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Loadholt Looking To “Finish What We Started” In Minnesota

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2013 – 6:36 pm

About this time in 2009, there was question as to where Phil Loadholt would settle in the NFL. In what would he be selected? And what position would he play? Would he use that massive arm span to corral the League’s best pass rushers as a left tackle or would he use his size and strength to maul defenders in the run game as a right tackle?

Eventually, all of those questions were answered, and they were answered by the Vikings when they selected Loadholt in the 2nd round. Loadholt had 4 productive seasons for the Vikings while playing under his rookie contract, and he proved his worth to the point that the Vikings locked him up for multiple more years on Tuesday, the opening day of the 2013 League Year.

Now, there’s no question where Loadholt is settling. Minnesota.

“I love being in Minnesota, love the community, and my family feels really at home,” Loadholt said. “It’s been great settling in Minnesota and calling it home. I was drafted here, and I wanted to come back and finish what we started here. I have a good feeling about where things are going with this team. We’ve just got to continue to build on what we’ve got and keep improving.”

A combination of ability, size and age made Loadholt an attractive option for teams looking to beef up their offensive line. The Vikings valued the 6-8, 343-pound road-grading run blocker more than anyone else, though. With Loadholt now retained as the team’s starting right tackle, the Vikings have invested heavily and wisely in their offensive line. Left tackle Matt Kalil, a 1st-round pick just a year ago and already a Pro Bowler, bookends the line with Loadholt. John Sullivan, who signed a contract extension in December of 2011, anchors the line and has emerged as one of the top centers in the NFL. At right guard the Vikings have developed 2011 sixth-round pick Brandon Fusco into a solid player and Charlie Johnson slid inside to left guard once the team selected Kalil fourth overall in 2012.

“It was important to keep the consistency we have on the line,” Loadholt said. “The more we keep working together the better we will be as a group. If we continue to stay healthy and work hard we can reach our goals.”

Of course having Adrian Peterson to block for doesn’t hurt, either.

“Having the best running back in the league makes blocking a lot more fun,” Loadholt said of his fellow Oklahoma Sooner. “Adrian makes everyone’s job easier and knowing what he can do makes you want to work even harder.”


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165 Responses to “Loadholt Looking To “Finish What We Started” In Minnesota”

  1. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Parody…

    I think it is just a scam to drive Jennings price tag up…

    I agree…No way Jennings is worth near 10 million per…
    Maybe…Maybe ???…around 8 mil a year…

  2. By rye on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    raiders just realeased Darrius Heyward-Bey. Maybe a good pickup for depth and to compete for #2. Might be able to get him for a good price and add much needed depth at WR. If the vikes can pick up Jennings and Heyward Bay and then draft a receiver or two, things won’t be so bad.

    Jennings
    Simpson/Heyward Bay/Draft Pick compete for #2
    Wright in the slot
    Rudolph/Carlson TE.

  3. By TheRealDon on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Jennings is no number 1 tho but I do hear what your saying

  4. By Parody on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    “…and Charlie Johnson slid inside to left guard …”

    I think that’s the closest Wobby has EVER gotten to giving a current player an insult! He complimented every other lineman, including Fusco, but just noted that Johnson stayed on the line.

    For Wobby, that’s practically like saying we’d be better off putting his great-aunt Gladdys in there in Johnson’s place.

  5. By Parody on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Simpson is no number one receiver either. We need to hope that either Childs can earn that job, or we can find the guy for it in the draft.

  6. By rye on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    plus heyward bay is only 26. also is 6-2.

    975 yards in 2011
    606 yards in 2012

    might be worth a thought!

  7. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    See the difference between Loadholt and Harvin? not the visual but the mental.

  8. By Maine on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    welcome back phil!

  9. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Updating a previous item, free agent CB Brent Grimes has not signed a one-year deal to stay in Atlanta.

  10. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Thus far, the corner market has been slow to develop for obvious reasons: it’s the deepest position in free agency. Sean Smith, Grimes, and Aqib Talib all remain available.

  11. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Welcome back Loadholt !!!…

    Always liked you buddy !!!…
    Keep getting better every year like you have been… :-)

  12. By john61 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    good move, get a 4 more rick,safty,cb,wideout,dt,and then wait for the draft

  13. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Beat writer Tom Pelissero has been told that that Vikings are not actively pursuing free agent Greg Jennings right now.

  14. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings re-signed WLB Erin Henderson to a two-year contract.

  15. By Alex on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Darrius Heyward-Bey is 6 ft 2in tall and has some great hands, I think he is the best pickup we could make right now.

  16. By MEEMAN on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    yeah i think we should actively search for a WR AND CB IN FREE AGENCY AND HIT THE DRAFT HARD

  17. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin’s deal is exactly what we should have given him. Only $14 million is guaranteed.

    Oh well, Spielman better get some great starters out of those picks.

  18. By Nicholas on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman indicated that the door is open to Winfiield for a return…just at a lower rate than what he was receiving.

  19. By john61 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    have some good picks hope we cash out

  20. By rye on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @ Parkway… Harvin was a Prima Donna. He was becoming a distraction. The vikes are better off without a player like that… no matter how good they are.

  21. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    rye: No he wasn’t

  22. By Dave on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    All these people trying to convince everyone ponder has a strong arm reminds me of a Asian guy trying to convince everyone he has a huge D

  23. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Man… I hope Spielman knows what he’s doing. So far, he’s traded Harvin, argueably the teams most valuable player. He cut Antoine Winfield, our only reliable CB (don’t even start with the Cook arguement). He resigned Phil Loadholt, probably the biggest liability we have on in the passing game… and I mean that sincerely. He whiffed on Boldin.

    AP, I hope you are ready for an encore, because like Obiwan Kenobi…

    You are our only hope.

  24. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder has a subpar arm and I worry about his accuracy.

    The problem with a weak arm is that you have to be able to recognize a reciever is about to be open sooner than the guy with a cannon. You have to be smarter than the big armed guy… I like Ponder, and he’s a bright guy, but does he have the “football smarts” to overcome his noodle arm?

  25. By PurplHaze on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Congrats, Phil! This was your best season yet!

    It wasn’t very popular, and I wouldn’t want to see you do it on a regular basis, but I liked the “nastiness” you showed with that slap at the ball outta bounds. Next time, wait until the play starts and pancake som foo’!

  26. By Dave on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Lets get rid of AD greenway Rudolph Allen Williams Felton smith and cook too might as well give all our good players away I guess ponders all we need

  27. By Daniel on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Now is the turn of Greg Jennings, Kevin Walters & Ryan Fitzpatrick as the back up QB

  28. By megakrab on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Woodboat
    We need a like button on this sight. lol

    I do have faith in his drafting abilities, but he scares me in the free agency period. Same thing last year except we didn’t lose Harvin last year. We also only had 1 first round pick originally, too.

  29. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Twin ND towers. Give Ponder another big target for his soft lobs.

  30. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Sources tell NFL.com that the Titans are shopping WR Nate Washington.

    Washington is a gritty veteran and team leader, but he’s owed $4.2 million in 2013 base salary. It’s a lot to pay for someone that will play well behind both Kenny Britt and Kendall Wright. If the Titans can salvage a late-round pick for Washington, they’d be doing very well.

  31. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    It may be a good thing we didn`t get Wallace-5 years, 65 million.

  32. By PurplHaze on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway … Do you think Rick may be interested in Fitzpatrick?

  33. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I would rather have Nate Washington and Simpson for one year…And develop a couple WR’s from the draft…

    Than spend any money on Jennings…

  34. By PurplHaze on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    … to compete for the #2 spot.

  35. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Not sure, not too worried about the backup QB position since Frazier basically said they are looking for a terrible backup so Ponder doesn’t have any competition.

  36. By TheRealDon on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    PurplHaze ..Yes he might I mean s’hit we have ponder lets bring in another back up qb

  37. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I would love to get Washington. Brandon Gibson would be good, too.

  38. By PurplHaze on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I can’t believe we don’t even try to get at least one position of need addressed through an FA signing. I still was SURE Rick had interest in Levitre. FIDDLESTIX!!!

  39. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I want Sean Smith too. 6’3″ to cover Megatron.

  40. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Give the Titans a 7th round pick…And just take over Washingtons 4.2 million contract over for this season…
    Then draft two stud WR’s in the draft…

  41. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    We hafta get a couple of guys through FA, we can`t fill all the holes in the draft.

  42. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

  43. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    A 7th for Washington would be a steal.

  44. By TheRealDon on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton, Chris Summers,Greg Childs and Jerome Simpson.. I think they have 1 td between all them with us

  45. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I would have NO PROBLEM with the Vikings taking Eifert with one of their first round picks !!!…

    That guy is a STUD !!!…And can block along the O-line very well also…

    Huge sleeper value around the time the Vikings pick in the draft… ;-)

  46. By megakrab on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Once we sign all of our FAs back, I think Spielman will sign a few second tier people for temporary tourniquets.

  47. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt OTK. We can cut Carlson after this year without a cap hit.

    It could make Carlson motivated to have a great year then we could subsequently trade him if he did.

  48. By Matthias on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe Carlson turns out to be fine… Percy is gone, but at least we got some value for him. The Chiefs got some quality starters after the Jared Allen trade like Jamaal Charles, 3rd round pick. Somehow the vikings will overcome the loss of Harvin and it might be better for Ponder’s development, because he can’t target Harvin anymore and has to spread the ball more widely.

  49. By blues kluews on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    yes, new blog! lets get heyward-bey

  50. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    No doubt OTK. We can cut Carlson after this year without a cap hit.

    It could make Carlson motivated to have a great year then we could subsequently trade him if he did.

    _____________

    Super plan !!!!…

  51. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Parkway….

    Another point…Eifert has a decent chance of still being on the draft board late in round one…

    The Bears picked up TE…M Bennet today in free agency…

  52. By vikings rule on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    maybe Ponder can finish what he started for the CFL up north

  53. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder -
    I have no idea whether he will develop or not, but remember it used to be known as a fact that QBs don’t start coming into their own until their third season. With so many pro-style offenses in college now, they tend to develop earlier, but it may be that Ponder becomes what we hope and not what we fear.

    Webb –
    So now all you Webb supporters know what the coaching staff already knew. Webb isn’t an option at QB. Couple that with the FACT that we are weak at WR (understatement), and it seems like a no-brainer to try to develop his athletic ability lining up by the sideline. I say that assuming he’s still under contract.

    Bethel-Thompson -
    Dude should go by Ragnar or Olaf or something. He looks like he should have a tankard of ale in one hand and an axe in the other. Don’t know if he can develop into the number 2 guy, but I wouldn’t count him out just yet.

  54. By john61 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    hey the pats sucked for years and they made lots of trades and look where they are the last 10 years,and yes they have a great coach

  55. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Well, now that we are building a team, we will be a dynasty. What I wonder, though, is why no blog was posted concerning the Harvin trade. Instead, an article on Loadholt? What kind of journalistic enterprise do you run here, WOOBBBLES?

  56. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    As far as wide receivers go… I GUESS we need a burner to keep the safties honest, but Christian isn’t going to go all “vuhtical” (ala Al Davis) all of the sudden. He doesn’t have the cannon. With Rudolph, Carlson (please develop), and Ellison, we have a pretty good pass catching crew for the middle of the field. Simpson can stretch it out (if he’s heathy). I am really pulling for Greg Childs to make it back and be the player we saw in college (Come on Greg!! Superglue them kneecaps back on and lets ROCK!) Get Jennings if he comes with a low enough price tag, or maybe take a flyer on a potential up-and-comer (again, with a low price tag). I don’t think we are in trouble with what we have in the passing game if we can just give Ponder a touch more time in the pocket.

  57. By Parody on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    As if you didn’t know that Titus. Frankly, I’m surprised that anything was reported on the Loadholt deal so early. I was sure Wobbles would wait until week 2 of the regular season to confirm that happy news.

  58. By Woodboat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Titus -

    Journalism? This, my friend, is a propoganda site, not to be confused with an actual news site.

  59. By Champ Henson on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    the “Official” Vikings website is a joke. to get any info ya gotta go to other sites.

  60. By Champ Henson on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings .com shoulda got a webmaster thrown in with the Harvin deal.

  61. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I know I stated the obvious, but WOBBLES needs to be called out– continually for his own growth and the health of the nation.

  62. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Titus what are they smoking up in Buffalo letting that guard go to the Titans

  63. By Nit Picking on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I actually like that we have to rely on fellow bloggers for up-to-date info. It gets the chatter going. I do agree though you would think the official website would be more on top of things.

  64. By Matthias on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    The viking’s organization has always the last say and I am not surprised that they try to keep everything quiet. It is just their way of handling things… Even though it is kind of annoying…

  65. By 1vikingsfan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Titus what are your thoughts about all this going around the Vikings?? And your prediction on who we are getting? Just curious on what you are thinking about this.

  66. By DRS. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Every one should read this.

    Fran Tarkenton

    “The Scrambler”

    http://www.vikingupdate.com/history/historyprofiles/tarkenton.html

  67. By DRS. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    If you want to know what is going on with the vikings read what I have posted.

  68. By Champ Henson on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/09/report-no-high-tender-expected-for-danario-alexander/

  69. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I am not sure what is going on– been incredibly busy– I come on here around 9 or 10 at night and discover what is happening — like last night I found out Harvin was a Seahawk far after all of you knew– I am confident in Spielman, though. Getting rid of Harvin must have been mostly due to Harvin– they knew he did not want to be here– and if your player does not want to be on the team, it is best to trade him. Wasn’t it Spielman who brought Harvin here? There is no doubt that the vikes would have liked to keep him as a player- but knew he would hurt the team in the long run.

  70. By Matthias on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Just realised that we are picking 2 times (23rd and 25th) in front of the packers (26th). Time to p1ss the off.

  71. By Matthias on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    *them off

  72. By DRS. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Good night to one and all.

  73. By Matthias on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    *realized,

    ………………

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Packers are sliding down while Vikings are rising! Awesome.

  75. By liito on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Good decision on Loadholt. Trim the other mediocre players. I hope for a good draft. Management not really keen on free agency. Who knows?

  76. By DRS. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    One more thing, before I go to bed. Fran Tarkenton should sit down with Ponder give him some pointers on how to be a great QB.

  77. By DRS. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Once more good night.

  78. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    my updated free agent wish list

    Antoine Winfield
    Darius Heyward Bey

  79. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    “That was one of the things I was looking for, a quarterback who wants to win, who has it,” Harvin said. “I was looking for that leader and we seem to have it here.

  80. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    anyone else see whats happening at LB? Vikings sign OLB Erin Henderson to 2 year deal … leaving Brinkley ???? or Monti T’eo ??? ND ??? Spielman ???

  81. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    We resigned the 3 players I thought we would. Loadholt, Felton, and Simpson. I was suprised on Erin Henderson, but we have a need at LB. Looking at the FAs and they stand now. Sounds like Sandford and Berger are coming back also. Hopefully Winfield will return at a lesser cost. I don’t think we need to resign the rest.

  82. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Profootballtalk.com reports Danny Amendola is “down to two teams” and poised to take a free-agent visit.
    The three most logical landing spots for Amendola at this point are Minnesota, Tennessee, and Baltimore, though New England could be a sleeper as talks stalemate with Wes Welker. The Baltimore Sun confirms the Ravens are interested in Amendola. The Vikings are the most receiver-desperate team of the group.

  83. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    NFL says the Vikings and Packers bidding on Jennings

  84. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    oops forgot Fitz …. patrick

  85. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway, thanks for the quote– shows how divisive Harvin was and is– we made the right trade.

  86. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    By Stew on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply
    @Shawn
    Oday Aboushi, OL, Virginia (SR)
    Terron Armstead, OL, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (EW)
    Sam Barrington, LB, South Florida (EW)
    Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest (SR)
    Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech (EW)
    Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson (SR)
    Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (EW)
    Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M (PRI)
    Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech (COM)
    Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M (SR)
    Ty Powell, LB, Harding (SR)
    Bacarri Rambo, DB, Georgia (SR)
    Sheldon Richardson%, DL, Missouri (PRI) (COM)
    Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State (SR)
    Brian Schwenke, OL, California (SR)
    Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford (SR)
    Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame (COM)
    Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington (SR)
    Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, Connecticut (SR)

  87. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    the above list is who the vikings interviewed at combine

  88. By Tomcat on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    DRS–Thank you for the Tarkenton story.

  89. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    We are going to draft Teo. I just know it.

    Desmond Trufant will be a really good CB.

    There are alot of running backs on that list.

  90. By steven verdugo on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    go vikings

  91. By steven verdugo on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    go vikes

  92. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Woodboat,

    About Ponder: The question is is…can you make a throwing arm stronger?

    The answer…of course.

    Jones thinks that we would be better off with Joe Webb.
    Smart guy, with a gun, with touch on his throws, the rest will come with experience.

  93. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    harvin said what everyone knows on the vikes ponder is not the answer.traded a gamechanger to keep a quitter.sad days ahead.once ponder gone after next season my all the viking fans get on the same page.

  94. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @The DRS.,

    That’s a good idea to have Ponder sit down with Tarkenton. While he’s at it, find out how Fran was able to strengthen his arm late in his career.

  95. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    or get it over with and go with JOE!!!

  96. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-free-agency/0ap2000000149972/Percy-Harvin-happy-to-land-with-Seahawks Havin’s comments

  97. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I think Joe Webb is done as a Viking waiting for Speilman to sign a #2 in FA

  98. By DaVikings on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Has anyone really watched this guy block? For as big as he is he lets a lot of guy’s get by him. For a team that needs a reciever, had at least one good one now have none? Now what kind of progress is that? After over 40 yrs of being a fan I’m growing real tired!

  99. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @robert,

    You will get on the bandwagon after C h r i s t i a n or JOE guide the team to another playoff spot in the near future!

  100. By 1vikingsfan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings made the right decision on harvin. Who right here thinks we will draft te’o? I will definitely love to see him in vikings this upcoming year. I honestly think we will be on the top of the division this year.

  101. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    People,

    THE VIKINGS NEED TWO PEOPLE AT EVERY POSITION INCLUDING QB.

    YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SOMEONE WILL GO DOWN IN THE NFL.

    The Vikings were just plain lucky to have just a few injuries last year. We might not be so lucky this year.

    Be Prepared!!!

  102. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    NO MORE COMMENTS ABOUT HARVIN PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  103. By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    He is now an opponent!!!

  104. By 1vikingsfan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I really want to see TAVON AUSTIN in vikings. he can do it all.

  105. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I am very pleased with everything so far.

    Im happy with who the Vikings resigned. Im pleased to see how the Vikings have handled free agency so far. Im happy/ok to see who the Vikings have released.

    Excited to see what happens in the coming weeks/months to see how everything evolves.

    I do hope that Vikings take a serious look at DE/DT Glenn Dorsey of the Chiefs. He has been playing out of position in the Chiefs 3-4 defense ever since he was drafted 5th overall. If he is not asking too much I would be very very very excited if the Vikings brought this guy in.

  106. By Sean on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Phil loadholt is way over hyped. This guy is a penalty machine. And to top it all off do not fool yourself in thinking we are ACTIVELY pursueing anyone. It is to keep all you idiots thinking we are trying to land anyone. Alot of fluffy offers to get minnesota in the headlines and no real substance to anything. We will just cross our fingers and hope we get a possible starter to come out of thisin the draft. We are terrible with our passive views on getting better. if someone out there is available and they are better than our player. SIGN THEM! it’s a business of winning now. We are not building a dynasty with Jerome simpson!

  107. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Two undisclosed teams are meeting with Amendola? The Vikes aren’t going to sign a guy without meeting him first. Yeah, I could see us being one of those two teams.

    Denario Alexander or Heyward Bey might be a possibility as well.

    Or at least I hope so. If not, then why in the h3ll did they dump Winfield to make all that extra room in the Cap?

  108. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Parkway

    Tyler Eifert

    I was about to bring this up a couple days ago. Some think it’d be ridiculous to draft Eifert with a first round selection but not that we have two…. I don’t expect it… but wouldn’t be terribly shocked if it happened.

    I understand that the Vikings need a WR but in this day and age a star TE can be just as good since they are ridiculous match-up nightmares.

    Pairing Eifert with Rudolph would be a scary combination. Not only are they very dangerous in the passing game but would make offensive formations tough for defenses to read. You could go out in two-three TE sets and you would never know if the TEs would block or go out for a pass… with Adrian Peterson being the RB that would be tough to stop.

    Like I said I doubt it will happen but I won’t sit and be upset if it does.

  109. By Parkway on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    In Spielman we trust

  110. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Dr. Remulak

    I really hope the Vikings make a strong push for Denario Alexander. That could turn out to be a big time gem for the Vikings to get.

  111. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I was hoping they were going to sign Ellerbe. He was one of the few guys in FA I actually liked.

  112. By Richard1A on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    espn was saying the Vikes are talking with AZ, about fitzgerald? why don’t the Vikes suprise everyone, go Defense, gets some of the meanest, tuffest players! the kind of players you have to keep locked up in a cage, let out only at game time! game over returned to there cage tell next week!!!

  113. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Fred– you are right. Harvin is history. People need to let go– get over it!

  114. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    AND yes– Te’o will be a Viking– I said that way back– can just feel it.

  115. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @NN

    The only thing that freaks me out is I think he’s had like 5 knee surgeries. But I bet if he stays healthy he’ll wind up being the steal of FA.

    I’d bet money he has a better year than Wallace this season.

    Unless he winds up on a team like the Jets, then all bets are off.

  116. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Blue Skies, nothing but blue skies from now on….

  117. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Sean

    You clearly don’t understand how everything is and how the NFL works.

    –Loadholt is one of the leagues better RTs. If you do not believe me then do some homework. He was a player the Vikings needed to retain. If you think the Vikings did a mistake for keeping him than you are simply delusional and really don’t understand the player Loadholt is. Don’t believe me… don’t care… moving on because Loadholt remaining a Vikings is a big plus… simple as that.

    –You do not…. I repeat… do not just simply sign someone because they are better than a person you have on your roster. SO MANY more things play into that and it’s never just that easy as you make it sound. The team would be running into the ground if that is what they did every year. This isn’t a Madden football video game…. even then… I wouldn’t even recommend that strategy on a video game.

    –Jerome Simpson. Again, you do not see the forest through the trees. Jerome Simpson is a low risk/high reward player. He played through injuries last year and has the potential to produce at a good level. He would have and did get signed to a very cheap contract. Why not keep him? Let’s say for whatever reason the Vikings have an embarrassment of riches comes camp time… okay… then release him. No harm done. I’ll say it again…. He’s cheap, low risk/high reward player, and the Vikings simply need WR’s. I don’t get why your so riled up on this one. It’s a fantastic decision to keep him in my opinion.

    –Finally, your view on the NFL being a “business of winning now”. Of course, in a ducky and bunny world everyone would love to win now but that isn’t the case now is it? NO. YOU DO NOT WIN BY PUSHING ALL CHIPS IN EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Start knowing that now…. it’ll save you a whole lot of hurt down the road. If you keep trying to “win now”… you’ll never win. You’ll always be having a drastic up and down success rate. If you want to have have long term and consecutive season success then more patience is required. I could go on and on but from what it sounds is that AGAIN you do not get it and are an impatient unrealistic nothing knowing fan that just expects big time success to magically happen from some football fairy.

    From that paragraph that you posted, could I say that you are a true Vikings fan? Sure, I guess so but I know that you don’t understand how the game itself works. It’s people like you that always complain for reasons they actually don’t understand but act as if they do. I am for one am very pleased that you have nothing to do with player personnel because the team would never have success with your thought process.

  118. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Dr. Remulak

    Ha well then Dr., maybe you should check him out yourself!

    Yeah I completely agree with you. That is the scary part.

    The nice part is that potentially no high draft picks are needed to be spent to get him but it’s the contract that could get out of hand. If the Vikings could get him at a decent price then I am all in. I would even be willing to put in the extra dollar given our WR situation.

    Going off his knee surgeries…. at least he played last year showing that he has rebounded and can play at a high level. Is he more likely than others to get a knee injuring? Maybe but his potential and ceiling might be too tough to pass up.

    I’ll be good either way but I think in the end I would like the Vikings to make an attempt to obtain his services.

  119. By Northern Norseman on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    @Richard1A

    Love the “cage” talk haha.

    Honestly I think they do that with Adrian Peterson.

    I can hear it now….

    Wilf yelling….

    RELEASE THE BEAST! (As Packer players watch and tremble in fear)

  120. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    WR Hopkins, Your favorite punching bag Harvin will be playing the Vikings twice.
    I will be cheering him on. You can stick ponder in spielmans back pocket.

    You and the bike rider can watch him do his thing. rack up points for a superbowl bound team. as always, your misfit Vikings can watch from the nearest beer hall.

  121. By Listenup on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    Take any Free Agent WR’s production last year and cut it in half. That’s what you’ll get with Ponder at QB.

  122. By Listenup on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    the QB coach should try to give noodle arm some steroids

  123. By Listenup on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    The thing I hate is ponder makes us unable to sign any decent free agents

  124. By mystery blogger on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Revenge.With your great player Mr Ponder, you might win one game.
    My Super Bowl team will use there great players to let you know what football is.

  125. By Rick on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I hope the vikings don’t waste a pick on Teo the guy runs the 40 slower than my grandma can with her walker.

  126. By Listenup on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    ponder < Willson
    Wright < Harvin
    Simpson < Rice
    Burton < Tate

  127. By Listenup on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Seahawks see you in the NFC Championship

    Us and the vikes will watch you from home

  128. By Shawn on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Ha Ray Edwards is a free agent again

  129. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    f.jones you cant build around ponder by taking the 24yr old mvp type wr from him.spielman says hes building through the draft to get young.sounds like 24 rs is young enough.if spielman wants more picks ad is getting up in age lets trade him too.so we can get better. spielman does not have the sac to say he fu on drafting ponder.good gms and coachs know when to cut bait like sf.wasnt popular at first but the switch from smith to kap was the decision.smith is ten times the qb that ponder is and i dont think much for smith.

  130. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    like i said ponder will be doing infomercials on how to be a 1st. round pick with 7th round talent in about three years with spielman.as he does is informercial how to lose your job by picking 7th round talent as your ist pick in the draft

  131. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    WR Hopkins, Your favorite punching bag Harvin will be playing the Vikings twice.
    I will be cheering him on. You can stick ponder in spielmans back pocket.

    You and the bike rider can watch him do his thing. rack up points for a superbowl bound team. as always, your misfit Vikings can watch from the nearest beer hall.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Wait a minute… If we are going to be playing Harvin twice that means one of those games is going to be in the playoffs.

    Hey guys did you hear that we’re the playoffs again!!!

    See there is a silver lining for just about everything.

  132. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    we’re going*

  133. By Dave on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Jags admitted Gabbert is terrible when will we admit ponder is just as bad if not worse

  134. By Dave on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    And Gabbert was a higher pick

  135. By rocksalt on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I hope we do not draft Te’o…….he was invisible in the bowl championship game…..and his 4.8 40 time is right up there with your typical D lineman. He will be lost in the NFL game speed especially tryin to cover speedy slot receivers….
    I also hope Speilman’s strategy of buliding through the draft works. Since the draft is always a gamble, and Adrian is 28 years old..the window will not remain open forever…we simply cannot wait for young players to get ready in 2 years…they must be ready yesterday.

  136. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2013/03/12/christian-ponder-says-percy-harvins-opinion-doesnt-really-matter/

  137. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_22776950/vikings-percy-harvin-calls-trade-blessing-denies-rift

  138. By SmileyStar on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings are in Damage Control…It’s sad that that Vikings have to character assassinate one of their best players in the media to save themselves from the fanbase. I’d love to see Frazier’s explanation to the team, to AD. Harvin has a good chance to make it to the SB this season, wish I could say the same for the Vikings, We’ll be lucky to make the playoffs let alone finish the season with a winning record. However AD has a great opportunity to accrue 2500 yds this season and get the record.

  139. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I have been FURIOUS at Harvin for over a year trying to figure out what went wrong between him and the Vikings. Knowing that no one from the team would come forward with the answer…..
    In watching his introduction presser in Seattle I think I finally got the answer.
    He said, and I’m paraphrasing here but close to quoting…..he (qb-Russell Wilson) has already contacted me…..and said that he (Wilson) wants me in Cali. NEXT WEEK to get started on working together to get the timing, route running, habits etc. down to as perfect as possible…..
    SOMETHING ALL QB’S AND WR’S, TE’S SHOULD BE DOING EVERY SINGLE SEASON, LIKE ALL THE GREAT ONE’S DO.
    I’m just not sure that Ponder has the “HEART” to be a good qb, let alone great, which will NEVER happen…

    Oh, and by the way to whoever posted saying Harvin’s contract called for a 13-14 million guarantee (sp?)…..it’s actually a 6 year 67 mill. with a 25.5 MILLION GUARANTEE….

    Drafting T”eo AT ALL would be right up there with Troy Williamson, Demetrious Underwood and more than a few other’s….did you not see what a VERY GOOD, but far from pro team did to him in the championship game?
    He is as overrated as ANY player I’ve ever seen play….(almost)

  140. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I can NOT believe they brought back that corner they got from Ariz. via trade….
    I can’t even say his name, he couldn’t cover anyone, was ALWAYS late to the ball and the ball carrier, he couldn’t make a play on the ball to save his life….
    Sometimes the decisions made absolutely astonish the brain….hopefully he’s just camp fodder….

    And to whoever it was that brought up Bobby Bryant the other day….he was NEVER considered a “(speed) burner” by ANY stretch of the imagination.
    Nor was he ever the primary punt or kick-off returner, that was Charlie West #40.

    To this day Bobby Bryant remains my ALL TIME favorite Vikings CB, and remains the leader in interceptions with 52 I believe

  141. By SmileyStar on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin may have been traded because he is a distraction for Ponder. When Pecry is is in the slot Ponder would only see him. Ponder wouldn’t spread the ball around to “the other guys.” Maybe next year they’ll trade AD so Ponder is forced to make more and better throws.

  142. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Unfortunately for the Vikings (and myself because he was my “pet” draft pick from last year) I believe that WR Greg Childs will need another year to come back from what was a DEVASTATING injury to both knees last pre-season.
    The BEST we can hope for (IMO) is a mid-season comeback, or sometime in that area….I pray for the kid, he was a STAR in the making before the injury….

  143. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    To whoever it was that wants to use a # 1 draft pick on TE Zach Eifert….I DON’T want to get into a back and forth p’issing match here….I just think there are FAR better options to use that pick on, not to mention NEEDS…
    However if you want a different option I too have a TE on my draft wish list, just later on in the draft.
    He is Levine Toilolo of Stanford, he is 6′-8″+ with decent speed and excellent hands.
    Could you imagine him in the red-zone ?

  144. By Northern Norseman on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    @celticvikingwarrior

    I don’t think anyone here was really pounding the table for TE Zach Eifert. I chatted about him also.

    Would I probably draft him? NO
    Do I think the Vikings will draft him? NO
    Do I think there are other options? Yes

    It was just a “what if” debate. I would prefer to go another route but like I said that if there is a very small chance that it did happen I wouldn’t be upset…. maybe a little shocked… but not upset.

    In fact, I doubt the Vikings will draft a TE at all but you never know… that’s why the draft is so fun.

  145. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Hey there, Nit Pickings……………….The list of who the Vikings will play and when will be posted some time in April. SeaHawks are listed TWICE in the regular season. Wake up dude. I will watch Percy do his thing against the dirtbags.

  146. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I’ mmmmm Baaaaackkk !!!!!!!! you mean WE are baaaackk huh ? oh ya right sorry it has been to long and have missed a great deal already but the hospital stay was also fun i or we got to wear a helmet and a little jacket to hug ourselves with remember????
    NEWS ALERT —- LIGHTNING STRIKES MINNESOTA ——
    We saw the flash and heard the rumble all the way down here in NC about Loadholt and Harvin so there is one thing to say first SEATTLE pay PERCY!!!!!!!! AHAHAHA- HAHAHAHAH SECOND — Do not even tough JENNINGS HE IS A PUCKER FROM LAMEBO

  147. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    revenger of harvin
    dude …. go to the vikings home page and tell me how many birds you see on that schedule …. 3 ……. two of them are not seahawks

  148. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Revenge for Harvin,

    You must be new to the NFL. Let me explain something to you the only teams that a team will play each other twice in the regular season are divisional rivals. The Seahawks and Vikings are not in the same division. So the only way face them twice is in the playoffs.

  149. By Ap all day on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Fitz to vikings ? Hope he comes home :)

  150. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Then why do they show TWO Seahawk logo’s on the NFL listing for publishing in April?

  151. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Look at the 2013 Viking schedule. To be published later. I see Seahawks twice.

  152. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    When the Seahawks kick the Vikings a$$, I will count that as twice!

  153. By Danish Viking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    “Harvin, whom NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported received a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million guaranteed from the Seahawks”. That IS a lot…

    I can see us selecting Tavon Austin (who reminds me about Harvin) and Justin Hunter in the second round. In addition to Childs, Wright and Simpson, we have a VERY young WR-core, who could potentially be gold, but maybe not immediately… Then we can grab a linebacker to replace Brinkley, a DT to support Williams, a CB to replace Winfield (if he isn’t back) and a safety to compete with Sanford. Then I think we’re fully covered.

  154. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Then why do they show TWO Seahawk logo’s on the NFL listing for publishing in April?
    __________________________________________________________________

    Yea, because publishing mistakes never happen right. Now ask yourself when has a team ever played a non divisional opponent twice in the regular season? In the modern era that is.

  155. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Nit Pick……………We all know the NFL never makes mistakes, right? There is always a first time. Right? I will be happy just to see the Seahawks kick ass.

  156. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Revenge for Harvin- Post the link where you saw that it said that Vikings will be playing Seattle twice in the regular season.

  157. By rory from n.w.ark on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin didnt want to stay here he didnt like Ponder also didnt get along with Frasier,case closed,move on,BUT ,,,we better find free agent help,period or we are doomed in the wide receiver core,sorry going backwords,,,,, but like everything else so far GO VIKINGS sign Jenkins and Woodson show them Packer cheeseheads YA

  158. By rory from n.w.ark on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin didnt want to stay here he didnt like Ponder also didnt get along with Frasier,case closed,move on,BUT ,,,we better find free agent help,period or we are doomed in the wide receiver core,sorry going backwords,,,,, but like everything else so far GO VIKINGS sign JenNINGS and Woodson show them Packer cheeseheads YA

  159. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Nit Pick………….Just do what I did, pull up MN Vikings 2013 Season schedule.
    I will be there right in front of you.

  160. By Revenge for Harvin on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    It will

  161. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Revenge for Harvin- I looked at several links and none of them indicate that we’re playing the vikings of the west twice.

    LOL please till me your not confusing the Eagles logo with the Seahawks logo.

  162. By Nit Picking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    This is getting pointless. But, I’m right we only face Seattle once in the regular season. If you think otherwise, I don’t know what to tell you except you should study up on football.

  163. By Patti Johnson on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin is well on his way to becoming the stereotypical Prima Donna wide receiver. It would have been wise of him to remember how many teams wrote him off at the draft as a pothead. No loyalty at all. Won plenty of games with him out. Very happy to resign Loadholt. The Amish rifle would be a great improvement over Webb. And personally, let’s get Urlacher. With Greenway especially, I really think that Ulacher could step in and complement him, let alone extend his career by not having to be “The Guy” on an old LB core.

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