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Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1:38am

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Statement From The Vikings Regarding Latavius Murray's Surgery
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From the Vikings' official website:

Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

The team was aware of Murray's ankle injury at the time of the signing, so this doesn't appear to be much of an issue at this point.

Vikings sign RB Latavius Murray

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 2:06am

Vikings - [Full Article]

The Vikings announced that they have signed RB Latavius Murray.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray wasn't particularly good last season, averaging 4.0 YPC behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. (Oakland's two other running backs, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, averaged a combined 5.6 YPC.) He joins a Minnesota offense that struggled mightily in the running game -- their running backs averaged 3.2 YPC -- so this does not look like a good match. Murray's arrival hurts Jerick McKinnon, who was otherwise shaping up to be a nice middle round value. In Oakland, the Raiders are left with DeAndre Washington (104 touches, 582 yards, 2 TD) and Jalen Richard (112 touches, 685 yards, 3 TD). Washington probably has the edge since he saw 24 carries (for 165 yards and two scores) in the final three games while Richard toted the ball 15 times in the same span. The Raiders are likely to address the position in the offseason, but it's possible that they go into the season with a plan to use Washington and Richard in a committee. The two youngsters have proven capable.

Vikings re-sign RFA Adam Thielen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:09pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Big restricted free-agent deal:

Vikings and WR Adam Thielen reach agreement on three-year deal, per source.

Thielen stays in Minnesota.

$17 M deal that could get to $27 M with incentives, including $11 M guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Thielen broke out in his third season with 69 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns. He scored more fantasy points than Stefon Diggs, yet he's going seven rounds later in early MFL10s. In fairness, Diggs missed three games, but these two are closer in value than their ADPs would indicate.

Monday, March 13, 2017, 11:25pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Raiders signed former Vikings' WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:10pm

Jason La Canfora - [Full Article]

FB Rhett Ellison 4-yr $18M deal with Giants with $8M fully guaranteed at signing.

Vikings decline Adrian Peterson's option, making him a free agent

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:17pm

Albert Breer - [Full Article]

Vikings announce they will not exercise the option on Adrian Peterson's contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Peterson turns 32 in March, so it remains to be seen how much gas he has left in the tank at this point in his career. He gained just 72 yards on 37 carries (1.9 YPC) in 2016, but gained 1,485 yards (4.5 YPC) the year before.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater expected to miss entire 2017 season

Friday, January 27, 2017, 2:43pm

Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that Teddy Bridgewater is expected to miss the entire 2017 season.

Related players: Sam Bradford

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like Sam Bradford will continue to start for the Vikings. He led the league with a 71.6% completion rate and posted a 20-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He was also tied for the lowest yards per completion (9.8) in the league.

Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm

Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Nelson out, Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.

Zimmer: QB Sam Bradford earned right to start

Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 2:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings don't yet know whether Teddy Bridgewater will be their starting quarterback again. Their future, instead, could be with Sam Bradford.

Coach Mike Zimmer said in his season-ending press conference that Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback" after a year during which he set a NFL single-season record with a 71.6 completion percentage. Bradford, who came to Minnesota in a trade Sept. 3 with the Philadelphia Eagles after Bridgewater dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL on Aug. 30, threw for a career-high 3,877 yards and passed for 20 touchdowns against five interceptions.

"I think Sam has played great this year," Zimmer said. "Right now all I'm worried about is Teddy getting better. He comes in here every single day, busts his rear end and I just want him to get better right now and so we'll worry about those things later. But Sam has done remarkable things this year, with all the things that he's had to do."

Fantasy Impact:

Bradford is signed through the 2017 season, and general manager Rick Spielman said before the season that the quarterback's contract was part of the reason the Vikings were willing to trade a first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles for Bradford. He will have a $18 million cap hit next year, with $4 million coming in a roster bonus due in March, and the Vikings will eventually have to decide whether to sign Bradford to a long-term contract. Meanwhile, Bridgewater has not talked to reporters since his injury, and declined interview requests during the Vikings' final open locker room session of the season on Monday. The Vikings said on Sept. 9 that Bridgewater had a multi-ligament reconstruction of his left knee, but have not disclosed which ligaments Bridgewater needed repaired other than his ACL.

RB Adrian Peterson open to return to Vikings

Monday, January 2, 2017, 3:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Adrian Peterson said he'd love to finish his career with the Minnesota Vikings. Whether he'd be open to taking a pay cut to make that happen remains to be seen.

Peterson would not say Monday whether he would entertain a smaller deal from the Vikings, who have a team option on the running back for 2017 that includes a $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. He sounded more open to the possibility than he has in the past but stopped short of saying he would accept less money from the Vikings after missing 13 games following a torn meniscus in September.

Fantasy Impact:

The Vikings have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year, and they would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year. A restructured deal, then, would need to be completed sometime before the new league year begins on March 9.

QB Sam Bradford makes his case for Vikings in 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The year that Sam Bradford has dubbed his most bizarre in the NFL also will go down as his best. The quarterback set an NFL single-season record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes. He threw for a career-high 3,877 yards, with 20 touchdowns and a career-low five interceptions while playing behind eight different offensive line combinations in 15 starts.

"You always believe in yourself, and I think you always believe you can go out and play at a high level," he said. "This year, just in terms of the trade [from Philadelphia] and showing up Week 1, it's been crazy. But, it's been fun and I've enjoyed being a part of this locker room."

Fantasy Impact:

There seems little doubt Bradford will be a part of it in 2017, as the Vikings remain unsure of what they'll get from Teddy Bridgewater. What the Vikings will have to decide, though, is how they want to approach Bradford's long-term future. His base salary will rise to $14 million, after Bradford hit a $1 million salary escalator clause by playing more than 90 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings RB Zach Line (concussion) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Packers WR Randall Cobb (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Cobb is trying to make his return in a crucial game against the Lions. If he plays, he isn’t close to the fantasy option that he was earlier in his career. If he sits, Geronimo Allison should see starter-type snaps again this week. He played 73% of the snaps last week against the Vikings en route to four catches for 66 yards on seven targets.

Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (hip, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. With Diggs likely out, Adam Thielen can be dialed up as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 against the Bears.

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