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Monday Open Thread: March 15, 2021

Beware the Ides of March!

The Vikings beat the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener in Atlanta Sunday. — A happy John Randle walks off he field holding his helment with his teeth after the Vikings squeaked by Atlanta 17-14 during both teams opeing game of the NFL season.(Photo By

Happy Monday, everyone!

Well, there were a couple of significant Vikings-related and NFL-related events that happened over the weekend. I’m sure most or all of you have heard that Drew Brees has announced his retirement from the NFL. I’m not going to comment, since 2009, I haven’t had a very high opinion of Brees (and an even lower opinion of Sean Payton, and my opinion of Greggggggggggggg Williams is lower than the deepest layer of frog s**t in the New Jersey swamp), so I’ll just say nothing, other than that he retired, which he did. Another item of importance to the Vikings is that the team, in their quest to squeeze every penny of cap space they can out of anything that will produce it, has worked out a deal with Anthony Barr to restructure his contract. As of this writing, all I’ve heard is that the agreement will lessen Barr’s 2021 cap hit, and will allow him to hit the market as a free agent in 2022, 2 years earlier than he would have been able to previously. I’m guessing we’ll hear more detail today.

Around the DN since our last open thread:

Chris shared the news regarding Anthony Barr’s contract restructure.

Chris invites you all to Join the Climbing the Pocket Bracket Challenge!

To help you wade through all of the mock drafts, Chris has v4.0 of the 2021 Minnesota Vikings Mock Draft Database.

Rob broke open the Daily Norseman Mailbag.

Other Vikings/NFL news, and random oddities and annoyances:

At, Eric Smith breaks down the salary cap cause and effect of the Vikings recent moves. reported that Drew Brees has announced his retirement.

The Packers signed RB Aaron Jones to a 4-year, $48 million contract, per

We come to today’s media selection:

How about watching a REALLY good football game? Okay! Here you go, it’s the 2009 Vikings-Cowboys divisional round matchup. This was a fun game to watch. Enjoy!

Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:

-No discussion of politics or religion
-No feeding of the trolls
-Take the gender hatred elsewhere, it won’t be tolerated
-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)
-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 the cows and settle in, this part of the season gets long and boring.