The Vikings will have the first opportunity to pitch their city as the host of Super Bowl LII in 2018, according to the team’s Twitter account. As NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport points out (via Twitter), that is exactly what the team was hoping for. Minneapolis hasn’t hosted a championship since 1992 and the construction of a new stadium may be enough to bring the game back to Minnesota. The Saints and Colts are also finalists for the bid.
Now, for more notes from around the NFC…
- Brandon Marshall will donate $1MM to the mental healthy community, the Pro-Bowler announced during his appearance on “The View” (via Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com).
- Marshall’s new contract will likely have an impact on future deals for Packers receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, tweets ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
- The 49ers have two starting-caliber nose tackles in Glenn Dorsey and Ian Williams and could very well trade one of them, writes Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. The team only plays the position on about 40 percent of their defensive plays, so they could move one of the veterans to acquire more draft picks. Barrows mentions Williams as being the most likely to be traded.
- Josh Johnson will have no impact on the 49ers cap room, writes Barrows in another article. The quarterback signed with the team last week, and because the player’s salary is not among the top-51 on the team, it will have no impact on the 49ers’ available offseason cap space.