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Who’s In, Who’s Out? Vikings Busy On First Day Of League Year

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 13, 2013 – 5:42 am

The first day of the New League Year did not disappoint. It was a hectic day full of signings, reports of signings, cuts, trades and roster shuffling. The Vikings were in on the mix for much of it. Here’s a rundown of what the Vikings accomplished on Tuesday, with another busy day possibly in store for the organization on Wednesday…

– The Percy Harvin trade was finalized. After 4 seasons of receptions, returns and runs for the Vikings, Harvin was shipped to Seattle in exchange for a 1st-round pick and a 7th-round pick in April’s draft plus a 3rd-round pick in the 2013 NFL. That’s a nice haul for the Vikings, who now have 11 selections in this year’s draft and will have a pair of 1st-round picks in back-to-back seasons (Matt Kalil-Harrison Smith in 2012, #23 and #25 overall in 2013).

– Phil Loadholt re-signed with the Vikings and is looking to “finish what we started in Minnesota.” Securing Loadholt allows the Vikings to carry continuity along the offensive line into the 2013 season, as all 5 starters from last year will return in 2013. The average age of the 5 starters is just 25.8 years old.

– While investing in youth by securing three more draft choices and re-signing Loadholt, the Vikings parted (for now) with 15-year veteran CB Antoine Winfield. It was a hard decision, said Vikings GM Rick Spielman, but one the team made with the best interest of the team in mind. Spielman did not rule out a return for Winfield to the roster.

– Spielman was asked about a report that the team and TE John Carlson restructured the contract they agreed to a year ago, but the Vikings GM declined to get into specifics of the restructurings.

– Pro Bowl FB Jerome Felton, LB Erin Henderson, special teams ace and safety Jamarca Sanford, and WR Jerome Simpson all used Twitter to announce that they’ve reached deals to remain with the Vikings. Reports also surfaced on Tuesday that OL Joe Berger re-signed with the Vikings. No official word yet from the club, but this is good news given how much of a priority Spielman and the Vikings front office put on re-signing their own free agents.

– Spielman described the Vikings as being “in good shape” from a salary cap standpoint even after reportedly re-signing 6 of their own free agents, including what figures to be a significant multi-year deal for the road-grading Loadholt. Great work by the Vikings front office.

– Agree with him or disagree (I agree with him), Spielman is steadfast in his opinion of how to best build a roster that can sustain long-term success – through the draft and by retention of core players. Free agency has a place, no question, but it’s a limited place. This quote from Spielman during his press conference on Tuesday sums up the philosophy well: “Well we think we’re going to compete next year, there’s no doubt about that because we were a playoff team last year. By keeping your own and continuing to build through the draft and the success we’ve had the last couple of years with this draft and feel very strong about this draft class coming up, that that’s the approach and philosophy that we believed in and it’s showing that we are having success with that philosophy.”


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58 Responses to “Who’s In, Who’s Out? Vikings Busy On First Day Of League Year”

  1. By chris b on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    keep our core players. guess percy and windfield were second stringers. hope we get a wr soon cause ap cant do everything.

  2. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1560341-minnesota-vikings-mock-draft-fresh-7-round-preview-post-harvin-trade#/articles/1560341-minnesota-vikings-mock-draft-fresh-7-round-preview-post-harvin-trade

  3. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    If I am Spielman ???…

    I would not touch a free agent WR !!…Because no matter who he gets in free agency ???…
    That player will not even be a good to start ~ to replace Harvin…nuff said…

    Don’t get me wrong…Harvin going was the best thing for our team…Harvin did not want to be here…

    The point is…We know the player Jennings is…A decent older Packer WR…

    In the minds of Viking fans…
    The only chance a WR that can replace Harvin…
    Is a WR with a reputation in the draft…That can make the plays to win football games…Young,fast,great hands,tall, etc….

    Get 2 WR’s in the first round…
    And double your chances of success to “help” replace a player favorite in Minnesota…
    That was a huge position of need for the Vikings before that player was traded !!!…

    The only way you can replace a player of Harvin’s caliber…Is to do that with young players with a clean slate and plenty of upside and reputation in the draft…

    Not with a rival WR with age and injury concerns… :-(

    Draft a K Allen and D Hopkins in the draft ???….
    Rumors of their talents in the Vikings future..
    Will outweigh negative thoughts of the past…
    I guarantee it…

    The draft Spielman !…The draft !!!!….

  4. By David Plowman on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Even though Harvin did not want to be here, he was worth more than a 25 th pick in the first round. He will burn the vikings for years. And a quote from the one of the vikings DL. ” With Harivn gone I do not know any of the receivers on the team right now.” He is right, none of them did anything last year. Look at the stats. The vikings now need help everywhere except RB.

  5. By VF209 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    dont think the mindset should necessarily be 1 of replacing Harvin, don’t think there is a player out there that can do what Harvin could but the more reasonable approach would be to bring some younger talent to minnesota via FA to help us out in a few key areas of need that fit the mold of what we are trying to get done here in Minni without the big price tag and continue to build thru the draft as well….very pleased with the approach so far…every move has been a good 1…..hope now 2day is the day we bring in a new player or 2 who can compete for a starting job or add some depth 2 this team……skol vikes!!

  6. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Rd 1
    WR-Justin Hunter
    WR-Keenen Allen
    WR-DeAndre Hopkins
    CB-Xavier Rhodes
    WR-Tavon Austin

    Rd 1
    DT-Sylvester Williams
    WR-Quinton Patton
    DT-Star Lotulele
    WR-Robert Woods
    QB-Matt Barkley

    Rd 2
    S-Johnathon Cyprien
    S-Eric Reid
    OG-Larry Woford
    CB-Desmond Trufant
    CB-Tyron Mathieu
    CB-Johnathon Banks

  7. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve tried to put up the rest of my draft (IT’S GOOOOD) 5 separate times and 5 different ways and it’s NOT happening….I’m tired and sure no one cares anyway, so to “heck” with it…..

  8. By Myric on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I hope Winfield comes back and ends his career a Viking…Nice job on getting Phil signed….

    I know the Vikes have a huge need at Wideout but I hope they don’t reach for a WR in the first rounds.

    Today or in the next week the Vikes will bring in a Vet WR on the cheap.

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

    Well, Hopkins still running your mouth I see. The Vikings HAD a good WR.
    His name WAS Harvin. You can not replace a good WR like Percy. All of you self righteous dudes deal with it when your Vikings end up on the bottom. again.

    Not from Wisconsin, just an x-Viking. My team is the Seahawks now.

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

    Can not wait to watch Percy Harvin tear up the Vikings on kick returns, plus.

  11. By since 68 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Cruz might be interesting thru free agent.Jennings aint comming.Wright already has proved himself to me he wants to be next Percy. But draft should get short Austin or tall Allen out of California.then T Eric Fischer out of central Mich. or Manuel Q.B. out of F.S.U. to back up Ponder

  12. By Troutdaddy on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin was a great player for the Vikes, but down the stretch we still made the playoffs without him. He is gone now. I thought for sure Spielman would pull the trigger on a WR in FA, but it didn’t happen yesterday and now sure it will happen at now based on how many folks we signed back on yesterday and how much cap we used up. So it looks like the draft is going to be our only hope to find the talent we need.

    Losing Winfield was quite the shakeup. Now we need to find a CB because COOK IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! (Yes I screamed that!) Sorry, he is inconsistent and brittle. I hope we can get tis piece as well. Kinda scratching my head about how we are going to get out of this hole we are in…. Spielman? You still on it bro? We are stressing out here….. Exercising much faith here….

    Look Jones…. Paragraphs!!!

  13. By Troutdaddy on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry- typo above. “not sure it will happen at all now based on how many folks we signed back on yesterday.”

  14. By since 68 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Didn’t consider Barkley. That could be a hope. A tall Defensive back would be good to. Seems to me Cook misreads alot yet he is as tall as we get in secondary

  15. By iaVIKE on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Troutdaddy…………..Even with your paragraphs you still post garbage.

  16. By 3DONTHERADIO on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I sure wouldn’t be “stressing out here” just yet. I think Spielman has a plan that started before last season and has worked out well so far. Yes, wide receiver is obviously a concern right now, but I think they will address it one way or another and we will all be looking forward to the start of the season! Go Vikes!!!

  17. By oregonviking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    would love to get Sedrick Ellis and Keenan Lewis or Antoine Cason, then focus on
    playmakers early in the draft.

  18. By oregonviking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    How about packaging the 25th pick with the second of the fourth round picks to
    try and move up far enough to get Chance Warmack? Then with the 23rd pick
    get the best wr available that fits the need, hopefully Keenan Allen. Warmack
    could be that Randall McDaniel type interior lineman that the Vikings haven’t had
    in years. I’m pretty sure A.P. would be thrilled also.

  19. By spanky22 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I liked Harvin to but he’s not worth the money that he got. Yes he’s talented but he’s not played one full season in the nfl, and yes the vikes did make it to the playoffs without him. To me if you want the money show me that you can play one full season first. Look at AP the man tore his knee up and came back and never missed a game last year. Thats a man not Harvin who is injury or headache prone.

  20. By Kansas Viking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Im tired of Spielman making bad decisions around contracts. Winfield was one of the bright shining stars on our team last year. He should be back in the purple and gold again this year. Paying chumps like Guion, Charlie Johnson, and John Carlson the amount of money they are, for the production they get is unreal. Yet someone like Winfield, who out performed his contract, is released..

  21. By Kansas Viking on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I think Sedrick Ellis or Glen Dorsey would be great additions to the Dline of the Vikings. Grab another D Tackle in the first 2 or 3 rounds of the draft, and could have a push back again that makes teams scared. With our defense, if we can’t get pressure with 4-5 guys rushing the QB, then we get picked apart.

  22. By Jayson on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings fans, RELAX! The start to this offseason has been just fine. It was important to get our own guys taken care of first (especially Loadholt and Felton). There is always a chance that they could bring in a veteran WR like Jennings but I wouldnt be surprised if they didnt. Why would they give a guy who will start the season at 30 and has had some issues with health 11 mil a year ?(thats what it is going to take to sign him) Lets just be patient and see how everything plays out. SKOL VIKINGS

  23. By ASingularMan on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings should go get Victor Cruz AND Danny Amendola right now. It would solve most of the receiver troubles AND free us up in the draft to address ALL of our concerns. Draft a DT first, another WR in the second or third, a QB in the fourth or fifth, and use the rest all on DEFENSE! ^_^

  24. By Pygmy man on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    come on… Why would we let winfield go… He is our only establish cornerback, Harrison smith can’t cover the back feild alone.

  25. By blues kluwes on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    pygmy man- just because we released winfield doesn’t mean we won’t get another cornerback.

  26. By mike on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    BRING RFA VICTOR CRUZ TO MN.

    LOSING A 1ST RD PICK TO THE GIANTS FOR ACQUIRING A RFA LIKE CRUZ BUT STILL HAVE ANOTHER 1ST RD PICK (the one from SEA)

    GO DEFENSE WITH THE OTHER 1ST RD. PICK(BEST AVAILABLE:DT,ILB) AND I GAURANTEE ONE OF THOSE RECEIVERS WILL STILL BE THERE IN THE 2ND RD FOR MN.

    THIS ROSTER NEEDS MULTIPLE WR’s (preferably not all rookies)

    CRUZ IS THE REAL DEAL.

  27. By mikeY on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    7.5 million for a what-is-now nickel-corner like winfield isn’t worth it.

    Same reason packers let woodson loose.

    Speed is vital tool in the nfl and at this position – and players don’t generally age well in that department.

    BRING IN A BENNY SAPP AND CHARLES GORDON HYBRID!!!11

  28. By animal26 on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Fire Speilman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fire spielman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Fire spielman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fire Spielman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. By mnsoldier on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    For all the people fussing about Harvin, you will feel good about the trade when he goes down again due to migraines or yet another injury. Seattle struck lightning once with one of our receivers it isnt going to happen with Harvin.
    Simpson didnt get a chance last year, The O play caller has to do a better job of game planning, he sucked for the most part and go lucky he had adrian to pull his backside out of the fire.

  30. By JE on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Why in the world would you want to fire Speilman!!!!He is doing a great job getting this team younger and back to being a contender!!!

  31. By mnsoldier on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Go and get Cassel, KC is already stating they are going to release him if no trade happens, toss them the 7th rounder we got from seattle. He is a good QB and will give us a very viable back up, it will also allow him to relax, reset and start over without any pressure on him, and when ponder goes down, (as most qb’s do during a year) he will be available and a much better option than Webb, webb can either go back to being the big strong WR he was in college or find other employment. An NFL paycheck is much better than no paycheck.

  32. By jim on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!

    Typical spielman let the gems go,with no recieving core and a h-off season for teams to skeam on peterson good luck another year i will not buy ticketsfor any games untill spielman shows some type of sense samford Really thats your big move ,oh yeah wait and see rights Used to enjoy the 2 times a year the gang would go down and see them live,my lousy 20 tickets a season dont mean much,to ownership,sure dont mean nothing to spielman,but what do i know im just one of the poor sap tax payer ,peace

    hiding in duluth

  33. By INVikingsFAn on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    We need to get Jake Long and Danny Amedola and i would feel great going into next year Ponder would be fine if he had some freaking time to make good choices with the ball but instead the right side of the line gets beat everytime and he is always throwing under pressure JAKE LONG JAKE LONG JAKE LONG. Danny Amedola wouldn’t “replace” Harvin but it would be a good start. AND as much as i love Winefeild $7.5M is to much for a 16th season.

  34. By Sean on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Adrian is going to loose interest real quick if we do not get someone with some real talent in here soon. There is plenty of real talent that could be aquired to help this team. And once again we are sitting on our hands. Our passive approach to building super bowl caliber teams is not working! It’s not my opinion, It’s that fact that this franchise has never won a big game. EVER!

  35. By jim on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    well said we are a farm club for the rest of the league Thanks Speilman you draft good only to loose them when we need them!!!!11

  36. By josh on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    POOR PETERSON TRADE HIM TO HE WONT WANNA BE IN MINNESOTA MUCH LONGER TO CHEAP TO GET THE PLAYERS AROUND HIM

  37. By ImpatientWreck on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin being traded was the better move for the vikings. His bad energy around other players and disrespecting Frazier, and his bad attitude was cancerous. That stuff can wreak havoc on a team, especially when Harvin doesn’t respect the QB of the team, he was better off leaving our team. Rewind back to Randy Moss, look where his attitude got him. Look where Terrell Owens bad attitude got him, nowhere. Now they are both unemployed. Percy Harvin wasn’t a team player, meaning his mindset wasn’t in the right place. Most teams do not put up with them kind of high school antics, they are all professionals. He is injury prone and not worth the money. This was the better move. Spielman knows what he is doing. He did an excellent job in recent signings and in the draft. Can’t wait to see what the front office has up their sleeve now.

  38. By blues kluews on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    ok i know it’s still early in free angency but ussually the philosophy of cutting your own players to save money is to sign some players in free angency. i hope they do that unlike in recent years.

  39. By blues kluews on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    it isn’t looking good as far as greg jennings. packers offered 10 M a season.

  40. By jim on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    wow spielman really ,brian im too old urlacker please somebody tell this guy something about football,i understand old and new mixture but really urlacker!!!

  41. By Woodboat on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    THey did better this time than they did with the Moss to Oakland trade. We all complained when Moss was shown the door, and the team survived. It’ll survive Percy leaving as well.

  42. By Woodboat on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Peterson isn’t going to lose interest… it isn’t in his DNA. He’ll lace them up and crush to the best of his ability regardless of who lines up outside. I didn’t see him fall all to pieces when Harvin went down with a season ending twisted ankle.

    I seem to recall the Patriots having a bit of success with a couple of TEs and a sure handed slot guy. Between Rudolph, Ellison, and Carlson, we are pretty good at TE. We have the leagues best RB. Our line is one year better (although Phil is suspect at best in pass blocking). Childs may be someone to take pride in, and Simpson may develop (maybe not). Wright doesn’t stink.

    Grab a couple of kids in the draft and lets see if Ponder has that 3rd year break through. We’ll be fine.

  43. By Woodboat on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    actually, blues, they did sign in recent years. Carlson and Schwartz both got signed in FA last year. Unfortunately both got hurt and didn’t really contribute.

    You get value on day 4 of FA. Let the Dolphins overpay for Wallace. You find guys with potential cheap after the hot tickets have been picked up. I’d rather they didn’t spend all their cap space on one or two guys when we could use a dozen.

  44. By Woodboat on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Huh… to all of those bashing Spielman.

    What are you, new? Didn’t you see what he did last off-season? He was widely touted as having the best draft. He has a plan, and we were all slapping him on the back when the team was built last year. A little early to switch that back-slapping to face-slapping, dontcha think?

  45. By Woodboat on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    If we are talking draft (oregonviking), I think it would be interesting to see Loadholt take a step to his left and draft a RT that has feet. Loadholt would make one heck of an OG, and with a pass blocking RT on the line, Ponder and AP would be DEALING!

  46. By Taylor on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    I guess I was initially shocked with the Winfield release but when you look at the numbera, it makes sense. I would’ve liked to see them restructure and extend Allen and Williams into more annual cap friendly numbers. I’d like the Vikings to go after Sean Smith from Miami because he would be an immediate upgrade from Jefferson and would allow the team to use Josh Robinson into a nickel cornerback position. Other than that if we could resign Winfield at a retirement type contract we’d be poised to go into the draft and build our wr/dl/mlb needs.

    Rd 1- Tavon Austin WR
    Rd 1- Keenan Allen WR
    Rd 2- John Hankins DT
    Rd 3- Eric Reid S
    Rd 4- Cobi Hamilton WR
    Rd 4- Kilo Alonso ILB
    Rd 5- Eric Pugh OG
    Everything else just BPA

  47. By rocksalt on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    it may be that a high profile Free Agent WR might not wish to come to MN..Ponder has not exactly proven himself to be a good QB.
    IMO we need a game changer at WR and at LB or CB……..

  48. By jim meteskey on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Gotta bring Randy Moss back home to the Vikings where he belongs. Don’t care about the pinheads. Third times the charm.

  49. By jim on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    look again pal we werent given a great grade last year for draft unless you consider a B- great (nfl past drafts) i think what the majority want is aleast a
    attemp to bring someone in,i agree we should not blow all the cap,but dont rely on draft only!!!

  50. By Danish Viking on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Breaking: Greg Jennings will visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning.

    I can see us selecting Tavon Austin (who reminds me about Harvin) in the first and Justin Hunter in the second round. Hunter is 6-5 with nice speed and leap but not that strong. 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.

    We don’t NEED Jennings, even though he might be a good fit, but rumors are that he wants Wallace/Percy-type of money.

  51. By Vike Nasty on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    @Woodboat

    I agree all of your posts. Im tired of everyone thinking the team needs to be completely overhauled after just making a playoff run and ending the divisional losing streak.

    Only thing I have to be negative towards is the Loadholt moving inside to guard thing. I thought of that possibility last year but I think he is so tall and Ponder so short that it would make it even more difficult for Ponder to see his receivers.

  52. By Shintovich on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    Here is a thought. Make Webb a WR like he is supposed to be, probably the fastest on the team. Then give up one or both of the first round picks and make a deal with Victor Cruz. Don’t get an old washed up injured receiver thinking they have one more year left.

  53. By drew on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe we should trade Webb, since now we got four QB, but if we can get them cheap, we should sign Dumerville from Denver and Charles Woodson. Trade Webb to the Browns for a third round.

  54. By Ky on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    The best available wide out for us that can do what harvin did for the vikings is Austin from WVU he is an explosive playmaker! He can catch he return he can run out of the backfield on fly sweeps or in single-back formations like harvin. He is the closest thing we can get to harvin without it being harvin from the draft. elite speed /moves

  55. By Ky on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    We would NEVER get Webb for a 3rd round pick haha that was a funny one Drew.

  56. By woof on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman says “we will not trade Percy Harvin” I guess honesty has a different meaning now than it did when i was growing up in Minnesota.

  57. By derrick pearson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    you got a WR named Stepen Burton…SMAB. Lets get him the ball and see what he can do…

  58. By mack on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Alls im going to say right now to all you speilman haters and whiners. 2 seasons ago vikings 3 and 13 last year playoffs. You do the math!!!!

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