In just a couple of hours, ladies and gentlemen, the official start of NFL Free Agency for 2017 will be upon us. Yes, the "legal tampering" period has been going on for some time, but we have not heard a whole lot concerning the Minnesota Vikings at the present time. However, we will be making this your one-stop shop for everything concerning the purple and gold in free agency for this year.
As we've done in previous years, we have things broken down into a couple of different categories. We'll be giving you everything from our in-house free agents to players the Vikings have signed from other teams and guys that they've released as well. We'll also have our DN Blogger Twitter feed up here as well for your breaking news needs.
With that, here is our free agency tracker for 2017, ladies and gentlemen. Rumors, half-truths, and other innuendo to follow.
UPDATE: According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings may be looking at a veteran backup to Sam Bradford.
Source said possibility #Vikings show interest in QB Nick Foles if $6.75M option as expected not picked up by Thurs. Had interest last year.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 8, 2017
UPDATE: A fan favorite might be on his way to the Big Apple, according to Mike Garafolo.
Giants checked out all levels of the TE market. A guy they're honing in on: Rhett Ellison, who was a FB/TE hybrid guy for the Vikings.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2017
UPDATE: The man they call Doogie thinks that the Vikings are going to get something done fairly quickly after free agency starts, despite their relative silence right now.
Patience, my friend. I'd wager on them signing a very capable tackle. #Vikings https://t.co/DCiYeAjmPu— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) March 9, 2017
New Free Agents That The Vikings Have Signed
|Offensive line help; we're not Lion|
|Mike I interest you in a new T?|
|Datone Jones||DL||Packers||1 yr/$3.75M||Not Joey Fatone|
|Yes, he signed at about 2 AM|
Players That The Minnesota Vikings Have Released
Vikings In-House Free Agents
|Audie Cole||LB||Jaguars||??||OMG AUDIE COLE|
4 yr / $18M
|We lost our best blocker!|
|Charles Johnson||WR||Panthers||??||Carolina slowly becomes Minnesota East|
|In his mind, he's goin' to Carolina.|
|Jeff Locke||P||Colts||2 yr/$3.45M||Since Pat McAfee signed with Barstool...|
|Captain Munnerlyn||CB||Panthers||4 yr/$21M||No Captain, my Captain|
|Terence Newman||CB||Vikings||1 yr/$3.5M||The Ageless Wonder is back!|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Raiders||Gone like a Flash|
|Andre Smith||OT||Bengals||We hardly knew ye. No, seriously.|
|Adam Thielen (RFA)||WR||Vikings||
|We hooked on A. Thielen!|