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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 18th and 19th, 2019

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It’s the weekend, time to smoke some meat and drink beer!

John Randle

Good Morning!

It’s the weekend, time to catch on the smoker, drink beer and work off that honey do list.....or work like I am. Hope your weekend is off to a great start, I conned one of my kids into smoking a brisket on Saturday so I’d have some lunch/dinner at work on Sunday. Speaking of which, your final Game of Thrones fanpost thread will post Monday, it may be delayed but will get posted. Obviously I’m working this weekend, what are your plans? I was writing this last night at close to midnight and could think of a poll, drop your suggestion into the comments and I’ll take a look at it when I get up. Meanwhile we’ll catch up on our NFC North opponents and then carry on with our news and links thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Drop by for some fan wisdom, snark and have another beer, it’s the weekend!

Around the DN since our last open thread:

From Chris, the Vikings have, reportedly, made Kyle Rudolph a contract extension offer.

Lucas reports former Vikings WR Aldrick Robinson signs 1-year deal with Carolina.

Vikings news from other sources:

From Vikings.com rookie TE Irv Smith Jr. joins “NFL Total Access” and discusses wearing Randy Moss’ jersey number, his role as a rookie and relationship with TE Kyle Rudolph.

NFL Network’s David Carr explains how Gary Kubiak’s scheme will change quarterback Kirk Cousins’ game.

From Drew Magary, author of “Why Your Team Sucks” The Night The Lights Went Out, (full disclosure, theartistformerlyknownasfil posted this in the comments the other day which is where I first saw it)

NFC North Roundup:

At Pride of Detroit Who are the Detroit Lions trying to be?

Next Man Up: Is the Detroit Lions’ WR depth sufficient enough?

Which 2017 Lions draft pick is most likely to take the Year 3 jump?

Detroit Lions hoping to mend relationship with Calvin Johnson this year.

At Windy City Gridiron Bears sign Northwestern offensive lineman Tommy Doles.

David Montgomery ended up with the perfect team.

From Mongo to Mack: A historical look at Bears’ quarterback sacks.

Windy City Gridiron is hiring a social media contributor.
(I put this here as we do have some Bears fans in our open threads)

Over at Acme Packing Company Examining adjusted games lost can help explain the NFC North in 2018.

2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 75-71: Sam Ficken provides competition for Mason Crosby.

Cheese Curds, 5/16: Can Josh Jones still contribute for the Packers?

2019 NFL Calendar: Dates and deadlines for free agency & offseason workouts.

League news:

Consistent with the weekend news and links I’ll post league news in the comments

We come to today’s media selection: Guardians of the Galaxy:
Awesome Mix Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 (Full Soundtrack)

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:
-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door
-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 get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer
-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 waiter, try the Chai Tea and Welcome Aboard.

Poll

What to do about the Vikings current cap situation and TE Kyle Rudolph?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Let Rudolph play out his contact as is this year, get the comp draft pick next year.
    (74 votes)
  • 6%
    Cut Rudolph, take the savings and sign a vet TE to a one year contract worth half of what Rudolph is due this year.
    (14 votes)
  • 32%
    Sign Rudolph to a five year extension with no cap hit in the last two years. Use signing bonus to reduce cap hit this year.
    (66 votes)
  • 19%
    Let Rudolph play out this year on current contract, extend another veteran player or convert some of current salary to signing bonus. (Joseph is who I had in mind here)
    (39 votes)
  • 4%
    Phyre Ryck
    (10 votes)
203 votes total Vote Now