believed to be a serious left ankle injury. He went down in the second half and was in a walking boot and on crutches after the game.


Jan 22 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen played through a lower back injury that NFL Network reported as small back fractures. The team's leading receiver caught only three of nine balls thrown his way for 28 yards.


Jan 22 2018 - Kyle Rudolph
  TE Kyle Rudolph hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum for a quick 7-0 lead with 10:14 remaining in the first quarter.


Jan 22 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen was active despite multiple reports that he suffered "slight back fractures" in last week's playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.


Jan 20 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins isn't though of as a special player by former Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan. McCloughan told Denver radio station 104.3 The Fan that the Redskins should be cautious in dealing with the soon-to-be free agent quarterback. "He's a good player," McCloughan said on Friday, via the Washington Post. "Is he special? I don't see special. But also, we were still building a roster around him to make him special."


Jan 19 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen, who has been limited in practice all week by lower-back issues, was listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game. Thielen started all 16 regular-season games and caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns. He had six receptions for 74 yards in the win over the Saints.


Jan 19 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo remained in the league's concussion protocol despite being a full participant in Friday's practice. He was scheduled to undergo further tests Friday, but coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that he expects him to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd was added to the injury report on Thursday. He has an illness, but should be able to play if the team decides to activate him.


Jan 18 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander was limited again on Thursday because of a rib injury. He is expected to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen appears healthy enough to play after being limited in Thursday's practice because of a lower back injury. He missed Wednesday's practice. If he has a setback and misses the game, it would be a huge blow. Jarius Wright and Laquon Treadwell would need to step up alongside Stefon Diggs.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  SS Andrew Sendejo, who was knocked out of Sunday's game because of a concussion, should be able to play Sunday after practicing for the second straight day on Thursday. Head coach Mike Zimmer said, "He'll be fine." If he can't play, he will be replaced by Anthony Harris. Harris played well in place of Sendejo during three regular-season starts and in relief last week against the Saints.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) also participated in individual drills for the second straight day. Sendejo remains in the league's concussion protocol, although Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has said he will be "fine."


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen returned to practice Thursday after sitting out the previous day. Thielen missed Wednesday's practice due to a lower-back injury, but was participating in drills Thursday during the portion of practice open to the media.


Jan 18 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander was limited in Wednesday's practice because of a rib injury. He is expected to be able to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen missed Wednesday's practice because of a lower back injury. He finished Sunday's game and appeared to be fine. If he were to miss the game, it would be a huge blow. Jarius Wright and Laquon Treadwell would need to step up alongside Stefon Diggs.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  SS Andrew Sendejo, who was knocked out of Sunday's game because of a concussion, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol process. He was limited in Wednesday's practice. If he can't play, he'll be replaced by Anthony Harris. Harris played well in place of Sendejo during three regular-season starts and in relief last week. Harris had a key forced fumble and recovery at the goal line in the win over the Rams. Last week, his run blitz led to the key tackle for loss that forced the Saints to kick their go-ahead field goal with 29 seconds left rather than convert the third-and-1 and run out the clock before kicking the game-winner.


Jan 18 2018 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes had a forced fumble and an interception in last year's 21-10 loss at Philadelphia.


Jan 18 2018 - Brian Robison
  DE Brian Robison helped spark a 48-30 upset win over the playoff-bound Eagles in Week 15 of the disappointing 2013 season. Robison had two sacks on Nick Foles, who also will be starting Sunday's game.



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