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Minnesota Vikings News and Links: May 20, 2019

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Counting the days until training camp......

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Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. We had rain......lots of rain, and we even saw a few snow/ice pellets. Thankfully, it finally cleared yesterday and we were able to get outside and have a little fun in the ...........well, it wasn’t sunny, so it wasn’t fun in the sun, I suppose it was fun in the cloudy? Fun in the........something. I dunno, we got outside, anyway.

Late last week and over the weekend, there was a bit of a to-and-fro with the Vikings’ tight end group. Rudolph stated that he was too young to take a pay cut (aren’t we all?), then later that day, Irv Smith commented that he and Rudy could be a great combination. The Vikings front office might agree with Smith, as a rumor has it that they offered Rudolph an offer for a contract extension, Chris has that story here. I don’t know if the rumor is true, but if it is, I would be surprised, unless it contains little to no guaranteed money. Even if it doesn’t, if it doesn’t reduce this year’s cap hit, I see no reason to float a five year deal to an aging tight end. I’m guessing either the rumor is not true, or the contract offeror was drunk. Being it was Friday, I lean toward the latter.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Luft Krigare and the gang are back with Good Morning Gjallahorn episode 051 - Locked on with Luke Braun.

Wludford looks at Kirk Cousins and sees lots of stats, but thinks maybe they’re nothing super?

Danielle Hunter made the Pro Football Focus Top 25 Under 25 list, per Chris.

Other Vikings/NFL news, other sports news, and the occasional oddity or annoyance:

Over at, there’s a piece where 3 Vikings made the ‘Top 20 Traded Players in NFL History’ list, they shared 10 moments that defined Brian Robison’s football journey, and NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported on Kyle Rudolph’s status and potential trade value. has a list of the NFL’s most complete teams in 2019. They have the Browns at number 3........sigh. Okay, I know the media loves to latch on to catch phrases, and they run with the latest and greatest stories (even if they make little to no sense), but can we just step back and look at the Browns for a second? Everyone is going crazy about a team who went 7-8-1 last year. Now, that’s not a horrible record, it’s almost average, and is better than 0-16, but with the buzz around this team, you’d think they’re nipping on the heels of the Patriots. In the decade, yes DECADE (that’s ten years) preceding last year, they had won a whopping total of 38 games, which put them at an average annual win total of 3.8 games per year. Now, pardon me if I don’t pencil them in as the AFC champs quite yet. I think I’ll let them put a couple winning seasons together first, or maybe wait for A WINNING SEASON before handing over the Lombardi trophy. Sheesh.

We come to today’s media selection:

Here’s a great one from Dropkick Murphys. Enjoy!

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With that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, and try the cereal and pancakes.