On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings made their return to the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan to begin the offseason program. In addition to all of the new faces, a couple of players from last year’s squad have signed their restricted free agent tenders, and the team made that official today.
Both safety Anthony Harris and offensive tackle Rashod Hill inked one-year deals with the Vikings based on the tender offers they received before the start of the new league year.
Harris, who is now slotted to be the starter at safety next to Harrison Smith, was tendered at the second-round level, so his one-year deal is worth $3,095,000. Hill, who will likely serve as the swing tackle for the offensive line this season was given a “right of first refusal” tender, and so he will make $2,025,000 in 2019. Both of those deals are fully guaranteed.
All in all, 67 players are in attendance in Eagan for the start of the offseason program, and there haven’t been any reports of players skipping things. As we detailed the other day, the first couple of weeks of the offseason program are nothing but conditioning work and rehab for lingering injuries, so we don’t expect a ton of news to come out of it. If anything does happen, however, we will have it here for you right away.
UPDATE: I stand corrected. . .there was one player that didn’t get to the voluntary workouts today.
#Vikings WR Stefon Diggs didn't make it in today at TCO for the start of voluntary workouts. I suppose emphasis on "voluntary" so not like he had to be there. Minus Diggs, many players are in today for what many consider day No. 1 of the 2019 season.— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) April 15, 2019
I don’t see any reason to panic about this. I have no doubt that Stefon Diggs will, eventually, be taking part in the offseason program.