We're getting close to the start of free agency in the National Football League, and with that will come a ton of rumors and speculation, as well as. . .you know. . .actual player movement and signings and stuff.
In order to keep things easy to find, we're setting up this post that will be updated regularly (as well as part of our larger free agency stream) that will track what we've been hearing and what's actually been happening. Hopefully you will find it a helpful resource with what's happening with our favorite football team.
So, here's what we've got for you.
Vikings' Pending In-House Free Agents
|Player||Position||FA Type||New Team||Story|
|Matt Asiata||RB||Restricted||Minnesota||THREE YARDS AND A CLICK|
|Joe Berger||G||Unrestricted||Minnesota||BACK FOR TWO MORE YEARS|
|Jasper Brinkley||LB||Unrestricted||Dallas||CLICK. YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT.|
|Dom DeCicco||LB||Exclusive Rights||NOT GONNA TENDER|
|Vladimir Ducasse||G||Unrestricted||Chicago||DU. . .DUCASSE. . .DUCASSE MISSED|
|Jerome Felton||FB||Unrestricted||Buffalo||BUFFALO IS NOW MINNESOTA EAST|
|Mike Harris||OT||Restricted||Minnesota||MIKE MIKE MIKE MIKE MIKE MIKE!|
|Tom Johnson||DT||Unrestricted||Minnesota||RIGHT HERE CLICK NOW|
|Cullen Loeffler||LS||Unrestricted||Minnesota||BANG IT HERE FOR DETAILS YO|
|Christian Ponder||QB||Unrestricted||Oakland||MUSGRAVE REUNION!!!11!!1!|
|Josh Samuda||G||Exclusive Rights|
To my knowledge, the Vikings have not extended qualifying offers to either of their restricted free agents (Asiata or Harris). If they have, I certainly haven't seen anything about it. DeCicco and Samuda are exclusive rights free agents, which means this:
An Exclusive-Rights Free Agent is an NFL player who is not under contract, but has only two years of NFL experience. If his former club makes him an offer at the three year veteran minimum salary, then that's it, he has to take it or leave the NFL. These guys have no right to negotiate with other teams. They are "free" only in the sense that they're free to quit.
If one of the above players re-signs with the Vikings, it will be included in the table above.
Free Agents Signed By The Minnesota Vikings
|Shaun Hill||QB||Rams||Ross Jones||Right here|
|DuJuan Harris||RB||Packers||Aaron Wilson||DuJuanna Bet He Doesn't Make The Roster?|
|Taylor Mays||S||Bengals||Team||Right here|
|Casey Matthews||LB||Eagles||Team||Right here|
|Terence Newman||CB||Bengals||Right here|
Obviously, we won't be seeing any names here until after 3 PM Central time on 10 March, when players can officially sign with other teams.
Free Agent Rumors
Vikings Reach Out To Defensive End Adrian Clayborn (via Ben Goessling and Matt Vensel on Twitter)
Vikings To Pursue Safety Rahim Moore in Free Agency (via Arif Hasan at Vikings Territory)
Vikings Reach Out To Safety/Special Teamer Taylor Mays (via Matt Vensel on Twitter)
Vikings Interested In Defensive End Michael Johnson (via Jenna Laine on Twitter)
Keep an eye out for more rumors to make their way into this space.
Other Stuff That Impacts The Vikings In Free Agency (Trades, Restructures, etc.)
Just what the headline says it is, folks. If there's any news out of Winter Park, we'll have it right here.
So, keep an eye on this post, ladies and gentlemen, because we'll have everything you're looking for right here.