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Friday Open Thread: February 19, 2016

It's finally Friday! Get all your pre-weekend prep done here.

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Welcome to your Friday Open Thread. Come on in for all your weekend needs, you know, things like crock pot recipes and tips for getting your three year old down for a nap. Oh, and also a little football talk.

Here is the off-season schedule for the next month or so, from

Feb. 16: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.

Feb. 23-29: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis.

March 1: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players at 4 p.m. ET.

March 7-9: Clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2015 Player Contracts at 4 p.m., ET, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m., ET, on March 9.

March 9: 2016 NFL League Year begins. Free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET.

Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2016 on all players who have option clauses in their 2015 contracts.

Prior to 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts and to whom they desire to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Jared Allen rode off into the sunset....err....cloudy horizon.

Supavike1 made a case for trading Adrian Peterson.

Chris posted Kiper's Mock v2.0.

Arif has his latest: Podcast 121: Wallace/Kalil news + Combine ft. Inman.

Vikings news from other sources:

The offensive line is on Spielman's mind as the NFL Combine approaches, per the Strib.


Zimmer sat down with Wobby, this is a great interview.

Rick Spielman says that talks with Smith, Greenway, and Newman are ongoing.

Around the NFL:

From Yahoo Sports, here are 5 quarterbacks with something to prove at the combine workout. asks if the Jaguars offense is poised to become one of the NFL's best. They weren't joking, as far as I can tell.

With that, we come to today's media selection. With all the "best of the 80s" talk, we can't go without playing these guys.

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags 
-No pictures that could potentially get someone fired or in serious trouble at their place of employment
-If you can't disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away
-While navigating the open thread, just assume it's sarcasm

With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up & tie one on. Don't forget to tip your waitress, & try the tiger meat.