Minnesota Vikings Rumors & News

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd’s Career In Jeopardy

Awful news for Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. His career is in jeopardy due to complications from last fall’s knee surgery, sources tell Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Sharrif Floyd (vertical)

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The nerve that controls Floyd’s quad muscle was disrupted during meniscus surgery and the situation has not improved in the last six months. Because his fifth-year option was guaranteed for injury, the Vikings had no choice but to keep him on the roster beyond the March 9 deadline. Whether he can take the field or not in 2017, he’ll earn a base salary of roughly $6.8MM.

Floyd, 26 in May, had a strong 2015 but his 2016 campaign ended when he went down in the season opener. For his career, the former first-round pick has appeared in 44 games with 24 starts, missing two games in 2014, three games in 2015, and just about every game in 2016. In that span, he has amassed 9.5 sacks and 95 tackles. His Pro Football Focus in 2015 cast him as a top 50 interior defensive lineman in the league while his 2014 PFF posting placed him in the top ten.

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Vikings Likely To Sign Backup Quarterback

When the Eagles re-signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a two-year deal in the spring of 2016, the club structured the contract in such a way that enabled them to trade Bradford before the end of the pact, owner Jeffrey Lurie told Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com and Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer (Twitter links). Lurie equated the Bradford deal to buying a draft pick, as the Eagles gave the veteran signal-caller an $11MM signing bonus that would immediately accelerate on Philadelphia’s salary cap in the event of a trade. The Eagles, of course, did end up dealing Bradford to the Vikings for a 2017 first-round pick.

  • After conceding that he has “no idea” if Teddy Bridgewater will be able to play in 2017, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said his club will likely bring in a backup quarterback fairly soon, report Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press and Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Twitter links). Along with Bridgewater, the only QBs on Minnesota’s roster are Bradford and 24-year-old Taylor Heinecke, who has never attempted an NFL pass. Shaun Hill, the Vikings’ No. 2 quarterback last season, is an unrestricted free agent. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt McGloin, and Case Keenum are among the best available free agent signal-callers who would be open to a reserve role.

Bills Claim DE Scott Crichton From Vikings

  • The Bills have claimed defensive end Scott Crichton off waivers from the Vikings, tweets ESPN’s Field Yates. The Vikings used a third-round pick (No. 72) on Crichton in 2014, but he has failed to live up to that selection thus far. The 25-year-old spent 2016 on injured reserve after combining for five tackles in 21 appearances over his first two seasons.

Vikings Interested In Forrest Lamp

Offensive lineman Forrest Lamp is starting to look like a Round 1 lock, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com. Lamp, a Western Kentucky product, will likely play guard in the NFL after playing tackle in college, but he offers versatility that intrigues clubs, as he could slide to the blindside or even to center if needed. The Packers and Vikings both have interest in Lamp, per Pauline, as do the Seahawks. The Falcons, Panthers, and Titans have all put Lamp through a workout, reports Pauline.

Vikings Waive DL Scott Crichton

The Vikings announced that defensive lineman Scott Crichton has been waived. Crichton was a 2014 third-round pick and he was widely expected to be a cap casualty this offseason. The Vikings will save approximately $769K against the cap with $164K in dead money.

To date, the 25-year-old defensive lineman (26 in October) has only compiled 10 total tackles in 21 career games. His 2015 season ended on IR and he was waived/injured in the summer prior to the 2016 season. He reverted to Minnesota’s IR after the transaction, but the team is not interested in finding out whether he can return to health and contribute in 2017.

With Crichton out of the picture, the Vikings are left with 64 players on the active roster.

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Vikings, Brian Robison Agree To Extension

Defensive end Brian Robison has agreed to a contract extension with the Vikings, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. In essence, it all amounts to a pay cut. Brian Robison (vertical)

Robison was previously slated to make up to $5.6MM for 2017, with no guaranteed money. Now, he’ll see his base salary go from a non-guaranteed $5.3MM to a fully guaranteed $3.9MM. He can add $100K through a workout bonus, but he forfeits $200K in per-game roster bonuses.

Then, in his additional year (2018), he’ll get a base salary of $3.2MM with $1.25MM guaranteed. He can also add $200K in per-game roster bonuses and $100K through a workout bonus. The overall two-year deal has a $7.5MM base value with $5.15MM guaranteed. Robison has effectively consented to a $1.4MM pay cut in 2017 to add an extra year to his pact.

Robison, 34 in April, had 28 total tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2016. Even at his age, Robison has shown to be both effective and durable. He has averaged 7.0 sacks per season since 2011 and appeared in all but one regular season game for the Vikings during that time. The new deal could allow the lifetime member of the Vikings to retire in purple. Then again, as he continues to rack up sacks, Robison might want to continue playing beyond 2018.

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Vikings Notes: Smith, Murray

  • Before he signed with the Eagles, the Vikings expressed interest in free agent wide receiver Torrey Smith, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press tweets. Smith ultimately signed with Philadelphia for one year and $5MM on a contract that contains two option years and only $500K guaranteed. The Vikings, meanwhile, haven’t added to their wideout corps this offseason, but they did tender — and then extend — restricted free agent Adam Thielen.
  • The Vikings announced that new running back Latavius Murray underwent ankle surgery today, an operation the club was aware would be required when they signed Murray to a three-year deal last week. Minnesota fully expects Murray to be available when training camp begins this summer. Murray’s injury was “not a secret” as he took free agent visits, tweets Adam Caplan of ESPN.com.

Vikings, Four Others Interested In Rod Streater

The Vikings looking at free agent wide receiver Rod Streater, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press tweets. The Colts, Seahawks, Browns, and incumbent 49ers are also in the mix, but Tomasson says that no deal imminent. "<strong

Streater, 29, is ranked as one of our top fifteen wide receivers left on the open market. Once upon a time, Streater appeared to be on the verge of big things with the Raiders. Unfortunately, after catching 60 passes for 888 yards in 2013, he was derailed by injuries. After appearing in just four games for Oakland between 2014 and 2015, he wound up with the Niners on a one-year deal. He had 18 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns for San Francisco while appearing in all 16 regular season games.

The Vikings have Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Jarius Wright, and Laquon Treadwell at receiver but Streater could be brought in to compete with Isaac Fruechte at the WR5 spot. The Niners technically have ten receivers under contract, including free agent additions Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin, Aldrick Robinson, and DeAndre Carter.

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Zimmer: Team Had No Interest In Domata Peko

  • Nose tackle Domata Peko had previously said the Vikings were pursuing him in free agency. However, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (on Twitter), head coach Mike Zimmer said today that the organization never had interest in the long-time Bengals lineman. Peko ultimately signed with the Broncos earlier this month.

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Vikings Had Interest In Andre Holmes

While the Vikings made contact with free agent Andre Holmes before he signed with the Bills, Minnesota “never got serious” about inking the veteran pass-catcher, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN. The Lions had also been mentioned as a potential suitor for Holmes (and even had him in for a visit), but Detroit likely bowed out because Anquan Boldin may re-sign for the 2017 campaign, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter link).