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Vikings Free Agency: What’s Happened? What’s Next?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 18, 2013 – 5:18 am

Rick Spielman may prefer to and excel at building his team through the draft. But the Vikings GM has illustrated this year that he also views free agency as an important vehicle to improving his roster. We’re not even a week into the New League Year, and the Vikings have already been one of the NFL’s most active teams when it comes to shuffling the roster and making improvements.

Here’s a quick look at what the Vikings have done so far, and what might be next…

Got Jennings? Vikings do
The Vikings finished the 2012 regular season with the 31st-ranked passing offense, so during the offseason you can be sure that adding talented pass-catchers will be atop the priority list. To that end, the Vikings have already taken a huge step forward by signing WR Greg Jennings. After being a thorn in the Vikings side for the past 7 seasons, Jennings will now be a helping hand to Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave and QB Christian Ponder. The signing of Jennings was met with wild excitement from a Vikings fan base that has watched the former Packers pass-catcher torch them for 63 receptions and 10 TDs in 15 games vs. the Purple.

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Loadholt, other UFAs re-signed
Spielman is asked every year what his priority will be in free agency. And every year he responds by saying that re-signing his own free agents is atop his wish list. Early in this year’s free agency, Spielman attacked that wish list. The focal point of that effort was re-signing RT Phil Loadholt, and the Vikings got the job done. Aside from Loadholt, the Vikings were also able to reach agreements with 5 of their other 6 unrestricted free agents (UFAs), including: OL Joe Berger, Pro Bowl FB Jerome Felton, LB Erin Henderson, S Jamarca Sanford and WR Jerome Simpson.

Harvin traded
In what may go down as one of this year’s more notable moves across the NFL, the Vikings traded WR Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, and for doing so received three draft picks – a 1st-rounder (#25) and 7th-rounder this year, and a 3rd-rounder next year. The trade gives the Vikings 11 selections in this year’s draft, including 6 in the first 4 rounds. If the Vikings use both 1st-rounders next month, it will mark the second consecutive year they’ll net a pair of 1st-round picks in a draft. That’s a good way to improve the talent level on your roster.

Winfield cut
In a move that is a great illustration of the type of difficult decisions NFL franchises have to make each year, the Vikings released CB Antoine Winfield. At first blush it seems like a startling move, but given Winfield’s salary and given some of the team’s other priorities, it was a decision that was in the best interests of the franchise. It may have set the stage for the Loadholt re-signing and/or the Vikings ability to go out and get Jennings to help the passing game. Spielman did say that the team is open to Winfield returning at some point this offseason.

Calling for backup – Cassel signed
On the same day the Vikings made a big splash in signing Jennings, they also secured another QB to add to the mix behind starter Christian Ponder. The Kansas City Chiefs released Matt Cassel, and the Vikings immediately swooped in to pick him up. Cassel is an experienced passer in the NFL (62 starts) who was Tom Brady’s backup in New England when the Patriots went 16-0 and advanced to the Super Bowl in 2007. Also, when asked to play, Cassel has responded. He guided the Patriots to an 11-5 record after Brady went down with a knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season and he was also a Pro Bowler as the Chiefs starter in 2010, passing for 27 TDs and authoring a passer rating of 93.0.

Misc.
In other developments, the Vikings tendered restricted free agent (RFA) CB AJ Jefferson, so he is set to return for 2013. WR Michael Jenkins was cut and earlier in February the Vikings signed former CFL standout CB Roderick Williams.

What’s next?
– The only UFA the Vikings weren’t able to re-sign was middle LB Jasper Brinkley, who has subsequently signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings could look to free agency to fill that spot, they could wait until the draft to find a middle LB, they could rely on Audie Cole to win that job, or they could enact one or more of those possibilities in combination.
— Looking at the roster right now compared to the roster at this time of the year in 2012, the Vikings are at or above capacity at most spots on the roster. There are two exceptions: offensive tackle and running back. Last year at this time, the Vikings had 6 running backs and right now they have 5. Last year at this time the Vikings had 5 offensive tackles and this year they have 4. Of course the Vikings could wait until the draft to fill the voids in each spot, they could find a free agent on the open market, or they could do both.


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205 Responses to “Vikings Free Agency: What’s Happened? What’s Next?”

  1. By Mike B. on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    first

  2. By Asia man on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think we should sign a Big time Cb like grimes and sign another reciever like Ramsey Barden to fill another big whole at reciever

    This is how the vikings draft sheet should look
    1st round- WR Keenan Allen or Deandre Hopkins
    1st rounder- mLb Arthur Brown or ogletree
    2nd round- best DT available
    3rd rounder- best safety available
    4thround- Da’rick Rodgers
    4thround- best tall physical cb avalible

    And let Christian and Matt compete
    This is how our reciever group should look
    Greg gennings, Kennan Allen,jarius wright , Greg childs Da’rick Rogers, Jerome Simpson,

    That’s a big upgrade from last year, and let Greg child’s teach them how to be a great reciever

  3. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Asia man –I’m glad to see somebody on here finally make total sense!

  4. By Matthias on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    We have like 800000 left in cap space right now… We have to sign the rookies, too. Maybe Winfield comes back, but that`s it.

  5. By justin on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    2nd. Need Keenan Allen to complete our receiver corps.

  6. By Chaz on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I am not a blind follower of Ponder.

    But I will say this..

    5 years ago in the NFL the rule of thumb was, you can’t judge a QB until after his 25th start.

    Week 17 against the Packers was his 26th.

    He deserves this season to prove he can be our guy.

    Round one: Deandre Hopkins, this guy has proven he knows where the endzone is, we need that.

  7. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Even with the addition of Jennings…

    I can still see the Vikings using both their first round picks on pass catchers…Be it WR or TE (Eifert?)…

    There are so many teams just below the Vikings that need upgrades at WR…Some just lost key players off there rosters…

    Pats…lost Welker…
    Ravens…lost Boldin…
    Packers…Jennings…
    Texans…have been needing a solid number 2 receiver for years…

    And those major needs are teams still in the hunt for a WR in the first round…
    Let alone the Vikings will be waiting 22 picks of other teams in the second round looking for a WR before the Vikings are slotted to pick again…

    I see many of the higher tier WR’s coming off the board by the middle of the second round…

    I personally grab offense first…WR,WR,
    Then defense…Getting a solid G in there somewhere…

    I give defense the most picks…
    But put the most priority early round picks- on offense…imo…

  8. By jason on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    grab a wr with 23 and mlb with 25 then grab the best cb next then dt

  9. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Does anyone have an idea how much cap room is left? Do the vikings know they are going to rework the deal of Jared Allen? Winfield back might be bad news for greg jennings in practice.

  10. By BlueBird7 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Put Joe Webb in as a Wildcat running back. Trick plays still work in the NFL.

    Frazier/Mustgraves, dream up some plays for Joe. He can still run and pass.

    Just saying, use him before he melts on the sideline.

  11. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I would use Joe as or kick return guy at this point, dont have much hope the coaching staff wants to use him a WO or trick QB anymore.

  12. By Vikingsfan on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Go take a shot at Victor cruz.

  13. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    or = our….my apologies

  14. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Greg Childs is a great WR?

    What are his career stats?

  15. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Cuz I can’t find any.

  16. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Childs please… hope both his knees are healing fast, heard he might not even play this season. When are we going to start using carbon fiber for old bones.

  17. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Not sure what he can “teach” the other WRs, when he hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet.

  18. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    PAY PERCY lol

  19. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    DRAFT SW0PE

  20. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1567273-updated-salary-cap-figures-for-every-nfl-team#/articles/1567273-updated-salary-cap-figures-for-every-nfl-team/page/19

  21. By mjbvikeme on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks hopkins, so 4.7 mil available to us. Is that enough to sign rookies? I sense an Allen extension back loaded with a high signing bonus.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Chaz,

    Going by your logic, Joe Webb has about 22 starts to go, and MBT has 25.

    Jones thinks it’s silly to stick by your highly drafted QB when you are losing a football game. Maybe you do that when the QB is a rookie, then again look what the Vikings did, they hired Donovan McNabb.

    Unless the Vikings know something about Cassel no one else in the NFL knows, it was stupid to hire him.

    That’s if he’s the same QB as the one we saw the last two years.

  23. By Nit Picking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Northwoods- To be fair he probably meant Greg Jennings instead of Greg Childs when he said teach the other WRs.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings can still do something thru the draft. Jones does not buy Wobschall “filling the roster” mentality. When you make the playoffs under the current system, you automatically set yourself up for failure the next season.

    10-6 can easily become 6-10, unless you improve personnel. Spielman/Studwell will have to find a way.

  25. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Nitpicking,

    Jones does not believe we have improved personnel yet. Cassel for a possibly cut Webb…No Improvement. Jennings for Harvin…No Improvement.

    Perhaps we are where we were, WITH A TOUGHER SCHEDULE BEFITTING A PLAYOFF TEAM!

  26. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    If jones had to predict he would go anywhere from 2-14 (injuries) to 14-2 (Joe Webb at QB).

  27. By djinn8345 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I would like to think that Seattle, Washington, and San Fran might have opened our eyes with Webb. All three teams were playoff teams. All three teams have QB’s that can throw the ball deep,short, and run the heck against defenses. Webb can do all three of these things. Imo, I think we have not developed Webb as good as we should be. Webb has so much potential to be a really good QB and in my honest opinion is better then Ponder will ever be. I see us having more success with Webb then with Ponder. But I have been on the Webb band wagon since he signed with us. Also, I’m just an arm chair fan so what do I know.

  28. By Nit Picking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Fred- In terms of dynamic playmaking ability I’ll agree with you Jennings isn’t an improvement over Harvin. In terms of leadership and a team first mentality then I would say Jennings is an improvement over Harvin.

    I do believe Cassel is a better fit for the system that Vikings currently run than Joe Webb is. And thats not really a knock on Joe because I think he could have good career as back up and maybe as a starter in a system that more suited to his style of play. I just don’t believe that he’ll get that with the Vikings.

  29. By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply
    If jones had to predict he would go anywhere from 2-14 (injuries) to 14-2 (Joe Webb at QB).
    *******
    Fred? There’s no way, based on what I saw in that WC game, that Joe could lead us to 14-2. C’mon Man!!!

  30. By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s remember, Webb was drafted at the WR position, not QB.

  31. By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Comparing Harvin to Jennings is like comparing Welker to Calvin Johnson. They’re two completely different styles of players. I’m pretty sure the Vikings have no intention of lining Jennings up in the slot, and Percys normal position was/is the slot.

  32. By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t see us “supplementing” our roster with any more FAs.

    I’m ready for April!!! C’mon Draft!!!

  33. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    As a piece to the team puzzle, Jennings is an immeasurable upgrade to Harvin– and team is what wins Championships.

  34. By iaVIKE on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I’m ready for April!!! C’mon Draft!!!
    ———————————————————————–

    I hear that man!

  35. By Troutdaddy on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @ Jones and the rest- You can’t say that we didn’t improve in our positions with Cassel over Webb and Jennings over Harvin yet. You don’t know that because noone has seen anything. It is all opinion at this point. Harvin had a good few first games for us last year, but then was GONE.

    He did not get us to where we finished. Jennings is at least going to give us more experience and stability at that position so that is in fact an improvement. Lastly- I don’t even understand your point about Webb. He is done. He never got the shot to prove anything and in the one game he did, he was pitiful. Move on.

    The cat is flat… The horse is dead… What other animal metaphor can I use to explain Webb’s future as a QB with the Vikes? Maybe they will find another use for him, but not at QB.

  36. By Troutdaddy on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    yes- bring on the draft. I am with you on that iaVIKE.

  37. By DrinkHeavy on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Cassel is making almost twice what Ponder makes plus he’s a former pro-Bowl QB..he didn’t come here to be CP’s back-up…hopefully he can either light a fire under Ponder or beat him out-right for the starting job..either way I’m OK with that in the interim, but can we find a way to get Johhny Football in purple next year???

    Great pick-up in Jennings…

    I think early round picks this year have to focus on re-building the middle of our defense, DTs and MLB. We couldn’t stop anyone late last year when it counted, and if your game plan is built on running AD again you need to back it up with a shut-down defense to keep things close..

    GO VIKES

  38. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    By Nit Picking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Northwoods- To be fair he probably meant Greg Jennings instead of Greg Childs when he said teach the other WRs.

    —————————————————————

    That WOULD be completely different altogether.

  39. By PurplHaze on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Well put, Titus!

    Jennings was at the very top of my FA wish list since I learned he’d be available this off season. He should make a HUGE impact to our team, in several ways! I’m extremely excited that Rick was able to sign Greg!

    And seeing how pi$$ed the Packer fans are makes it even sweeter!

  40. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    if the Jennings signing takes away too much cap money and if Williams or Allen don’t restructure, I’ll be looking for Spielman to trade out of the first round with either the 23rd or 25th pick.

  41. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Jennings said he was eager to work on timing with Ponder. Has anyone heard whether or not Ponder has contacted him for any workouts?

  42. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin had a good few first games for us last year, but then was GONE.

    He did not get us to where we finished. Jennings is at least going to give us more experience and stability at that position so that is in fact an improvement
    ———————————————————————–

    Harvin got hurt (not his fault). Then, Harvin got put on IR (not his decision).

    Jennings IS an upgrade – but more so as a mentor and restoring order to the locker room.

    Take Jennings’ class and experience and add it to Harvin’s skill set, and THEN you will have a force to be reckoned with.

  43. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    At least the Ravens away game should be an easy win now that they lost half of their team.

  44. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports Matt Cassel’s deal is for two years and $7.4 million, and that the second year can be voided by Cassel up to five days after the Super Bowl.
    Seeing as the odds are nil Cassel would be able to earn a bigger payday for 2014 next offseason, we wouldn’t worry about him voiding the second year of his deal. It’s far more likely the Vikings decide to move on from their questionably priced backup quarterback. If 2013 proves to be a “break” year for Christian Ponder, the Vikings are going to need to do better than Cassel to replace or push him.

  45. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Notebook_Vikings_want_to_potentially_draft_someone_to_man_middle031813

  46. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think that has been pretty obvious

  47. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    “Potentially” draft someone?

    What does that mean? You either draft someone, or you do not draft someone.

  48. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://min.scout.com/2/1275637.html

  49. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    I think its amazing !!!…

    Spielman gets a 1st and a 7th round pick this spring…
    And a 3rd round pick next springs draft..

    For a arrogant WR that walked out on his team in the middle of last season…
    During a playoff run !!!….

    ————————————————————————

    Hop, can you explain why you think he walked out on us? I just don’t see it.

    He didn’t injure himself, and he didn’t place himself on IR to end his season. He wanted to play.

    I’m just curious to hear your thinking.

  50. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah can you fault any human being for wanting to be in FL doing rehab where it is 70+ degrees as opposed to below 0? Not to mention it’s his home.

  51. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway, don’t believe everything you read.

  52. By iaVIKE on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Henson –

    Tom Pelissero ‏@TomPelissero
    Just talked to Christian Ponder about his new receiver. Said he’d like to get Greg Jennings down to Arizona to work out at some point.

    Tom Pelissero ‏@TomPelissero
    From @cponder7 on @GregJennings: “I talked to him Thursday night after they were done … Still waiting for him to follow me on Twitter.”

  53. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    People need to look at what is ahead, and not what is behind. Let go of the past. Harvin is gone. Get over it. Support the team we have and stop whining about yesterday.

  54. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    po·ten·tial [puh-ten-shuhl] Show IPA
    adjective
    1.
    possible, as opposed to actual:
    2.
    capable of being or becoming:

    Yes so until it has become its only potential.

  55. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @northwoodsv2 …

    Yep, Titus is sooooo right !!!…

    Time to move on…
    Vikings got fair trade value for Harvin…
    And Harvin got a big contract with a new team…

    A win ~ win for both sides…

    Can’t wait to see Ponder dropping 40-50 yard bombs to Jennings…
    With Wright working the middle…
    Who are we getting at WR in the draft ???…

  56. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_22816023/leslie-frazier-ponder-still-vikings-starter-cassel-is

  57. By warren on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I hope we get Patton, Wheaton, or Da Rick Rogers

  58. By Troutdaddy on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Well put Titus… Focus on the future…We have a very nice looking future ahead of us and I am hoping that the draft makes it even that much nicer….

  59. By Danish Viking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    1st round – WR
    1st round – MLB
    2nd round – CB
    3rd round – DT
    4th round – OL
    4th round – SS

    I still think we need a reciever to fill a void. The WR-core wasn’t good last year, and even though we got Jennings, we’ve lost Harvin and don’t know how Childs are progressing. CB (even if Winfield is back), DT and MLB are obvious but the order can be rearranged. We need competition for Sanford at SS and a rotational player for the O-line.

    Then we have one pick in the 5th, one in the 6th and three picks in the 7th round, but I don’t even know what to do with them. Bring in a few players for depth and trade the rest for next year, when K Will and Jared may need replacements. We have a bright future!

    What do you think our needs are? And how should we prioritize those needs?

  60. By iaVIKE on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Danish Vike – I agree with those picks, can never have too many CBs. You really from Denmark? Cool place, been there twice.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s see if Jones can get this right!

  62. By BlueBird7 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Even if the Vikings don’t get all the Heros’ you want how about just watching
    and cheering on the one’s we do have. That means getting the players on the practice squad out on the field. Why do you have them on the team, if you don’t want to use them?

  63. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    PurpleHaz, TroutDaddy, DrinkHeavy,

    First thing…Joe Webb is working out twice a day preparing for this season, according to his twitter account. HE is not done!

  64. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Second…

    A Quarterback is a quarterback last time the jones checked into it.

  65. By BlueBird7 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, I know. Save them for a rainy day……It’s been raining for years hasn’t it?

  66. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Third…Purplehaz,

    Admit it, Joe hasn’t been given a chance in MN. SO THEY SHOULD!!!

    C’mon Man!

  67. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    4th…

    TroutDaddy,

    How is it about an animal? You like many others insult Joe’s intelligence. He was a NHS member in high school. That is the organization that recognizes the best high school students in the country. He is smart!!!

  68. By Danish Viking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Sure we can have too many CB’s with 4 mil cap-space left. But we need to add at least one CB, ’cause Cook and Robinson will probably not be sufficient against Megatron, Cobb and so on in the NFC North alone.

    @iaVike
    Yeah, I’m from Denmark. Why would you want to visit Denmark? I’d like to visit Minnesota one day, but it’s some trip from here. I’m just assuming you visited Copenhagen…

  69. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    5th…

    DrinkHeavy,

    By this time the jones doesn’t even remember what you said, except it was about Joe Webb.

    All we are saying is give JOE a chance!!!

  70. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    All bloggers in general…

    If we aren’t going to do anything about the offensive line, then put the fastest, strongest, most durable guy back at QB…JOE WEBB!!!

    Now jones is making sense! C’mon man!

  71. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Perhaps Joe could throw the ball off a lineman, catch it, and run 90 yards for a TD!

  72. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    djinn,

    You take it from here!

  73. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Go djinn Go!!! :) :) :)

  74. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    All bloggers in general…

    If we aren’t going to do anything about the offensive line, then put the fastest, strongest, most durable guy back at QB…JOE WEBB!!!

    Now jones is making sense! C’mon man!*

  75. By Danish Viking on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Are you being sarcastic, Jones? Webb hasn’t got the skillset to be a starting QB in the NFL. I’m just saying – if he was any good, he would be a starter somewhere. If he was any good, he would either leave MN to start somewhere else or he would have impressed against the Packers. He hasn’t got what it takes, I’m fairly certain. I like him, but he reminds me of T-Jack, and no matter how exciting prospects they are/were, they’re not good enough.

  76. By Bakkes on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    To all you Ponder haters out there, look at the year that Jay Cutler had last year. Very similar numbers. Also, look at Eli Manning’s number in his first few years. Very similar. These are 2 top 10 QBs right now. Everyone hated on them their first few years and now everyone loves them. Give Ponder some credit. He has had no receiving core, besides Harvin, in his first few years. Give him some play makers at WR and I think we will all see our future QB.

  77. By Richard1A on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Why did they get the cfl cb? he isn’t going to make the cut! they had the best hitter in the cfl last year and they cut him! Defense, f the offense, its the defense’s time to get some players.

  78. By iaVIKE on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Bakkes – And Cutler had Brandon Marshall, but i guess Ponder did have….uh……..Jenkins.

    Danish Vike – Cook can hold his own against Megatron, if we don’t bring Winfield back then we most definitely need to draft a CB within the first 2 rounds. I’ve been there twice, both times spending the majority of my time in Roskilde and Copenhagen. Went there for an international marketing trip through college.

  79. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Arthur Brown – LB – Player Kansas State LB Arthur Brown ran forty times in the 4.58-4.62 range at the Wildcats’ Pro Day.
    Brown didn’t work out at the Combine due to a shoulder injury. He proceeded to “blow up” his Pro Day workout, according to NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline, tipping the scales at 6-foot-1, 236 and repping 225 pounds 21 times on the bench press. He was reportedly “sensational” in drill work. Writes Pauline of Brown, “We are hearing late-first round is now a possibility.”

  80. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I was in the Copenhagen airport once, if that counts.

  81. By Troutdaddy on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Ok Jones, I will give you what you have said about Webb, but that doesn’t change the fact that I do not honestly think he is going to get a shot in Minnesota. I never called him dumb by any means. I know he is athletic. I know he has Napoleon Dynamite skills, but the reality is that he didn’t and probably wont get the chance to showcase them here. Even if he is working out and going through the motions every day I do not see the Vikes holding onto him. Just my take. I hope he somehow does get a shot so that he can prove us all wrong.

    At this point, I am just going to get excited about the draft and be grateful for what we got in FA because it was looking rather bleak at times.

  82. By blues kluews on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    yes BAKKES you are absolutely right. all you ponder haters can say what you want but when it came to the playoffs and ponder was hurt and we lost, we saw how much ponder helps us win games.

  83. By iaVIKE on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Ha not a very impressive airport eh Titus?

  84. By Richard1A on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Not fair judgment on Web-Ponder got hurt, webb-playing cold comes in and makes a few bad throws-Ponder looks good. What are the Vikes trying to prove with Webb??? skills to qb run catch, the Vikes use none of his skills-he is in the same boat as Harvin, this is becoming the same situation, why is he on our team? they won’t play him, does he have some kind of clip board holding skills?? obviously not to be used at qb, wont let him catch, or run-lets get the f rid of him-doesn’t that make sense???????

  85. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    was a long time ago, iavike– it seemed nice at the time– like a big lego house.

  86. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    The old gunslinger is still speaking well of the Vikings organization…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1275736.html

  87. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Jenning on Ponder…
    Check out the link above…

    Having played with arguably the best quarterbacks in the league with both Favre and Rodgers, he sees some similarities in the point in his career that Christian Ponder is to where Rodgers was after Favre was shipped off to the Jets. He said the Vikings did an impressive selling job with their highlight film of Ponder, but it served its purpose. Jennings came away from the film study impressed with what he saw.

    “I was able to see him make all throws,” Jennings said. “He has a very strong arm. He can move within the pocket. If there’s one thing I would say, he probably, as every young quarterback, can work on accuracy outside the pocket. But that will come. To his credit, he had every right to be frustrated with the pieces that were around him – no disrespect with Percy (Harvin) going down and him having a young group of guys around him. He had every right to be a little frustrated, but he played well with what he had and he was able to have success.”

  88. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah I laughed when he said Ponder had a strong arm

  89. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

  90. By logo on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Let joe Webb go out an play wide out. We drafted him for that position so let him play the position. Use Joe like we did Harvin, come on staff you have the players lets use them.

  91. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think Webb deserves the opportunity to find a roster spot and clearly QB will not land a spot for him. So as a WR needy team why not give Webb a chance to play WR. He cant run a reverse or catch a bubble screen? Did we forget he literally broke someone ankle.

  92. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I know Webb can catch better than Stephon Burton … and he’s faster.

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Great article Hopkins– and see, I told the blog last night– Jennings sees Ponder as becoming a great quarterback.

  94. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Well now that he will be back to 3rd string QB status at best maybe they will come up with some better packages for him than the pathetic Blazer attempt

  95. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway – Jennings said that Ponder has a “very” strong arm.

  96. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Yes, I think Jennings knows a tweeny tiny bit more about quarterbacks than Parkway– maybe just a teeny bit?

  97. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Ha I know Champ, I’m afraid they might have shown him tape of someone else?

    Poor Jennings, he will be so disappointed.

  98. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Web actually showed improvement as that GB game went along.

  99. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Titus … Suggesting someone knows more than Parkway is conspiratorial. :)

    I got your back Parkway.

  100. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway – ya, someody is fooling somebody.

  101. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Champ it wasnt so much “improvement” as it was about a team with a lead playing a softer more “prevent” type defense.

  102. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Nah it’s just plain wrong :)

  103. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Did any other playoff team have to come out and publicly announce who their starter was going to be this season after signing a “backup”?

  104. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Ok Shawn.

  105. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn, I knew someone was behind the Parkway postings–there is no way a Parkway writes on his own– probably a few CIA agents helping him.

  106. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    LOL … I dont think anyone questions Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Joe Flacco

    or now that Alex Smith got traded Kaepernick

    I forgot the other playoff teams

  107. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway – and then keep repeating it over and over.

  108. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    o dont get me started on the CIA

  109. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Titus I see you using – a lot in a similar way to a comma … what are the dash rules?

  110. By H.SMITH on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    i wouldn’t say no to Bjorn Werner if he were available either.

  111. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Finally a mock where these six analysts have Te’o not listed in the first round !!
    Te’o is not a first round player !!!…

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/mock-draft

  112. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I like them, Shawn– no rules needed.

  113. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    sigh- still 37days 23hours and 37minutes until the draft … someone hack NFL and speed up the clock.

  114. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    So Im leaning towards Keenan Allen and then cant make up my mind of A.Brown / Trufant / or DT

  115. By john61 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    they have use taking a wide receiver ,big mistake,

  116. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think DB and WR are solid but shaky … meaning one injury from a group with injury issues would be devastating.

    Then ILB we have 7th rounder Audie Cole and nothing. LB overall we have 4 total for 3 positions.

    So I say wait one more season for a DT position that could use an upgrade but isnt as dire as WR/CB/ILB

  117. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Shawn, how many minutes before opening kick off?

  118. By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Titus one step at a time :)

  119. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    yeah, let’s melt the snow first. Winter won’t go away here– windshield is one below zero right now!!!

  120. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I meant wind chill– too long a day!

  121. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_22819032/vikings-stadium-minnesota-adds-electronic-bingo-help-boost

  122. By Parody on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Windshield is one below zero huh? You better turn on your defroster Titus and stop blogging from behind the wheel!

    I know, you already corrected yourself, but I couldn’t help it.

  123. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    LOL

  124. By Parody on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    By Shawn on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think DB and WR are solid but shaky … meaning one injury from a group with injury issues would be devastating.

    Then ILB we have 7th rounder Audie Cole and nothing. LB overall we have 4 total for 3 positions.

    So I say wait one more season for a DT position that could use an upgrade but isnt as dire as WR/CB/ILB
    _________________________________________________

    Too true, Shawn. I don’t understand why more people don’t realize our needs at LB. We haven’t given the LB position any draft consideration since Greenway was picked back in ’06. 5th round and below doesn’t count as consideration in this regard. Most guys picked that late are lucky if they ever become starters. Brinkley was able to do it for one year, and did a bad enough job at it that we passed on giving him a new contract.

    Henderson has been serviceable as a UDFA, but to be fair, we had some inside information and familiarity with him via his much more talented brother.

  125. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1571707-minnesota-vikings-nfl-draft-wide-receiver-big-board

  126. By john61 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    if K.WILL gets hurt ,like two years ago ,there will be no stopping running backs,we have greater needs but DT HAS TO BE ONE

  127. By Parkway on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Who runs in this league still besides us? We need LBs that can cover

  128. By Champ Henson on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Is everything hunky dory in vikingland?

    http://thevikingage.com/2013/03/18/leslie-frazier-wants-antoine-winfield-back-but-can-that-fence-be-mended/

  129. By john61 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I AGREE WE NEED A LB, we need 5 starters out of this draft

  130. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @WR Hopkins,

    Have you ever seen them do the bench press at the combine?

    It’s not a competitive bench where you must pause after each rep.

    Heck a lot of people can do 21 x 225 in the Bench Press.

  131. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Troutdaddy,

    Yes, that could happen to Webb as well. Can a player be held accountable for not being noticed by a coaching staff?

    Certainly it has happened!

  132. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Troutdaddy,

    From your days in football you probably know that a coach, or even a group of coaches develop a fixation in their minds about a player.

    John Elway is tough in the last two minutes. Brian Griese is not tough in the last two minutes,etc. It does not even have to be true.

    Can’t a player improve?

  133. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @everyone,

    There is even an old saying to cover this phenomenon: “Sometimes you get so close to the forest, you can’t see the trees.”

    JOE WEBB IS A VERY TALL TREE! dudes
    :) :) :)

  134. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    djinn is right…the age of the running QB is here.

    (Which means you probably need more than one.)

  135. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    @Danish Viking,

    Why does Joe Webb remind you of Tarvaris Jackson?

  136. By Frederick Jones on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    All bloggers in general…

    If we aren’t going to do anything about the offensive line, then put the fastest, strongest, most durable guy back at QB…JOE WEBB!!!

    Now jones is making sense!

    C’mon man!!!!

  137. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Just went to get some groceries– OMG! It is like January out there– six below wind chill- one thing, Jennings is not in shock. Imagine a player from FL.

  138. By Parody on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t you just love a good cold spell to get spring started off right?

  139. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Just got done with cycling– in front of the TV.

  140. By Jared on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I think we should go out and try for Randy Moss. Just a thought to fill in another experienced receiver.

  141. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Moss — sure why not? And Jerry Rice while we’re at it. How about Barry Sanders to back up AP? We could have the AARP offense.

  142. By Jared on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Well sorry but Moss could add some much needed experience to the WR position.

  143. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    No, seriously, it would be great — maybe it would even get us to the Superbowl but I don’t think the Vikes will ever take Moss back.

  144. By purple kid on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    1st wr
    1st dt
    2nd lb
    3rd wr
    4th cb
    4th cb
    Think we could get atleast 4or5 staters out of the draft.

  145. By purple kid on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    *starters

  146. By sportzguy721 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    DT

  147. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    the potato originated with the Incas

  148. By SkolVikes98 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    I keep forgetting about Audie Cole. The team might have a talented LB already in the mix….

  149. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    the llama was the largest domesticated animal in the Americas prior to the Europeans arrival.

  150. By 98vikes on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    1a – cb – Cook misses games/need another starter
    1b – lb – Brinkley gone
    2 – dt – need someone to take up space/double teams
    3 – wr – deep threat
    4a – ss – create turnovers/interceptions
    4b – wr – depth
    5 – lb – Henderson replacement/depth
    6 – hb – change of pace/future replacement for Gerhart
    all 7 – best available

  151. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Would the Incas have enjoyed the NFL or too many rules?

  152. By Richard1A on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    Get some use out of Webb as receiver or running back! or convert to defensive backfield, no use having him on the team doing nothing! utilize this player…….PLEASE!………………send somebody to slap the Vikes around tell they do something with Webb…….PLEASE

  153. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    titus does the losing teams captain get beheaded?

  154. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    webb will never get a fair shot at qb with the vikes.best thing for webb is a trade or being cut. so he can go to a team that will use his skills and have the coaching staff full support.

  155. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Viking men never had horns on their helmets.

  156. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    finkle only survivor of little big horn battle.

  157. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Germany made the ak-47 before ussr

  158. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    I thought it was nugget of knowledge nite

  159. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    history is written by the winning side

  160. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    68 degrees burr

  161. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Ej emanuel is gonnna be a good QB. I hope we draft him in the third. My draft wish is by this order. 23rd pick–Tavon Austin 25th pick–Arthur Brown 2nd round. Robert woods. 3rd round. Ej emanuel 4th round Tyrone matheu Then the rest of the draft should be all defense and a gaurd

  162. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    If we dont get winfield back, i think we need 2 corners from this draft. One more saftey to compete for starting across harrison Smith.

  163. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    if Ponder improves on is deep ball accuracy and puts more zip on his intermediate throws, he can be decent. Also he needs to improve his pocket presence. I dont know if arm strength or pocket presence can be coached but he needs to improve in these areas drastically. Fingers crossed but i have absolutely no confidence in Ponder.

  164. By johnny on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Ej emanuel comes from the same college as ponder but he is so much better. hes taller, faster, more arm stength, accuracy, poise, pocket presence. i think hes the best QB in this draft. He’s like a taller more athletic russel wilson/ cam newton type. Mark my words, he’s gonna be pretty Darn Good!

  165. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1572863-nfl-announces-compensatory-draft-picks-for-2013-draft

  166. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1569285-are-the-minnesota-vikings-better-off-without-percy-harvin

  167. By Mike B. on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Coach Fraizer has said it Ponder is the starting QB for the Minneasota Vikings. Time for you Ponder haters to get your heads wrapped around it. This makes Webb the #3 or #4 QB in the depth roster. They may keep him, but chances are you wil not see Joe Webb on the field unless it’s for some kind of wildcat play.

  168. By rocksalt on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Moss ??? rreally??? he is washed up…….we do not need to collect old has-beens on this team.

  169. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Danish Viking
    I know I present myself a little crazy as a viking fan but I do have something serious to ask My wife’s great grandfather was from Denmark and she has been looking for someway to trace her family there, cAN’T AFFORD A TRIP COULD YOU POSSIBLY POST A RECORDS ADDRESS of someplace to obtain those types of records or anyone related to Hans Larsen Silly I know but what the hey

  170. By norsejeremyw on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @Titus…I think they’d frown on the rules~

  171. By norsejeremyw on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    That “Dean” character for the Vikes, (LB) seems to be promising~

  172. By Danish Viking on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Dan the Barbarian:

    You’re kidding, right? Hans Larsen is probably one of the most Danish names at all. If you don’t have more info, it will be tough to find him!

    http://www.krak.dk/person/resultat/Hans+Larsen

    This is a Danish site to look up people, phonenumbers, address, etc., and as you can see, there are a lot of Hans Larsens…

  173. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Danish Viking
    thank you so very much for your time and effort. I went to the site and, WOW !!!!!!
    We did have a death certificate name of his father as Madz so that narrowed it to the 253 names. I really appreciate it that should keep her busy for a while as long as it doesn’t keep her out of the kitchen . that is my free time to be on the computer,hahahahahaha
    will you stop touching me i am going to tell cry baby ya well remember Oprah said two more time on her show and you will be gone forever. So what I will always be in your mind……. helping you pick the best draft day selections.. thank you again

  174. By #1 viking fan Travis Couch on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Rick Spielman is destroying the vikings, trading off percy harvin and keeping christian ponder and then also signing jerome simpson was in my belief the dumbest move ever by the vikings.think about it percy is awesome and you cant denie that christian ponder had 3 games or more where he barley threw for a 100 yds, tell you the truth joe webb is better than ponder. then when it comes to FA we just sit there and watch the good teams get better and we just stay the same or get worse. this is gonna be another long year of being a vikings fan, i doubt we even make the playoffs, thanks for nothing rick spielman, get the F out of Minnesota.

  175. By Goldvike on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Wish we could of signed Brinkley

  176. By Goldvike on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Who’s the Q.B. coach Webb looked better last year than this 1

  177. By Taylor t on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    The vikes need to get tavaun austin out of cal and a good desmond trufant, and a linebacker

  178. By Vikings1 on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    @By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 18, 2013 | Reply

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities reports Matt Cassel’s deal is for two years and $7.4 million, and that the second year can be voided by Cassel up to five days after the Super Bowl.
    Seeing as the odds are nil Cassel would be able to earn a bigger payday for 2014 next offseason, we wouldn’t worry about him voiding the second year of his deal. It’s far more likely the Vikings decide to move on from their questionably priced backup quarterback. If 2013 proves to be a “break” year for Christian Ponder, the Vikings are going to need to do better than Cassel to replace or push him.
    ______________________________________________________________Are you sure about the $7.4M, all my sources says $4.7M for 2 years!

  179. By Eggnog on Mar 19, 2013 | Reply

    Hey y’all fill me up I been watching too much NCAA basketball ! So I heard Jennings and Castle is coming to MN , so what about our offensive coordinator Coach Bill ? Will he be replace by the ex Browns coach ? And my understanding is Tebow will not becoming to the Vikings ? B.c the Jets is stingy and we get 2 first round draft , what ever you do don’t ever did what you guys did in 1999 ? When we got all the draft choice pick out and then we got rid of them to the cowboys and guess what b.c of those MN draft choice back then made the cowboys to became the supper bowl champs , so this time GM front office keep all of your best draft picks you guys are smart and we can win the Super Bowl ! Good luck vikings fanz!!!!!

  180. By dguy901 on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Go Vikes! Get another bookend for Ponder. Ramses Barden, UFA NY Giants, will be a breakout star this year regardless of the team he plays for. At 6’6″/225, he has soft hands and is an awesome endzone threat. He was grossly under-utilized and did not see any real playing time with NY in his (4) years there but showed a lot in the only game he started this year catching 9/10 targeted and 138 yds. He was inserted late in the 1st Philly game, catching 2/5 and drawing defensive penalties on 2 to keep the chains moving.

  181. By Dan the Barbarian on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    resign – A Winfield pick #23 – help Kevin Williams; pick #25 – help Chad Greenway (round 2) help Greg Jennings (round 3) help A. Winfield ; help Jarod Allen ALL the rest are arm candy. Lets not do a soap opera derby and pick up the BOLD and the BEAUTIFUL and the YOUNG and the RESTLESS and send them to PAYTON PLACE in DALLAS under the flag of the FALCON CREST with the GUIDING LIGHT to cast a DARK SHADOW over the GENEERAL HOSPITAL for all the DAYS OF OUR LIVES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. By dale neugebauer on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Start Joe Webb at w.o. like he played in college, he is stronger, faster, can catch, and is hard to tackle in the open field, than last seasons receiving core.. Chris Carter would make an excellent receiver coach and would show this young receiving core work ethic and drive to be all they can be…Webb, Jennings, Childs, Wright, Carlson, and Rudolph are good big targets to throw to…and a quarterback coach that can help develop Ponder. Some of this play calling you have to wonder are they even giving this team a chance to win? Is the job of the head coach and the coaching staff to help develop some plays that will utilize the talent some of these players have.. Can’t someone work with Ponder and AP and the offensive line with executing some screen passing? Half of the offenses in the league seem to be able to do it at will against viking defense…We saw what AP can do with blockers out in front of him but AP can’t do it all!

  183. By Noonespecial on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    Vikes did go 10-6 last season, even if they didn’t improve personnel they wouldn’t go 6-10 like someone mentioned. If you reviewed all the games you would see all but 3 games were win able for the vikings. They blew it in the second half or late second half.
    Their loses came from inconsistancy in those playing. As I said last year, it takes time for players to come together and play as a team. Watch and see the offensive line will come to life this year and block much better.
    As for the defensive line they will need all the help they can get from their offense staying on the field.
    When you can’t get any kind of pressure ever rushing 4, your in big trouble.
    Vikes need defense line improvements now to be successful.

  184. By Chris on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I love what Rick and the Vikings organization has done so far this offseason in free agency. I like that they resigned some of their own free agents, espeacially Phil Loadholt. Was sad to see Antone go, but hopefully they can bring him back. Getting Jennings was a must after trading Percy and if they can get one or two more receivers in the drat, the trade will be worth it. The future is looking brighter for the purple.

  185. By montinmiami on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    I am sure that Joe Webb loves all the love thats been givin, cause like me plenty of people think he deserves it. It will be a travisty if the vikes dont figure out a way to put the man on the feild. As much as I would love to see him playing QB, it’s not going to happen, and that is sad. Cause seriously, had he had the oppertunity there’s no doubt in my mind he’d be starting for years to come. But like I’ve said it in the past, the man is an amazing talent and should be being exploited while he still young enough to be able to say he played the game as a pro. Hard to say where he could fit? receiver? I think with his speed and height it would be a good call. He knows the offence thats for sure. What about say safety? or corner? the man is so athletic, and passionate! Would truely love to see him work out somewhere on this roster. As far as the draft goes. really think a couple of things could possibly happin. One being that trade up to make a strong statement in the area of QB, getting Cassel was an excelent move on the teams part. Cause although Ponder made some good plays last season, dont really see him as the starting man in this situation for to much longer. Second obviosly everyone wants to lean towords WR which makes since. Problem is though there are teams always looking for that fit, a move up in the draft might have to be had there as well. But is it this teams bad dream or just mine that when they draft at this position it always seems to go bad for some reason? SO SAD TO SEE HARVIN GO!!!!!!! Such a bad move. But know matter what happens, it will always be like that perverbial(dont think I spelled that right) box of chocolates. I am now 45, seen some great teams that should have done it. I’ve seen the Twins do it, so I know it could happen. ITS TIME TO BELIEVE AGAIN!!!!! MAD LOVE to all who had to indure that crazy winter up there. Weird question aren’t the Vikings playing outside this year?

  186. By montinmiami on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Funny just happen to see a video posting of Joe Webb shaking the shoes off a couple players from the Eagles. Which totally reminded me of that game. “THAT KID CAN PLAY!” And needs to on the feild.

  187. By CHUCK on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    NOW SINCE CHICAGO PARTED WAYS WITH BRAIN ITS TIME FOR THE VIKINGS TO PICK HIM UP

  188. By norsejeremyw on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Chuck, I feel that could possibly be a good acquisition. I’m relieved to know that the Pack didn’t pick up Steven Jackson, also~ :)

  189. By Vikings on Mar 21, 2013 | Reply

    Justin hunter is the answer for the wide receiver draft the kid he is another randy moss 6/4 tall kid draft him he is going to be a elite wide receiver

  190. By KeepItReal on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    Too many excuses for why Webb didn’t perform well in the playoff game against GB. So what if he “hadn’t” had a snap all year. Ponder didn’t even have a start under his belt and almost beat GB in his first start. Webb has been in the league for what, 3 years? He’s had some starts. And I assume he does practice, right? He looked like he’d never played QB before… That being said, he is an excellent athlete and football player; just not a QB. Don’t waste his talent by letting him ride the bench (or cutting him), switch him to WR. Not only will the Vikings have a quality player at WR, it will ease the pressure to draft multiple WR and the pics can be used on other positions.

  191. By adrian peterson beast on Mar 22, 2013 | Reply

    ROUND1. IF tavon austin is there it is a no brainer if not keenan allen or terance williams if you watch that guy on tape he is amazing.
    ROUND 1,2ND PICK, either oglrtree or t’eo even if we get urlacher
    ROUND 2, the best DT , kevin williams is old and letroy guion has not proved himself i think we have to get a young one.
    ROUND 3, i think we need to get an offensive guard we have charlie johnson and brandon fusco not very strong there maybe a guy like kyle long.
    ROUND 4 we need a speed corner kind of lik6e a josh robinson pick
    ROUND 5 a big lenthy kind of recveier
    ROUND 6 a left end
    ROUND 7 ANOTHER DT

  192. By VikingsYEAR2013 on Mar 23, 2013 | Reply

    Just Watched Deandre Hopkins highlights and this guy is the truth! Vikings 23rd pick Deandre Hopkins, 25th- Arthur Brown

  193. By Tom L on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    Draft a rookie WR, go get Danario Alexander opposite Jennings for now. 1/2 season 600+ yds. Trainers/Jennings will teach him how to take care of his knees.

  194. By Tom L on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    Give up the end round pick, use one of the first and seventh to trade back up to higher 2nd to get DT, DL as needed. They worked the draft great last year, they could do it again.

  195. By Tom L on Mar 24, 2013 | Reply

    2nd round pick, oooops.

  196. By DEEP PURPLE2815 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Is it any way possible we offer a contract to both deangelo hall and brian urlacher? I know this goes against everything Speilman Stands considering their old but weve never had a problem bringin in vetran guys before ferotte favre Sharper Longwell and the list goes on and on but for we just need guys to plug in now the way i see it nobody is gonna offer them contracts and they still have something to prove Than in the Draft we Go DT and WR in the 1st and i believe it could give us a boost to make a serious playoff push! We should At least Make them an offer! This is just one scenario Theirs still plenty of talent out there lets go get em!!!!!

  197. By Tyler on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Webb at reciever ,Jennings and jarius wright we got recievers no need for middle line backer we got Audie Cole Draft a Safety that is solid like Harrison Smith and Draft line to block Ponder OR Cassel

  198. By Tyler on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    and we need corner backs we got rid of winfield and chris cook just can’t get it done…

  199. By mexicovikingsamigo on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

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