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Wednesday Open Thread: March 16, 2016

Hump Daaaaayyyyyy!! We're halfway to the weekend, folks.

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It's the peak of the week, and we're another day into free agency.

Here's the off-season schedule for the next month or so:

March 20-23: Annual league meeting, Boca Raton, Florida.

April 4: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

April 18: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.

April 22: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

Mid-to-late April: 2016 schedule release

April 28-30: 2016 NFL Draft, Chicago.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Despite previous rumors to the contraray, Rhett Ellison isreturning to Minnesota after all.

Chris is keeping a Vikings 2016 Free Agency Tracker.

Ted posted the DN Mailbag, Ides of March Edition.

Ted shared the story of Mike Wallace signing with the Ravens, and taking a shot at our quarterback on his way out. Don't let the doorknob hit you on the way out the door, Mike..... or let it hit you, I don't care.

Terence Newman re-signed with the Vikings. This is an excellent signing, in my opinion. Newman provides solid depth, veteran leadership, and I hope even a possible upgrade at the safety position opposite Harrison Smith.

Vikings news from elsewhere:

From PFF, Chris Collinsworth released his first mock draft, and he has Minnesota taking.......(You'll have to read it to find out. If I have to suffer, so do you).

From The Big Lead, Mike Wallace rips Teddy Bridgewater on his way out of Minnesota. Normally, I'd wish a player well, but this is a pretty classless quote from a guy who hasn't produced a 1,000 yard season since 2011.

Here's the quote:

When this process started, I knew that I wasn’t going back to Minnesota. I was like, "I need a good quarterback." I need a quarterback who I know is proven and can get things done.

Around the rest of the NFL: listed the top ten free agents available.

With that, we come to today's media selection. Thanks to southparkskolman for suggesting this guy, here's Todd Snider with Beer Run.

and a funny story to go with that song

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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 lutefisk.